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Is there a way to access Facebook without HTTPS? My proxy blocks HTTPS pages, so what can I do?

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Is this really your proxy, or the proxy on a locked down network (work/school)? If this on a network you don't control, you probably need to just give up. –  Zoredache Jan 16 '11 at 0:57

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Here's how to turn off secure (https) browsing on Facebook:

  • Go to Account Security Settings Tab
  • The first choice is Secure Browsing click Edit on the right side of that line
  • Uncheck the box
  • Click Save Changes
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I would change proxy.

I can't think of a logical or reasonable reason to block HTTPS as so many websites use it.

Is it possible to use a proxy client on your PC which hides your IP address from your proxy which blocks HTTPS?

See this search: http://download.cnet.com/1770-20_4-0.html?tag=mncol%3Bsort%3Bp&query=anonymous+ip+address+free&searchtype=downloads&filter=platform%3DWindows&filterName=platform%3DWindows&sort=popularity+asc&rpp=10

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Additionally, I can't think of a logical or reasonable reason to access Facebook without HTTPS - even if it's your only option. –  Iszi Jan 14 '11 at 13:22
    
@Steve, it is someone common to see this blocked on some networks to force everything to through a proxy for filtering/monitoring. Depending on they network they may permit some HTTPS traffic. –  Zoredache Jan 16 '11 at 0:59
    
@Iszi I would have agreed you with you 100% (that there is no reasonable reason to access Facebook without HTTPS), until seeing this webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/26391/… a few days ago. It is disquieting that this is the case re security POV. I know, I know, https is not the be all and end all of security, but it is a minimal something. But it also gets in the way sometimes... Same is true in certain contexts for MSN and Google. –  Feral Oink May 4 '12 at 19:15

For me it is also useful. I live in China and I have a transparent proxy on my network which routes traffic for well-known blocked sites in China to a reverse proxy in Eurpe. Since transparent proxies can't handle https, hence the need for a ssl-less access.

For becko, you can still use m.facebook.com with the so called "alternative login method", which is no other than the so desired ssl-less. Once authenticated you can return to www.facebook.com normally.

If you are in China as I do you might need to add a /etc/hosts line (c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts) to define the correct dns for m.facebook.com to:

66.220.158.19 m.facebook.com

Good luck!

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