If you have landed here from a search engine or you saw this article in the sidebar or front-page then you are in a similar position to what I am at work! This article is going to describe to you some of the ways that I have found that can allow you to get on Facebook at work plus what to watch out for so you don’t get caught
Lets start off by agreeing that Facebook is pretty much everybody’s life and that it is a fantastic tool for keeping in touch with friends and family. Although sometimes you wish you weren’t connected. I bet if your reading this then you have a boss who is from the stone-age or is pretty much a mini-hitler and has blocked Facebook from your work. I also imagine that there was a feeling of sadness the day it was blocked with the whole workplace feeling a massive loss for the platform they use to communicate with the outside world. Facebook is an amazing business tool and I feel that businesses should be embracing it rather than blocking it. Although, its your bosses loss for blocking it because it removes the worlds second biggest site from being part of their corporation. So how can you get on Facebook at work?
How Its Been Blocked
Keyword Blocked At Router
The easiest way for your employer or your school/college to block Facebook at the router (the box that takes the internet signal and splits it to the network) is to block the keyword “Facebook“. This is also probably the most annoying methods because if you try to view any site with Facebook in the URLyou will receive a message stating it has been blocked. There is an easy way to get around. Just go down to the “Using The Secure Internet Protocol To get On Facebook At Work” section below to get the solution.
If the IP address has been banned for Facebook then it will be harder to get on Facebook at work. You will need to find a proxy site or service that will allow you to use there IP address so you can “cloak” yourself and slip through. See the section “Using A Proxy To Get On Facebook At Work” below for ways to combat this.
How Can You Get On Facebook At Work?
Using A Proxy To Get On Facebook At Work
One way that you can get to websites that you are blocked from seeing (wether by keyword or by IP address) is by Proxy. Certain sites will collect the data of other sites that you request and display it for you. This way from an employer‘s or school‘s point of view you will have been viewing a completely harmless website. A fantastic service that has many of these Proxy servers available is Hide My Ass. Hide My Ass provide (for a monthly fee) a highly maintained network and interface so you can do whatever it is you need to do on-line without people watching you.
If you don’t have the money to pay out for a service like Hide My Ass to get on facebook at work then you could use the free Proxies available but most don’t work with Facebook or Twitter and just produce blank pages. You could try using PROXY.gs, a free proxy that allows you to surf un-detected but again this cannot handle Facebook or Twtter very well or at all in cases.
This method of using Proxies can be useful for a lot of things but not so much if you are trying to get on Facebook at work. This is, unless you want to pay.
Using The Secure Internet Protocol To get On Facebook At Work
Now, this method which I personally found is fantastic! Where I work they have blocked any URL coming through the router with the word “Facebook” in it. Even images that have a file-name containing the word “Facebook” are blocked. This is ridiculous and has stopped me using Facebook to promote our company. This isn’t my personal loss so it doesn’t really bother me. I have a way around it though….
Instead of typing into the URL bar at the top of your internet browser http://facebook.com add an S to the http bit. So the URL would be https://facebook.com
This way it goes past the keyword filter on the usual internet protocol because it is using a secure one which Facebook and Twitter both have.
Do you know of any other methods to get on Facebook at work? Have you come across any other way that they have blocked you from viewing Facebook and would like somebody to come up with a way to get past it? Just leave a comment below and somebody will respond with a useful answer….