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Thursday, August 14th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet


Have you ever sat down to perhaps write up a document or just to get some work done? Then a few hours later, you find yourself surfing the Internet with absolutely no work done! Well, today, I’m going to help you put an end to that bad habit with the Firefox extension of LeechBlock. LeechBlock allows you to block out certain Web sites so that you can’t access them while you work. Then after you’ve finished working, you can indulge in those sites once again. C’mon, let’s check it out!

1.) To get started, visit this Web site and begin the download by pressing on the green Download Now button. You will then be prompted to restart Firefox.

2.) Once Firefox opens back up, you can start configuring LeechBlock to block out your favorite Web sites.

3.) Next, go up to the Tools menu, choose LeechBlock and then click on Options.

4.) You’ll then see this Control Panel open:

5.) It might look complicated, but don’t worry. I will walk you through it step by step!

6.) First, you’re going to enter in the Web sites that waste your time the most. Take a minute or two to think about the sites you’d like to block and then enter them one at a time, just like this:

7.) Now, LeechBlock allows you to set it up on a schedule, but I think it’s so much easier and more convenient to enable it on demand.

8.) When you set up LeechBlock, you don’t want it to be too easy to access the Control Panel and disable the filter. If you click on the General tab, you can select your own requirement for your access options.

9.) Here are your options:

10.) I personally like the 32 character random code. It takes a little longer and it will prevent you from indulging when you shouldn’t be. However, you can choose a password or whatever fits your needs the best. When you’re finished with all of that, hit OK.

11.) To activate the filter, go to Tools, LeechBlock, Lockdown.

12.) All you have to do is set the time for how long you want to block the sites and click OK. You can then go on and be productive. Aren’t you excited?!

13.) If, for any reason, you need to end the block, go up to the LeechBlock options and either enter in your password or your 32 or 64 letter code.

14.) After you do that, the Control Panel will open. Go ahead and click on the General tab.

15.) Next, click Cancel Currently Active Countdown and you’re done!

Before I let you go, I have one more thing to show you. As I’m sure you noticed, in the Options menu, you have choices for Block Sets 2-6. That means you can have five other lists of Web sites you’d like to block. That would be useful if you wanted to block a search engine in one list, but not in another. Cool, huh?!

I hope you enjoy LeechBlock. Trust me, it can be very handy!

~ Neil Patel

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