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How to get around your work firewall

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

17 April 2014

This is patronizing at best and downright frustrating at worst, so let’s have a look at the best ways you can bypass your company’s firewall – or even the firewall at school or university!

Use your smartphone as a hotspot

Most smartphones these days (although not all) can be used as wi-fi hotspots through a process known as tethering. When you tether your laptop or tablet to your smartphone, you’re effectively “sharing” your 3G net connection, allow your phone to become the hotspot that your other devices connect to.

To enable tethering on your smartphone, simply turn the “personal hotspot” option on, and ensure that you’ve set a wi-fi password so that only you can connect to the hotspot. Your tablet or laptop should then be able to see your phone as an available network, and can cannot to that using the password that you set. Because you’re using your cellphone network rather than your work or school network, you will be able to bypass the firewall.

It’s worth noting that, unless you’re on a plan with unlimited data, tethering can drive your monthly mobile bill sky high if done for too long. In addition, some phone companies and plans don’t allow tethering, so ensure that you aren’t burning through your money when you tether!

Use a VPN

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, allow you to bypass firewall restrictions by creating an encryption tunnel between you and the internet, therefore skirting around the restrictions as well as keeping you totally secure online.

Using bank-grade encryption, SurfEasy VPN effectively hides your IP address as well as all your other sensitive information and allows you to “borrow” an IP address from a different location, meaning that you can just slip by your company’s firewall unnoticed.

SurfEasy VPN isn’t just for your laptop, however. For just $4.99 per month, you can get unlimited firewall-free browsing on all of your devices; your smartphone, your laptop, your home computer and your tablet. No matter where you are, SurfEasy ensures that the web is open and available to you. SurfEasy VPN is the best way to unblock websites at work and at school–so visit and sign up today!

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