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Mindful Browsing for Mac

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Key Details of Mindful Browsing

  • Safari plugin that blocks websites of your choosing to help you be more productive.
  • Last updated on 5/25/2014
  • There have been 5 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

As an extension for the Safari Web browser, Mindful Browsing for Mac allows users to block sites they check too often. With its easy-to-use features and seamless integration with the browser, the application successfully accomplishes the task of reminding easily-distracted users what they shouldn't be doing.

After downloading, the free extension installs quickly into Safari, and its preferences appear in the menu without your having to restart the browser. A new icon installs just next to the URL bar. While it is not clearly labeled or obvious in its function, holding the mouse over it does tell the user it is part of the application. Mindful Browsing for Mac is based on the premise that users often visit Web sites multiple times throughout the day, even when there are few to no changes. This distraction is troublesome to many who need to focus on things like work or school. While visiting one of these sites, users can click on the icon, which adds it to a blocked list. Later, if the user attempts to visit the site, a pop-up displays, asking the user if they really want to visit the site. Now, this isn't a complete blocker -- you'll have the option of continuing on to the site -- but this extra reminder may be just enough of a prompt to keep you from spending too much time on specific sites. The Preferences menu also allows the program to be activated only on certain days, which can be useful for those who want the restrictions for work time.

If you find yourself easily distracted by checking the same Web sites multiple times per day, then Mindful Browsing for Mac can be a very useful tool to keep you focused on other tasks.

What's new in version 1.8

- Corrected problem with calculating the duration that a site has been blocked.- Added support for Bing images, Facebook Groups, Facebook Business, and Facebook Messages.

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Full Specifications

May 25, 2014
Latest update
May 25, 2014
Operating System
OS X 10.8, OS X 10.9, Mac OS X, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements
Total Downloads
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Developer's Description

Safari plugin that blocks websites of your choosing to help you be more productive.
Modern websites are designed to be engaging and rewarding. They encourage you to keep coming back for more.This is great when it means that the internet is becoming more useful in our lives, but sometimes it's a problem.Do you ever find yourself 'checking' your favorite website many times a day to see if there's been an update? Or looking online for something you need, only to realize that you've been distracted by a news site and you don't know what happened to the last hour?Mindful Browsing is free, but if you find it useful please consider donating to support development. Thanks! Are there sites you'd rather not see because what you read antagonizes you?With Mindful Browsing, you can block the websites that cause you these problems. Once blocked, if you try to visit one of these sites by following a link, clicking a bookmark, or typing the address, Mindful Browsing will show you a warning page reminding you that you blocked the site, and encouraging you to decide whether or not you really want to visit the site.