The internet is a scary place. Knowing how to block websites is an important skill to have. Whether it’s blocking pornography from your children, scammer websites or just stopping yourself from wasting time on social networks (Orkut, Facebook and mySpace) and other timesinks(Reddit, Youtube).
We have a couple of methods and tools (some free to use!) that will help you block unwanted sites on your computer.
1. Block websites in Internet Explorer (Free, Very Basic)
This is a very simple and basic method to block websites. Warning: This only blocks websites in Internet Explorer, if you have any other browsers (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc) the websites will still be accessible, for a better but still free solution, I suggest method 2. Learn how to block a website in Internet Explorer 9.
2. Using the windows host file (FREE! Basic protection)
The host file method is simple, free and works well to block sites you know about. The host file cannot be used to block non website traffic (eg. instant messages). How to block a website with hosts file.
3. Parental Filter Software (Advanced protection, Recommended)
The best way to protect your computer is with a dedicated parental filtering software, like Safe Eyes.
This advanced software will allow you to automatically block adult sites, unwanted games and programs, as well as IM and videos. Plus, you’ll be able to monitor the online activities of everyone who uses your computer. Parental filter software like Safe Eyes will also keep you safe from downloading malicious code (eg. viruses or trojans) by blocking known dangerous websites. Safe Eyes is a Two-time winner of PC Magazine Editor’s Choice award and highly recommended.
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