How To Get YouTube When It's Blocked

Many schools and businesses use a firewall to block access to YouTube, making it difficult (but not impossible) to access

If your school or office firewall blocks access to YouTube you may be able to use a proxy service to get get around the firewalls and access any website you want.

The easy way: Try Firefox to get around the firewall

"Firefox has built-in proxy connection settings"

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Try the built-in proxy connection settings with an Anonymizer service to access YouTube at school or work when it's blocked

Firefox is not affected by many network restrictions that system administrators may automatically apply to Internet Explorer every time you use it. More importantly, Firefox has built-in proxy-connection settings, which when used with settings that you can get from an anonymous web surfing or anonymizer service, can allow you to get to virtually any website you want even if it is blocked by a firewall. Firefox has several other features such as Google-integration for faster searches, automatic pop-up blockers and more. Firefox is free.

Get to You-Tube from work or school, even through a firewall by using an Anonymizer or Private web surfing site

For years internet privacy experts have been using anonymizers, Proxies, private web-surfing services and other identity hiding software or services to get to websites privately.

 

These anonymizers and Anonymous web surfing services are usually used to hide your tracks while surfing the internet, making it impossible for anyone to trace what web-pages you have visited - but you can also use anonymizers and proxies to access YouTube and other websites at school or work that are blocked by a firewall. These anonymous web surfing services when used together with Firefox will usually let you get around any firewall. Most web-proxy services or anonymizers are not free, but many do offer partial service for free or a free trial period, which might work for you depending on what type of firewall your school uses. You may have to try a few different internet anonymous web surfing services or proxies to see which one works best with the firewall that your school or office has. Most of these services do not require you to install any software on the computer you're using at. You simply log into their website from work or school, then use the service to get to YouTube.com or whatever websites your school or business firewall is blocking. You can use these services with or without Firefox.

How an anonymizer gets around a firewall

An anonymizer or Private web-surfing service gets around your school's firewall by setting up a connection between your computer and the anonymizer service or proxy, so the firewall only sees the connection from you to them. The anonymizer's computers then connect to YouTube.com (or Hotmail, Myspace, etc) with their internet connection and send the data back to you. To the school's firewall it looks like your computer is connecting to the proxy's web address and not Youtube.com.

Some schools block proxys and anonymous web surfing sites, especially the free ones, so you may have to try a few to find one that works

The I.T. guys at your school or in your company's I.T. Department might be smart enough to configure their firewall to block the common proxys and private web-surfing websites and services right along with blocking YouTube.com. Lucky for you, there are LOTS of different internet-proxy and anonymizer services to choose from! You may have to experiment with different proxies until you find one that works with the firewall settings at your school or in your office at work.

There are no guarantees when they block YouTube.com

You might only have to try one or two different anonyimizers or web-proxy services before you can connect to YouTube.com from school. You might also try 50 and never find one that works if your school's firewall is really good. The only way to find it is to try. WARNING: The use of web-proxies or anonymizers to bypass firewalls might be against the rules at your school or place of employment. If using proxies is against the rules, use them at your own risk or don't use them at all!

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what if the proxy websites are all blocked too?

There's no way that they can block them all. Some are even just IP accessible. Subscribe to a proxy newsletter at home and you'll get links in your email which you can view at school that have all the latest, unblocked proxies! You can try: blockablock(dot)com Some districts use automatic filtering software that look for the word proxy so try to find sites without the word proxy in them such as googling unblock the net or such.

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The gist: Use a proxy to log into Myspace, Hotmail, etc... You give up your password and private information. Read below if interested.

Now in the interest of being a "grown up geek", you should probably educate yourself on how internet traffic works and protect yourself from unscrupulous people. In the instance on using a webproxy, you go to a site that is not blocked by your school or work to get it to pull myspace, hotmail, whatever webpage for you, right? When you do this they are between you and whatever site you going to. Here's the kicker... ex: When you go to myspace.com using a webproxy and fill in the username and password fields, as soon as you hit the login button your password is known by someone else. Your login and password are encrypted during the transmit, yes; but the webproxy site is doing the encrypted traffic handling. The admin for that site can "sniff" out the password from the traffic. Heck, I could write a script that would dump valid logins to a txt file at the end of the day, everyday. *Wonder how much $ that would go for?*

****Now you know how so much comment spam and ads get put into you and your friends myspace pages. Not to mention now "they" can view private profiles, including pictures, more easily. You might want to think twice about putting some much information about yourself on your myspace page. Makes it real easy for someone to do you harm. Stay safe people! Don't use webproxies, well at least not for sites you have to login.

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Ok, let's say for some reasons I need to send an email via a proxy. ( I need my IP to look like if I'm in another country )
My problem now is, that when I try to login to hotmail via this proxy ( and others ) it tells me he can't open the page. It goes until the login page, I type address and password. ( Don't care if anyone has it ) but then, it just can't get in ...
Do you know why ??
Thank you you'll save my life !

it could be that hotmail doesnt like people using proxies, or maybe the proxy is 'stripping' something that Hotmail needs to work.

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