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Web at school

Postby thejdcole » Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:46 pm UTC

Hi, do any of you guys have any links to those websites which bypass the proxy?

I have to be careful with my words as this could get blocked..

many of them are blocked at school and i cant find any unblocked so far. Can you help?


Schools internet is powered by E2BN and the internet is sent around the school by several wireless routers from a central hub.

It is sent through LAN, and PC's don't register internet access only LAN. Also we are running through laptops not school computers as we are part of the sixth form.
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Re: Web at school

Postby x2017 » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:54 pm UTC

Depending on what you're trying to do, maybe a VPN is what you need to tunnel your entire traffic outside. I myself use a personal (virtual) server, but afaik there are as well providers supplying you with a VPN on their own servers.

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Re: Web at school

Postby DysfunctionalGroup » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:37 am UTC

simple fixes:
i used to know one that you could manually input into the options menu of your browser. something along the lines of boldlygoingnowhere.org entered into the http proxy, with the port 8080 IIRC...

but...in recent attempts to bring up that domain, its no longer there, so idk if the proxy would still work.

googled that and found this http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1800052/posts, maybe that could be of help.. i just skimmed it, so... who knows.

anyway, if your school is crafty as you are, they might have already disable accessing your browser's options panel. furthermore, i'd suspect they block running .exe files that aren't permitted by the system admin, so downloading anything and running it is probably a bust idea too.

your final option is to use a web based proxy server. i recall "the-cloak.com" being one of them. but, with these, its a cat and mouse game. you bypass security with one site, admins find out, and block it. you find a new site, they block that one too. so on and so forth.

i'm sure a "complex" fix exists, but i don't know of any myself. either hold out for another member to fill you in, or get to googling.

as for really simple work arounds:
look for unfiltered computers. most general, all purpose computer labs have the tightest security. if you have access to other computers around your school that serve a more specific purpose, try these as security is sometimes a bit relaxed. seems that for general use computers, the administration doesn't want people dicking around. so, for specific use computers, security is looser so that students can work unhindered. (although this actually leads to more dicking around during work time, and less dicking around during free time.)

you could access blocked sites off school grounds. public library, friends computer, public wifi.

or, just don't access blocked sites. keep in mind that your school might not look highly upon you circumventing your security measures. perhaps with disciplinary action even... so your safest bet is to find other unblocked sources of whatever it is you were looking for. infact, if you need something on a regular basis, you could probably create your own geocities page or something of the sort while off school grounds, put up all the info you need there, editing it as need be, then accessing it later from school.

then all of the things you need are available, and the administration can't call you out for disabling their security.
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Re: Web at school

Postby jaysix » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:24 pm UTC

thejdcole wrote:Hi, do any of you guys have any links to those websites which bypass the proxy?

I have to be careful with my words as this could get blocked..

Lol, I think that's all you need to get this blocked.

I miss the good 'ole days of playing game with my high school IT guy. :) For a while I knew a way to bypass that stuff through IE's Tools > Options... screens. Completely forgot it by now tho.

Good luck jdcole, don't let the man get you down! :P

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Re: Web at school

Postby pastrybot » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:45 pm UTC

One thing that I've found works at my school is setting up an SSH tunnel. I leave my computer on at home, get its IP address, and then use PuTTY on a USB stick to SSH tunnel home. Kind of roundabout, but I typed up a batch script so it's all one click.
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Re: Web at school

Postby Rouse » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:11 pm UTC

My friend at school hosted his own web based proxy and reduced it to a simple text box where you input the URL, he then put a login on the page and really only gave it out to me and a few other 'trustworthy' people, haha.

Although you would need a domain, it doesn't cost much if you're willing, alternatively you could host your own via Apache and a no-ip domain.

pastrybot wrote:One thing that I've found works at my school is setting up an SSH tunnel. I leave my computer on at home, get its IP address, and then use PuTTY on a USB stick to SSH tunnel home. Kind of roundabout, but I typed up a batch script so it's all one click.

I looked into this but I couldn't quite set it up right, how well does it work? Considering I'm on holidays and have some free time I might give it another shot so I can browse freely when I get back to school. :)

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Re: Web at school

Postby qinwamascot » Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:45 am UTC

I've used google translator or google cache sometimes. Some foreign language proxy servers are also not blocked at my high school. The last suggestion I have is to try bringing in a portable version of firefox or opera on a flash drive, but that could be a problem if your school is reasonably good.

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Re: Web at school

Postby Kiki » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:35 am UTC

There's a ton, but all the sites I know of are also blocked by now. I like UltraSurf. (http://www.ultrareach.com/) I have it on my laptop and all I have to do is enable it whenever I run into a block. If you want to use it, you could download it, put it on a flashdrive, use it whenever you need it, then just delete it from whatever computer your using when your done. Yay freedom.

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Re: Web at school

Postby Doug52392 » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:25 pm UTC

I tunnel most of my connections through an SSH tunnel on my home Linux server. Works great :)

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Re: Web at school

Postby fishyfish777 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:33 am UTC

Macintosh security workaround:
Hold Apple+S while starting
/sbin/fsck -y
/sbin/mount -uw
sh /etc/rc
passwd teacheradmin


No, you don't need a domain. awardspace works fine :D

Now I have made a comprehensive list of seven personal proxies!
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