Are you trying Access YouTube from work and you don’t have access or you don’t upload a video? Typically, companies apply different filters to prevent their employees from accessing certain websites.
This is usually done to prevent access to websites that are in principle not considered productive or are related to our work environment. A good example is video platforms, sports news and results websites, movies, etc. And of course, too Youtube.
So we’ll see in today’s guide How can we bypass this limitation to watch YouTube videos from work? No problem. Before we start, we need to take into account that companies can use different methods (proxy filtering, firewalls, changing the PC’s “hosts” file, etc.). to prevent access to certain pages. If we find one of these methods isn’t working, let’s try the next.
How to watch YouTube videos from work
Of course, depending on the level of filtering and the type of internet access control by each company, it is possible that all our attempts to watch videos on YouTube will be neutralized. Either way, some can serve us perfectly, so don’t give up your efforts. Happiness!
1 # Connect to YouTube using Proxysite
Proxy is a site that uses servers in different parts of the world to access YouTube. When we connect to Proxysite all we have to do is select the server – we can exit the server that appears by default – confirm that the YouTube URL is loaded into the search engine and hit the “GO” button.
This way we can go to our preferred video platform without any restrictions. And not only that, because thanks to the various servers that Proxysite makes available to us, we can also access content with regional blocking. One of the easiest and most practical ways to bypass locks Loading YouTube from another site.
This website is very popular which means that the server is often overloaded and does not allow uploading the videos. The best way to solve this is to try another server (I usually use the “US9” and “US10” servers which are usually not very saturated).
If you have problems you can also try other web proxies, such as: HideMyAss, 4everproxy or hide me. For more information on the features and differences between these proxy services, see the post on the proxy site website «The best proxy servers to surf anonymously«.
2 # Use google translate to watch the videos without limitation
A good trick to be able to watch YouTube videos use the Google translator as an unlocking tool. In the text to be translated, we simply enter the URL of the YouTube video we want to see and click on “Translate”. The video is automatically loaded into the translator, bypassing the URL restriction.
It is recommended that the target language be Spanish to avoid problems loading the relevant YouTube page.
3 # Access anonymously with the TOR browser
The TOR browser is one of the safest ways to surf the Internet. When we access YouTube through TOR We prevent our service provider from “reading” the pages we visit, our login information and our history (and consequently blocking access).
We can install the official TOR browser, the TOR browser, from within completely free of charge Developer website.
Note: This method can cause additional problems because many organizations do not allow users to install applications on their PC. If that’s our case, let’s try the following “trick”.
4 # Use the Yotids search engine
The network of Yotids is a search engine that performs “indirect searches” (indirect surfing). Instead of connecting directly to a server, Yotids searches for the resource and uploads it to his own serverand so hides our IP.
That way, it seems we accessed Yotids from work, but not YouTube – similar to Proxysite. If our company, library or public center does not have blocked access to Yotids, we can easily visit YouTube from their website.
UPDATED: It seems that this website has closed. I looked for alternatives and the one that worked best for me was SneakMe, a website that does practically the same function.
5 # Use a VPN app
Another easy way to bypass work restrictions on watching YouTube videos is to use an application that allows us Establish a VPN connection to hide our IP address. If your company or office is not prevented from installing applications, there are many VPN applications for PCs like TunnelBear to try.
If we prefer to be a little more discreet, we can install a browser like Opera (download from the official website) HERE) that has a free built-in VPN service. We can use it as a browser to use during our working hours. When we have free time, click the VPN icon that appears in the address bar itself. A small menu will automatically appear in which we can activate private surfing and select our virtual location (Asia, Europe or America).
6 # The Ultrasurf app
Ultrasonic is a PC application (free with embedded ads) that was created once to give users in China more freedom to surf the Internet. The program uses proxies for Mask our IP and browser dataThis is how you can visit websites with restricted access.
Some virus protection programs recognize it as a malicious application. False positive or not, Ultrasurf is a tool that has been used for many years to help overcome all obstacles against internet censorship. If we can use another tool, much better, but if not then this is another option.
Note: Recently, Ultrasurf has been used extensively in the Middle East, overloading the servers of this application. According to the developers, we can see slowdowns or cuts during periods of high activity, even though they are working to expand and provide stable service.
7 # Check the hosts file
Windows uses a file called “hostThe hotel is on the route C: Windows System32 drivers etc. to the Manage the assignment of a domain to an IP address. It’s not very common, but it could be that for some reason a redirect is configured in this file that is blocking access to YouTube.
We can use a notepad to open the file and modify it if there are any suspicious lines in the file that may affect our Internet output. Of course, keep in mind that if our boss finds out we are going to change this sensitive file, he can get a good fight.
Video blocked in my region? In this case we need a proxy
If we want to watch a video with regional blocking, whether or not YouTube is limited at work, we need a proxy or a VPN connection.
This is how we change our IP to give it a different IP from a country that doesn’t have Region Blocking enabled.
To achieve this goal We can use the website from Proxfree or the aforementioned proxy sites and yotids. We load the search engine, enter the URL, choose the location of the server (France, Great Britain, Holland, Germany, Canada or USA) and load the page.
We can also bypass YouTube’s regional restriction with VPN applications like the one mentioned TunnelBear, Zenmate or similar Personal is one of my favorites Windscribe, offers 50 GB free per month and a wide range of servers in different countries around the world.
Proxies in the form of a browser plug-in
Another way to use proxies to access YouTube is to use free browser extensions or plugins. In this area we have some alternatives, but the one that seems to work best today is Hotspot sign. You can find it in your browser’s extension search engine (Chrome / Firefox) or download it from the official website.
There are other plugins like Hello or ProxMate. However, these extensions don’t seem to be trustworthy. In the case of Hola, for example, it was found that it was using our bandwidth to create bots and sell its services to third parties. Proxmate doesn’t seem to have public approval either. If we can avoid them, all the better.
Short final reflection
In conclusion, let’s consider that this type of internet access control is largely done by Security and integrity reasons the information that is processed in the company’s network. If we find we need to consult pages that we’ve blocked on our work team, the best thing to do is speak to IT so they can provide access.
Having worked as a computer scientist for various companies for several years, I can assure you that the most “innocent” and harmless activities at first are those that ultimately open the door to infections and malware, which can sometimes lead to the encryption of critical files and the loss of irretrievable data .
Let’s assume that by using these corporate lock bypass tricks, we not only open a door to our office computer, but also to all of the computers that are on the network within the domain (in some cases it can be hundreds or thousands of PCs).