Bypassing Websense Block

Posted on 2006-04-23
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
Our school recently installed websense blocking software on our school network. Unfortunatly, the way they have it currently configured, it blocks alot, even things that are of educational value (for instance, the MIT website, and various other useful websites)>

One if the biggest problems is they blocked gmail, which is the primary method for filesharing that we have. I was wondering if it was possible to gain access specifically to gmail.com. I have already tried using various workaround addresses that have worked in the past (with bess), including


Please do bear in mind that due to the way the network is configured, i cannot install any software (such as an HTTP tunneler) on my school account.

If you have any questions that will help me to figure this out, please ask away.
Question by:julio_vega914
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +3
LVL 27

Accepted Solution

Tolomir earned 500 total points
ID: 16519928
I think the only legal way would be to ask for access.

Give it good reasons to unban specific sites. Afaik one can unblock specific websites in websense that would be blocked because they contain nono words.


From the technical point of view, you could try to access via IP number Or setup a proxy computer at home and use it as proxy to get to you valued files, on the other hand then you don't need gmail for failesharing any longer.

A more into detail "workaround" is against the rules here on EE. So my 1st suggestion would be the best way.



Assisted Solution

isyseurope earned 500 total points
ID: 16520299
- Go through an anonymizer like anonymizer.com (you'll need an account but you could try 7 day trial. There are others though..)
- Try some other proxy service
- Find another free email account that is not blocked (there are many - they can't all be blocked!)
- Use your imagination! As they say - where there's a will there's a way!
LVL 51

Assisted Solution

ahoffmann earned 500 total points
ID: 16520479
>  Our school recently installed websense blocking software on our school network.
Ask the admins to enable the sites you need.
Anything else is violating the guideline/rules. Dot. Period.
Threat Trends for MSPs to Watch

See the findings.
Despite its humble beginnings, phishing has come a long way since those first crudely constructed emails. Today, phishing sites can appear and disappear in the length of a coffee break, and it takes more than a little know-how to keep your clients secure.

LVL 20

Assisted Solution

RPPreacher earned 500 total points
ID: 16525631
How To Bypass Internet Censorship


Author Comment

ID: 16529002
Well the admins are extreemly bureaucratic, and wont even consider unblocking the page unless the request is signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters.

As for obeying the "rules" they have aranged, i am quite apathetic towards abiding by them... granted of course i am not doing any hacking etc., i am really hoping just to find a loophole
LVL 27

Expert Comment

ID: 16531686
Ok try www.gawab.com is like gmail, maybe unknown to websense.


Expert Comment

ID: 16533253
Just a tiny test - add a question sign at the end of the URL.
e.g. www.gmail.com?

PS No worries, it will not do any damage, moreover it's a legally
formatted URL, when used in queries.

Author Comment

ID: 16763300
None of the suggestions thus far have helped me. Oh well... thanks for trying
LVL 20

Expert Comment

ID: 16764590
I recommend an equal split on the points

Featured Post

A Cyber Security RX to Protect Your Organization

Join us on December 13th for a webinar to learn how medical providers can defend against malware with a cyber security "Rx" that supports a healthy technology adoption plan for every healthcare organization.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you are like me and like multiple layers of protection, read on!
This article is about my experience upgrading my consulting machine to Windows 10 Version 1709 (The Fall 2017 Creator Update)
Sending a Secure fax is easy with eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com). First, just open a new email message. In the To field, type your recipient's fax number @efaxsend.com. You can even send a secure international fax — just include t…
When cloud platforms entered the scene, users and companies jumped on board to take advantage of the many benefits, like the ability to work and connect with company information from various locations. What many didn't foresee was the increased risk…
Suggested Courses

850 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question