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Prevent Bypassing Blocking

Prevent Deleting Blocks

Close the 1Focus window to prevent deleting active blocks.

You can still delete blocks that are not active yet. If that is a problem for you, let us know.

Prevent Force Quit and More

Here is how to prevent force quitting 1Focus and other ways to bypass it.

  1. Select the tab Apps in 1Focus.
  2. Click the + button below the list. A dialog will appear.
  3. Type Activity Monitor in the search field in the top right.
  4. Select Activity Monitor and click Open.
  5. Repeat this for the apps Terminal, and System Settings (previously System Preferences).

You can also block unsupported web browsers like Firefox here. The supported browsers are Safari, Chrome, Brave, Edge, Opera, and Arc.

Prevent Uninstallation

Once you close the 1Focus window, you can no longer cancel active blocks. For example, you cannot move 1Focus to the Trash when blocking is active. However, there might still be ways for a computer administrator to uninstall 1Focus. Here are two solutions to prevent that.

Hide 1Focus

  1. Open the app Terminal (Applications → Utilities → Terminal).
  2. Copy and paste the following into Terminal all at once: sudo chflags hidden /Applications/1Focus.app; defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock
  3. Press the Enter key.
  4. Type your Mac user password. You have to enter your password because hiding 1Focus requires administrator privileges. It is normal that you cannot see it while typing.
  5. Press the Enter key.

Done, 1Focus is now hidden and more difficult to delete. You can still find it using the search bar in Finder.

Use a Non-Administrator Account

  1. Create a new user Admin under System Settings → Users & Groups → Add Account. Be sure to enable Allow this user to administer this computer.
  2. Log into the new account Admin.
  3. Remove Allow this user to administer this computer from your other account under System Settings → Users & Groups → Info icon next to your account.
  4. Still under the account Admin, move 1Focus to the Trash, delete it from the Trash and reinstall it from the Mac App Store.
  5. Log into your other account.

Now you can no longer delete 1Focus using your account. You can protect the account Admin using a long password. Or have an accountability partner add a code to the end of the password that you don’t know. Just be sure not to lose the password because you will need it every once in a while to make changes to your computer.

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