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Self-censoring Facebook at work

If you feel Facebook is a tempting distraction at work, you’re not alone. Plus, most companies now track how much time their employees are spending on social networks. Hogwash? – check out the Time Doctor website to understand the sort of statistics you may be generating in the course of “harmless” Web browsing.

An easy solution to curtail your Facebook usage at work is to block the website at a “local” level on your computer’s operating system. Doing so is easy. Just follow the steps below for your OS.

Windows

  1. Navigate to C:\Windows and right-click notepad.exe. Select Run as administrator. When prompted, click Yes to allow Notepad to make changes to your computer.
  2. In Notepad, open the hosts file for editing. The file is usually located in the C:\Windows\System 32\drivers\etc folder on your computer.
  3. Add the following lines to the file:

    127.0.0.1 https://facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 login.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 blog.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 apps.facebook.com

  4. Save hosts.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for all your work computers.
  6. Try opening Facebook.com on each computer. You’ll be redirected to 127.0.0.1 instead.

Mac OS X

  1. Open the Terminal.
  2. At the command prompt, run this command: sudo nano /etc/hosts.
  3. In Nano, add the following lines at the end of the hosts file:

    127.0.0.1 https://facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 login.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 blog.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 apps.facebook.com

  4. Press Control+X to save the hosts file. When prompted, type Y to confirm writing changes to the disk.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for all your work computers.
  6. Try opening Facebook.com on each computer. You’ll be redirected to 127.0.0.1 instead.

That’s all. I first came across this useful method on the Hide Tools blog.

PS: I still remain a die-hard Facebook user, but at home. 🙂

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