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Many employers block Facebook on company computers, and even more monitor their employees’ online activities. For those lucky enough to work for companies that do not censor Internet usage, know that being caught playing FarmVille on company time rarely reflects favorably in yearly performance reviews.

To use Facebook from work without tripping the boss’ radar, follow these tips:    

Go Incognito — Turn off Chat

This should be blatantly obvious, but if your boss or any of your coworkers are on your friends list, they will know the moment you sign into Facebook because your name will appear in their chat lists — at least, if they are currently signed into Facebook.

Instead of taking the chance, click the gear symbol at the top of your chat window, then uncheck “Available to Chat” before leaving for work in the morning.

Bypass The Company’s Blocked Website List

Most companies use website blockers that are very easy to thwart. We could teach you how to set up a virtual private network, but in the majority of cases this much effort is unnecessary.

First, try the URL http://www.www.Facebook.com. As this is a subdomain of Facebook.com, some employers will not think to block it. If that does not work, try https://www.facebook.com. Sometimes the extra “s” will trick the network server into think the site is secure, and thus safe to allow access.

If changing the URL does not work, the next trick to try is a proxy site. Many network administrators block these, but since new ones appear all the time, one of them is sure to work.

One of the most popular is HideMyAss.com, which has a built-in Facebook proxy. If this one is already blocked, a simple Google search will reveal thousands of proxies. Be aware proxies make their money through intrusive advertisements. Expect pop-ups and pop-under ads when using this method.

Hide The Facebook URL From The Network Log

If your company does not block Facebook, but still tracks every site you visit, using a proxy site is still a great way to hide your Facebook activities.

But while proxy sites also offer the advantage of hiding the URLs you visit, there is an even sneakier way to hide the URL. Go to Google Translate, then enter the Facebook URL. Translate it from English to English. The site will appear masked beneath miles of Google URL code in your company’s network log, yet you should have full access to your Facebook account.

Install A Panic Button On Your Browser

Use a panic buttonIf you plan to use Facebook at work, you need a one-click method to hide your activities from plain sight when the boss or a nosy coworker walks by your desk. The  best way to do this is with a browser extension known as a panic button.

Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer all have extensions that work as panic buttons. Once installed, you can either click the button on your browser or use a shortcut key to hide all of your open browser windows, then restore them when the boss walks away.

Be Careful

The main thing to remember when using Facebook at work is to be careful. If your company has blocked Facebook from its servers, take it as a sign that if you are caught surfing Facebook you will probably face disciplinary action.

Personally, I prefer to surf Facebook from my mobile phone rather than using the server at work.

What are your favorite tricks for hiding your Facebook activity?

How To Use Facebook At Work even if blocked by employer

19 thoughts on “How To Use Facebook At Work even if blocked by employer

  • November 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm
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    thank you..very much..really helpful for me..

  • November 19, 2011 at 12:30 am
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    Terrific Post for facebook proxy related ip blogs. I actually am into the facebook proxy organisation myself.
    steve

  • February 23, 2012 at 4:51 am
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    Thanks for the post. I’m an administrator for my company and this really helps me to prevent employees from using these methods to use company time for their personal gains. Thanks again!

  • March 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm
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    ya none of these worked for me 🙁

  • April 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm
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    I agree with your final statement, most people these days have an iPhone. Unless the company culture is such that Facebook and other social media sites are acceptable, using Facebook on the iPhone would be the best option.

  • June 15, 2012 at 11:50 am
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    none of above worked for me

  • August 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm
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    your also a loser… WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL TO CHECK FB OR ANOTHER SITE AT WORK FOR A COUPLE MINUTES? GET A LIFE PAL… U AND ALL OTHER ADMINISTARTORS

  • August 31, 2012 at 8:39 am
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    none of above worked for me

  • January 7, 2013 at 11:18 pm
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    yeah…it’z all useless..:(

  • April 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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    It’s not working…….. 🙁

  • July 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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    its working

  • September 20, 2013 at 5:33 am
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    my employer has even blocked anonymizers. this is going to be a long nightshift…..

  • October 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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    i tried to use it to log in facebook but i cant see any cmt or like ?? what’s wrong with that ?

  • January 8, 2014 at 9:54 am
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    thanks!

  • July 17, 2014 at 5:13 am
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    If employees were only spending a couple of minutes he probably wouldn’t care. We’ve lost workers because of their internet abuse. You’d be surprised how much time is wasted. That’s like tossing dollars out the window! Playing games and downloading movies is a major problem. This isn’t about just someone who needs to check their email or take a couple minutes to read a FB post. This site IS helpful for admins. Sorry, but those that don’t want to work, and steal our time, ruin it for the rest.

  • August 11, 2014 at 9:44 am
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    Dear my facebook account is blocked from server how can i access to my FB Account?please help me Regarding that?

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