Blocking Web Pages
May 30, 2011 by Ajeet Khurana
Web content or website access has always been restricted in most environments, be it at home or the workplace. At times it is necessary for people to block certain web pages, especially in cases where employees in offices are not meant to browse irrelevant websites either from productivity perspective or for security reasons. Such situations leave the organization with no choice other than to block these sites for increase in productivity and for ensuring minimal security threats.
In home environments as well, parents, at time, do not want their children to visit websites that are not advisable or appropriate for them. Another reason for blocking a website for personal usage is that some websites trigger spam attack to steal user’s data or to harm user’s computer. Therefore, blocking a certain website can help prevent viruses from attacking your computer. There are various softwares available in the market that provide us with numerous options to block a certain set of websites.
Multiple implementations have been used and suggested that are dependent upon the level and type of restrictions to be put.
Following are the ways to block certain web pages and stay protected online on different browsers:
- In order to block a site on Internet Explorer, a user is required to specify a given site or multiple sites as restricted in Internet Explorer settings. For doing that, the user has to know the URL of the website or webpage to be restricted. Click on the Tools menu and select ‘Internet Options’ from the drop-down. Under the Internet Options, all you need to do is to click the Privacy tab. You will see the Privacy settings window that has all the options for setting the privacy and securing requirements of the user. Click on the Sites button in the ‘Per Site Privacy Actions’ window. This is where you will specify which sites you want to allow or block. Provide the URL of a site in ‘Address of Website’ box and click Block or Allow appropriately in front of the text box. The sites you specify will show up in the list below with the corresponding settings that you specified.
- To restrict a site using FireFox, click the Tools option that is present in FireFox. After clicking the Tools option, click the Add-ons option present in the Tools option. As soon as you have clicked the Add-ons option, another option will appear known as Get Add-ons. Click on that option and then choose the option Browse All Add-ons. On clicking this option, a search option will come into the picture. All you need to do is type in Blocksite in the space. Blocking various sites will only be possible after the Add-on option is installed. There you will be able to specify sites that you want to block.
- To block a certain site or sites using Google Chrome, one needs to open Google Chrome and click the wrench symbol situated at the upper right side of the page. After clicking the wrench symbol, an option known as the Tools will be present. Click on the Tools option and click the Under the Hood tab present in the Tools option. An option known as Change Proxy Settings will be available that must be clicked. Security options will be present that provide the user with options to restrict whatever site they wish to delete or extradite. You need to double click on the Restricted Sites option and mention the site that needs to be blocked.