Do you want to block a few websites on your computer with a password so others sharing your computer can’t access them? When you block websites using a web extension, do your children switch browsers to see offensive content, so you’re looking for a dependable solution?
In this article, we will explain how to limit other users’ access to one browser and block websites with a password on that browser.
Why You Shouldn’t Rely Only on Blocking Websites Using Browser Extensions
These days, kids are incredibly smart. If you go the usual route of using a browser extension that allows users to block websites with a password, your children will only need to learn how to download a different browser than what they are currently using, and they will be able to get access to blocked content.
Due to this, you should add a device-level block to prevent other users from visiting specific websites. Implementing the following two steps will properly block a website with a password:
- Restrict other users’ access to one browser (Microsoft Edge) where you want to block websites.
- Use the BlockSite extension to block a website(s) on Microsoft Edge.
Let’s explore how you can use the Parental Controls inside your Windows device to limit users to only using Microsoft Edge.
How to Limit a User to Use Only Microsoft Edge Using Windows Parental Controls
Make sure you have a separate account for the other user or your child before proceeding.
1. Set Up Your Child’s Account
To block your kid’s access to other browsers, you must add a child account to your family group. You can skip this step if you already have added your child’s Microsoft account. If not, follow these steps to create a Microsoft account for your kid and add it to the list of family users:
- Right-click on the Windows Start button and select Settings.
- In the Windows Settings app, navigate to the Accounts tab in the left sidebar.
- In the right pane, click Family and other users.
- Next to Add a family member, click on Add account.
- Add a child account if you already have one. If not, click on Create one for a child.
- Enter an email address to create a new child account and click Next.
- Then, enter a strong password and click Next.
- Then, enter your child’s first and last name and click the Next button.
- Then, select your country and birthday and click Next.
Following the above steps, you will be notified that a new account has been added to your family group. Hit the Close button, and you’ll see a new account added as a family member.
Once you have done this, click on the Windows Start button, click the profile icon in the bottom left, and then click on the newly created profile.
After that, enter your password and follow the on-screen instructions to help Windows set up your newly added account. Signing in to your account completes the setup process.
To create your kid’s account in another way, check out how to create a local user account on Windows 11. After that, you can customize the Parental Controls from your administrative account.
2. How to Set Up Parental Controls for Your New Account
Follow these steps to set up Parental Controls for your new account:
- Log in to your administrator account.
- Open Windows Security by typing “Windows Security” in Windows Search.
- In the left sidebar, click the Family options tab.
- In the right pane, click View family settings.
- Hit OK after selecting your preferred browser to open the link.
- Use your Microsoft account to sign in to the Microsoft Family Safety official website.
- You’ll see the newly added account as a family member on the Microsoft Family Safety home page. To customize its settings, click on it.
- In the left sidebar, go to the Content filters tab.
- Go to the Apps and games filter.
- Choose 5 from the dropdown menu of Apps and games rated up to age.
As you scroll down on the Apps and games filters section, you’ll notice almost all browsers you could think would be automatically added to the Blocked apps list. It means the user won’t be able to use any of the listed browsers.
After that, you need to block websites with a password on Microsoft Edge.
How to Block a Website With a Password on Microsoft Edge
The instructions below will guide you through blocking websites with a password using Microsoft Edge’s BlockSite extension. However, you must subscribe to its premium plan to access this feature. Thus, to block websites with a password in Microsoft Edge, subscribe to BlockSite’s premium plan and follow these steps:
- Sign in to the account of the other user for whom you want to block websites.
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Go to Microsoft Edge’s add-ons page to add the BlockSite extension.
- Upon adding the extension to your browser, right-click on the extension and click Extension options.
- In the left sidebar, click Password Protection.
- Check the box for Protect your preferred BlockSite options and the Edge extension page with a password.
- After that, you’ll be asked to create your BlockSite credentials by setting up an email address and password.
- After adding that, click Save, and you’ll be prompted to verify your email address. Therefore, complete the verification process.
- Next, click the Block Sites tab on the top-left and add websites you’d like to block.
The above steps will prevent users from accessing blocked websites using the same profile or InPrivate window on Microsoft Edge, but they may still be able to access them by switching profiles. Follow these steps to prevent them from creating new profiles in Edge:
- In Windows Search, type “Registry Editor.”
- Right-click on Registry Editor and hit Run as administrator.
- Windows will ask you for your administrator account PIN to grant administrator permission.
- Once administrator access has been granted, navigate to the following path in the Registry Editor:
- Right-click on Microsoft and select New > Key to create a new key named “Edge.”
- Next, right-click on Edge and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the new DWORD value “BrowserAddProfileEnabled.”
- Restart your browser.
The steps above will prevent the user sharing your computer from adding a new profile on Edge. Thus, they will be unable to access the blocked websites unless they remove them from the BlockSite extension, whose password only you know. Furthermore, since users cannot access any other browser, they won’t be able to access blocked websites.
While you can block these websites, you must also teach your kids about online safety. To do that, check out our list of websites to help kids learn how to use the internet safely.
Protect Your Kids From Inappropriate Content
The effects of inappropriate content on a person’s mental health can be serious if they are exposed to it at an early age. We hope our tips will help you block websites with passwords and prevent your kids from visiting websites you have blocked on any browser.
In this age of unfiltered content on the web and other associated concerns, it’s imperative that your kids stay safe online.