SelfControl 2.1

Free This app helps you block your own access to websites, servers, etc.
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SelfControl is a utility that helps you boost your productivity and stay focused on your work by blocking your access to distracting websites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and many others. This application also comes in handy to parents who wish to impose some restricting on the webpages that their children can visit while using the PC.

The program is open source, so you don't have to pay to use it on your Mac. Its Welcome window teaches you how to define the websites you wish to block. After you read the instructions, you can go to the Domain Blacklist window, start entering the webpages you wish to block, and select the preferred timer options.

Your access to the websites from the Blacklist window is blocked no matter what browser you're using. In my testing, I tried accessing the blocked webpages with Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. In all browsers my access to those pages was blocked successfully.

Another important advantage is that your access is blocked even if the SelfControl application is shut down or removed permanently from your computer.

In conclusion, you should definitely give SelfControl a try if you're looking for an easy and quick way to block your access from distracting webpages.

AG Senior editor
Ashley Griggs
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Pros

  • User-friendly interface with easy to configure settings
  • Offers you useful tips
  • Blocks access even if it's shut down
  • Free

Cons

  • Unable to enter a site blocking time frame using keyboard (you can only move the slider)

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