A computer is a modern-day addiction as both teenagers and adults are so used to it that they remain glued to their monitors even when it is not required. It’s ok for a website to pop-up advertisements and links when you are idle but imagine you are in the middle of something very important like fund transfers or video call and a lame pop-up window appears for suggesting you lose some weight. Tragically funny isn’t it? Imagine your boss who is giving a really important presentation about your next project clicks on something inadvertently and a bikini-clad lady appears on your huge projector screen for selling Viagra. Would he spare you if you allow this to happen?
These things not only divert your attention but there are numerous other websites that hack your systems by sending malicious threats and viruses through registration forms, lucky draws, easy earning techniques, etc. Therefore, it is necessary to block them from the security point of view as well. Now you will ask whether we can block such websites without spending too much. Yes, you can block such websites from creeping into your network and that without spending a penny!
Here’s a simple process to follow if you want to block unencrypted websites:
Step 1: Block the unencrypted websites
All the websites do not come with the encrypted security and are more prone to risks than the websites secured HTTPS links. These unencrypted websites do not feature the “s’” letter in their HTTPS link and they can be easily blocked using your router settings.
I will let you know how to do that in a simple and lucid manner:
- Enter the login credentials of your router by entering its configuration and settings page on an internet explorer or a web browser. If you have not logged in previously, enter the default login id and password.
Note: The default login id and password is “admin” in most cases. However, some routers can be configured other defaults as well.
- Explore the security or firewall menu for finding the section which contains options for entering the websites which are to be blocked. Usually, this section is named “Blocked URLs” or “Blocked domains”. You also have the option to remove a website from the blocked list.
However, you can only block unencrypted websites by using this method.
Step 2: Block unwanted encrypted websites
Most of the encrypted websites are safe but some of these websites can still cause inconvenience by sending too many adverts and updates that disturb the daily work of connections in your network. However, the secured HTTPS websites cannot be directly blocked from most of the routers.
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Follow these simple steps to block secured websites from your router:
- You can avail the free DNS service providers such as OpenDNS, FREEDNS, etc. to block any encrypted website from your router. For that, you will have to sign up for that particular DNS provider and enter the configuration page of the DNS.
- You will find a DDNS tab in the setup tab of the router. DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System) is a service through which your DNS automatically updates a domain name. You will have to disable the DDNS so that you can manually block either a part of the website or the entire domain. This can be easily done using the web filter settings of your free DNS service.
Advantages of blocking websites directly from routers:
- By blocking websites directly from the router you need not change the web browser settings of all the connected systems in your network. This saves both your time and effort.
- You can prioritize the work ethics of your network by blocking social media websites, porn websites, etc.
- By blocking a particular website you are blocking all the discrepancies which it is creating in the background.