During my school days computer lab was the favorite of every student. We could access the internet only on Fridays. However, whenever I tried to visit Facebook, the site never loaded. I had no idea what was going on. And now, maybe, you’re in the same situation. But don’t worry as I’ll teach you how to unblock Facebook. It’s really easy and there many ways to do that.
Social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, etc are restricted by the IT admin in school or offices just to increase the productivity of the students or the employees. Sometimes it might be for security reasons too! The office admin makes a firewall for Facebook and other popular social networking websites so that those sites are inaccessible.
Here are 5 Ways to Unblock Facebook at School or Office.
1. Using the IP Address
Just like every websites on the internet, Facebook also has an IP Address. Whenever you type www.facebook.com on the browser, the DNS refers to its corresponding IP Address, and only then you can visit Facebook.
Now, sometimes your teacher or the IT person may have only blocked URL but not the IP address. If this is the case then we can unblock Facebook by simply entering Facebook’s IP address in the address bar of your browser.
So how do we find Facebook’s IP Address?
Open Command Prompt and type “ping www.facebook.com” if you’re from windows.
When the reply comes you will find the IP address [ 22.214.171.124 ] of Facebook as shown in the above image. Then put the IP address in the browser’s address bar and press enter.
If you find that the trick stops working after a specific time, then repeat the process to find the new Facebook IP address. Some PC does not allow user to open command prompt without having administrative privilege. In that case you can use an online web tool to find the IP address of Facebook.
2. Check the System HOST File
A HOST File is a system file ( located at C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc ) used by the operating system to map the host names with their respective IP address. Say for instance, when a user types in www.facebook.com on a browser, the host file is checked for it’s respective IP address. When it is not found, only then the request is handled by the DNS server which translates the hosts name in the IP address and redirects the request to the corresponding server.
We can use this method to unblock facebook by simply removing any lines related to facebook.
So how do we change the HOST File ?
On your computer, browse to c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc. Right click on the Hosts file and open it with notepad or any text editor.
If you find www.facebook.com then just delete the entire line/row and save the file as normal.
3. Using a Proxy Site
Proxy websites are a good solution to unblock Facebook and works almost everytime. There are several paid websites which provide you access to blocked websites using proxy. However, you can use some free third-party proxy websites to open Facebook. But, of course, there might be a security threat of stealing your Facebook credentials with free proxy websites.
Sometimes, system administrator may also block the proxy servers as well and you may not be able to use them. So, it’s a good idea to keep a huge list of proxy websites and try them alternatively to unblock Facebook.
Here are some free proxy website list.
4. Try Mobile Version of Facebook
There’s a slim chance that the IT admin may not have blocked the mobile version of Facebook but you can still try it. Try to visit Facebook’s mobile version ( http://m.facebook.com ) on the browser. Good Luck on this one.
5. Use a VPN Server
VPN (Virtual Private Network) enables you to access the Internet while your traffic is securely encrypted via a private tunnel. That means that the network administrator will not be able to spy on your online activity and you can unblock facebook. Not only that but you can also use VPNs to browse sites that are blocked on your country. For example: You can browse Netflix from outside the United States by using a USA server from VPN.
Most VPN will charge you money for its service but there are also some free VPNs out there. The best free VPN I recommend is CyberGhost.
Keep in mind that your Internet speed will decrease by around 10% when you use a VPN service.
- Setting up VPN on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android is relatively simply. You can download and install a VPN app on these devices.
- Once VPN is setup, connect to a VPN server of your choice.
While most VPNs are priced under $10/ month, this may be more than some people can afford, so free VPNs are always appreciated. While these are usually limited in one way or another, the ones below will provide a great service at zero cost.
You may successfully unblock facebook by using above methods but that might also get you in trouble if the network administrator of a teacher finds about it.
Facebook has become a target for scammers and distributors of malicious software such as viruses, worms and Trojan horses. What looks like an innocent link to a video, news story or Facebook application can end up infecting your computer network with malware, potentially damaging data, compromising security and necessitating an expensive and time-consuming cleanup.
So beware, a little visit to facebook might largely harm your school or office servers and might get you expelled or fired. However, if you can follow these 10 precautions then you’re good to go
All the best.