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LeechBlock – stop wasting time and get back to work with this brilliant free Firefox addon


You’re weak, you know you are. You cruise the wrong kind of sites when you should be working, reading trash (like this), procrastinating, avoiding work. That’s why you need LeechBlock, an awesome Firefox addon which lets you set up access controls for various sites you need to avoid if you’re ever going to get any work done.

You can block sites by URL, day, time, time spent…you name it. You can even set a password and then hide the unlock settings. Hey why not get your partner to set the whole thing up for you and ‘forget’ the password, if you really need help.

I really like the idea you can set yourself a limit for individual sites, which means you can only browse them for x minutes in an hour. That’s a pretty cool way to stop you wasting A WHOLE CHUFFIN’ morning reading about kittens and Chezburgers.

If the governments of the world made this thing mandatory two things would happen. 1) Worker productivity would rise 3000% and 2) everyone would start using Google Chrome. Nasty but awesome.

 You can specify up to six sets of sites to block, with different times and days for each set. You can block sites within fixed time periods (e.g., between 9am and 5pm), after a time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour), or with a combination of time periods and time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour between 9am and 5pm). You can also set a password for access to the extension options, just to slow you down in moments of weakness!

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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