How to Block Facebook
There are many reasons to block Facebook. Facebook as well as other social networks can be a source of many problems. For employers, Facebook reduces employee productivity and can lead to losses. For parents, it is concern about child safety. For schools and universities, Facebook is another headache. Let us show you how to block Facebook and avoid problems related with it. Here you will find 3 methods how to do it in Windows 7 and 8.
How to Block Facebook with Blocking Software
The Hosts file method and blocking Facebook in Internet Explorer described below are free, but can be easily bypassed. The best way to block the Facebook website with no chance to be bypassed is to use special software such as Employee Monitor for business or Parental Controls for home, that allow you to block Facebook more effectively and have many other useful features.
Note! Select Limit if you want limit the time users can spend on Facebook. See how to limit time on Facebook
Except blocking Facebook on the computer HT Employee Monitor and HT Parental Controls have many other features. They combines effective internet filter with monitoring and blocking features allowing you to restrict and record any user's activity. You can:
|Block Facebook and any other social networks in all major browsers - Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc||Monitor all your users' computer activities - typed keystrokes, visited websites, launched programs, screenshots||Block websites by category - Adult Content, Gambling, Violence, Drugs, etc|
|Restrict access to any applications - instant messengers, browsers, games, and so on||Block certain websites by URLs & keywords or limit time on them||Get email reports or view log and manage filters remotely across the network|
How to Block Facebook on Internet Explorer
- Open Internet Explorer and click Tools.
- Go to Internet Options > Security.
- On the Security tab, click Restricted Sites and then the Site button under.
- Enter facebook.com in the box and click Add.
- Close the windows.
Note! This method is suitable for Internet Explorer only and does not allow blocking Facebook on other browsers.
How to Block Facebook Using the Hosts File
The host file is a service file of Windows also used by browsers. The location of the hosts file depends on your operation system.
For Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 this is C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Note! Make a backup of the hosts file and put it somewhere safe, in case you mess up.
- Open the hosts file using Notepad or other plain text editor.
- Copy the following:
# block facebook
- Paste it into the Hosts file after 127.0.0.1 localhost.
- Save and close the Hosts file.
- Reboot your computer to apply the changes.
Note! Pay attention that when you block Facebook using the Hosts file, users can access Facebook through the HTTPS protocol. See how to block https://facebook.com
Note! Pay attention that Google Chrome may ignore the Hosts file. See how to block Facebook on Google Chrome
Disadvantages of Free Methods
It's sad, but the free methods described above have disadvantages.
- They can be easily bypassed.
Web-based proxy servers or anonymizers allow getting Facebook despite the browser ban and the hosts file rules can be removed in the same way they were set.
- They block only one page of the site.
One more shortcoming of these methods is that they block only one specified page of the website. So for facebook.com it will be just the main page and others will be available.
- They may not work properly on your computer.
Many users complain that they have difficulties installing the ban. Many users complain that even after the ban has been properly set, nothing happens - the banned websites can be opened, as they had not been banned. It's real a lottery in some cases.
To avoid these disadvantage and block Facebook reliably, we recommend two website blocking programs - HT Employee Monitor, for business, that allows you to block unwanted websites and increase employee productivity and HT Parental Controls, for home, that helps you to make the Internet safe for your children. Try all methods and choose most suitable for you.