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Geek Tip : Accessing Gmail When It Is Blocked At Work Or School

Totally frustrated because your workplace or school has put a permanent ban on Gmail? In my opinion this is completely ridiculous. How will people access the Google tools they really need like their calendars and to-do spreadsheet lists? Nonetheless, there might be a solution. Here are some helpful hints that are worth a try.

  • Use different web address combos like,,,,,, or as your office might block specific URLs.
  • For more tips, just

  • Configure your mail program to access Gmail through POP
    so that your mail program at work or school can connect to Gmail. For instructions on the Gmail site, click configure email client list.
  • Access Gmail through Google Desktop. By downloading the desktop, it will bypass direct links to Gmail although this method may be banned from the office as well.
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fashionist fashionist 10 years
you left out - if your work doesn't let you use the domain then they can't be the most effective workplace. another way to access any site thru a firewall if it has a feed (including live journal, blogspot, flickr, cnn, etc...) is to use google reader at the interface looks the same, but you'll be able to look at all your sites, no glaring site changes. i used it to look at cute overload (a banned site) and no one was the wiser.
caitlinp86 caitlinp86 10 years
How did I not know about this sooner?
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
Luckily my work has not banned it...yet but I love all the features like spreadsheets, documents, calenders etc. I have never been so addicted to e-mail :)
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 10 years
They blocked it at my school but I use other sites like
rkdub rkdub 10 years
My work did that too, but they had this IT guy whose sole purpose in life was to find out what people were viewing online. Once he saw or or any other "sneaky" way around it, he blocked those addresses too. But, then he came back to gloat about how smart he was.... jerk. But, I pitched a fit about not being able to do personal things on break time, and the fact that the company email NEVER worked. Low and behold, they unblocked it!
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
My work banned, so what we did was go to the Ireland/UK/Swedish/Etc Yahoo home pages and check our mail from there. Only caveat-- pick a country whose main language is English ;)
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I didn't know you could do this thanks Geek. At my college they blocked Myspace, after it happened the computer were really empty. :D
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
You can also access ANY blocked site from work or school from a special address. I don't know that I should mention it though for fear of eveyrone catching on and blockign those sites...hmm. private message me if you want to know. and, I promise they work! _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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