Best VPNs for School

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Summary:  Many schools have taken it upon themselves to set restrictions on internet content, in an effort to keep their students (and faculty) focused and on-task.

However, in addition to restricting entertainment content, these content blocks often wind up keeping students from accessing web content needed for research and school-related topics.

By using a VPN, students and faculty alike can circumvent these blocks and get the information they need. It creates an environment where the computer that you are on doesn’t think that you are located there and therefore allows you to access the blocked websites. The service we recommend for this purpose is NordVPN. Get more details on this service at NordVPN Review.

For the most reliable VPN to access restricted content at school, get NordVPN today!

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Why Are Websites Blocked?

With the best of intentions, many school boards have called upon their IT departments to set up numerous content blocks on their networks, restricting access to even the most innocent of domains.

As a result, everything from social media to shopping websites often end up blocked.

This doesn’t just have the effect of restricting access to entertainment websites, but even to content that students may need to access for school projects and research.

But if you use a VPN, you can not only get around these irritating content blocks, but keep your browsing totally private, so your activity cannot be tracked or monitored, even by the IT guys.

 

What Is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is essentially a private, separate network, hosted through a company that uses their servers to keep your identity and browsing private, no matter where you’re accessing from.

They encrypt all of your data, and conceal your IP address, so nobody can tell what you’re doing or where you’re doing it from.

Before you go and sign up for a service though, you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

There are a lot of VPN services out there, some better than others, especially our top choice – NordVPN.  Here are a few of the top-performing ones, and the perks and downsides to each of them.

 

#1 Choice:  Cyberghost– 4.5/5

If your main objective is to get around content blocks, nobody does a better job of beating the system than Cyberghost VPN.

Its encryption is airtight, so nobody can see what you’re up to. That coupled with the speed of its connection makes it tough competition to beat.

If you’re still not sure how VPNs work, this is a good company to go with.  It has a great customer service team, with representatives available 24/7 to answer your questions via live chat or email.

They’re incredibly fast at responding to users’ questions too, with average email response times in less than 30 minutes.

Plus, Cyberghost VPN has a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you decide it’s not for you, you get a month to get your refund, no hard feelings.

But, if you decide to stick with them and talk your buddy into signing up, Cyberghost VPN has a great referral program, so you’ll both get 30 days of totally free service.

They also have a great worldwide network of servers, so even if you’re studying abroad, you can use their service.

If you’ve ever tried to check Facebook on your phone at a school campus before, you know that those server blocks usually apply to WiFi-enabled devices as well.

Luckily for you, Cyberghost VPN is compatible with every device you can think of.  You can even use it on more than one at a time.

So whether you’re a teacher or a student, Cyberghost VPN is the way to go for getting around those annoying content blocks, and keeping nosy snoopers out of your web activity.

For the best VPN to use at school, sign up with Cyberghost VPN today!

 

#2:  TunnelBear – 4/5 – good connection, works best on Android

If you’re trying to procrastinate on Facebook or watch cat videos on YouTube, TunnelBear is another one to try.

With Tunnel Bear you can connect to up two devices simultaneously under one service plan, making it great for people who have more than one device they’d like to secure.

The only major downside to this service is that it’s not compatible with iOS, so mobile Apple users get left out (update: they added iOS support).

However, TunnelBear has a comparable customer service record to Cyberghost’s VPN, with the only exception being that wait times are longer for email support.

TunnelBear also gives its customers one week to claim a refund, so there’s plenty of time to decide if you like its service. They don’t have a referral program, so there are no perks for getting your friends to sign up with them.

With unlimited bandwidth and software, Tunnel Bear is another option for getting past content blocks at school.

Tunnel Bear can be found at this website.

 

#3: Surf Easy VPN – 3.2/5 – good, but 7-day free trial

Despite having a pretty large selection of servers, SurfEasy’s connections can be slow and unreliable.

This makes it a poor choice for those that do a lot of streaming and downloading.

Furthermore, some users have complained that its customer service can be sluggish and impersonal, with responses that seem to be copied and pasted right out of the FAQs section.

Though there are many ways to get in touch with them (phone, live chat, and email), it can be difficult to get a prompt response.

Surf’s software is compatible with all major operating systems, and its encryption is certainly strong enough to protect your information.

But if you’re trying to get around content blocks at school, it really drops the ball in terms of support and connection quality.

Surf Easy VPN is here.

 

Conclusion

There is nothing more irritating than being on a school campus and facing endless, seemingly random content blocks.

Even something as simple as checking your e-mail can be impossible thanks to the rigidity of the content filters.

No matter what kind of device you’re using, if a school uses content blocks on your network, you won’t get through them without a VPN.

By using a service like CyberGhost, you can count on features like:

  • 24/7 customer support
  • Complete device compatibility
  • Rock-solid encryption and IP address concealment

Use a VPN like CyberGhost VPN at your school and watch content blocks melt away at your fingertips!

Bryan is a proud, career U.S. Air Force officer with over 20 years experience in IT, cyber security, and acquisitions.

49 Comments
  1. Reply destinypringle24@gmail.com'
    destiny pringle
    November 3, 2015 at 1:39 am

    i need to block my school from blocking me on you tube how do I do that?

    • Reply renren.khammao@yahoo.com'
      Ren
      April 28, 2017 at 5:10 am

      Use Ultra VPN. It’s definitely better than Ghost VPN.

    • Reply Jnguyenfox@gmail.com'
      James N
      November 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      I’m blocked from downloading vpns at my school using. Monderd cromebook what should I do???

      • Reply
        Lyndon Seitz
        November 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm

        Hey James,

        It depends on how you are being blocked. Could you download it elsewhere and use it once it is installed?

        Best,
        Lyndon

        • Jnguyenfox@gmail.com'
          James N
          November 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

          Well like my school just blocked all vpn service eh I’m useing a chromebook from Google that is controlled by an administrator called gafe.crpusd.org so what is the best vpn service to use?

        • Lyndon Seitz
          November 28, 2016 at 6:26 am

          Hello James,

          I would like to refer you to our best VPN for Chromebook page. https://securethoughts.com/best-vpn-for-chromebooks/

          Otherwise, I might recommend contacting customer service for the service that you’re using, as they have much more experience working around these sorts of problems than myself.

          Best,
          Lyndon

    • Reply
      Jen
      November 3, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Destiny, great question. A VPN can certainly help you with that. Check out the information on this page: https://securethoughts.com/best-vpn-youtube/
      You’re sure to find a solution.

  2. Reply Thomasnightriver888@gmail.com'
    Meloetta
    December 3, 2015 at 4:39 am

    VPN MASTER seems to be effective against my school, but its android only as far as I know. Its on the play store, but you probably could find it through a google search.

  3. Reply atunnicliffe19@gmail.com'
    Alex
    January 5, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Our school block VPN’s how do I bypass this?

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      January 8, 2016 at 5:09 am

      Alex,

      If they block you installing a VPN then try some proxy sites. Although they are less dependable than a VPN you might be able to find one that works.

  4. Reply candy_boo4u@hotmail.com'
    blake
    July 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    none of these work for me….

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      July 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Hey Blake,

      Sorry to hear that, what seemed to be the problem? Did you try contacting the customer service phone or email of any of the services you used?

      Best,
      Lyndon

  5. Reply haden456@gmail.com'
    pikachu_gamer
    August 9, 2016 at 4:34 am

    i have tried everything and i still cant get through sometimes when i try to use a proxy it cant get through or it will say Website contains prohibited proxy content. someone plz help out

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      August 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Hey there,

      Unfortunately I’m not exactly sure how much I can help you. School systems vary greatly and they might be sophisticated enough to notice proxy servers. You can try different options or you can see if there are people or resources that can know more about the situation to help you.

      Best,
      Lyndon

  6. Reply samanthaipressler@students.wawasee.k12.in.us'
    sam
    September 1, 2016 at 2:52 am

    My school blocked downloading a vpn what do i do

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      September 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Which VPNs did they block downloading? Unfortunately this is a bit of complex situation since I’m not certain what exactly your school did.

      Best,
      Lyndon

  7. Reply mario.garcia@cotullaisd.net'
    Mario Garcia
    September 6, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Ok so non of this is working out is it possible I go home get it all set up there then come back to school and see if it works then?

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      September 7, 2016 at 6:26 am

      Dear Mario,

      Depending on how your school manages to block VPNs, that could very well work.

      Best,
      Lyndon

  8. Reply jolly.elizabeth17@gmail.com'
    Lizzie
    September 16, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I need something for my school, but they have like every proxy website and proxy blocked.

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      September 18, 2016 at 5:47 am

      Hey Lizzie,

      Do you think you could tell me a bit more about the methods they use to block proxies? Thank you.

      Best,
      Lyndon

  9. Reply beachmichael00@gmail.com'
    Mike
    October 11, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Hello,
    I have downloaded a lot of VPN’s (including CyberGhost) but they do not work…

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      October 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hello Mike,

      Could you explain in a little more detail how they are not working? Have you tried contacting the customer service of any of the VPNs you tried out?

      Best,
      Lyndon

  10. Reply clastonbilbrey@yahoo.com'
    claston
    November 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    why will it not work!!!!!!!

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      November 19, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Hello Claston,

      What problem do you have with the VPN? Have you tried contacting you service provider’s customer service?

      Best,
      Lyndon

  11. Reply hackermaker07@gmail.com'
    Casey
    November 21, 2016 at 1:02 am

    All of the vpns that I try to use at my school are blocked, blocked in a sense of not connecting, when you try to use the Vpn app the connecting option never goes away. I’m not sure why this is happening I was hoping you could help me.

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      November 28, 2016 at 6:03 am

      Hey Casey,

      I believe the VPN customer service department for the VPN you’re attempting to use would be more helpful than myself.

      Best,
      Lyndon

  12. Reply blueyedgirl244@gmail.com'
    Sage
    November 22, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    All of the VPNs you gave are all blocked for me.

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      November 28, 2016 at 5:59 am

      Hey Sage,

      Have you tried contacting their customer service? Do you know how your school is blocking the VPN?

  13. Reply tmazing999@gmail.com'
    gnurt
    November 27, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    My school blocks vpn. I have tried many vpn but none work. I blocks openvpn too.

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      November 28, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Hey gnurt,

      Did you try contacting the VPN’s customer service? They often have a solution which can help.

      Best,
      Lyndon

  14. Reply lostofsons@gmail.com'
    Lost Sons
    November 29, 2016 at 9:01 am

    my schools block is just too good, curse you calallen isd xP

  15. Reply Alfonzo2034@gmail.com'
    Alfonzo
    December 9, 2016 at 9:35 am

    HotSpot shield works for me at my school

  16. Reply 1036775@student.auhsd.us'
    anonymous user
    December 13, 2016 at 7:17 am

    can you do one for light speed its mostly used and hard to bypass

  17. Reply superlouis111@gmail.com'
    Soren
    January 5, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I’ve attempted to use numerous VPN apps on IOS but have encountered nothing but failure. I am able to download and use the apps but cannot actually connect to a VPN. I believe the school is blocking this somehow but I am unsure. Is there a way to use a VPN that cannot be blocked or is this an end to my shenanigans?

  18. Reply Cbrinkmeier2001@gmail.com'
    Clayton
    January 19, 2017 at 2:52 am

    FreeVPN works at my school. Just search free vpn in your AppStore and choose the one that is blue and has a shield on the front. Hope it helps!

  19. Reply derperpederp@gmail.com'
    Anonymous User
    January 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

    My school blocks all installations and downloads, is there a portable version i could download onto a flash drive that would work?

  20. Reply oliverbrenton@fastmail.fm'
    Oli
    January 23, 2017 at 12:03 am

    My school has blocked the use of VPN’s and Proxies, I did find one port which they did not block which was the port 3128. They have now blocked this one as well. What would you recommend I do, I have tried all kinds of proxies and VPN’s but they never work. Any advice?

    Oli

  21. Reply tamiaxoxo96@gmail.com'
    Tamia
    February 1, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I’ve downloaded and setup cyberghost at home and i’ve come to school and tried to connect to it while connected to my school wifi but it says “Service Not Reachable, It seems that you cant reach the CyberGhost system. Please ensure you’ve a working internet connection and retry.” My connection is working, i can access the internet so i don’t know why it won’t work. If my school has blocked VPN’s is there anything else i can try?

    • Reply
      Lyndon Seitz
      February 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Hello Tamia,

      It might be best to contact the VPN’s customer support team to see if they can find any solutions.

      Unfortunately, if a VPN won’t work there might not be many options available to you. Other VPNs might be more useful, but I could not tell you if your school is blocking them or not.

      Best,
      Lyndon

  22. Reply moemoemoney42@gmail.com'
    morgan williams
    February 23, 2017 at 6:08 am

    well my school has all the vpn websites blocked, so i cant get on anything. i dont see how they blocked ALL OF THEM. any suggestions ?

  23. Reply Changtodawang@gmail.com'
    John Barnard
    February 23, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I have a vpn at my school and I was used to get passed it with a vpn called free vpn. They somehow blocked all vpn’s even the ghost one. Is there still a way to get around it?

  24. Reply potatopuhtahto@gmail.com'
    Lennon Sherard
    March 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Well, it seems none of these work, because my school has Lightspeed Mobile Filter downloaded forcefully on all the Chromebooks, blocking the sites. I have tried proxys and VPN sites, but alas, everything is blocked. Do you know of a website that isn’t blocked by Lightspeed? (Oh by the way, I can’t do anything about Lightspeed, and I’ve tried everything).

    • Reply erayunsurorluu@gmail.com'
      EraySp
      March 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Hey Lennon!

      Try making or using another account next to your school account!
      Only your school email is blocked from downloading from the chrome web store !

  25. Reply treyghost143@gmail.com'
    mariexo
    April 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

    My school blocks vpn and proxy sites how can i bypass that ?

  26. Reply Yolobro22333@gmail.com'
    tryig
    April 18, 2017 at 1:21 am

    well im trying to get a free vpn just so I can play roblox but every time I try all the vpn websites are blocked by my school. The blocker thing is called light speed systems. Please help. ;ccc I can’t even acess them because they are blocked by lightspeed.

  27. Reply Yolobro22333@gmail.com'
    tryig
    April 18, 2017 at 1:28 am

    My school blocks alot of websites including these vpns with lightspeedsystems can you help me. I can’t even acess my gmail please help.

  28. Reply loreyian9@gmail.com'
    Ian
    May 10, 2017 at 2:25 am

    My school blocks them by categorizing it as security.proxy what could I do.

  29. Reply rohitpandeys@gmail.com'
    BRIAN HARRIS
    May 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    your article is helpful for me thank’s………..

  30. Reply shenghao0408@gmail.com'
    Darryl
    May 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I have tried downloading a few vpn eg:tunnel bear at home before using it in school but it did not work how?

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