The nuclear option for blocking Facebook and Google

I took the list of domains from the following pages:

  • https://qz.com/1234502/how-to-block-facebook-all-the-urls-you-need-to-block-to-actually-stop-using-facebook/
  • https://superuser.com/questions/1135339/cant-block-connections-to-google-via-hosts-file

And then I edited my computer’s /etc/hosts file to include the following lines.

This blocks my computer from contacting Google and Facebook, and now a lot of sites load way faster. It still allows Youtube, but you can un-comment those lines out too, if you like.

Put it on your computer too!

(To view the big block of text that you need to copy into your /etc/hosts, click the following button. It’s hidden by default because it’s BIG.)

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One thought on “The nuclear option for blocking Facebook and Google”

  1. I also recommend following these instructions to set up a togglehosts function:

    https://borisschapira.com/2018/09/one-host-file-to-block-them-all/

    If you use #elementaryOS and want to use the togglehost function and the cron job from this blog post:

    1. Put the togglehost function in ~/.bash_aliases
    2. Put the following modified line in $ crontab -e

    * * * * * if [ ! -e /etc/hosts ]; then export DISPLAY=:0.0 && /usr/bin/notify-send “Hosts file does not exist”; fi

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