School and Work Firewalls blocking Facebook
Most school and work Internet networks block entertainment, chatting, and networking sites like Facebook to keep people on task. The truth is that these sites are addictive and distracting. These blocks are created with firewalls. Firewalls mediate the communication of IPs on the network with IPs outside of the network. You can unblock Facebook when it’s blocked by a firewall by using a proxy. Proxies use cached data or make requests on your behalf to provide you access with blocked sites.
Governments blocking Facebook with Firewalls
The world is moving towards the direction of further integration of social networking sites into everyday business and communication. Sites like Facebook and YouTube have gone beyond their original purpose of “just being fun” and turned into billion dollars businesses. However, Facebook, YouTube, and other similar sites (Vimeo, Twitter) have been banned in China due to the censorship laws about national security. Facebook is blocked in China with The Great Firewall, and all the same, a proxy can be used to unblock it.
Using your web browser to surf anonymously
Though there are settings on most web browsers nowadays that allow anonymous surfing through open proxies, these don’t work all the time. Most network administrators are aware of these and are able to block them. Also, this can be confusing for new users.
Free Web Based Proxies
There are also free web based proxies available. With a quick Google search, you can find many. The problem with these is that many are unprofessional and slow due to bandwidth limitations. Well known spam distributors, you should always be cautious when choosing a free web based proxy to bypass firewalls.
Premium Proxy Services
This is my preferred way to access blocked sites. I’m able to use some premium proxies even from behind The Great Firewall, the most advanced firewall in the world – proof that they work. With a premium service, you don’t have to worry about spam or bandwidth limitations. You get support, and access to premium servers in The US and The UK.
I use SecuriTales. There’s a free trial and a 30 day money back guarantee, so I don’t need to say much about it because you can try it for yourself – for FREE.