What is a Facebook Proxy?


A Facebook proxy is a proxy server that accesses Facebook on your behalf, thereby allowing you to look at Facebook even in situations where your Facebook access might be blocked by a firewall at work or at school.

Why do you need a Facebook proxy?

Schools and businesses often block people from visiting specific websites, including Facebook. They do this by using a firewall. Firewalls can be very useful because they can prevent nasty viruses and malware from reaching the company’s computers and causing problems. Companies also use them to prevent people from wasting company time by surfing the Internet instead of doing the job they’re supposed to be doing and are getting paid for.

If you really need to access Facebook at school or work, and it is usually blocked, you can get around the problem by using a Facebook proxy.

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How does a Facebook proxy work?

Your home computer usually connects to the Internet directly, or when you’re at school or work, through a server. The two systems give each other information, and that information is then used to determine if you are allowed to connect to the site you’re looking for. If the computer or server you’re using has not blocked Facebook, you’ll be able to access it without any problems. If work or school has however blocked Facebook, you won’t make it past the first exchange of information.

Facebook Proxy - How does it work?

A proxy server works as an intermediary. Instead of connecting directly to the internet, you’ll first connect to the proxy server. The proxy server is used to connect to the internet indirectly, and to mask identifying information including your IP address. This will allow you to visit websites that are normally blocked.

Let’s say you for example work at Company A, which is located in Denver. If you try to use the company’s servers to visit Facebook, the IP address will be based on the company’s location and you will be blocked.

If you, however, use a proxy server, it will look like you’re logging in from a different location, for example, Berlin in Germany. The IP address supplied by the proxy server won’t be on the blocked list, and the connection will be allowed, even if you’re sitting at your desk at Company A. The proxy server will also hide your activities so your boss won’t be able to see which sites you’re visiting, even if they monitor your computer’s usage.

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What type of proxy is suitable for unblocking Facebook?

Web proxies are extremely easy to use. Simply enter the web proxy URL to the browser address bar and, after the proxy loads its interface, enter “facebook.com” to the URL field. However, there are security concerns regarding the use of web proxies. Also, some web proxies may not help you access Facebook as they may not allow cookies and they may remove scripts. Thus, I do not recommend using them for accessing your Facebook account as it contains your private data.

HTTP and SOCKS proxies can also be used to unblock Facebook. But, if they are open proxies listed on public proxy lists, they present the same security issues as web proxies. Thus, my advice is to use private, dedicated proxies.

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How to choose a Facebook proxy

As Facebook needs a login, it is best to use a secure proxy service. The proxies that are free are slow and really not safe for Facebook. We’ll look at three options for proxy servers below.

Shared Proxies

The main problem with open proxies that are shared by many users is that they often don’t work. Even if you do manage to find one that works well with Facebook and allows you to bypass a firewall, there is another problem. Public proxies have major security concerns. When you use your username and password access your Facebook account, you’ll be supplying these details to an unknown shared proxy server that anyone might be able to access.

If you think that it’s no big deal if someone hacks your Facebook account, think again. Criminals could use your Facebook account to gather the information they need to open up a new credit card account and steal your identity. This could lead to you having wrecked credit and a bad reputation to boot.

Semi-Dedicated

Semi-dedicated proxies for Facebook are better than public ones, but they also have issues. As they are not open to the public, your username and password are safe, and it will be more difficult for someone to hack into your account.

Semi-dedicated proxies are also shared with other people. Although this is great for normal web browsing, it’s not ideal for social media. If another person uses Facebook at the same time as you are and with the same IP and does something that gets them banned, you will be banned at the same time. You don’t want that to happen.

Private Proxies

With a private proxy, you’ll be the only person using it. As it is private, additional security is provided, and it allows you to visit Facebook without giving any information to public servers. You will also be able to surf much faster.

Another huge benefit to private proxies is that you can configure it as you want, making it easy to bypass any restrictions your boss may have put on the network. You can also block any spam that might be sent your way.

A private Facebook proxy is definitely the best way to go.

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Where to find Facebook proxies?

Facebook proxies can be found on public proxy lists (again, I do not recommend them in this case) or provided by premium proxy services. Additionally, you may get access to proxies by searching Google on “facebook proxy,” “free facebook proxies,” or “facebook proxy list.”

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How to use a Facebook proxy?

As previously explained, web proxies are very easy to use. Enter the Facebook URL address in the proxy URL field and start navigating.

The HTTP and SOCKS proxies can be either set up manually to your web browser or use a browser extension (e.g., FoxyProxy). Also, there are proxy browser extensions that are already filled with excellent proxies and that you can activate with one click.

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Conclusion

You should be able to break through a firewall and use Facebook (or other social networking sites) with a Facebook proxy. Do however make sure that you protect yourself when doing this by using a private Facebook proxy rather than a public or semi-dedicated one.

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