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    Many businesses and government institutions use a content filtering program such as Websense to keep employees from visiting certain websites while at work. These programs can either prohibit the use of certain websites or monitor all of the sites that employees visit while in the office. Websense blocks several website categories: adult material, entertainment, drugs, games, sports, Internet communication, peer-to-peer file sharing, gambling, instant messaging, health, illegal, shopping, job search, Internet telephony, religion, special events, travel, violence, weapons, advertisements, freeware and software download, pay-to-surf, malicious websites, and many more.


    The concept behind Websense is simple, whenever an employee attempts to visit a specific webpage, a request is generated and then passes through a firewall. Websense looks at this request and answers yes or no depending on if the requested URL is in the Websense database. In transparent mode, Websense counts on the fact that the firewall forwards the whole request one time. If the whole request is not transferred at one time, Websense allows the packet to pass, as the packet does not look like an HTTP request. Several techniques allow users to bypass Websense’s filtering and authentication process.

    Bypassing Websense via a Web Proxy

    One way to bypass Websense is to use a web-based proxy site. With a proxy, Websense sees the user browse to the web proxy, not to the website the user is actually browsing to. The user browses to the web proxy and the web proxy browses to the website that the user wants to visit. These web proxies can bypass Websense because the ‘S’ in the HTTP address (https://) stands for secure connection and Websense does not block such secured connections. This is probably the simplest way to get around the Websense program as it takes little time and no one will wonder what the user is up to.

    To find a current web proxy, visit our proxy page.

    Bypassing Websense via HTTP Tunneling

    Users can also bypass Websense via HTTP Tunneling. Most programs also come with options that help to destroy Internet history and Widows activity. This means that the user’s online activities are secure and he/she can spoof his/her web browser information, which helps to thwart hacking missions. One can download HTTP Tunneling software programs from the Internet quite easily and inexpensively.

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    1. planecrash

      9 July, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      This articles description of HTTPS may not be entirely accurate. I’m sitting behind a websense proxy right now. It performs the negotiation between HTTPS sites and serves me a custom, unsigned SSL cert, essentially performing a man in the middle attack and monitoring all HTTPS traffic just as easy at HTTP.

      From my experience, while annoying, websense is easily bypassed via RDP to a personal computer off site. Please note, while what you do on your personal machine is protected, the IP address and duration of RDP sessions may be able to be reported on.

    2. Katieboo

      8 December, 2014 at 1:56 am

      Why are all my good sites blocked

    3. Dr.OZ

      19 May, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Oh one more thing, if you use this all day at work, youre dumbass. lol , be smart.

    4. Dr.OZ

      19 May, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Next time you wanna use it, and suddenly you get Error 404, all you have to do is remove “s” from https:// -> http:// , and you should be fine.

    5. Jacob Pagano

      30 December, 2013 at 2:06 am

      This does not always work. If your organization has purchased ISA Server or TMG or Websense Content Gateway than Websense can work with a proxy server to filter out secure connections, I know because of I have setup a Websense Server in the Past. and as for the HTTP Tunneling that can be blocked as well by protocol blocking. One way to bypass Websense is to setup your own proxy server at home and then configure your router for port forwarding and then go to work and reconfigure your browsers proxy settings then you can get around it but that is only if your work has not restricted the ability to set your browsers proxy settings.

      • Katieboo

        8 December, 2014 at 1:56 am


    6. Guest

      11 December, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Not very helpful, but i think i can make it work

    7. Dual_Heart

      3 November, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      Just look for a lolcatz site, boredom eradicated

    8. Tamago

      30 October, 2013 at 2:15 am

      The related videos are blocked… lol!

      • WillSpencer

        30 October, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        That shows the value of preparing ahead of time — while you are still on an unblocked network. 😀

        • Dual_Heart

          3 November, 2013 at 11:27 pm

          Well, I only connect on this network, like. 2 days a week. But it’s so strange that they block youtube, ebay, etc, but I can access FACEBOOK just fine and dandy…

          • RockyTheRodent

            5 November, 2013 at 6:16 pm

            Some organizations are actually OK with their employees using social networks.

    9. itguy

      14 March, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      As an IT guy, we search this stuff to see how your trying to get around it. In an installation that I manage of websense, using the IP address of the site won’t get you there, we block everything not catagorized, and review upon request. The TOR’s and other applications, well our firewalls are smart enough to see that traffic so it’s blocked too. However, I can say we aren’t as overboard with it as some companies, we just block personal email, social, and questionable content like pron, violence, etc.

      Not saying that all of you spend all day, but when we see facebook sessions lasting all day long, kind of crazy. Also, think about asking your management team to allow Websense Quotas, they can give you like an hour a day of screw off time for stuff like email and the like, of course secure companies may not be able to do that for the concern that you might email someones social security or credit card details to Russia….. one bad apple….

      • Jacob Pagano

        30 December, 2013 at 2:08 am

        You can use Websense Data Security to prevent the e-mailing of Social Security or Credit Cards.

    10. AHole

      10 December, 2011 at 1:44 am

      We use Websense to report traffic only.  Users can go wherever they want, but reports get back to management and put in their employee file.  F’ing around on the Internet at work is strickly forbidden and outlined in each employee signed handbook.  Besides, all you dumbasses with FB accounts and stupid Internet posts are already flagged by serious employers.  That’s whats wrong with this country, nobody wants to work anymore, just F-around.  How about having a little self-control people…

      • Dual_Heart

        3 November, 2013 at 11:25 pm

        There is nothing wrong with having a facebook account, so long as you are responsible with it and your posts don’t consist of ‘I had a gr8 fu** last night!!!’ <— That kind of post is liekly to get you fired

      • corbin

        31 December, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Of course we don’t want to work, work sucks. Web sense packet routing slows the connection speed down significantly, that’s my only beef with it. Oh, and it’s strictly*.

    11. IP Addressing

      7 December, 2011 at 5:18 am

      If we are on a Mac OS, we do the same steps. We access Terminal via Applications. Then we type in ‘ifconfig‘ and do the exact same steps as above.

    12. IP Addressing

      7 December, 2011 at 5:17 am

      First off, Websense managed to cut off proxies, http://, and basically all other methods we can think of. Except for one. If we are on a Windows system, we go to
      Run->type in ‘cmd’->type in ‘ping “website here e.g. facebook.com‘->then get the IP address of the website-> go to your browser->type in the IP address without .com or www. or http://->and you’re done.

      • Roger

        16 September, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        I did the things mentioned above i got page asking the username & password.

        I enter my id & password got a message tht displayed “Login Failed!”. Now What.

        • WillSpencer

          17 September, 2013 at 6:48 am

          What did you enter your ID and password into?

          Can you post a screenshot?

          • Roger

            17 September, 2013 at 11:54 am

            This Is What Appears After I Type IP In Address Bar.

            • Roger

              21 September, 2013 at 8:08 am

              But When I Try To Access Blocked WebSite I Get This Msg.

            • WillSpencer

              24 September, 2013 at 11:02 am

              Is WebSense blocking access to all web sites, or just some web sites?

            • Roger

              30 September, 2013 at 6:22 pm

              Most Of Them

            • WillSpencer

              3 October, 2013 at 4:49 am

              That means port 80 isn’t being blocked. That means you just have to find a web proxy that WebSense isn’t blocking. To do that, go here: http://www.allproxysites.com/recent-proxy-sites.php

              Or, if you can install software on your PC, install a VPN client and connect to the outside Internet using a VPN.

      • Skye

        20 September, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        It is still blocked….i just type the IP address without any extensions but still it is not allowed by the system

        • WillSpencer

          24 September, 2013 at 11:07 am

          I don’t think the trick of using IP addresses has worked in a long time.

          Are you blocked from all web sites or just from some web sites?

    13. n00bie_script_kiddie

      2 December, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      my tool…Remote Desktop Connection to home computer.  Surf what I want with no one knowing what I browse.  The connection is not as fast through RDP, but that has to do with our pitiful 3MB service.

      • Jacob Pagano

        30 December, 2013 at 2:13 am

        That is the same thing that i do.

      • planecrash

        9 July, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        I’m RDP’d passed websense as we speak. It should be noted, however, that while your behavior via RDP is secure, websense can report on the IP address and duration of your RDP sessions.

    14. in calgary

      23 November, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      I agree with the idea that IT depts generally dont have enough to do.  My manager made a passing call that the web is being used too much.  Thing is to protect myself I log in under a general password and use ninja proxy servers if I want to play games.  So the manager may make inadvert ineffective threats but has zero proof of who is doing what.  Actually studying board games makes you MORE effective as an employee.  What exactly is the internet for at work in a hospital?  If the IT noobs complain about viruses, do the smart thing:  Either install Linux or get apple computers.  If the latter is too expensive dont complain and say that open source cant be done for a corporation.  It could if people were willing to.  But they arent.  So because they arent, there are proxy servers for employees such as myself who give the finger to the IT dept.

    15. sasi

      10 November, 2011 at 8:14 am

      If your company or school already implemented web sense, try downloading at home or somewhere and attach the addin to email and open in work or school, websense only stops downloading the addon 🙂

    16. LOL. None of you know what you're talking about.

      13 October, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Don’t be faggots. Get Tor on a USB, boot it through the RAM if you’re truly scared of being traced, and you’re fine. 

    17. phantazm

      22 September, 2011 at 12:55 am

      ¿master? i dont think so
      Why dont u tell us how to??
      u got no answer

    18. Chandrashekar M

      11 August, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Disable Proxy setting under Internet options —> Connections —> LAn settings



      • exwebsense

        26 September, 2011 at 5:30 am

        If they have set it up in transparent proxy mode, this will make no difference.

      • Jacob Pagano

        30 December, 2013 at 2:16 am

        First, If they have this setup using WCCP in transparent mode then this won’t do anything and second if it is configured there then it is probably going to be greyed out because your administrator uses group policy to block changes.

      • Triton Olympian

        13 February, 2015 at 2:47 am

        If your IT has implemented it in explicit mode, then you will most definitely have no direct internet access (blocked by perimeter firewall). That is if your IT did things right.

    19. Ari

      16 July, 2011 at 11:57 am

      The company I work for just started to allow employee’s internet usage for business purposes only. We are an outside sales company and my employees visit stores, and nightly synchronize store data. Each employee has a laptop computer. As such, to help monitor internet activity I am now receiving monthly recaps on each employee and their internet activity. The company uses Websense to track activity. Out of the 18 employee’s I supervise, 13 visited sites I would consider not business related. The remaining 5 showed no activity at all. The one common denominator that all 13 had in common was that they visited our company intranet site. When questioned about the sites,  verison.com, facebook.com, walmart.com etc…  all of them said they never visited any site other than our intranet site. Some even said that several of the sites listed were sites they have only visited on their home computer. Is it possible that websense can pick up internet sites from home computers?

      • Another Security Guy

        21 July, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        Simply put, no. Websense can only log and report on systems which connect through the filter. It would also require the user to have the same domain/user credentials on their home box. If they say they’ve never visited these sites from a company system, they are not telling you the truth.

      • luser

        12 August, 2011 at 7:33 am

        If you are getting reports that someone has visited, for instance, Facebook and they deny ever having done so there are, imho, three possibilities
        1. They are not telling the truth
        2. Someone else used their machine (in which case they should learn to lock it)
        3. (most probable) The reports of Facebook use are actually caused by visits to pages that have links to Facebook (like buttons, content from Facebook)

        I have seen a lot of reports where there is an indication of misuse (as defined by the corporate policy) but further investigation shows that the reported use was “indirect”.  Go to almost any newspaper site and you will see connections to Facebook / Twitter etc.  It is possible that these connections are being serverd directly by Facebook / Twitter etc and show as visits in Websense.


        • exwebsense

          26 September, 2011 at 5:28 am

          I used to work for Websense, the filtering products do also have an option to filter remote machines (eg. company laptops/PC’s) …. even when you are using your home internet connection.

          • Bob

            16 July, 2012 at 3:05 pm

            that only works if they are using Logon Agent through a tunnel from home to work – if they aren’t attached to the network being filtered then NO WS cannot log the traffic and you, exwebsense, should know that.

    20. Poor Bored Bastard

      5 June, 2011 at 4:59 am

      Here’s the thing, though, security guy. Not everyone has the same job on the same shift. So while those guys on day shift might be a million times more productive not being able to check their email or read the news, us poor slobs on nights are going to suffer a huge lapse in productivity when we fall asleep waiting for the next chunk of work to be brought to us. Here in the lab I work at we have regular chunks of 10-20 minutes where we’re either waiting for assay samples to fuse or waiting for someone to bring in more samples. Before websense I might have used this time to check my email, maybe peruse a few headlines. Now? I chug a coke and try not to fall asleep. Don’t try to tell me that’s somehow better for business.

      • Another Security Guy

        21 July, 2011 at 1:59 pm

        So speak to your management, don’t just make ridiculous comments about a product. Websense is only the tool – much like your assay sampling machine. If one of those broke down, would you be online blaming the product? No. You would speak to someone with authority about it. You might have 10 – 20 minutes to spare at a time. It takes much longer to fix computers that end up virus laden, or full of malware as a result of people who have no clue what they are doing downloading rubbish to machines.

        A sensible policy needs to accompany the product. Websense provide the categories. Management provide the policies.

        • Ben

          5 October, 2011 at 7:04 am

          If a work computer ends up virus laden, or full of malware, you as an admin should be fired.
          Firefox + adblock (+ NoScript if you wanna be super picky) + Spybot S&D immunization & TeaTimer + halfway decent AV (Avast for example, if you are using norton, mcafee or anything similar, you should be fired, then taken out back and shot. Repeatedly. For being a bleeding idiot) = Fairly impenetrable computer. Bout the worst thing you’ll have to do is clean tracker cookies once in a while.
          Securing work machines is simple. Teaching the IT Staff how not to be blathering idiots is the difficult part.

        • bernerd

          29 November, 2011 at 2:30 am

          OR… OR…. you could realize that the company/school/organization ……

          D1ckhead alert!
          Any security manager worth a damn wouldn’t be a security manager, they would have a real job rather than being an internet ‘traffic warden’.

          So speak to your management, don’t just make ridiculous comments about a product. Websense is only the tool –  

          You are the Tool!

          I’ve found that browsing sites in russian language or spanish gets me premier league goals.

    21. Drumswiper

      28 March, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Or you could just do what I do and just get your own 3G service. I have two computers in my office, one for work, that is connected to the company lines and one that gets 3G wireless service for personal web browsing and email. With the upcoming 4G service, IT barriers will be as obsolete as the Berlin wall.

    22. Perer Ishmael

      11 March, 2011 at 10:25 am

      I use something called Njutrino – from njutrino.com which I run from a USB stick, its a browser with built in proxy – Means I can browse what I like at work and not worrk. Also has a button which lets me hide the window ! very useful

    23. Censure Combat

      23 February, 2011 at 11:31 am

      I really hope you are from the company in Atlanta that I think you are, so I can enjoy it more when I hack your desktop jockey software.

      • Cthulhucalling

        3 March, 2011 at 5:06 am

        (wipes tear from eye)

    24. Torino

      20 January, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      What I did was, on my company’s computers Websense is installed as a program in Program Files, open up the main executable with a hex editor, and put a bunch of garbage. The file will refuse to run, but Websense only checks if it’s on the computer, not if it’s running or not

      • Tim

        11 February, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        What is the name of the exe?

    25. sammy singh

      16 December, 2010 at 12:06 pm

      when I try to open any site which google has searched as proxy IP host, websense blocks it so I can get further, can anyone help in getting the IP.

    26. Bob23232

      10 November, 2010 at 7:32 am

      I can someone give me a list of Ip host port!


      • bling1222

        3 October, 2011 at 7:26 pm

        yes please

    27. Daniel Memenode

      1 November, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Originally posted by knight: “Originally posted by Shingetsu: “There is still another way! Although most people don’t get it that much. Webscence got themselves a proxy avoidance filter, as well as a download one. Http tunneling can be quite resource needing. This is quite simple. In firefox (that you can download, since the download site is listed as EDUCATION in webscence) install foxy procy BASIC (not original) then look around in google for this “proxy IP host port” type some into froxyproxy basic (number and port, preferably transparent) and then browse! It’s the same as a proxy, but built-in. So it cannot be blocked. Posted by Shingetsu.”

      I cant find the “froxyproxy basic” with firefox add ons.”

      Here it is.

      • fallencolossi

        20 January, 2011 at 11:25 pm

        bro i try downloaded the foxyproxy but failed..y?

        can tell me, and the downloading method i tried was via MFox add-ons install window…

        pls advice..

    28. knight

      31 October, 2010 at 11:39 pm

      Originally posted by Shingetsu: “There is still another way! Although most people don’t get it that much. Webscence got themselves a proxy avoidance filter, as well as a download one. Http tunneling can be quite resource needing. This is quite simple. In firefox (that you can download, since the download site is listed as EDUCATION in webscence) install foxy procy BASIC (not original) then look around in google for this “proxy IP host port” type some into froxyproxy basic (number and port, preferably transparent) and then browse! It’s the same as a proxy, but built-in. So it cannot be blocked. Posted by Shingetsu.”

      I cant find the “froxyproxy basic” with firefox add ons.

    29. emmie

      15 September, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      how do i take a block off of my netgear firewall

    30. Shingetsu

      9 September, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      There is still another way! Although most people don’t get it that much. Webscence got themselves a proxy avoidance filter, as well as a download one. Http tunneling can be quite resource needing. This is quite simple. In firefox (that you can download, since the download site is listed as EDUCATION in webscence) install foxy procy BASIC (not original) then look around in google for this “proxy IP host port” type some into froxyproxy basic (number and port, preferably transparent) and then browse! It’s the same as a proxy, but built-in. So it cannot be blocked. Posted by Shingetsu.

      • artiste

        30 March, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        ofcourse there is a software to bypass websense try XeroBank_Installer.exe is the best

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