How to Unblock Your School Wifi Network with a VPN?

Updated on: 7 February 2019
Updated on: 7 February 2019

If you find yourself bored at school but cannot access sites such as Facebook (or any social media) then there is a pretty neat way of overcoming these blocks. Read the guide below to find out how o unblock your school wifi and access any website unrestrictedly.

1. How to unblock your school's wifi?

In order to unblock your school wifi and access blocked websites you will have to install a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your device.

The VPN will create a secure and more importantly encrypted connection to the website you want to visit. Because the connection will be encrypted, your school’s network will not actually be able to detect the websites you are visiting. All the data going and coming through your device will be basically gibberish from the network’s perspective.

Only your device alone that has the VPN application installed will be able to decipher that data and correctly display it on your screen.

So, in other words, your school’s network will have absolutely no idea at all what kind of websites you visit. It will just see random data coming in and going out that seemingly don’t make sense.

As such, you visiting banned websites will not trigger any content filters whatsoever. It will be impossible for any system your school uses (even human evaluation) to see what websites you visit.

This way the content filters will be fooled and will let you have access to the banned sites.

2. How to use a VPN to unblock a school’s wifi?

First, you will have to download a VPN application and install it on your device.

I strongly recommend NordVPN because it has the fastest servers from any VPNs available, meaning you will be able to watch HD videos on Youtube without any buffering issues. You will also be able to play games with low latency. If you choose a regular free VPN your internet speed will be atrocious.

After you have your VPN app installed in your device just load it up and connect to any server you want. Best is you connect to a sever located in the same country you are located in order to get an additional speed boost, as you only intend to unlock your school’s wifi and not access sites banned in your country overall.

After you have connected your device to the chosen server all you will have to do is to access the websites you want to visit and they will now be accessible to you.

3. Will I be detected if I unblock a school wifi firewall?

If you use a VPN you will not be detected.

A VPN such as NordVPN has advanced encryption and most importantly it stores the encryption keys locally on your device. This means that without physical access to the device it will never be possible for someone to detect what websites you actually visit.

This is also why a VPN can bypass your school’s wifi firewall. It hides the actual content of the data you send and receive over the internet, as such, not triggering any filters.

It’s also not possible for any human, such as your school’s IT people, to manually detect the websites you are visiting.

It’s just not technically possible to detect what websites you visit without physical access to your device.

4. Will I be detected if I use a school computer?

A VPN app is a very lightweight application, usually around 50-100 MB only. Every time you’re using a school computer you can install the VPN app on the computer and log into your VPN app with your username and password that you have previously created.

Once you are done using the school computer you only have to log out of the VPN app, and if you want to be extra careful you can delete the entire app too. As said, usually such a program is just a few megabytes large so you can re-install it next time you use a school computer.

Now, another reason I recommend NordVPN is because it has a zero-logs policy, meaning that it keeps no logs of the websites you visit or content you send or receive over the internet. This means that even with physical access to the school computer no one will know what websites you have visited once you have logged out of the NordVPN app.

All you have to do to avoid finding out what websites you have visited on a school computer is to log out or even delete the NordVPN app as well as clear all your browsing history. Every trade of your internet history will then be deleted and no one will be able to see what you did on the internet even with physical access to the computer.

5. What’s the best VPN to bypass a school’s wifi firewall?

In my opinion NordVPN is the best VPN to unlock a school wifi. This is because it has advanced encryption that will obfuscate all the data you send or receive over the internet, which will fool any firewall in existence and as such not trigger any content filters.

Second, it’s extremely lightweight meaning you can install it within 10-15 seconds even on a school computer.

Best part is that once you have logged out of the application (or deleted it if you want to be extra careful) it will not keep any logs whatsoever of what websites you have visited. This means that even if afterwards someone manually checks the computer to see what websites you were using they will nit be able to see anything.

Lastly, NordVPN has very fast servers meaning you will not experience almost any decrease in internet speeds even if you are watching HD or 4k videos online or playing online multiplayer games.

6. Why do schools block certain websites?

Schools and teachers want students to pay attention on class and not get distracted by social media or similar things. As such, they have set up their wifi firewalls to block a list of sites, usually sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and similar.

What most schools however don’t know (and there is nothing they could really do anything about it either) is that it’s extremely easy to bypass these firewall content blocks with a VPN.

The best part, as said several times in this article, is that it’s impossible for anyone to actually detect that you are using a VPN to bypass a school’s content filter firewall.

And now you do know how to unblock any website from your school’s wifi; there is nothing anyone can do to detect and stop you from doing the things described in this article.

Written by: Elizabeth March

Advanced ITSEC Specialist Based in Cambridge, England, Elizabeth has held notable positions for a range of high-profile vendors and clients in the European IT Security and Communications Sector. As a former IT Trainer, Technical Specialist, and Product Manager; she transitioned into the role of an expert IT Copywriter in 2015. Since then, her works have been published globally, and she continues to help people easily decipher complex technical challenges and make informed decisions about their digital lives.

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