PawBlock

PawBlock

Block websites to prevent procrastination and excessive web surfing.

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What is PawBlock?

PawBlock is a Firefox add-on that helps you block websites and prevent procrastination and excessive web surfing. Specify a list of websites to block and enjoy increased productivity. No tracking or analytics services are used, ensuring your browsing history remains private.

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By: Danny Guo
Users: 157 ▲ 5
Rating: 4.60 (15)
Version: 0.5.1 (Last updated: 2022-12-29)
Creation date: 2017-08-11
Weekly download count: 11
Firefox on Android: Yes
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • https://*/*
  • http://*/*
  • downloads
  • storage
  • webNavigation
Size: 980.48K
URLs: Website
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Summary

PawBlock allows you to specify a list of websites that you want to stop yourself from accessing. If you find yourself procrastinating a lot or just spending too much time on certain websites, this may be the add-on for you. When you try to visit a page that matches an entry in your block list, you'll be blocked with a picture of a sad looking animal. To change it to a happy looking animal, you just have to hover over the button to go back.

PawBlock does not utilize any tracking or analytics services and does not send your browsing history anywhere.

After you install PawBlock, you can use the toolbar button to turn PawBlock on and off and to open the options page. From there, you can specify the list of websites to block. If you only want to block a particular section of a website, you can specify a path.

You may also configure how strict the block should be. A hard block means you won't be allowed to continue to the intended page. A soft block means there will be a button that allows you to bypass the block. With the soft block, you can also configure a countdown before the button is clickable.

On the options page, you may also export your block list to a file or import a file with the same data format.

You can check out the homepage or view the source code on GitHub.

If you have any questions, issues, or feedback, please submit them on GitHub, or let me know through Twitter. Please read the FAQ before doing so.

User reviews
A simple block list that you can add pages to, then turn on and off. A little friction, but not crazy friction. That's all I need. There are other addons, with a TON of options and full lockdown mode, but this is a simple On and Off addon. And I love the use animal pictures here. Now I just have to add addons.mozilla.org to the blocklist as well!
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Safety
Risk impact

PawBlock may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

PawBlock has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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