How to lock Facebook in your firm

Do you have a role as a manager in a small company and do not want your employees wasting their time on Facebook? Would you like to block access to social networks from the office computer but you’re not an expert on this kind of thing you do not know how to do? This is the right post for you.

There are several solutions that allow you to block access to websites and social networks in a simple way. All you need is just a little ‘time at their disposal. If you want to know more, here’s how to block Facebook in the company step by step.

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If you are looking for a solution on how to block Facebook in the company, you might try to enter the configuration panel of the router, enable the Web address filtering and add Facebook to the list of sites to block. Unfortunately, not all routers support this feature and how to activate it varies from device to device, so I can not be very precise about all the steps to follow.

Regardless of the routers used in the company to access the Internet, to enter the printer’s control panel you have to open the browser and connect to the address 192.168.1.1. You will be prompted to enter your username and password to log on to the panel: very often, the default combination for login is admin/admin.

Once logged into the router’s configuration panel, you have to find the option to enable content filtering. Thomson routers usually found in the Toolbox> Parental control, on those Netgear there are options called Block Sites/Block services (blocking sites/services block), while those on the Linksys usually content filtering is located in Access restrictions (restricted access).

At this point, the active address filtering, enter the addresses to block Facebook and click the Add/Save to save the changes. Because Facebook uses the HTTPS protocol, and a wide range of addresses, it is not possible to prohibit access to it by simply adding facebook.com to the list of addresses to be filtered but you have to block the IP range of the social network:

  • 66.220.144.0 – 66.220.159.255
  • 69.63.176.0 – 69.63.191.255
  • 69.171.224.0 – 69.171.255.255
  • 204.15.20.0 – 204.15.23.255
  • 65.201.208.24/29
  • 65.204.104.128/28
  • 66.92.180.48/28
  • 66.93.78.176/29
  • 66.199.37.136/29
  • 67.200.105.48/30
  • 74.119.76.0/22
  • 173.252.64.0/18

Some routers also provide content filtering based on keyword. That means you can block all sites that may refer to Facebook or games on the latter (example with the keyword Zynga) without specifying the precise addresses to be filtered.

Another very effective method to block Facebook in the company is to configure all computers on the network to use OpenDNS servers (208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220), create a free account on the website of the service and set up a custom filter for the block to Facebook. Then you’ll need to install a small utility called DNS Updater (available for Windows and Mac) on company computers and you’re done.

How to lock Facebook in your firm

I know, it seems an operation a bit long and complicated. But I assure you it is not so! In fact it is an extremely easy to accomplish.