How to Get Around the Security of Most Server Side Web Blockers



This is my first instructable, so bear with me:
Ok i will tell you how to get around the web blockers I have seen used in schools. All you need is a flash drive and a few software downloads.

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Step 1: Preparation

First you need a flash drive, any size will do but the bigger it is the better. This way you can carry along with you more of your own personal files like pictures and other software. Minimally all you need is a 128 MB flash drive. These you can find at a nearby electronics store. The target nearby for me sells them for $12 USD.

next you need to get the software. I use a portable version of Firefox that was coded to be launched from a portable device. Weather or not Internet Explorer has been made into a portable version i am unsure of. here is the link
and the picture below shows what the site looks like, complete with a big red button saying download

Put this file anywhere, I recommend to your flash drive in case something goes wrong and you need to reload it.

Step 2: Instalation

Now you want to install Firefox to your flash drive.

Double click the file and it will load up. After agreeing to the license agreement it will ask you where you wish for Firefox to install.
Put in the address of your flash drive and it will begin.

It is now installed for your use. Next i will tell you how to configure it to get around the security.

Step 3: Configuration

To configure Firefox portable, i recommend you do this at your home computer. Load up Firefox. Here you will go to the Codeen website in the following link and pick out a proxy server.
heres the link:
Codeen Proxy List
you will want to copy an IP address for the next part as well as the port that it uses, usually 3127 or 3128

With the IP address in hand, go under the Tools heading. From here go to Options. A window will pop up. Go to the Security heading and go to Connections. Here it will have 3 options at the top, click on the manual setting and in the text box below it place the IP address and the port your using and click the check box that will use that IP address for everything. Click ok and your good to go. You may have to try one or more different IP addresses because the proxy servers may not be good ones or may just be down temporarily

Another good source of proxy servers is this site:
More Proxy Lists

And there you have it. Your portable internet browser will get around most school web security that i have seen used. I also recommend wandering the portable apps site to add to your collection of useful portable programs. I also recommend going to the Firefox add on site to add some stuff to your new browser, like Stumble, which is a great way to kill time and learn new things.

This concludes this instructable, hope you find it helpful in getting around those annoying blocks on school internet and getting to what you really need to get too.



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    8 Discussions

    Mr. Rig It

    11 years ago on Introduction

    After reviewing your instructable I will now have to go and speak with your English teacher, I taught you better than this :D . Use capitalization, proper grammar, sentence fluency, and organization. Good first instructable, but fix your small items.

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    ChronosMr. Rig It

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i should, but im too lazy. My next one will be better,as soon as i figure out what to do.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    u school blocks usb flashdrives as well...know how to get round this??


    11 years ago on Step 3

    I don't understand what to do with the Codeen Proxy List. I'll enter in an IP address from there into the proxy form for Firefox. Is the port # the port that appears next to the IP on the List, such as when it says, "blocking ports 3127, 3128"? Also, do firewalls matter?

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    Reply 11 years ago on Step 3

    on the Codeen Proxy List you have to check that it says good under the status column, he sorta mentioned this by saying that the "proxy server may just be down temporarily" and im unsure but in another instructable it said 3124? idk maybe it works or doesnt it was for regular firefox


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for publishing. This tutorial looks good, but needs pictures to really shine on the site. What tends to happen is that Instructables without pictures get lost in the crowd and don't see many hits. I've unpublished your project for now but it would be great if you could add in some images and then resubmit your Instructable.