Workarounds When GMail or Google Talk Are Blocked at Work



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The other day I was talking to a friend who recently joined a large investment bank in India and he shared that a lot of websites and IM clients are banned inside his Office under the pretext of “security”.

While he is not a regular on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace or Orkut, what makes him unhappy about the new workplace is the fact that he cannot check Gmail in Office or connect with other friends over Google Talk – they are all blocked by the corporate firewall.

If you are in a similar situation, worry no more as here are some simple workarounds to bypass the filters (but use them at your own risk). [Access Restricted Websites]

Google Talk (GTalk) – If you are not allowed to install the GTalk IM client on your computer, there’s a better web based version of Google Talk available at talkgadget.google.com – open this page in your web browser, sign-in with your Gmail user/password and start chatting with friends who are online. You can even group chat with multiple contacts, a feature that’s missing in the desktop version of Google Talk.

Gmail (Google Email) – There are multiple ways to check your Gmail email in the office. The first option is to create a Gmail filter, an option that’s available right near the search box in Gmail. Type your email address in the To: box and then select “Forward all incoming email”. You can select any other email service that’s accessible from office and Gmail will auto-forward all incoming email to this address.

The other option is to use Gmail RSS Feeds. You can use Google Reader, Newsgator, Bloglines or any other newreader and add a new feed with the URL https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom - then submit your Gmail address and password. All new messages can now be read inside your RSS reader.

Google Web Search – If Google.com web search itself is blocked in your office, you can try other alternatives like www.jux2.com or www.aftervote.com which offer search results from Google. Another option is to use googlesyndicatedsearch.com which is the same as google.com but on a different server that’s probably safe from your corporate firewall

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Anonymous at: November 26, 2008 at 4:45 PM said...

Hi, but in my ciroprate policy even talkgadget.gtalk is not opening..


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Anonymous at: March 19, 2010 at 11:07 PM said...

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WeBuzz at: October 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM said...

If Gtalk is blocked, try to use WeBuzz.IM web messenger http://webuzz.im/

If Gmail is not accessible, you can try use WeBuzz's web mail cient to fetch or send your mails http://webuzz.im/mail/

Jaydeep Naik at: December 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM said...

You can install Hotspot Shield Free VPN to access gmail from work and other gaming websites, Twitter, YouTube anonymously along with 100% privacy.

Jaydeep Naik at: January 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM said...

To bypass office firewalls or to access blocked gmail from work i always use VPN service. To access gmail from work or any other restricted website i would only prefer "Hotspot Shield" VPN.

Jaydeep Naik at: February 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM said...

I am using "Hotspot Shield" VPN at my school place. I can now access facebook, twitter and other social networks using VPN (virtual private network) and it really works great and it can be easily installed on any network. I usually use it to Access Gmail from School.

Jaydeep Naik at: March 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM said...

I can now access gmail from school because i am using "Hotspot Shield" virtual private network. It gives me uncensored access to Facebook, YouTube and other websites that may not be otherwise accessible at work. I can now access Facebook from work anytime i want.

Jaydeep Naik at: November 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM said...

If you want to share something you've found on desktop computer via gmail to your friends I'd recommend you QREasy - http://r.qreasy.cc/pp It is a free Chrome extension that creates QR code from image, text or URL and then you can take a shot of it with your mobile device and then share to gmail or any other mobile app.

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