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How to block web pages in Google Chrome

On more than one occasion we have wanted to configure in our team some system that allows us to block access to certain web pages. We have already talked on occasion of a way to do it by using our 'hosts' file ...

…but this technique affects all the connections established by our PC, not only to web browsing sessions, so in many cases it will not be a practical option.

Given the Chrome doesn't have any native web blocking feature, we will have to resort -as in so many other cases- to extensions.

Option 1: BlockSite

One extension stands out above the rest for its popularity: BlockSite, which exceeds one million users and already has almost 25,500 reviews on the Chrome Web Store.

It will be to this website where we must go to install it: once done, it will ask for permission to access the information about the sites we visit.

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This permission is not totally necessary if we only want to block domains, but later we will explain why it may be useful to grant it.

Once BlockSite is installed, a new icon (a red shield) will have appeared in the Chrome toolbar; clicking on it with the right button and then accessing 'Extension options', we can view the form that will allow us to indicate which domains we want to block.

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We will quickly detect that this tool has some limitations:

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This will be the screen that we will see when trying to access a blocked domain (the background image may vary).

Certainly, these limitations (especially the first one) can limit the attractiveness of the extension. However, BlockSite has other locking systems that we can use simultaneously with the previous one... and that it does not set any domain limits for the free version:

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The three classes of locks that complement the domain lock.

  • Work mode: It allows us to block content, as in the previous section, but these will only be blocked while we have the 'Work Mode' timer active. Your goal is to avoid distractions.

  • Block by words: In this case, blocking based on the words contained in the URL. We can indicate as many forbidden words as we deem necessary.

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The default blocking page (can be changed) when we try to access a pornographic website applies a philosophy similar to that of the Ministry of Health in tobacco packs.

  • Block by categories: This option is enabled within the 'Settings' section and is configured within the 'Categories' section. By default, it blocks websites with 'adult content' (violence, pornography, etc), but we can set it to do the same with news, social media, sports and betting sites.

In order to use this last option, we must grant the extension access permissions to our browsing information, if we deny it after installation.

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Option 2: Block Site

A lot less popular is 'Block Site' (with space in the middle): it stands at around 30,000 users. In addition, it lacks a blocking system by categories and terms, as well as 'Work mode' and timers.

But if what interests us is create a simple 'blacklist' system in which we indicate which domains we want to block, even if they appear only as iframe, and where we want to redirect them (the latter is optional), then Block Site is a highly recommended alternative to the extension discussed above.

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Image | Based on original by Seobility