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It's no mystery to anyone that Facebook is causing some major waves around the world. A seemingly harmless idea, one that would simply link friends in a network or pictures, messages, games, and humor, has started to take down governments and scare others. In Egypt this year, Facebook and Twitter were given at least partial credit (if not all - i.e. it's called the "Twitter Revolution") for aiding in the organization of groups against the current tyrannical regime. This in turn has scared governments like China, Iran, and Vietnam, who have upgraded their Internet censorship technology and made it harder than ever to access Facebook in their respective countries.

But this is nothing new. Facebook, since about 2009 has been slowly taken off the radar for a lot of "less than democratic" governments. But Facebook and its fans won't give up so easily, and ban on Facebook has given to the rise to the use of proxies around the world.

A proxy acts as a middle man between you and a blocked site, This could be a banned site in China, a site blocked by a firewall at work, or any site you're restricted access from because of your location (i.e. IP address). When Facebook is blocked, you connect to a proxy, and instead of your real IP address accessing Facebook's site, its now the IP address of the proxy server that does the accessing for you. So if you're in China, where Facebook's IP address is blocked by The Great Firewall, rerouting your traffic to Facebook through a proxy server will allow you to access the site. Depending on the location of the proxy, you'll take on an IP address outside of China (most likely in The US, The UK, or Europe), and then be allowed to access Facebook.

The same thing works with firewalls at work and school. Work and School firewalls of course block pornography, game sites, and other time wasting activities like Facebook and Youtube. By hiding your local IP address, and changing it to one outside of the Firewall, for good or for bad, you'll be granted access to any blocked sites you want.

This may also work for sites that ban your access based on location, as opposed to locations that ban your access to certain sites. Some region specific websites may block users outside the allotted locations. For example, Hulu and Netflix are restricted to American users only, and BBC iPlayer is restricted to British IP's only. Changing your IP address with a proxy can get you access to sites like these. The sites listed here have actually blocked the use of proxies within the past year or two, but it was previously possible to access them by using a proxy, and there are many other sites that still allow proxy access. Some sites, like Hulu, Netflix, and BBC iPlayer may require the use of a virtual private network for a higher level of security when changing your IP address. Although proxies don't work, these sites are accessible with a VPN.

Finding a Facebook blocked proxy might not be easy however, as this is a very well known tool, and many proxy sites are blocked alongside banned sites like Facebook and Youtube. Be sure you choose a reliable and trusted provider that won't leave you hanging.


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