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Old 12-06-09, 12:33 AM
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Getting around blocked sites at work?

I work in a school and they block certain websites as is usually typical for a school, but they block teachers as well. We used to be able to use hack vibe, but that is now blocked as well.

Are there other sites like hack vibe that I can use to get around some blocked sites quickly and easily? I especially need to get youtube back up as they had many good video clips for certain historical events.

I don't think this violates DVD Talk policy, talking about this stuff, i don't want to copy or anything, just show during class, but if it does, i was unaware and apologize in advance.

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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

I would think it would be far wiser for you to document your business need to access youtube.com than to risk or damage your future employment by deliberately circumventing your workplace's Internet content filtering. Depending on where you work, that could be a pretty serious offense.

You could also just extract the videos from youtube as FLV or MP4 files using one of the several sites for doing so at home and then play them offline at work as needed.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Where I work we use websense and the procedure is to put a ticket in and if it's approved by your management then we unblock it
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^^ good advice

Or, buy your own laptop and get a wireless broadband internet service that you pay for. What you do on your own hardware and your own internet conection is your business.

This is really not all that expensive these days and it is much cheaper than losing your job
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

My company does that, i got annoyed and got myself an Iphone. Company have a 20% discount for monthly fees, so i am good with it.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

And I think the iPhone can output to a tv. Worst case you go to a website like saveflv to grab the video from YouTube and save it on your computer
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

anyone know of any sites like hack vibe that i could try?
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Why not just try jfoobar's advice?

You seem intent on going around your school's filtering.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Get Video Downloadhelper.

It makes it painfully simple to download any Youtube-type video from anywhere and save it as a file, it will even convert things. You can get all the 'historical content' you want and play them off your system in class as files. I always get the MP4 files off Youtube.



The other option if you are bound and determined to get your porn, I mean 'historical content off Youtube' at work, is to start hopping proxies. Then you will be outside the school to browse from a remote point.

You'll be fired in no time!
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse View Post
Get Video Downloadhelper.

It makes it painfully simple to download any Youtube-type video from anywhere and save it as a file, it will even convert things. You can get all the 'historical content' you want and play them off your system in class as files. I always get the MP4 files off Youtube.



The other option if you are bound and determined to get your porn, I mean 'historical content off Youtube' at work, is to start hopping proxies. Then you will be outside the school to browse from a remote point.

You'll be fired in no time!
this only works with Firefox though? i and school PC have IE.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
Why not just try jfoobar's advice?

You seem intent on going around your school's filtering.
because these are very harmless educational clips that sometimes i get at a moments notice. we don't have measures like that in place to send requests or anything and there is simply no need and not worried in the least about the content in them. we all have done it without the slightest bit of worry and have the full consent of our dept. chair as he does as well.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

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this only works with Firefox though? i and school PC have IE.
Yeah, you would be doing the downloading at home.

Then you could take the content to school, email it, use a file store site, etc.
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because these are very harmless educational clips that sometimes i get at a moments notice. we don't have measures like that in place to send requests or anything and there is simply no need and not worried in the least about the content in them. we all have done it without the slightest bit of worry and have the full consent of our dept. chair as he does as well.
I would make sure you read carefully your school's relevant policy before you embrace this attitude. What you said above sounds like the sort of thing lots of people who get hammered by a disciplinary action say as a written reprimand is being stuffed into their permanent file. It is very, very likely that your department chair doesn't have the authority to grant you permission to bypass content filtering.

Internet content filtering is very likely governed by your school's IT security policy. Any security policy that can be overridden on a whim by some departmental manager is a horribly written security policy indeed. OTOH, educational institutions are notorious for having crappy IT security policies.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

when we installed websense a few years ago we sent a sample blocking list to HR to get it approved. and we mostly took the default blocking options. after that we blocked and unblocked a few things at people's request.

it's not a critical system where we worshiped it. more of a PITA
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Originally Posted by jfoobar View Post
I would make sure you read carefully your school's relevant policy before you embrace this attitude. What you said above sounds like the sort of thing lots of people who get hammered by a disciplinary action say as a written reprimand is being stuffed into their permanent file. It is very, very likely that your department chair doesn't have the authority to grant you permission to bypass content filtering.

Internet content filtering is very likely governed by your school's IT security policy. Any security policy that can be overridden on a whim by some departmental manager is a horribly written security policy indeed. OTOH, educational institutions are notorious for having crappy IT security policies.
i'm not worried. if i can't do it i can't. it really isn't a big deal in the least. just thought there was a simple way to show some clips. no biggie.

you seem to be very testy about the subject however.

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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Firefox Portable on a USB drive sometimes works.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
i'm not worried. if i can't do it i can't. it really isn't a big deal in the least. just thought there was a simple way to show some clips. no biggie.

you seem to be very testy about the subject however.
You're trying to go around websites that a district has deemed unacceptable even to teachers. So therefore any way you slice it, you're going against rules set forth by the school.

You should write a letter to your district about having sites like YouTube unblocked to teachers.

I also don't see how it should even matter. Teachers didn't utilize websites to teach lessons a few years ago. Time's haven't changed THAT much. Use other materials. Rent a DVD or something.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
i'm not worried. if i can't do it i can't. it really isn't a big deal in the least. just thought there was a simple way to show some clips. no biggie.

you seem to be very testy about the subject however.
Sorry I came across as testy. I am trying to get you to consider everything before you make what could possibly (although probably isn't) a big mistake.
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I work in a school and they block certain websites as is usually typical for a school, but they block teachers as well.... Are there other sites like hack vibe that I can use to get around some blocked sites quickly and easily?
Ask your students, I bet they know.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

Originally Posted by jfoobar View Post
Sorry I came across as testy. I am trying to get you to consider everything before you make what could possibly (although probably isn't) a big mistake.
i gotcha. believe me i wouldn't do anything if there was the slightest chance an ill effect would come of it. i usually know a good thing when i have it and wouldn't do anything to jeopardize, especially without tenure yet.

thanks for looking out.
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

KeepVid works very well for downloading YouTube videos. It is free to use and web based.

http://keepvid.com
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Re: Getting around blocked sites at work?

First, follow everyone's advice above, specially jfoobar.

So be really sure before you try any of this.

What you are looking for is a proxy server. You can check this site: http://www.publicproxyservers.com/
It has a long list of public proxy servers, like hack vibe, if that site is not available from school just try to write down some servers from home and try them at your school. That's the easiest way.
A little bit more complicated, setup a proxy server at home and use that to browse freely from work. I'd guess that's not an option for you.

But again, although schools and that kind of government jobs are not hard on keeping track on blocking software, you have to be really careful before using any of those sites.

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