Freedom in the Press

We're proud of how Freedom improves people's lives by blocking distracting websites and apps. Here, we've collected a few of our favorite articles about Freedom. If you're writing an article about Freedom or would like to interview a member of our team, please contact us at [email protected]. We've included our press kit below.

The New York Times

Stop Your Search Engines

“It came in the form of an app called Freedom, which blocks your Internet access for up to eight hours at a stretch.”

The Economist

Stay on Target

“Software that disables bits of your computer to make you more productive sounds daft, but may help keep distractions at bay.”


How Today's Computers Weaken our Brain

“Boost productivity by switching off the Internet, the chief source of distraction in our times.”


Apps Block Social Media

“Social media sites have gotten so difficult to ignore that millions of people are using apps to stop them from wasting time on the Internet.”


O's 101 Best Pieces of Advice

“Download Freedom, a program that will block you from going online for whatever length of time you set.”

The 4-Hour Workweek

Recommended Tool

“Freedom will free you from the distractions of the Internet, allowing you focus to get real work done. (p. 116-117)”


How to Use Technology to Make You Smarter

“When you need to get work done, use Freedom or another such program that will shut down your access to the Internet for a predetermined period of time.”


'Friends' No More?

“One antidote to the always-on life is Freedom, free software that disables any Apple computer's Internet access for up to eight hours.”


Why is the Freedom App so Popular?

“Yet another friend recently recommended that I try Freedom, the popular program that “locks” you off the Internet. ”


Stop Me Before I Facebook Again

“So, Fred Stutzman, a software developer, created an application to combat all of this time wasting. It's called Anti-Social.”

What Does Procrastination Tell Us About Ourselves?

“In these ever-connected times, the idea of a little self-imposed Freedom sounds like bird-chirping, brook-babbling peace.”

The New York Times

For the Plugged-In, Too Many Choices

“When he has to focus, he relies on Freedom, a productivity application that blocks the Internet for up to eight hours. ”


Your Totally Manageable, 10-Step Guide to Doing a Digital Detox

“The Freedom app lets you block whatever sites distract you on your mobile device or computer, with the goal of helping you focus.”

Harvard Business Review

5 Research-Based Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

“Other times, I turn to an app like Freedom, which blocks access to distracting sites, and require me to physically restart my computer to restore access.”

abc NEWS

10 tips to become friends again with your phone

“There are apps that can help you spend less time on other apps. Price recommends apps like Freedom and Moment to track your usage and set time restraints.”

Bostone Globe

Making his phone dumber was the smartest thing he ever did

“So I installed an app called Freedom, which I’d been using on my laptop for years and was thrilled to learn is now available for smartphones.”


The Best Productivity Apps for the Remote Worker

“If you catch yourself spending too much time perusing time-wasting websites with little to no self-restraint, then Freedom can be of some serious service.”


14 Tools to Help You Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused at Work

“And if you really need to go into hardcore lockdown mode, you can block the entire internet, basically turning your computer into something straight out of 1994–but with more RAM and fewer free hours from AOL.”


Switching Off Online Distraction

“Let me introduce you to something called Freedom, an Internet blocking program for your Mac or PC.”


What Does Procrastination Tell Us About Ourselves?

“A Ph.D. candidate at Chapel Hill wrote software that enables people to shut off their access to the Internet for up to eight hours; the program, called Freedom.”


Working From Home: Give Golden Rules

“Use a program such as Freedom internet blocker, which turns off web access for a specified period. When I start my working day, I set Freedom to 180 minutes.”


The Best Apps For Your New Mac

“Try out the handy little $10 utility Freedom, which simply cuts off your internet connection for a specified period of time.”


Stop Procrastinating! Here's How

“Alas, this won’t work if your main distraction, your laptop, is also your main work tool. But that’s why they make Freedom.”

the Atlantic

Christopher Hayes: What I Read

“A grad student told me about a life-changing piece of freeware at a wedding called Freedom. I usually wake up... then I turn on Freedom for two hours.”


5 Steps Entrepreneurs Should Take To Get More Done

“My morning routine is simple: After I brush and shower, I: 1) Shut off the Internet for 30 minutes (using Freedom).”


How to Stop Procrastinating

“Freedom (, $10) disables all roads to the Internet for an allotted amount of time. And cheating isn’t easy—to sneak back online early.”

All Things Digital.

Focus! No Willpower Required

“After entering my password and starting the session, I was startled by how much I use the Internet without thinking about it while working.”


Three Self-Delusions that Influence Your Productivity

“People who get this concept use programs like Freedom, which disables Internet access on a computer for up to eight hours... making it impossible for future-you to sabotage your work.”


How to Say No - Especially to Things You Want to Do

“Some folks use the equivalent of barricading the refrigerator with software like Freedom. But I wonder if we could go further and help each other out.”


Wir brauchen mal 'ne Pause

“Das populärste dieser Selbstdisziplinprogramme heißt Freedom. Für einmalig zehn Dollar wird der Browser stundenlang komplett abgeschaltet.”

A smiling face

100 Tips About Life, People, and Happiness

“88. Download Freedom. Use it for an hour every day. [Viral post, 12k likes, 1MM+ Visits - By author of "Trust Agents"]”


Block Online Distractions So You Can Get Work Done

“The grandaddy of the Internet restriction programs, Freedom has garnered celeb fans like Dave Eggers, Nick Hornby, Seth Godin and Nora Ephron.”


The 7-Step Method to Find Focus for Writing

“Clear distractions. Just before your writing block, turn off the Internet. Use Freedom or some other Internet blocker.”


15 Apps That’ll Make You Insanely Productive

“The app is incredibly simple to use. Create a list of your app and website weaknesses (Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, the whole internet, etc.).”


Everything You Need to Actually Meet Your Deadlines

“If your job doesn't require you to be online to communicate or access assets, you should probably just ditch the whole damn internet until you're done with your project.”


Do you have an Internet addiction? Here’s how you can control it.

“Turn off your router, and go do something else. Mac and Windows users can use an app like Freedom to switch off your Internet connection for up to 8 hours at a time.”

Le Monde

Déconnexion choisie

“Sur le Net, le commerce de logiciels qui, à l'instar de Freedom et Anti-Social, bloquent votre accès à la Toile pour une poignée de dollars serait en pleine forme.”


How to stop procrastinating today!

“Freedom disables all roads to the Internet for an allotted amount of time. And cheating isn't easy -- to sneak back online early, you have to reboot your computer.”


Here's Why Your Friends Aren't Saving Money

“Causing an intentional passive barrier by intentionally removing something.. install software like Freedom to force yourself not to browse 50 websites in a day.”

Mother Jones

Robin Sloan's Low-Tech Triumph

“One of the things I did—I had to do it—is I have an app called Freedom. Freedom, though. I should say on the back: "This book brought to you by Freedom."”


Why Boredom Is Good for Your Creativity

“Secondly, I go into airplane mode – switching off the phone and email, and using Freedom to lock me off the internet. ”


GPS for the Soul: A Killer App for Better Living

“As "Freedom" shows, the solution to the problems created by technology isn't anti-technology, but more and better technology.”

Start being more productive today

Get Started Now