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Posted by Sterno 
block http
October 08, 2009 03:51AM
i dont understand why we need block http if peerblock blocks ips then wont it also block http.could someone please explain the use of block http option
Re: block http
October 08, 2009 04:41AM
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Hi sterno,

Block HTTP basically leaves PeerBlock to do it's thing, it's ALLOW http that makes any difference. if allow http is on then ports 80 and 443 are allowed no matter whether thay're on your block lists. if block http is on then peerblock does as normal.

i do see how this could be confusing, do you (and others) think perhaps "HTTP is blocked" should not display; only "HTTP is allowed"? perhaps rather than a button and a text box, just make it a check box for "[] allow HTTP"?
Re: block http
October 08, 2009 05:35AM
i kinda like being able to toggle it on and off
Re: block http
October 08, 2009 09:29AM
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hoodadilly Wrote:
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> i do see how this could be confusing, do you (and
> others) think perhaps "HTTP is blocked" should not
> display; only "HTTP is allowed"? perhaps rather
> than a button and a text box, just make it a check
> box for "[] allow HTTP"?

Actually, I think at least rewording the tray-icon right-click menu to "Allow HTTP" would make sense - the default condition is to Block, so Allow would be an "exceptional" (i.e. nonstandard) configuration. Note that with a patch night_stalker_z submitted last night, starting with our next release we will be displaying a yellow "warning" PeerBlock icon if you're not blocking HTTP, which will 1) help people remember that they turned this off, and 2) remind people that we recommend against allowing HTTP on a permanent basis.

As far as updating the main UI goes, I agree we could make this a bit less confusing. Another thing that might help would be to put in some "tooltips" to popup if you hover over e.g. the "Allow HTTP" button for a little while, to help explain that what it does.

If anyone has any additional thoughts on making this (or anything else) less confusing, please share them!

        ---  Mark  ---




Lead developer of PeerBlock
Re: block http
October 08, 2009 01:14PM
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Hi Mark,

I have a question about HTTP blocking that I couldn't find the answer to in the documentation on PeerBlock.com (and I know that the documentation for the program is still under development).

How do we *add* individual websites to PB that we want to allow, e.g. sites that we frequently surf to? In order words, if we want to have the Block HTTP option on in PB, Amazon.com is blocked - how do we add individual exceptions?

(And are there instructions anywhere on how to make our own "Allow" lists?)

Thanks!
Re: block http
October 08, 2009 03:42PM
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hi gammazon, i asked the same thing when i first came here, basically all you have to do is surf the internet like you normally do then when peerblock blocks a particular site that you are at the tray icon will blink and you should get a message basically saying web page could not be loaded, once that happens open peerblock and look for the ip address that was blocked upon your entering that site then right-click on that address(you might have to goto the view history to find the ip address) and click to perm allow (note: it takes alittle time for it to be added to your perm:allow lists, but that should allow to keep http blocked and surf the internet), every website that you goto that pb blocks thats all you have to do to allow it through, if you trust that site then add it to your perm/allow list, hope this helps.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/08/2009 03:45PM by brandonjm8.
Re: block http
October 08, 2009 10:20PM
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Hi Gammazon,

PeerBlock currently does not block "websites", only "IP Adresses".

most websites are linked to only a single IP, so as brandonjm8 said, you simply need to allow that IP address (see [www.peerblock.com]).

other websites (typically larger ones, perhaps amazon though i'm not sure) use multiple IP addresses... which can be a pain in the @#$%&!

you'll need to allow multiple IP's (in the same way though) for it to work, and unfortunatly there's no (easy) way of knowing which IP's are releated to which site.

There's a discussion going on here [forums.peerblock.com] relating to implementing a feature to fix that, but it'll likely be a fair way off yet.

cheers,

hoota
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