Make sure the kids aren't looking at porn, and your employees aren't reading Facebook: here's how to block (and unblock) unwanted, adult or unsavoury websites on a Mac, covering Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other web browsers
There are lots of reasons why you might wish to block certain websites on a Mac. Probably the two most common ones are stopping kids from looking at porn on the family computer (but still being able to look things up for homework), and stopping employees from wasting time on Facebook or similar when they should be using work sites.
But if you only want to set up a few restrictions on a single Mac, it’s probably easier to just tinker with the settings – and we explain how to do this in following tutorial. Note that this applies restrictions to a separate non-admin user account; the main admin account will still be able to access all the sites it wants to.
We’ll assume here that you haven’t already set up a separate user account for your kids or whoever isn’t supposed to be looking at the sites, but if you have – and that account simply needs to have web-access restrictions placed on it – then we’ll explain which steps to skip. This method cannot apply restrictions to administrator accounts.
One final word. You’ll spot a few Safari icons in the following dialogue boxes, but don’t be fooled: the restrictions will apply to any and every
web browser on your Mac. You don’t need to set up separate restrictions for Firefox, Chrome and so on.
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