How To Access Facebook When it is Blocked in School College Or Office

Did you try to open Facebook when blocked in school, college or office? In most cases, you can’t! This happens because the network admin blocks Facebook behind some firewall thus preventing people from getting access to it. If you are Facebook addicted like me, you must have tried some methods to open Facebook when it is blocked by the administrator. And, I’m sure that you end up with some unsuccessful attempts.

Most of the schools, colleges or offices keep the social networking sites blocked so that the students or employees cannot open it. That is why we receive many emails asking “how to access Facebook if blocked“.

How to open Facebook when it is blocked in your office or school

Here are some tricks by which you can get on Facebook from a fire-walled network. It is impossible to guess about how your network admin as blocked Facebook behind a Firewall. Therefore, we can’t give you any specific solution to get access to Facebook. But, you can try the following methods one by one and check which works for you.

Access or Log into Facebook using Google Public/Open servers

The URL https://www.Facebook.com that you generally type in the address bar is originally an IP address. Every website has a unique IP address(*). When you browse any website by typing the website URL, your computer tries to match the URL name with its IP address by contacting the DNS server.

DNS server is a computer, registered with the network which keeps the data of all the websites and corresponding IP addresses. So, any one can block the IP address in DNS server to prevent access of a website.

* In a shared server, same IP address is shared by more than one website. But the large and popular websites like Facebook, Orkut etc. do have their own unique IP’s.

Some time the Facebook.Com is blocked at your school or office because the administrator has blocked it from the DNS server. In such a case, you can use different DNS servers like OpenDNS Server or Google Public DNS Server to get on Facebook if it’s been blocked by the admin.

For the Windows user:

  • Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections and.
  • Right-click on the connection status icon which you are using to access internet.
  • Now, choose “Properties” and then “Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)”.
  • Put any one of the following values in the DNS Server address:
OpenDNS Server address: 208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220

Open Facebook When it is blocked using Open DNS address

Google DNS Server address: 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4

Open Facebook When its blocked at School

Make sure that your institution or office is not using the same DNS which you’re going to use. Once you change the DNS Server, you can get into the Facebook.

Open Facebook when blocked using IP address

Sometime the computer admin can edit the hosts file to block Facebook. He/she adds the website domain name to the block list in host file. In that case, you can get access to Facebook by the IP address instead of the domain address. Putting the IP address in your browser directly, will bypass the barrier from the host file. You can obtain the IP address by pinging Facebook.com from your computer.

In Windows system, Press Win + R key. It opens the Run command box. Put the following command and hit Enter.

ping facebook.com -t

This will open a command prompt and it will show the IP address of Facebook.com.

facebook-ip-address

Often, chances are that the command prompt is disabled for the current user. In that case, get the Facebook address from this web tool. Once you go to that website, just type facebook.com at where they ask to put it and click on Get IP.

get-facebook-ip-to-open-facebook-when-it-is-blocked

Once you obtain the IP address, put that in your browser address bar and hit Enter.

The Linux and MAC user can use the ping command into the Terminal to get the IP address.

Use Shortened URLs to access blocked websites

In many situations, the site URL may be banned for you. In such a case, you can use a shortened URL to bypass the blocking system. You can use some URL shortening services like goo.gl or bit.ly to access blocked sites.

Access Facebook using Proxy Websites when blocked by the administrator

Proxy websites can be used to open blocked URLs in your computer. But generally, the proxy websites are also blocked in your school, colleges or office. Therefore this tricks may not sound much. But you can try to find out some unblocked proxy sites.

Open Facebook through Secured Proxy servers

Using a secured-web proxy sites is the easiest and safest way to open Facebook if blocked. It safely allows you to browse any website you want. But, not all the secured proxy would work with Facebook as they are not optimized fo it. Among the bunch of the working proxies, I found www.securitales.com as the best.

Using this service, you can open any website from anywhere. Like you can open Twitter from Iran or access Facebook in China. The best side of this website is that it won’t ask you to install any application in your computer. It also supports the Facebook chat, photo uploading etc. It is totally secured for you as it uses the HTTPS protocol. But this service is not totally free. It lets you to use their service only for 10 minutes as a free trial. If you are not thinking about the money, you can give it a try as it does not charge too much.

But, if you don’t want to spend your penny just for the Facebook, you can give the following free proxy services a try.

  1. Facebridge.net
  2. Facebookoxy.com
  3. 4Freeproxy.com
  4. Maverickeyes.com
  5. ProxyUs.org
  6. USAproxy.org
  7. Studylog.org

Stay connected with Facebook from your email account

Facebook allows you to choose which updates do you want to get as notification in your email account. Once you set your account to receive notifications in your email account, you can then check the activities. Log-in to your Facebook account and go to Account > Account Settings.

access-facebook-if-blocked-account-settings

In the Notification tab, you can manage your notifications preferences. Once you setup, they will be sent to your email id. Whenever you get that message in your inbox, just open it, click on the link which indicates the option to reply the message. You are done!

Browse Facebook mobile version through Opera Mini browser

If nothing of the above works for you, try the mobile version of the website to access Facebook if blocked by a network barrier. Facebook has a different web address for the mobile version. Sometime, the network admins may forget to include the mobile address into the baring system. So if you are lucky, you can browse Facebook with its mobile version.

You can use the Opera Mini browser to open Facebook in fire-walled network through its mobile version. Though the Opera Mini Browser is a mobile browser, it also has a demo version to try the mobile version from the desktop.

opera-mini-demo

You can also type http://m.facebook.com at your desktop browser to visit the Facebook mobile version.

facebook-mobile-version

Use VPN for a secured access of any website

The best solution to open Facebook if blocked by your network administrator or ISP is using a VPN. By using a VPN, you can get on Facebook as well as other websites you like. I have researched on this and found VPN as the best solution. Give any VPN service a try to access Facebook from anywhere you like.

Update:

There may be various reasons for what you can’t open Facebook. The admins can apply various tricks to block Facebook from the network. Therefore, we have added some workarounds that you should try with your system before you play with the above tricks.

Check your system host file

The first thing that you need to do for breaking the blocking firewall is double-checking the system host file. The host file can be used to block any website easily.

In Windows, you can find the host file at System drive (C:) > Windows > System32 > Drivers > Etc. Open that file using any text editor. It should look like this:

windows-host-file

Check whether the name Facebook.Com is listed there. If yes, delete the entire line containing the word Facebook.

The MAC users can reach to the host file from the terminal. To open terminal, navigate to Applications > Utility > Terminal and type

$ sudo nano /etc/hosts

into the command window. This will open the host file which should look like this:

mac-osx-host-file

Look for any suspicious line which contains ‘facebook’. If you find such one, delete immediately and save the file. You can save the changes by pressing the [Command] + [O] key combination.

Once you edit the host file and remove the blocking lines, restart the system and try to open Facebook from your browser address bar.

Check for suspicious process at system task manager

If none of the above works for you, look into your system task manager for any suspicious process. Terminate the process which do not have any relation with your system. Rarely, the Facebook denies your system if it is infected with malware or virus.

If the network admin is experienced enough, the above methods may not work and you can’t reach to Facebook. Do you have any other idea to open Facebook when it is blocked by the network admin or ISP? Do share with us.

Note: This tutorial was written depending on various experiments and implementations. Some time some methods may or may not work for you.

Comments

  1. Michael :

    You can access Facebook, Orkut, Hi5, YouTube , MySpace, Twitter and other social networking sites and gaming sites from school and work using this website : http://www.maverickeyes.com. You don’t need to install or download any software. Its fast and simple. Enjoy!

  2. lair360 :

    Although, there is a downside.
    1.] Nearly all workplace and offices will monitor your actions. They will record everything you do. So, if you try to mess around with the DNS, then you are in big trouble. Even worse, you are going to get booted! So, my advice is that don’t break the rules.

    2.] College and University will record you for using proxies and many other things. Therefore, you better stay alert and don’t do anything crazy! Breaking the rules will result in a ban or account termination from the admin.

  3. Getahun :

    I am not able to set OpenDNS server address because I do not have any privilege to do that as I am just a lab user. Could u tell me how to overcome this problem?

  4. carrisa :

    You could try http://www.make-me-invisible.com. Through this website, you can get on any website if you know the url.

  5. yara :

    How do u get on Facebook from school?

  6. sagar :

    Hi! My system admin has blocked yahoo and FB on my office desktop and I don’t have any access to admin settings. Can you please help me out on this issue? I have tried using the tips mentioned above but no luck.

  7. Deb :

    I have tried all above tricks to access but till now my IE showing a massage “IIS server is blocked for Facebook”. Can any one help me on how to access FB?

  8. Deepak kumar :

    Dear,
    None of your suggestions worked for me to unblock Facebook. In my college, all proxy sites are also blocked. Then tell me how can I use the proxy?

  9. guess who :

    I need a website for Facebook ASAP. The website already has been put on here as blocked. The teachers have blocked it.

  10. John :

    The best way to view Facebook at school or work is through email, using an app on your home PC called ControlByMail at http://www.vic2pc.com, because you don’t have to worry about proxies not working or firewalls to bypass. You can even email exe files (like games) from your home PC to yourself, and control your home PC remotely.

  11. Mr.Busy :

    It is very cool, man! It is specially for the students who cant open Facebook or any social site in the collage.

  12. Nihal Azmi :

    If u wanna access Facebook, Orkut, and many more social networking website in your school or office when its blocked by office or school’s network, just go to translate.google.com and write the url of the website u wanna access. It should be open. But remember that the target language should be English and source language should be else than English (for your ease).

  13. sudip ghosh :

    When I logged into my account, I saw this message: “For security reasons your account is temporarily locked”. Then I clicked the continue button. After this, I saw a captcha, then I got this message “To verify that you are the owner of this account, please identify the people tagged in the following photos. If you aren’t sure about a question, please click “Skip”. I clicked on start bottom. It asked about my account Information, I submitted this and after submitting it says “No verification methods are currently available. Please come back later”. I CAN’T ACCESS MY ACCOUNT, PLEASE HELP ME.

  14. shanky :

    Sudeep, I also have the same problem from almost 24 hours and still I cant access my account. Please any one tell me what to do.

  15. Sabrina :

    OMG! I Cant Get On FB. My School Has Blocked EVERYTHING ! You Can Try oilfight[dot]com And Look At The Top Of the page And Click On Vtunnel. See If Your School Did not Block It . Um… You Can Try “https://facebook.com”. That Should Work If They Did not Block It . And That’s All I Know! But I Need HELP . Because I Wanna Get On FACEBOOK And My School BLOCKED Every thing. I Cant Find any Way Around It.

  16. ashley :

    I have tried all of these methods, but unfortunately the school computers at my school are really smart. I just tried Facebook mobile, and it worked! but then I tried to reply to a message, and all of a sudden it was blocked. I had already added Facebook mobile to my favorites, but now I can’t even get on there from my favorites. Every time I find a way to get on Facebook and I succeed, the computer blocks it. So I cant get on that way again. I got on from vevo.com, but I could only get on from there once. I’m stuck! Please, some one help me!

  17. Zoeeey :

    Hey, guys! There is also a site that can help to access YouTube and Facebook. The website is http://www.cucumbermix.com. This is the mobile version but if you don’t mind using that then your all sweet. I hope this helps as this site isn’t blocked at my school.

  18. Anonymous :

    Can’t do any of these on school computers. Please help.

  19. Amanda :

    I think that schools should just keep Facebook open for kids at school but if they did that then nobody would be there to work.

  20. dion :

    Hey some of the sites that were sent worked for a bit but my school blocked them. Are there any new site?

  21. GorgeousKay :

    None Of These Worked At School For Me : They Are All Proxy Websites.

  22. Tech Admin :

    Jared,

    If you’re still going through their switches, you can still be caught. Some ways are easier than others, and sometimes it’s just up to how thorough the net admin wants to be or how much pressure is on them to bring the hammer down.

    Say you change the DNS. OK, well, if the school/office (I will pretend to be them for these examples out of simplicity) has their own domain controller that hosts the OpenDNS, then I would already have a listing of all machines and where they hit the switches. If the machine doesn’t report in to the DNS but is on the domain and on, then I already know something fishy is up.

    I can also run a packet sniffer, which will tell me where the data is going and where it’s being routed to on any of the switches. Since “private browsing” doesn’t encrypt anything but only deletes local content; I can parse through the packets, match the port on the switch that corresponds to your location and verify your log into that station with Active Directory (or it’s equivalents on Unix/Linux boxes). Got you there.

    If you go through an encryption process like a VPN, I may not be able to read the contents of the packets, but I will be able to notice a pattern (especially if this is an “assigned” computer to you), and would be able to install either keystroke recording or screen capture software. Combine that with the evidence I already have (log in logs, security cameras, etc.), and I have all I need to get your privileges revoked or employment terminated.

  23. bereketab moges :

    In our university Facebook and other addresses are blocked. How can i open it?

  24. mexicansweetheart :

    I need help! I can’t access Facebook at school. Need major help! Someone help me please!

  25. brownpride :

    All these sites are blocked at my school!

  26. aavi :

    My account is temporarily locked! How to be unlocked.

  27. aavi :

    My Facebook account is temporarily locked. So how can I unlock it? Please somebody help me. Please! Its my request to you!

  28. Cheyanne :

    So my school is extremely stupid. I can easily get past the school blocking, I have all the teacher’s passwords. Unfortunately now when I go onto Facebook, YouTube etc. It doesn’t even have the regular blocking and log in thing. It says ” blocked request; Policy violation.” and I can’t even get on at home anymore. It’s not just the school’s Wi-fi, it’s in everyone’s computer’s and I don’t know how to get around it. HELP!

  29. brittany bnawty :

    Light Speed is a pain! It blocks every thing. I cant even get on baby games! Who ever can get Facebook unblocked from light speed is a genius real rap!

  30. Rakesh :

    Hey its not working in my office! Can u please send me another trick?

  31. mule :

    I’m trying so many ways in my school to break into the blocked sites through proxy but I can’t do that since they also blocked the power to access the proxy server sites. My PC is using the Ubuntu/Linux and also I need to Know those Windows PC solution but i can’t! Please; if there is any solution!!

  32. Via :

    I can open my Facebook now, but somehow it runs very slow while others run as normal as usual! Please Help me.

  33. sisir :

    Hi all,
    I have an alternate way to access all the blocked sites. For that you all have to change the network setting to “No Proxy” and you can able to use the blocked sites from any browsers.

    Steps:
    1. Go to the settings.
    2. Choose the advanced settings there.
    3. Choose the network settings there.
    4. Enable the “No Proxy” and save the changes.

    In this way, you all can be able to access the blocked websites.

    Thanks & Regards:
    Sisir

    • GRACIELA :

      It did not work for me, I am still blocked from facebook, I cannot get into the website

  34. Tanisa :

    Okay, so all of theses sites are blocked by my school. In my other high school, when you wanted to go to Facebook it would say that it couldn’t let you go, but if you put in your log-in information from the school, it would let you go! I think this is all messed up!

  35. Tanisa :

    It’s messed up! How does it let the teachers go on it but not the students. If we can’t be on it why should teachers, they have to teach not be lazy!!

  36. Tanmay :

    @Tanisa: Sorry that all the sites are blocked at your school. But don’t put your login information any where without the original site facebook.com. This is a trap to get access of your account. We are working hard on “how to access facebook in School” and will update ASAP.

    But never share your Facebook account details with a third party.

  37. Tanmay :

    @Tanisa: You are right partially. The teachers are established and they will not loose too much if they are lazy but you are a student and should not waste your study time with surfing Facebook. But considering the emotion and fair use of Facebook, we have found out some tricks for only education purpose. So my request to you that concentrate on your study and use Facebook at your launch break only.

  38. mohaMAMD :

    HOW SHOULD I UNBLOCK FACEBOOK IN A CAFE AND THERE IN CONTROL PANEL, THEY DON’T SHOW INTERNET CONNECTIONS! SO IN THAT CASE WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  39. sisir :

    @Tanisa and @Tanmay, I would appreciate both of your discussions. Its necessary to concentrate on studies in school and office during the office and school hours. But some times we need to know the security like things so that we can make ourself comfortable with the system and the related issues that are coming forward. For those person who are interested only in facebook charting and amusement purpose during the office and school hours its a wrong window for them. but on the other hand who are really interested in learning the security like things and wanted to develop their knowledge in security like matter these things may help them out. According to me knowing more and implementing the new things in real life is not a bad thing, rather using the information in a wrong way is bad thing.

  40. Tanmay :

    @Sisir: Fully agree with you. Thanks a lot for such valuable comment.

  41. leena :

    I tried to open the Facebook through http://www.maverickeyes.com. Facebook opened!! But it was asking for security check. I am unable to recognize pictures and forgot the answer of security question. What to do?

  42. leena :

    I tried to open Facebook.through proxy website. I logged into my account. But only upper options appeared – like home,friends etc. Remaining page doesn’t appear.

  43. sisir :

    Hi Leena,
    I think that may be there is a browser problem with you. Some times we try to access or get some desired result from any site but it shows us the different result that is unexpected. It is only due to the cookies and session that are not been cleared and the browser utilizes the cookies that are recently available in the cache memory. Once you clear the cookies from the browser, I think it will work fine. For clearing the cookies and the session values you need to do only “Ctrl+Shift+Delete” and then press Enter. This will clear the cookie values that are there previously. Do check in the popup window that you are removing the cookies completely from the browser. This may solve your problem. If you get any issues further then you can post a reply or can mail me.

    Thanks & Regards:

    Sisir

  44. Mark Ackley :

    You can access Facebook at work, college and school by using AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield VPN. Check it out here: http://www.accessfacebookfromwork.com. It’s reliable and easy to use and provides unlimited bandwidth.

  45. jangwani@ :

    Wow!! I was able to visit Facebook via http:/www.maverickeyes.com. Thanks dudes, specially Michael! You are a genius man. If you got more thing to make me bend the rules of my college’s internet, send me the information. Thanks.

  46. kashif :

    Guy you told to open control panel first but there is also privacy! That can’t be opened! Do tell me how to open it.

  47. Mike :

    I`m using sunvpn.com to bypass Internet filters in my school. It`s a VPN service.

  48. vishal soni ilu :

    Sir, I have got a china clone of Samsung galaxy mobile, model no-i9220 and it has java and jar games and internet runs , but Facebook, Yahoo messenger, Skype, Twitter applications are locked. I m from India. Please help!!

  49. sandeep :

    I can’t able to open Facebook in my office and mostly all tricks I used. So please send me a best trick that I can
    access Facebook.

  50. NotaNazi :

    Tech Admin – You would make a very good Gestapo. Why in the world would somebody want to work for your company anyway? Maybe you should spend some more time upgrading the network to modern standards and less time spying on your fellow employees.

  51. Ajay :

    We can also use proxy sites like p4fb.com in order to access Social Networking Sites which are mostly locked in offices, schools etc.

  52. miroslav :

    Hi, I am using VPN app called Hotspot-shield – and it works very well. You just install it, run it and access whatever the page is. It bypasses the school or work-place firewall and you can get into wherever you want.

  53. Akbar :

    Hi dears,

    Our ISP has blocked all proxies websites and then in our work place it blocked Facebook and YouTube. Can anyone help me to open these, it will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Akbar Hashimi

    • Jugal :

      How Can I use this? I can’t know very well about this. So please help me. Or send me message on my email id please help me.

    • Venkatesh :

      Hey, I need to know some more alternate websites for FB. As I’m not able to log-in from the above website.

  54. ali awan :

    My Facebook is blocked. Please help to open.

  55. crystal :

    I have tried all above options, all are blocked. Any help would be great!

  56. Abhay :

    I need a website for Facebook. The website already has been put on here as blocked by the admin. I am already using DNS software but no luck. How to open FB?

  57. khan kiran :

    Please help me, my Facebook site is closed.

  58. MD.Aaa :

    But in order to change DNS address I need Administration power. How to break that.

  59. sai :

    Hi Israel,
    Thank you so much. I can access through “facebridge.net” but I am in need to answer the security question. Unfortunately, I have forgotten the answer for my security question. How to overcome this? Please friends suggest me some idea. After a long struggle I got access to my account but my bad luck is that I can’t open it. Please help me friends.

  60. Anonymous :

    Nice article. Nice tips! This helped me a lot to access Facebook in office desk.

  61. Maruf :

    @Michael: Please send me the tips for accessing Facebook in blocked network.

  62. stefany :

    Can you help me to get Facebook on my computer? Please…

  63. Kody C. Meseberg :

    I can’t get on Facebook and I am losing my girl friend. You might know what it is like. Please I can’t lose her.

  64. HMU! :

    But I need a PROXY all that VPN,DNS,W+R key all stuff doesn’t work on PUBLIC SCHOOL COMPUTERS! So, a proxy would be nice.Most of the proxy do not even work. So write back with a nice proxy.

  65. sparsh :

    This trick does not work if websites are blocked from servers using Softwares like sonic etc. Trying to hack server is a crime one can get expelled from school or college so “don’t break the rules”.

  66. rod :

    Hello!! Is there anyone can help me? I cant access FB on our school, even https://facebook.com is blocked.

  67. rajesh kumar :

    Dear Sir,
    Hello! Please help me on the site which is blocked.

  68. kelsey :

    Can anyone help me to get on FB? Everything u guys say to get on, I cant get on it. So far all are blocked!

  69. Geek :

    Hey, your post is really working for me. Now I am able to access Facebook while it is blocked in my college. I am really thankful to you for this. Really good stuff here! I would like to read your posts in future. Keep it up.

  70. Ani :

    I had the same problem when I was in China, I bought a VPN account and I could get rid of all those restrictions, I bought it from saturnvpn (you can google it) as it’s really cheap! The support team is also helpful when I need them.
    It has also free test account and you can test the service before you pay for it.

  71. Kathy Goal :

    OK, DNS spoofing method doesn’t work when Facebook IP’s are blocked. Other methods are pretty much detectable. I still like http://www.faceonmail.com where you can access Facebook entirely over emails.

  72. Stevein :

    I tried all the above solutions but none of them is happening, please help me.

  73. Viktor :

    If you need Facebook to share something you’ve found on your friend’s desktop computer, I’d recommend you QREasy – http://r.qreasy.cc/pp. This is a Chrome extension that creates QR code from image, text or URL and then you can take a shot of it with your mobile device and then share to Facebook or any other mobile app.

  74. shivaraj :

    Awesome and detailed post. I will definitely try it in my college…;-)

  75. Anonymous :

    Sharing with my fb friends who are tired to get access in college :)

  76. Ghulam Mustafa :

    Really lovely and nice post bro. Thanks for sharing among us.

  77. Anonymous :

    I tried some proxy sites, they are really good but did anyone also notice the slow connection speed? Is it a browser problem or is something wrong with my computer? Last week I tried http://www[dot]proxybuster[dot]org this seems to work better!

  78. Rishabh :

    Thanks for sharing this. Now I can make fool my manager and use Facebook in office. Once again thanks a lot for this post.

  79. Eagle Eye :

    I cannot access on maverickeys.com.

    • Tanmay Ahmed :

      @Eagle Eye: I have already said that all the methods may not work for you. You will have to test each option I stated at the above story.

  80. Imran :

    Hi sir,
    I want open Facebook in my company. Please help me. All the program open but Facebook does not open. I am waiting for your reply.
    Imran from Lebanon Beirut

    • Tanmay Ahmed :

      Imran, you can use a VPN.

  81. neelu neupane :

    Please, how to open Facebook when it is blocked?

  82. alcapone :

    My suggestion: connect with privacy with this proxy server: forfreesurfing.net, it will bypass the security. Besides, it will give you enough bandwidth, in theory unlimited

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