How to deactivate Facebook: Admit it. Since you joined Facebook, your productivity in the workplace has dropped significantly. Of course, every now and then we all have the right to disconnect from the work routine but having a “magnetic” tool like Facebook always just a click away, it is tempting to take a peek at messages and posts from friends much more than it would be necessary.
So, how can you resist such a strong temptation? How to deactivate Facebook temporarily, so as to focus exclusively on work without completely losing the ability to access the social network from the office? The answer are some free programs, very simple to use but tremendously effective, which I am about to introduce you to. Here they are.
If you want to find out how to deactivate Facebook and use the operating system Windows, I recommend you to use Cold Turkey. It is a free program that allows you to block access to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks in all browsers for a customizable period of time, up to a maximum of 7 days.
If you want to try it, connect to Cold Turkey website and click on the green button Download to download the program to your PC. When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (Cold_Turkey_Setup_0.7_free.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Run and then on Yup And Next. Then accept the conditions of use of the program, putting the check mark next to the item I accept the agreement, and first click on Next for four consecutive times and then on Install And Finish to finish the installation process and start Cold Turkey.
In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the names of the sites you want to deny access (in this case, Facebook), select the day and time to expire the block from the field Till When? (put the check mark next to the item 24-hr format to activate the time format with 24 hours) and click on the button Go cold Turkey! to make the program run.
From this moment on, Facebook and all other sites selected in Cold Turkey will be inaccessible with all browsers until the timer expires. There is nothing you can do to deactivate the block, and this is where the utility of the program is! If you want to ban access to social networks for a period longer than 7 days, you can consider purchasing the Serious version of Cold Turkey which costs $ 4.99.
If you use a Mac, can deactivate Facebook easily even with the latter. All you need to do is turn to SelfControl, a free program that allows you to block access to Facebook and other Internet sites on all browsers based on a customizable timer.
To download SelfControl on your computer, connect to the website of the program and click on the button Download SelfControl. When the download is complete, select the icon SelfControl with the mouse and drag it into the folder Applications of OS X to install the program on the Mac.
Now, start SelfControl and click on the button You open to access the main software window. Next, click on the button Edit Blacklist to open the list of Internet sites to be blocked and add https://www.facebook.com to the latter by clicking on the button + located at the bottom left.
Finally, use the program adjustment bar to set the duration of the block (it ranges from a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of 1 day) and click on the button Start to activate the ban on visiting blacklisted sites. The block will work on all browsers and cannot be deactivated in any way.