If you’re one of the many who has trouble accessing your social networking accounts while at work or at school, including Facebook, you may be in luck. The most effective method to bypass the blocked content and access restrictions on company networks is through the use of a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. The second most effective method to circumvent the social networking filter is through the use of a proxy. The third method of getting around censorship overcomes the issues with the first two methods – the secret? IP address.
Issues with VPNs
There are two major issues with using a VPN at work or at work or school. Most companies already have safeguards in place to prevent the use of VPNs. Also, the expense of a VPN may not justify its cost.
Many VPNs require subscribers to download and install programs in order to access the private network. The problem with this is most employers and education institutions only allow administrators to install software on their computers.
Cost of VPNs
VPNs generally require a paid subscription for access. This makes a VPN less appealing to Internet users who simply want to use Facebook at work or school.
Issues with Proxies
Proxy connections usually require advanced knowledge of network configurations. Not only is this difficult for the average user to implement, but proxies are easily identifiable. The biggest issue with a using a proxy server at work or school is they’re banned. Proxy servers are identified in a few ways:
- By port number. Proxy servers usually require an outgoing connection to a suspicious port, such as 8080 or 3128.
- By IP address. This is difficult, but possible. Proxy lists are maintained and abundant. They’re so easy to find by users that you can imagine that network admins don’t have any trouble getting their hands on them.
- By domain. Proxy IP addresses may not be easy to detect on a network, but web proxies are implemented using a browser. This makes it easy for network administrators to block acces to these proxy servers.
Using Facebook IP Addresses
Most network administrators establish access restrictions according to the knowledge of the average Internet user. Many social network filters only block access to social media websites by the domain name and not the IP address.
Why? Blocking access to IP addresses is usually not a great idea. Some web servers host multiple websites. This means if access to the IP address is blocked, then access to all websites hosted on the same server would be blocked.
Actually, you could visit any website by typing the IP address directly into the browser. The only reason that domain names are used is to make web addresses easier to remember. You can find the IP address of any website by using the DNS lookup tool.
Facebook IP Address: 188.8.131.52
Type 184.108.40.206 directly into the URL bar at the top of your web browser. Happy Facebooking!