How to Block Employees From Accessing Facebook

BrowseControl is an easy to use Internet Control Software that restricts Internet access and enforces Internet usage policies across your network.

Take control of your network’s Internet access by using BrowseControl Web Filter to enforce different Internet restriction policies on a computer or user basis.

Easily block Facebook and other distracting websites in just a few clicks!

 

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Need to restrict internet access in your network? In this tutorial you will learn how to block websites using a free trial of BrowseControl, CurrentWare’s web content filtering software.

With BrowseControl you can…

  • Block or allow websites based on URL, category, domain, or IP address
  • Schedule unique internet restrictions throughout the day
  • Assign custom policies for each group of computers or users, and…
  • Enforce internet usage policies, even when devices leave the network

There are 3 ways to block employee internet access with BrowseControl…

  1. Block access to specific websites with the Block List
  2. Restrict internet access to only certain sites with the Allow List,
  3. and using the Category Filtering feature to block access to content categories such as Porn, Virus Infected, or Social Media

For complete control over internet and application use in your network, you can combine BrowseControl with BrowseReporter, CurrentWare’s internet monitoring software.

All right, let’s get started…

To begin, sign up for a free trial of BrowseControl at CurrentWare.com/Download. After filling out the form you will be provided with the files you need to get started with BrowseControl.

To install BrowseControl, run CurrentWare.exe on the administrator’s computer and follow the installation instructions; this will install the CurrentWare Console and Server.

After that, deploy the CurrentWare Client Setup file (cwClientSetup.exe) on all of the computers you would like to control.

From there you can import your Active Directory organizational units or manually create your desired policy groups.

For full installation instructions, please visit our knowledge base at CurrentWare.com/Support.

Now that you have BrowseControl installed, I’ll show you how to block specific websites based on their URL, domain, or IP address using the URL Filter.

This feature can be used to block your employees from accessing distracting websites like Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram.

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Next, click on URL Filter then select “Blocked List”
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Enter the URL, domain, or IP address of the websites you want to block to the master URL list, then press the Enter key or click “Add”. BrowseControl will apply a wildcard to the URL, ensuring that any paths within the domain will be blocked as well.
  5. In the master URL list, select the websites you want to block for the chosen group, then click “Add to Blocked List”
    • If you would like to add the selected websites to the block list of multiple groups, you can press the drop-down arrow and select “add to multiple groups”, select the desired groups, then click “add to blocked list”
    • If you have a large number of websites you would like to block, you can also use the import feature to import an existing list.
  6. Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

That’s it! You have now blocked your employees, students, or patrons from accessing those specific websites.

Next, I’ll show you how to restrict internet access to only certain sites.

This feature is ideal if you want to prevent your employees, students, or patrons from accessing websites that are not explicitly allowed by your organization.

The process is identical to how you would block a website, except this time you will set the internet to “off” and add the websites you would like to allow to the Allow List.

With this method, your users will only be able to access the exact websites that have been approved by your company.

Here are the full instructions

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Next, click on URL Filter then ensure that “Allowed List” is selected
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Set the internet to “Off”. This will ensure that only the websites that are added to the allowed list can be accessed.
  5. Enter the URL, domain, or IP address of the website you want to allow to the master URL list, then press the Enter key or click “Add”. BrowseControl will apply a wildcard to the URL, ensuring that any paths within the domain will be allowed as well.
  6. In the master URL list, select the websites you want to allow for the chosen group, then click “Add to Allowed List”
  7. If you would like to add the selected websites to the Allowed list of multiple groups, you can press the drop-down arrow and select “add to multiple groups”, select the desired groups, then click “add to Allowed list”
  8. If you have a large number of websites you would like to allow, you can also use the import feature to import an existing list.
  9. Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

Next, I’ll show you how to block websites based on content categories such as Porn, Virus Infected, and Social Media

With BrowseControl’s category filtering feature you can block billions of websites across over 100 URL categories. More than 10,000 new domains are added each day, making it simple to restrict internet access even as new sites emerge.

Here’s how:

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Click on “Category Filtering”
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Select the web content categories you would like to block, then click “Add to Blocked List”
  5. Finally, click “Apply to Clients”.

That’s it!

The Allow List can also be used in tandem with the Category Filtering feature to allow websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their content category.

For example, you could use Category Filtering to block Social Media while still allowing access to LinkedIn.

Now that you’ve seen the 3 key ways you can block a website with BrowseControl, I’d like to show you how to restrict internet access at certain times.

With BrowseControl’s Internet Scheduler you can schedule custom block or allow lists throughout the day.

This feature will bring some flexibility to your internet restriction policies; in this example, we will allow our employees to browse the internet during lunchtime.

Here’s how to use the internet scheduler

  1. First, decide whether you want to control internet access based on users or computers and select the desired mode.
  2. Click on “internet scheduler”
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the group of computers or users that you want to restrict
  4. Click “New Schedule”
  5. Set the start and end time of the schedule
  6. Select the schedule type
    • Internet on will allow internet access to all websites that are not on the URL Block List
    • Custom allowed list will only allow access to specific websites
    • Custom blocked list will block access to a specific list of websites and allow access to the rest of the internet
    • Custom Category blocked list will block specific categories and allow access to the rest of the internet
  7. Set your desired schedule frequency
    • Daily will enable the schedule every day during the specified time period
    • Weekly will enable the schedule only on specific days of the week
    • Monthly will enable the schedule only on specific months
  8. Click “Add Schedule”
  9. If you selected one of the custom block or allow list options, you can click the link provided under the “schedule type” column to set the websites or categories that you would like on the list.
  10. And finally, Click “Enable scheduler” if it is not already enabled

That’s it for today. If you’re ready to start blocking websites you can get a free trial of BrowseControl at CurrentWare.com/Download.

If you have any questions during your evaluation our support team is available to help you over a phone call, live chat, or email.

See you next time!

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How to Block Facebook with BrowseControl

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URL Filter

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “URL Filter”
  4. Add Facebook.com to the Blocked List

Category Filtering

With BrowseControl’s category filtering feature you can block all social media sites in just a few clicks. Add any social networks you’d like to allow to the Allow List to make exceptions.

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a especific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “On” if it is not already on
  3. Go to “Category Filtering”
  4. Add the Social Networks category to the block list

Allowed List

With the Allowed List you can allow access to only certain websites or allow specific websites that would otherwise be blocked based on their content category.

For example, you could use Category Filtering to block Social Media while still allowing access to LinkedIn.

  1. Select the computer(s) or user(s) that you would like to block from using a specific website
  2. Set “Internet” to “Off”
  3. Go to “URL Filter”
  4. Add the desired websites to the Allowed List

CASE STUDY
Web Filtering & Internet Safety In Education

Exposing students to the digital world comes with a responsibility
to protect them. Students love BrowseControl because it gives them a safe working environment and prevents potential bad actors from interrupting their educational experience."

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What Makes BrowseControl the Best Internet Blocker?

BrowseControl’s simplicity, flexibility, and affordability make it the best website blocker for businesses, schools, and libraries

Active Directory Integration

Manage your policies with your existing Active Directory OUs

  • Sync your Active Directory Organizational Units to the CurrentWare Console
  • Manage both AD and non-AD users in the same console
  • Changes to your OUs automatically sync to the CurrentWare Console

Fair & Accessible Pricing

We offer fair prices and honest value to keep our products accessible to companies of all sizes

  • BrowseControl starts at $3.99 USD per license/month
  • Discounts are available for nonprofits, schools/libraries, MSPs/resellers, large volume purchases, and for organizations that pre-purchase multi-year plans
  • Contact our sales team today for a custom quote
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Central Management Console

Manage your entire workforce from the convenience of a web browser

  • Granularly control what websites each group of computers/users can access
  • Manage in-house and remote workers with central policy management
  • Easily manage policies for your users, computers, and departments
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Secure Internet for Remote & Hybrid Workers

Improve productivity & security—no matter where your team members work

  • Policies are synced locally on each device to ensure your internet use policies are enforced on any network
  • BrowseControl is verified Citrix Ready, making remote VDI deployments simple
  • Policy updates are pushed to your remote workers from your own private CurrentWare Server
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Simple & Granular Content Filtering

We keep our solutions simple and intuitive so you block websites with ease

  • Block websites in just a few clicks
  • Customize internet restrictions based on each user, computer, or workgroup
  • Easily block websites for specific groups while allowing them for others
There wasn’t any 360-page instruction manual—it just worked!

Custom Blocked Site Notifications

Let your users know why they aren’t allowed to access a blocked website

  • Give a warning to users  when they visit any websites that you want to block
  • Allow users to request access to blocked websites
  • Redirect users away from unwanted websites to your internet use policy
Screenshot of BrowseControl's "Display Warning Messages" window with a message for users that visit a blocked website
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How to Install BrowseControl

1. CurrentWare.exe: CurrentWare server & console setup file—to be installed on a manager’s computer, server, or virtual machine

2. cwClientSetup.exe: CurrentWare client setup file—to be installed on the employee or student’s computer

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Install the Console & Server on a computer, server, or a cloud platform of your choice. Then deploy the Clients to your users’ computers.

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BrowseControl Web Filtering Features

Internet Off
Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block
users from browsing the web

URL Filter
URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for
specific URLs

Category Filtering
Category Filtering

Block websites based on specific web content categories

Internet Scheduler
Internet Scheduler

Schedule internet use policies for specific times of the day

Bandwidth Tracker
Google Safe Search

Search engine filters prevent explicit results in search engines

Internet Quota
Internet Quota

Set a time-based quota for
internet browsing

Download Filter
Download Filter

Block files from being downloaded from the internet

Port Filter
Port Filter

Close unused and high-risk
TCP/UDP ports

Customized Message
Customize Message

Display a customized warning
message on blocked websites

Application Blocker
Application Blocker

Block specific Windows
applications from launching

Internet Timer
Timer

Allocate specific time for your
users to access the Internet

Stealth
Stealth Mode

Restrict internet use without
altering users

Internet Off

Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the
centralized console with Active
Directory import or syncing

Internet Off

Platform Security

Protect your CurrentWare console
with 2FA, passwords, privilege
management, and more

Internet Off

Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage
policies to laptops running outside
the corporate network

Internet Off

SQL Server Supported

Database scaled for enterprise and
large business operations using
Microsoft SQL Server

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BrowseControl Web Content Filtering Software FAQ

Are There Any Limits to the Free Trial?

The free trial is fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 devices for 14 days.

If you need more time or more devices to properly evaluate our web content filtering software solution in your organization, reach out to our team.

Here at CurrentWare we pride ourselves on our customer support. During and after your evaluation our team is here to help you over a phone call, live chat, or email. We will make sure that you get the best experience possible.

What Deals Are Available For BrowseControl?

The base price for BrowseControl is $3.99 USD per license per month.

For even more advantageous pricing on our web filtering software, we offer a variety of deals.

  • Get up to 15% off with pre-pay discounts for 3-year subscriptions
  • Get up to 10% off when you purchase the full CurrentWare Suite
  • Non-profit and education organizations can qualify for up to 10% off
  • CurrentWare’s resellers and Managed Services Providers enjoy advantageous pricing on their licenses
  • Volume discounts are available starting at 100 licenses

For more information on the best deals or to request a custom quote, please contact our sales team.

Will the Software Continue to Work When My Users Leave the Network?

Yes. The client agent installed on the computers has the ability to block the internet even if it does not have a connection with the CurrentWare Server.

This offsite management capability makes BrowseControl the best web filter for remote workers; internet security policies will remain enforced even when employees are connected to their home network.

The client agent stores and enforces BrowseControl’s internet restriction policies locally on the device. CurrentWare’s last known policies will continue to be enforced even if the computer loses internet connection or connects to a different network.

Note: If you wish to update policies or receive reports from client agents outside of the network they will need to be able to communicate with the CurrentWare Server.

Once a connection is reestablished you will receive your user’s internet usage data and any web filtering policy updates will take effect.

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How Do You Unrestrict a Website?

To unrestrict a website that is blocked by Category Filtering, add it to the URL allow list. This will allow you to block an entire content category while selectively allowing specific websites.

For example, you can block the Social Media category while allowing access to LinkedIn.com

To unrestrict a website that is on your URL Block List, simply select the user or group you would like to modify and remove the website from the Block List. 

Learn More: How Do I Control Internet Access With BrowseControl?

Is BrowseControl Compatible With Google Chrome?

Yes. BrowseControl can block websites on all modern Windows-based internet browsers including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera, and more!

How Do I Stop Employees from Accessing Certain Websites?

To stop employees from accessing certain websites you can add those websites to the URL Block List.

If you would like to block a specific category of websites you can use the Category Filtering feature to block sites that belong to categories such as porn, social media, and virus-infected.

What is the Difference Between URL Filtering and Category Filtering?

URL Filtering limits access to specific web pages (URLs) and domains (websites) by comparing web addresses that end-users are attempting to visit against a database of websites that are on an Allowed List and Blocked List. 

Category Filtering blocks websites based on content categories such as Porn, Social Media, and Hate sites. This allows thousands of websites to be blocked without the administrator knowing their specific URL. As new websites are identified by the category filtering provider they are sorted into their respective content categories.

How Do I Block Internet Access at a Certain Time?

BrowseControl includes three features to restrict internet access based on time – internet quota limitinternet scheduler, and internet timer. 

The Timer feature allows you to turn the internet on or off after a set time limit has elapsed. Once the timer has expired, the Internet settings will return to the previous Internet mode (ON/OFF or Schedule).

The Internet Scheduler allows you to set unique allow and block lists on a set schedule. This is typically used to allow employees or students access to unproductive websites during their breaks while restricting them during work periods. 

The Internet Quota feature allows the administrator to control how long users have access to the Internet on a daily basis. This allows end-users to browse the web throughout the day until their quota is reached. This feature is ideal for internet cafes and other organizations with users that do not require ongoing access to the internet.

Learn More: Using Timer and Internet Quota to Set Internet Time Limits

How Do I Unblock a Specific URL Within a Content Category?

If you would like to block a given web content category while selectively allowing access to specific URLs, simply add the websites you would like to unblock to the URL Allow List.

With this method you can block the Social Media category while allowing access to LinkedIn.com or block the File Hosting category to prevent personal cloud storage use while still allowing access to sanctioned cloud storage providers.

Can I Use Your Internet Monitoring and Web Content Filtering Software for My Remote Users?

Yes. BrowseReporter and BrowseControl support a variety of deployment options that allow you to monitor and restrict internet use no matter where the devices are.

To use our web filtering and internet monitoring software for your remote users, you will need to configure a few settings.

As always, our customer support team is here to assist you so you can make the most out of CurrentWare; if you need assistance you can reach out to us by phone, live chat, or email.

Remote workforce management options:

  1. Port Forwarding: By configuring inbound port forwarding settings on your network’s router you can connect the CurrentWare Client software on your remote user’s computers to the CurrentWare Server in your network.
  2. Cloud Deployment: Install the CurrentWare Server on a cloud-based virtual machine and adjust a few settings to allow traffic between the CurrentWare Server and Clients.

Learn More: Block Websites for Remote Users

How Do I Block a Site on Google Chrome?

You can block websites on Google Chrome by using a compatible website blocking app such as BrowseControl.

Simply add the URL or content category of the website you would like to block on Google Chrome to the block list.

In addition to Google Chrome, BrowseControl can block websites on all the other modern internet browsers including Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera, and more!

What Websites Should I Block?

Which websites you should block depends on the goals of your organization.

For the best results you must ensure that the sites you block align with your organization’s goals.

  • Improve productivity by blocking distracting websites such as Facebook.
  • Maintain a respectable environment by blocking inappropriate websites such as pornography, hate, or crude humor.
  • Improve network security by blocking high-risk websites such as peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, illegal streaming sites, and websites that are known to be malicious.
  • Increase internet speed by blocking bandwidth hogs such as Netflix and YouTube.

Can I Allow Local Network Access While Blocking Internet Access?

Yes. Simply set the internet to “off” in BrowseControl and add the authorized intranet sites to the Allow List using their hostname or IP address.

Learn More: Block Internet & Allow Intranet with BrowseControl

How Do I Find Out What Websites the Web Filtering Solution Has Blocked?

BrowseControl allows you to enable the logging of blocked URLs for troubleshooting purposes.

This allows you to see what websites BrowseControl is blocking, though for optimal performance it is recommended that you disable it after you have finished troubleshooting. 

In addition, you can use BrowseReporter’s URL Categories Visited report to see what URLs have been visited, what category they belong to, and whether or not the user was blocked from accessing the website.

Learn More: Find Out What Websites BrowseControl Is Blocking

How Do I Disable Internet Access for my Users?

To completely block internet access, simply set the internet to “Off” in your BrowseControl web filtering settings. This will allow applications to connect to the internet while preventing your users from browsing the web.

To selectively allow or block URLs, add them to the Allow List (whitelist) or Block List (blacklist/deny list) of the URL filter.

To block websites based on content, add the content category you would like to block from the Category Filtering list. You can exempt specific URLs within a category by adding them to the URL Allow List.

Can I Restrict Internet Access in Citrix, Remote Desktop, and/or Terminal Server Environments?

Yes. The CurrentWare Suite is supported on desktop computers, virtual machines (VMs), and servers running modern versions of the Windows operating system.

CurrentWare is a verified Citrix Ready partner; you can install the CurrentWare Clients on your Citrix Workspace running Windows.

In addition, all CurrentWare components are compatible with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Servers (TS).

When restricting internet access in Citrix with CurrentWare you can block websites on PC Mode to restrict the individual Windows virtual machine or on User Mode to restrict internet access for specific employees across multiple devices and/or virtual machines.

Monitoring and managing your end-users with CurrentWare in a Terminal Services environment works similarly. The exception is that in a Terminal Server/Terminal Services environment the server will be registered as an individual endpoint; to apply granular policies for each user, department, or Organizational Unit you will need to use User Mode.

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How Can I Block Internet Access for a Specific Computer?

The BrowseControl web content filter allows you to assign unique web access policies for each Windows computer, user, or workgroup.

Simply add the specific Windows computer or user you would like to control to their own policy group, then use the Internet Scheduler, URL Filter, or Category Filter to block internet access.

Learn More: How to Restrict Internet Access With BrowseControl

Can I Block HTTPS Sites Without SSL Inspection?

Yes. BrowseControl’s web content filtering methods do not use SSL inspection, SSL stripping, or Transport Layer Security Inspection (TLSI) to block HTTPS sites. This allows you to restrict internet access without the security risks and performance impacts of decrypting web traffic.

What is SSL inspection? SSL inspection is a process in which web content filtering software decrypts, analyzes, and re-encrypts the content of encrypted websites to decide whether or not they should be blocked based on web filtering policies.

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