As the long-await­ed pre­miere of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awak­ens approached last week, I was hit with a harsh real­i­ty: I’ve got to leave the inter­net. Shut down Face­book, avoid news sites, and shun most of my friends for the week, how else can I avoid spoil­ers?

Like many oth­ers, I’m attempt­ing to avoid as many details about the movie as pos­si­ble, big or small, so I can go see the movie com­plete­ly clue­less, ready for what­ev­er hap­pens. Even one stray plot point and my day could be ruined. Luck­i­ly, J.J. Abrams and Dis­ney have kept the sto­ry but­toned up for us so far, giv­ing us a unique chance of expe­ri­enc­ing the movie like many did when A New Hope first pre­miered. But once the film starts mak­ing its way into the hands of those out­side the inner­most cir­cles, well …

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Use the Force

So how do you be a mod­ern, con­nect­ed per­son and still avoid spoil­ers? You need help. Thats’s why we built Force Block, a Google Chrome exten­sion that uses smart pat­tern detec­tion to ana­lyze the web pages you vis­it, run­ning the con­tent through a data­base of Star Wars terms. If it detects too many relat­ed terms, or cer­tain extreme­ly potent terms, it will flag the page and give you a prop­er warn­ing:

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If you aren’t wor­ried about the spoil­ers you can pro­ceed any­way, or if it’s a page you trust, you can whitelist it from being blocked in the future.

Down­load the Chrome exten­sion here:

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And if you sense a dis­tur­bance in the exten­sion feel free to email us or shoot us a mes­sage on Twit­ter.

May the Force be with you, always!

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