Simple Blocker

Simple Blocker

Simple Blocker is a free Google Chrome extension that allows you to easily block a number of websites of your choosing. It offers a clean user interface and is a great way to boost productivity.

Installation is easy and only takes a few seconds at the Chrome Web Store link below:

Available in the Chrome Web Store

Press

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The Telegraph
"For a less aggressive procrastination-beating add-on, try Simple Blocker"

Testimonials

"Your extension is amazing. I'm graduating in August with my bachelors and with all the (unintended) downtime I've had in the past few days I've gotten so much done."
-Ruben

"I've been using this all day so far and it's amazing. You're going to get me through grad school, simple blocker."
-Angelo S

"I was looking for a website blocker that just blocked certain ones for the specified time, this is the only one that does that. It works great, simple but effective."
-Calabi

"Love it! It does exactly what I need it to. I'm able to block sites that suck my time, and that way even if I give into temptation - I have a backup! It's been great."
-Lila Carpenter

"I really needed it. Thanks. Tons of papers and close deadline couldn't stop me from spending hours and hours on Facebook. It's simple, intuitive and quick."
-Seung-yon Kang

"Simple and effective. Has an option to work in incognito as well."
-Christian Howland

"I was looking for a website blocker that just blocked certain ones for the specified time, this is the only one that does that. It works great, simple but effective."
-Calabi Tale

"Just works - very clean. Well done."
-Joseph Muollo


Support

Q: What happens if I accidentally lock myself out of Simple Blocker?
A: If you have permanently locked yourself out of the Options menu with a password that you cannot remember, there is a secret failsafe password that will always work.
That password is sFJ4V5uaT87uFKS2qnogyYVHR

Q: I hid the Simple Blocker button, now how do I access the Options menu?
A: Click the Chrome options button (3 horizontal bars), then go to Tools->Extensions. You can re-display the SB button there, or access the Options menu directly.

Q: But what if I hid the SB button and blocked the Extensions menu?
A: In this case, we recommend uninstalling Simple Blocker, then reinstalling it, which will restore the default settings.
Click on the Chrome options button (3 horizontal bars), then go to Tools->Task Manager. You should be able to end the Simple Blocker process using that dialog. Then, go to Tools->Extensions, and uninstall Simple Blocker using the trash can icon.
When you reinstall Simple Blocker from the Chrome Web Store, the options will be reset to their defaults. We recommend not purposefully hiding the SB button and blocking the Extensions menu, at least not without a timer. Doing so permanently will lock you out of the Options menu as well as the Chrome Extensions menu.

Q: How exactly does the blocking mechanism work? Is it possible to accidentally block the Options menu?
A: Simple Blocker has safeguards built in to prevent users from accidentally blocking menus of the app itself, so that will never happen. That being said, the SB blocking mechanism gives users a great deal of power and flexibility in what they can specify on the blocklist. Simple Blocker will block a page if any part of the URL matches something listed on the blocklist. For example, putting "facebook.com" on the blocklist will not only block the actual Facebook website, but may also block a Google search for "facebook.com". Another example would be if you are a Facebook developer, you could block "www.facebook.com" and block the main Facebook website, but still access "developers.facebook.com". The blocking system is both flexible and powerful once you understand how it works.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of sites I can block?
A: No, you can specify an unlimited number of sites on your blocklist. Just separate each element on the list with a line break.

Q: Are my settings, blocklist, or browser history ever shared with the Simple Blocker developers?
A: No, never. Your browsing history and Simple Blocker settings never leave your local machine.

Q: Does Simple Blocker record any statistics on how many times it has blocked websites for me, etc?
A: Yes, if you open up the Options menu and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, you will see a tally of how many times Simple Blocker has blocked a page for you. We are planning to improve upon this feature with more detailed analytics in the future.

Q: How do I report bugs or submit suggestions for new features?
A: The best way to get in touch with the developers about improvements is through our Chrome Web Store ticket system. If you submit your issue there, it will be visible to all other users and will be updated as the team works to implement the fix or feature.

Q: Will Simple Blocker ever be released for Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer?
A: Right now, the Simple Blocker team has chosen to concentrate their efforts on the development of the best possible product exclusively for Google Chrome. We have chosen Chrome because of its well supported API and dominant market share. However, if Simple Blocker increases enough in popularity, we will create a version for Firefox. Other browsers may also follow in time, but those releases are less likely.

Q: What if I have a question that wasn't answered here?
A: You can e-mail the development team with urgent support requests at [email protected]. We try to respond to all issues within 24 hours.

Copyright 2016 Matt Vukas - For support or business inquiries, contact [email protected]