Top 8 Internet Blockers to Help You Improve Productivity

There is no denying the fact that, time is money. From our childhood itself, we are taught to respect and value time by our guardians and parents. With the changing times and internet occupying most of our daily lives, it becomes immensely difficult to manage work when constant notifications and pop-ups on our screen continues. Even though, we all have faced deadline issues with work, projects or a prospective client, we still are unable to ignore and let go of our Facebook or Twitter or Instagram updates, Isn't it? No one can deny the fact, that internet has played the key role in expanding and transforming our lives drastically, however with the presence of undeniable distractions too. A survey conducted in the early 2014 by a motivational aide site called Stop Procrastinating, revealed that a staggering 36% of respondents lost one hour of their productivity time per day as they were occupied in checking their social media updates and emails.

Keeping all this in mind, the worldwide technological geniuses came up with different kind of apps called the Internet Blockers and today we will look at the top 8 internet blockers which help in increasing productivity.

# 1 Internet Blocker - Freedom

Freedom is an internet, social media and world famous app blocker. It is used by over 250,000 happy people who have improved their focus and productivity. You just need to block what you want, when you want and there you are - more productive. You can start using Freedom for free and go after covering all your devices for just $2.50 per month. Freedom has been featured on npr, The New York Times, the guardian, the economist, the oprah magazine, the 4 - hour work week, the new yorker and time.


internet blocker - freedom

Key Features :

  • Covers all your devices including Mac OS X 10.8 - 10.12., windows vista, 7, 8, 10, iOS 9 + iPad and iPhone.
  • You are free to create unlimited lists of websites and apps that tend to distract you. Assign schedules or block internet completely if needed.
  • Schedule sessions in advance for once and forget it, the session will start automatically at the designated time period.
  • The locked mode in Freedom, gives your willpower an extra boost and helps to break your internet habits for betterment. Locked mode also prevents signing out of your device.

Available Platform - iOS, Mac and Windows computers.

#2 Internet Blocker - Anti - Social

Anti-Social is another internet blocking software that helps in managing your time well. It is an amazing app that makes it easy for you to target and block a distracting website thus making you more productive. Anti-social costs $15 but the exciting part is that it offers you a 60 day money back guarantee. It has got press coverage from some of the leading newspapers like chronicle, npr, new york times, the guardian, cbc news, sunset, newscientist, appstorm, new york post and corriere della sera.

internet blocker - social beta

Key Features :

  • Blocks Facebook and Twitter at your ease.
  • Easy to use, simply add the website to the anti-social's block list and blacklist it.
  • Anti-Social even blocks the distracting wesbites across your computer's browser and clients too.
  • Set timed blocks for as low as 15 minutes to 8 hours.
  • It is a perfect app for work for home and schools.
  • Comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.

Platform: Windows XP - Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.8-10.11 (including Yosemite and EI Captain).

#3 Internet Blocker - Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey calls itself the most complete and simplest distraction blocker available for Windows, Mac OS and Android. It lets you temporarily cut ties with the social media apps and internet so that you can focus on finishing your more important work sooner. It is used by over 250,000 people, mostly students, freelancers, writers, developers and others who want to be more productive with their time. It has high customer satisfaction guarantee as over 97% of Cold Turkey customers recommend this product to their friends.

internet blocker - cold turkey

Key Features :

  • Cold Turkey is highly customisable as it is designed to block anything and everything.
  • When this app blocks a website, you can see a beautiful motivational message on your screen to remind of of your work.
  • Create up to six different block lists for different occasions.
  • White listing helps you choose the sites you don't want to block and blocks others automatically.
  • Schedule breaks between you work time.
  • Get offline, with the frozen turkey feature, which will lock you of your computer.
  • Supports all major browsers.
  • Simple, two click start program.

Platform : Windows, Mac OS and Android.

# 4 Internet Blocker - Internet Blocker

Internet Lock 6 helps control internet programs and connections so that you can concentrate on your core job rather than surfing the internet. It is an access control and password protection solution for your computer. By using Internet Lock, you are able to restrict or rather password protect access to the internet, schedule it and limit users to access unwanted websites at a certain period.

internet blocker - internet lock

Key Features :

  • Password protected internet access to FTP, Web browsers, Email Clients, Instant messenger and all other internet programs.
  • Prevents users or create groups for accessing internet.
  • Block websites.
  • Schedule access for all or individual websites.

Platform : Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7 and 2008.

#5 Internet Blocker - Rescue Time

Rescue Time helps you find the ideal work-life balance. It helps in understanding your daily habits so that you can chart out a proper plan and schedule your time for better focus and productivity. Its runs securely at the background while you are at work and tracks time spent by you on applications to give a detailed log of your activity. Rescue Time has been the editors choice with PCMag.com with an outstanding rating and endorsed by David Reeves (Director - Product Management, Limeade), Alexis Ohanian (Founder -Reddit) and Dan McGaw ( Director - Marketing, KISSmetrics). The basic is free of cost while the premium pack is $72 for a year after a 14 day free trial.

internet blocker - rescue time

Key Features :

  • Sets alerts and notifications to inform you of the amount of time spend on an activity. Be informed if spending too much time on one activity.
  • Time measurement at your convenience. You may pause or quit at any time.
  • Gives you a productivity score at the end of the day.
  • You are also able to track offline activity. Rescue Time Premium helps you log offline time for meetings, phones and also your commuting.

Platform : Mac, PC, Android, Linux

#6 Internet Blocker - FocusMe

FocusMe is the most powerful website blocker app for Windows, Mac and Android. It has been featured in The New York Times, npr, Inside Higher ED, Entrepreneur, alternativeTo, TechAdvisory.org and TechRepublic. It helps you improve your productivity by mastering your addictions and empowers your employees too. You can also use FocusMe to protect your children from unwanted websites and games and motivate them toward studies. You can buy a monthly pack of FocusMe for $9 per month, $29 for a year of $119 for lifetime.

internet blocker - focusme

Key Features :

  • FocusMe is very flexible in terms of its settings and customisation. It also can temporarily unlock in case of emergency.
  • Reminders can be set to take scheduled breaks to make you stay more productive.
  • FocusMe has a Pomodoro Timer enabled in it.
  • You can start blocking instantly after download, no need to restart your browser or clear cache.
  • Bypassing is impossible with FocusMe, as once the timer starts, even restarting the computer won't help.
  • 60 day unconditional money back guarantee.

Platform : Windows, Mac and Android.

#7 Internet Blocker - BrowseControl

BrowseControl is a web filtering software which controls the internet access for users. It enforces internet usage policy for your employees and increases productivity by blocking time wasting websites. It also comes with its own application blocker. BrowseControl is being satisfactorily used in many big organisations like Raytheon, Hyatt, HP, Honeywell and Nestle. It gives you a free trial period of 14 days.

internet blocker - browsecontrol

Key Features :

  • Two separate lists for blocked and allowed websites.
  • Over 100 category listings to choose from for restricting internet access.
  • Inbuilt application blocker.
  • Blocks traffic from ports and specific file types also which provides additional security against virus and suspicious files.
  • Set internet policies of your laptop on your LAN and manage offsite.
  • Install client component remotely and set internet quota limits for every employee.

Platform : Windows 10, 8, 7 and Server, for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

#8 Internet Blocker - TrackTime

TrackTime tracks all your activities within a timeline and provides you the statistics so that you can effectively manage your time for better productivity. It easily allows you to track time spent on multiple projects and monitor your iTunes listening and internet browsing habits, in short, it tracks your time so that you do not have to. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

internet blocker - tracktime

Key Features :

  • Tracks iTunes usage and records statistics about what music and videos you play.
  • TrackTime monitors browsing history of eight major browsers namely, Firefox, Safari, Webkit, Chrome, BonEcho, Camino, OmniWeb, Flock and Shiira.
  • Shows you your web activity in a time line or in a statistical view.

Platform : Mac

So, these were the Top 8 Internet blockers that we came across. Hope this helps you select the best one for you, your family and your employees.

Reminders: All apps or tools introduced in this article shall be for legal use only. Please follow the Terms & Use and End User License Agreement (EULA) before trying any of them. Any consequences of improper use should be borne by users.
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Apr 19,2017 22:05 pm / Posted by Frank

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