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How to Block Websites on Safari?

Does anyone know how to block specific websites on Safari ? If you do not know how, then you’ve come to the right place. Many users want to prevent others like their children from using any particular or unnecessary websites on Macs and iOS devices. Actually, there are some ways through which you can prevent other from accessing the specific websites or URLs. Below we will show you how to block website on safari for Mac and iOS users.

How to Block Websites on Safari for Mac Users

For Mac users, you can block websites on safari in the device you are using through below two methods including Terminal and Website Blocker app.

Method1. Block websites on safari using safari website blocker

There is a Safari website blocker app, called AppCrypt, is also an app blocker for Mac OS. Through AppCrypt for Mac, you can block any websites, URL, Apps including Mail, FaceBook, Safari, DropBox and so on. The best thing about this software is when you block apps in a period time, you cannot access the blocked apps unless and until the date you have added gets expired.

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Instructions on blocking websites on safari:

Step1. Install and launch AppCrypt on your Mac. And you will see the interface as below screenshot. It will ask you to set a password for locking apps and websites. Enter your password that is easy to remember and not easy to guess by others.

Step2. Click "WebBlock" button on the top right and it will pop up a window showing the website blacklist and whitelist.

If you just want some specific websites to be accessed, choose “Whitelist” and click "+" to add URLs to the list. Then your Mac can only access to these websites in Whitelist.

On the contrary, choose “Blacklist” and click “+” to add URLs to the blacklist. Then anyone can’t land on these websites by using any browsers like Safari and Google Chrome, so you can feel free to let others like your kids surf on your Mac.

Method2. Block and unblock websites on safari using Terminal

Block websites in Safari on Mac:

1.Open Spotlight and search for the Terminal. Then launch the Terminal.

2.In the command line, type in "sudo nano /etc/hosts", enter your admin password when asked.

3.Then use your down arrow to get to the bottom and press Enter. On a new line, type in "127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com".And press Enter. Type another URL or Site following the same steps. Do not add more than one URL or Site in a single line.

4.Now, hold down Control + “O” to save the changes to the host database. Then exit the screen.

5.Remove the existing cache by typing in "sudo dscacheutil -flushcache" in the command line, and then press Enter to finish the process.

Anyone should receive an “Unable to connect” error message when he or she goes to the websites you added in the Terminal Host file.

Unblock the websites in Safari on Mac:

Launch Terminal -> type “sudo pico /etc/hosts” -> remove the URLs and Sites-> press Ctrl + O and Enter.

If you are a Mac newbie, you’d better not try this method. And it may not work with websites ending with .org. So Method1 is highly recommended to block websites on Mac internet browsers like Safari, Google Chrome.

How to Block Specific Websites on Safari for iPhone and iPad Users

If you try to protect your kids from hitting URLs that may take them to adult content, or there are only a few sites you want to make sure they never land on when using your iOS devices, you can use the automatic settings and the blacklist or whitelist features on your iPhone or iPad to block specific websites on Safari.

1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap General, and then Restrictions.

2. To enable Restrictions, type a 4-digit password that others like your children won't be able to guess easily. Type the password again to confirm it.

3.Then tap on “Websites” under “Allowed Content”. Tap on “Limit Adult Content”. Then tap “Add a Website” under NEVER ALLOW.

4.Type the URL of the website you wish to block in the Website field. Tap Done to finish.

If you want to add more websites to the blacklist, you need repeat this process.

Keep in mind that if the certain websites have different mobile sites, you may need to block them separately on your iOS devices.

If you just want some specific websites to be accessed, tap Add a Website under ALWAYS ALLOW and add the URLs.

 

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