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Using Firefox, is there a way to block a certain website....

that is not pornographic? I've searched the web for this, but I haven't found any results. I'm looking for a password-protected way to make one website inaccessible.

It sounds very juvenile, but my roommate keeps downloading WordBiz--an online scrabble client--and he claims he's ''addicted'' to it. I've trashed it numerous times, but he keeps downloading it again. So, I wonder if it's possible to block the site. Is this kind of thing possible? Thanks in advance.

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Well...

In Internet Explorer there's Content Advisor, but it's deeply flaws and can be bypassed a number of ways. (Complete disablement takes 10 seconds.) In Firefox, an attempt at such was not made, as there are so many ways of circumventing it, particularly with the way Firefox is designed. It may come in the future, but not now. Also, to my knowledge there is no extension that can do such. However, there are options:

* Modify the HOSTS file, which will block access to the site no matter what browser is used. It's not password-protected, but if he doesn't know about it he may give up.

* Some firewalls have the option to block websites, and are password-protected. Which do you use?

* Download an extension such as Adblock. It's designed to block in-site ads, but can also block websites. It's not password-protected and will announce its presence, but it may act as a deterrent if he's not good with computers, and if nothing else will block ads for you, once properly configured.

* If you use a router there may be an option to block websites through there.

* Use child-protection software...click here for recommendations.

* And, of course, the best option is sit him down and talk to him...correct the issue instead of pushing it aside.

Hope this helps,
John


P.S. For more information on any of the above, just give a shout back with your system specs and internet setup. (Details, details, details.)

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Rob

In reply to: Using Firefox, is there a way to block a certain website....

Tools>privacy>exceptions

This should do it.

Tom

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Possibilities

In reply to: Using Firefox, is there a way to block a certain website....

I don't think you can password protect a particular site but there are a couple of other options that could be looked into.

1. This extension might help. Although primarily for X rated sites, I read it can be customised for other pages.

2. Use the Windows hosts file to block the domain. Find out what the domain name is from the browser Address Bar and add it to the hosts file using the following text:

127.0.0.1 name.--- Substitute 'name' with the domain name. Substitute '---' with .com .org .net or whatever the domain name extension is.

This would mean undoing the additions if you ever need to access the site again though.

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If you have admin. privileges on the PC...

In reply to: Using Firefox, is there a way to block a certain website....

just set up a different account for your roommate with limited privileges. Then password protect your logon account. You can do this under "User accounts" in the "Control panel".

Your roommate won't be able to install any programs or make any changes to the OS.

Happy

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