android hotspot filtering and blocking
October 6, 2013 3:42 AM Subscribe
I want to be able to treat my android wifi hotspot like a router and moderate the content that I can access through it. Is there something like a hosts file I can use? I want to block distracting websites.
posted by titanium_geek to computers & internet (3 answers total)
I go through periods of obsessively reading the internet (including metafilter) and this seriously hampers my productivity. (seriously, brain, what is with the addiction to interesting but not directly useful information??) Usually this is during holiday periods, but also when I get stressed. (It's numbing and then I don't have to deal with the discomfort of the present.)
I have dealt with this in the past by using the hosts file on my computer to route my browser to 127.0.0.1 instead of the problematic site, which stops the auto-pilot habitual browsing, and helps me (re)develop the self-discipline to use my time appropriately. However I have moved house since my last major bout with this issue and now consume my internet through an android phone data connection (3/4G)- either on the phone's browser or by using the "portable wifi hotspot", instead of through a router and wifi connection.
I know I can put the hosts file back in place on my computer, but I also now consume internet through multiple devices and would like to block the distracting sites at the node: my phone.
So: how can I do that? I've got an Android ZTE T81 with the vanilla OS - 4.0.4. Happy to consider purchasing an app/solution that works. (preferably 5$ or less.) (I've also just installed Tasker, which probably isn't directly useful to this problem, but I have no idea if it might be.)
Bonus points for self-discipline tips, that will let me benefit from good websites without getting sucked down rabbit holes, but I am really looking for a technical solution to fix/stop this now. I know I can just unblock the site again, but blocking websites has helped in the past and I'm looking for how to implement this in my new situation.
If I can't filter my 3G connection, how would I go about blocking sites on android devices, preferably without installing a new browser?