If Facebook and other social media sites are being blocked at your workplace, then there are a few methods you can use to bypass the rules of content filtering on a SonicWall or other firewall . Normally content filtering is done at the firewall level and websites are blocked using domain names. for example, if you want to get to Facebook, then you put the IP address of the site as the URL on the browser instead of the domain name, and  that will bypass the firewall rule.

so how do you get the IP address of Facebook, YouTube or any other website your company is blocking?

ping the website URL!!

for example if you want to know the IP address of Facebook do the following. press the Windows and the letter R keys simultaneously on your keyboard. the RUN command should pop-up. type CMD and click OK. the command prompt window should come up. type Ping facebook.com and hit Enter. you should be able to see the IP address on the replies:


open your browser, and type the IP address like this on the address bar that should open facebook!!

do the same for all other websites you want to get to from your content filtered network.

another quick method of getting to a blocked website is by using a proxy server. proxy servers hide your computer identity so  a firewall won’t detect it.

here is a good proxy server website – with a nice name. http://hidemyass.com/

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    The RUN command should pop-up.

  • mark

    ok, I tried all that and still does not work. how do I find out what content filter I have?

  • Amol Battin 26

    when sonicwall is already working u even cannt open websites using IP address of that website. Even proxy websites will not open then how to use these proxy websites to open websites..

  • Dave

    This is totally false and will not work.

    • zaki

      i agree with you that not working
      will you find nother method?

      • kidash zaki

        yea that not working ::: please give me another method to

        • Xul

          Use https instead

  • Rehan

    wow thanks so much. I can confirm it works. I use firefox.. Make sure the http part is included n befor the website opens you should click i understand the risks n confirm. Then only the website opens. Cheers

  • guy

    use hotspot shield best sofware
    otherwise ultrasurf

    • Feb

      GREAT TIP… nothing worked for me before but HotSpot Shield did.

  • axxo

    we can stop ultrasurf and hotspot shield using sonicwall. there are option to do that. even we can block https site as well in sonicwall.

    • Eswara Moorthy

      Where is the option in sonic wall?