Welcome to a list of extensions to block websites in Google Chrome. So you might want to set up a computer at a workplace, but restrict the websites that are accessible. Or maybe you are a parent who wants to make sure that your child is safely kept away from those “funky websites”.
Yes, there are thankfully ways to block websites in the Chrome browser by using various Chrome extensions – This guide will walk you through the popular extensions to do exactly just that. Read on to find out!
THE EXTENSIONS LIST
All right, let us now start with the list of website blocking and parental control extensions.
1) BLOCK SITE – WEBSITE BLOCKER FOR CHROME
This is one of the popular Chrome extensions in blocking websites – There are features to automatically block all the “mainstream” adult sites in one click, manually block by URL, block if webpages contain certain words, password protection to prevent people from removing websites, and even a “grace period” to allow people some time to browse websites.
Another interesting part is that BlockSite also has an Android app, and the block settings can be synchronized.
2) STAY FOCUSED
This is another of the highly-rated website blocking extensions on the Chrome Store. While it does not seem to have as many features as BlockSite, but it still does a very decent job at blocking out websites that you have specified. Plus, you can set a very specific day and time period to block with this one.
3) NEWS FEED ERADICATOR FOR FACEBOOK
Are you facing some social anxiety problems? Spending too much time on Facebook? Always scrolling down the news feed and not doing work? Then block out Facebook with this extension, and not the other websites where you need to do research with.
If you are a techie and want a more “sophisticated” extension, then check out uMatrix. This is an extension that is really more like a “development tool firewall” with micro-management controls. You can set to allow/disallow where the browser can connect to, effectively blocking websites, even protect your own privacy by blocking trackers.
5) TINY WEB FILTER: ANTI-PORN & BLOCK ADULT SITES
Dear moms and dads, this extension is especially good for you if you are looking to protect your little ones in the digital ocean called “The Internet”. TinyFilter is a lightweight Chrome extension that allows you to:
- Block all the “impressive” websites – Adult, violence, gambling, violence, drugs, etc…
- Impose a profanity filter – Remove all the “exciting” words such as f**k, a**h**e, and more.
- Set a password, so that your child cannot change the settings.
6) ADULT WEBSITE BLOCKER | PORN BLOCKER
Dear parents, here is another top-rated extension that will help to block out all the “adult stuff” websites. Just like the others, this one is very easy to use. Set a password to prevent children from switching off the extension, then just add to your list of websites to block.
EXTRA) CHROME SURF HISTORY
This is not a Chrome extension, but something that you can use to monitor the websites accessed.
- Click ⁝ at the top-right to open the menu.
- Then select History > History.
- Or simply press the shortcut key Ctrl+H (or command-H on Mac).
That will show you a history of all the websites previously accessed… But of course, there is this whole thing about privacy, so cut your workers and children some slack. Check this only if you suspect a case of possible computer abuse.
That’s all for the list, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.
CHROME BLOCKING – NOT FOOLPROOF
Yes, we can install the website blocking extensions and set up all those blocking gimmicks. But the thing about Chrome extensions is that, it is more like an “honor system” rather than an “actual lock”. The more experienced power users will know exactly where to look.
Find ways to disable the extensions, download another browser, or just use another “unlocked” device entirely. Not to say that Chrome extensions are bad, they still work, and they are good as a “free-and-easy” line of defense.
A BETTER WAY TO BLOCK WEBSITES?
If you truly want some serious “enforcement”, then it’s time to look into better solutions.
- If you are using a Windows computer, a free method is to use the default Windows Firewall to block websites.
- Mac users, you can also block the websites by editing the host file.
- Android and iOS – There is plenty of website blocking apps on the app store.
- If your router has a built-in firewall to block websites – Then use it.
- For the more tech-savvy, install an actual firewall to block websites, protect your home network too. There are firewalls for home and small office networks, and they don’t cost a bomb.
WHAT ARE CHROME EXTENSIONS!? ARE THEY SAFE?
If you have not already heard of Chrome extensions, they are basically just “plugins” that will add to the features of Chrome, allow it to do all sorts of things that it originally could not – Spelling checkers, opening ebooks, text-to-speech, save to PDF and more.
If you are thinking that extensions are some funky, illegal, “hacker stuff”… Nope, it is not. Google actually supports Chrome extensions, and the Chrome Web Store is officially run by them. You don’t have to worry too much about viruses and malicious software, because all the extensions have been scanned; All the bad ones that don’t conform to their guidelines will be taken down.
HOW TO MANAGE CHROME EXTENSIONS
So, what do we do if we don’t need an extension anymore? Here is how to manage them.
Hit the ⁝ button at the top-right corner > More Tools > Extensions. Or just open a new tab and enter the URL
This page should be straightforward – Enable, disable or uninstall the Chrome extensions you don’t need.
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.