How to Unblock YouTube, Facebook at Work

How to Unblock YouTube, Facebook at Work

Quick guide to bypassing your employer’s Internet censorship regime so you can multi-task and watch the “Harlem Shake” or check Facebook status updates while at work.

There’s a handful sites that employers actively block at work, and perhaps none more so than YouTube. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networking sites round out the list of targets that raise the ire of employers.

Now it’s fairly easy to bypass your network filters and access the site of your choosing, but for many the answer and know-how are both elusive.

What follows is a list of several, simple, easy-to-follow methods that will allow you to view YouTube, Facebook, and just about any other site under the sun for that matter, while at work.

A. Proxies

A proxy server is basically a a remote server that acts as an intermediary for requests between your computer and a third party website, service, etc. You connect to the proxy server and it then sends you the web page or whatever else it is you wish to view or access.

The easiest and most convenient ones to use are the ones I’ve listed in my previous guide, “Top 5 Proxy Chrome Extensions for Anonymous Web Browsing,” and “Hide My Ass!” is the best of the bunch.

All you have to do is install Google Chrome and then the desired proxy server extension. From there it’s as easy as typing the name of the blocked site.

For directions on how to set one up check out the guide linked to above.

B. VPNs

A VPN is a private network with “virtual” encrypted connections routed through the Internet to remote servers. The data traveling between you and those servers is encrypted, and the IP address that will appear will surfing or downloading content from the Internet will be that of the server and not your own.

 

Not all VPNs are free, some require a small monthly fee for access, but I’ve compiled a list of what I call the “Top 5 Free VPN Services” that will allow you to surf the web and visit YouTube and Facebook without any hassle for free.

My favorite is Hotspot Shield because it runs quietly in your icon tray where you can quickly turn it on and off whenever you like.

For directions on how to set one up check out the guide linked to above.

So there you have it. Two simple, easy-to-follow methods for viewing YouTube, Facebook, and any other site at work.