Social media platforms have become prominent fixtures in the lives of college students, so much that they are now one of the main tools of interaction. They sometimes pose a danger to other sites as they are constantly attacked by malicious users, so naturally, school administrations are likely to block them. But does it always work?
Well, it’s hard to fully block an app that has so much support among users, and there will always be a smart student who’ll find loopholes and access the app anyway. That said, there are ways to ensure the safety of those accessing these sites if they do it within the school.
School Is Keeping It Safe
Teachers know that students need these communication tools for personal use and assignments, but they also know that they are able to pass on or collect malicious software that would do more harm than good. For this reason, websites such as Discord are limited or blocked since they are quite sensitive. Ultimately, it is up to the user to practice caution.
Students are always downloading stuff online, both for study and personal use. While at school, one will need PDFs from academic articles and journals to complete their assignments. Students will often download various sources for back up, not even to mention that they like checking papers for plagiarism and generating citations online. One of the safest citation generators, the Harvard referencing tool, does not require one to download a citation file, so it’s much safer to use if you are using a school or personal computer. Avoiding any downloads will be the right choice.
Any student, whether a gamer or not, should remember that the school network limitations are there for a reason as they protect personal student data from being stolen. So, even when you get to break the system, you should still care about your Internet safety. Here are ways on how to get around school blocks and access Discord while within your school compound.
Copy the IP Address
Some schools will block websites such as Discord using keywords, but you can get access if you know how to bypass securely using the IP address. You start by typing ‘command prompt’ on the start menu then typing ‘ping discordapp.com’ after entering this command, which then allows you to type the IP address. This way, you bypass the option that expects you to enter the keyword that would be automatically rejected and avoid anything that would prevent you from accessing the site. Having done this, you can comfortably do your homework using the app.
Use the Browser App
Sometimes blockers are activated to prevent access of files with specific commands such as executable (EXE) files. This then means you could first try to download the app – such as Discord – using the app browser since it does have that. You can use the browser for accessing files you may need for your research before deciding to take any further action. For Discord, you would have to log in first so that in the future, you will only need to enter your credentials to use it the same way you would any other browser.
Use a Proxy or VPN
If you try all other options and fail, try using a proxy to hide your IP, then access Discord. This way, your address will not be flagged as those disallowed from using the site. To do this, you want to only use reliable proxies, and luckily there are a number of them available for free. After finding the ideal one, enter the website URL you want, then surf anonymously. Proxies are simple and so no single lesson is needed for their use.
If your school Wi-Fi detects and rejects the proxy website, you can use a Virtual Private Network. A powerful VPN masks both your IP address and that of software associated with other aspects apart from the website you are hiding, making it way better than a proxy. The best ones are not free, but they do a great job.
You have Options
If your school Wi-Fi blocks apps, then it pays to try all other means of accessing them if they are essential in writing class essays or for any part of your course. These apps are not necessarily unsafe, but some have attachments that may harm your computer, which is why tutors discourage their use and access. The alternative, as we had mentioned, is to only access secure links that you are sure won’t do any harm.