What I've done is run Linux (Ubuntu, BackTrack 5, you can use whatever linux flav you want) off a USB, booted it, went through Program Files and deleted the whole folder.
GG NetSupport, which didn't really work.
My school has an incredibly stupid block. It blocks websites for the reason "mobile phone", it blocks every .wikia link with the reason "wiki" and it blocks almost everything else ever for either games, blogs, or personal pages
I say, do the hell away with all the filters. Okay, well, not all of them- obviously, virus infested sites should be done away with, but the important thing to remember is that most people have smartphones, now. At least, in my school, I'm not certain it's the same universally, but in NYC, that's how it is with almost all of the schools I know of.
Any Android device, iPhone or Blackberry can access Facebook or any social networking site. Android phones can get Flash sites down. Any phone, period, can send text messages. People don't need laptops or school computers to go online. All these filters serve to do is hinder access to legitimately usable sites.
In classes, if a student has a laptop out, they've probably got it out because they're meant to do work on it, whether it be typing up an essay, doing some programming, some internet research, whatever. If sites aren't blocked then they can accidentally head onto virus infected sites etc. Blocking Facebook and stuff i'm on the fence, if it's blocked then people will probably just use it on another device like you said, but not everyone owns a smartphone, and the blocking might make a few kids actually get back on track and do the work.
At the end of the day, the blocking needs to be done by someone who actually knows what they're doing, i.e someone who isn't a total retard and blocks anything with a certain phrase in it, which easily restricts legitimate sites - sites need to be blocked on a per-URL basis. It means a lot of sites will probably get missed, but all the common ones would get caught, and if you do have someone who knows what they're doing, and has a bit of time, they could block most stuff apart from the most obscure ones.
I think that filters are okay to block say, porn and harmful sites that prevent the school getting into trouble and etc. But I think they should just leave it up to the student's responsibility to decide if he wants to fuck up his academics or man up and get a good degree.
Most sites are blocked for both students and teachers using some blanket filtering proxy. Sites in all sorts of categories are blocked. I think it's good for students, because it makes it difficult for them to mess around on facebook, etc. However, in the past few years, everyone's gotten smartphones, so they use them to get off-task. It's an inconvenience for teachers, though. Most of the time they want to show an educationally relevant video on YouTube, but it's blocked.
I fixed this problem for them by setting up some tools for teachers to selectively forward their internet traffic through my server over ssh, the admins don't see a thing.
Sites blocked by a firewall, blocks sites, proxies and such, of course it doesn't block "file locker" sites.
VPNs and Tunneling works all the time.
Not even tor browser works in my school
We spend our time at school testing for filter rejection reasons.
This page was blocked for the following reasons: Education. Well okay then....
I normally resolve this issue by bringing my own computer to school; since our high school is right next to the college, we can just use their internets (since the students at my school are technically college students too), but it gets annoying how they block anything and anything just because it's not strictly academically related.
Hell, my school had even blocked google for some unknown reason. You can't log in and out of gmail either (which actually fucks the students up since the college uses gmail for their email). They even installed a stupid wireless thing on all the laptops that are supposed to make you stay on the high school's internets, but that's gone down the shithole when the students realized that when it asked 'Are you on (school name here)'s network?', you click 'No.'
I'm in school and I feel as though it's necessary, my school has it and facepunch is blocked, yeah it pisses me off, but I feel as though the other kids would abuse the privileges and waste bandwidth. Plus there's TOR.
My old school had it the wrong way around. All traffic was allowed in school internal network, but pretty much everything except port 80 was blocked in the dorms. So for the three years I spent there I was only able to play multiplayer games when I went home for a weekend. Of course nowadays one could just pick up a 3G wireless stick for 10€/month, but back then the only option was a GPRS 56k that would cost buttloads to use before it even makes a connection....
So I left my personal PC logged in overnight in the classroom with the monitor turned off and SSH'd my shit through the school network. Was not allowed, but I didn't really care.
We get M86 filter which has blocked tons of proxies. But that's nothing Ultrasurf can't bypass.
If you need to get through a filter look up Ultrasurf. Put it on your USB and you're good to go.
I don't think it's a big deal. Because really, the only time you ever need to do a significant amount of online research AT SCHOOL is in University, and they don't block anything (except maybe porn? Not like I'm going to check). You only run into the blocks legitimately maybe 5% of the time, and it really doesn't hinder you in any way. Besides, you can wait to dick around on facebook and forums till you get home.
At my old school, alot of things that could be useful to schoolwork was blocked. So we used proxies etc.
Anyway, school shut down and we transfered.
So at this new school we got our own unrestricted wireless, which is pretty much heaven. All I do now is spoof my MAC.
As for debating, blocking social media is harmful in my opinion as it's for many people the main way to conversate and share knowledge. But porn and stuff? Whatever.
The filter my school district has is a bullshit one that blocks stuff that we have every right view, they block stuff for humor and stuff for "Press Websites." I kind of understand the first one but not the second at all, I needed some websites for an assignment but no, it was blocked because it was a press website. So they do tend to be more harmful than helpful.
Necessary in schools
While I am often getting enraged by our school filters, I understand that I will only play games and browse internet without them
Well here the filters are strict AND they disallowed running .exe's (blocked it from starting)
Ha this proxy actually works, it's kind of nice to be able to view Facepunch when I've got nothing to do.
our school does url blocking; if the url contains 'cock', 'boobs', or any other word like that, it gets blocked.
it ALSO means urls containing 'exe' get blocked, too. I haven't tried 'bat', though.
I am in art, and when I need a reference picture, it needs to be in high resolution. When I click on the "more sizes" button, 90% of the god damn time the non-thumbnail ones are blocked under 'personal/blogs'
Because no child left behind / american socialism. It's pretty bullshit and hurts kids who are more advanced than others, seeing as how we spend next to nothing on the advanced education, blowing millions upon millions on dumb kids who will end up in burger king anyway. That's not a recipe for success and is why we are falling behind technologically.
Semi related, I am seriously considering taking a program that will let me learn at a school in Germany for a whole year, think it's worth it
It depends on how much they want to block. If they want to block content that is clearly only for 18 year olds or is illegal anyway, yeah, block it. Filtering doesn't mean they will suddenly block everything.
I'm posting from a school computer right now!
No, not effective in the least, people who are really determined can get around it and it blocks plenty of legitmite uses. When I was needing to look up research information or pictures for a project like 75% of them are blocked outright despite being school appropiate. Apparently at my school district there is NO STANDARD of what is blocked and what is not blocked. Hence why TVTropes is blocked but not me posting right here.
A filter was only implemented three years ago at my high school, and it only blocked porn (and proxy's). The college I attend atm doesn't block anything except for any program that tries to open a port that has been closed (aka anything that isn't installed on the desktops) which is pretty normal I guess.
I got a filter at my high school. It blocks every advertisement, and most websites. But not Youtube.
I think it's really funny what some of the sites are blocked for. I've tried to go on perfectlty normal sites and they're been blocked for 'Danish Pornography'.
Blocks all access to the control panel, "run" feature, command prompt, etc.
Installs PowerShell in a Windows Update. Doesn't even attempt to block it. sigh. They gave students one of the most powerful tools on a computer.
I was messing around in Power Shell during speech because we didn't have anything to do. I ran
Which lists like, 50 different options with ping. Afterwards I ran
ping -t 127.0.0.1
And let it sit. The screen on Power Shell was sliding upwards due to the ping results. My teacher looked over, freaked out, thought I was hacking the school's computers and nearly sent me to the principal's office.
Also, instead of calling it anything else, if it's got adult content on it, the filter just says "Porn".
I can't believe that "tasteless"filter bullshit I mean wow