Important update: Freedom now supports website exceptions on our Mac and Windows clients.
if you're using a Mac, please visit our updated document to learn how to add website exceptions.
if you're using Windows, please visit our updated document to learn how to add website exceptions.
This document should only be used if you need to make a special exception to the proxy, such as allowing an app that does not allow a proxy bypass.
Block all websites, but allow email, Spotify, Pandora, Dropbox, etc.
On Freedom, you'll run a "Block All Websites" session, and configure your desktop clients as follows:
Mac Instructions: To block all websites, but allow streaming services/printing/email to work in the background, open up the app and choose Options → Advanced Options → and ensure that "Block All Internet Connectivity" and "Block Email and Chat" are not selected.
Windows Instructions: Make sure that any services you want to use are set to NOT use the system proxy. This will allow the apps to bypass the Freedom block.
Specific Client Instructions:
- Spotify - Preferences → Advanced Settings → Proxy → No Proxy
- Dropbox - Configure Dropbox Proxy
- Google Drive - Should work natively
- Pandora One - Should work natively
- Other apps - ensure they are not using the system proxy, and they should be able to connect.
Setting up proxy bypass
On your Mac, open up System Preferences → Network → Advanced → Proxies. You're going to add some addresses to the field "Bypass proxy settings for these hosts & domains."
On your Windows computer, open up Settings → Network & Internet → Proxy
You're going to add some addresses to the field "Use the proxy server except for addresses that start with the following entries. Use semicolons to separate entries"
Allowing iCloud & other Apple services
Add these to your exclusion list:
*.apple.com, *.icloud.com, 188.8.131.52/8