You'll be best off spending your time at school working as opposed to messing about on social media. Education institutions and businesses block access to certain websites for good reason. But...If you feel you must take a sneaky peak at your Facebook profile while at school, during an allocated break of course, you can get round any firewall blocks your network administrator has put in place by using either a web-based or client-based proxy server.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Mobile device
Navigate to a list of web-based proxy servers such as those supplied by Pxaa or ProxyListy.com. Alternatively, check out a collection of web-based proxy lists at web information service Alexa. You'll find a list of web-based proxies sorted by the country and connection speed. As a rule of thumb, expect any proxy you use to be slower than your school's Internet connection.
Click through to proxies that are listed as offering a fast connection speed. Type "www.facebook.com" into the URL box and press "Enter." Some web-based proxy sites boast a direct Facebook link on their homepage. If the proxy you've chosen appears to be a little on the slow side, go back to your list and try an alternative.
Enter your Facebook login credentials as normal and click through to access your profile. Site rendering and navigation may be a little ropey if you've stuck with a slow proxy site, but you should be able to access all Facebook services in the same way you would over a normal Internet connection.
Take a look at proxy software such as the Hola Unblocker plug-in for Google's Chrome browser, the delightfully-named Hide My Ass and Launchpad from Proxify. Some client-based proxy solutions are free, while others are paid-for, typically on a subscription basis. Those that do cost money are often available for a free trail period.
Download and install the program of your choice and follow its instructions to get it up and running. Configuring your proxy settings will typically be as simple as clicking a few links in a user interface. Some applications offer a selection of proxy connections based in different countries. If your program offers a choice, try out a few different options to find the fastest connection speed.
Go to Facebook as you would normally using the browser your proxy software is configured to work with. You'll be able to log into your account and use the site as you would over a standard connection. If you encounter any speed/connection-related problems, try switching to another proxy, provided your application offers a choice.
Tips and warnings
- Your network administrator may block terms such as "proxy" or "unblock" from web searches, so you might want to find proxy lists at home and take them in to school with you.
- If using proxy servers to access your Facebook profile and other blocked sites at school seems a bit too much like hard work and could get you into trouble, take a smartphone or tablet computer in with you and access whatever you want over a mobile connection.
- It's likely your school's network administrator will block any web-based proxy servers after you visit them and remove any proxy software you download and install on a school computer. As such, you'll need to use fresh proxies as and when your old ones are blocked or removed. In light of this, it's not a good idea to buy a proxy subscription exclusively for use at school.
- Be conscious of any punishment you'd receive if you were caught accessing Facebook on a school computer. Consider whether or not checking your profile is worth the risk of being hit with a bunch of detentions or worse.
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