Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application with over 110 million registered users. Its easy-to-use website is popular for embedding personal photos and sharing them with friends and family.
The Flickr platform has also become known for its exceptional Creative Commons photo collection that helps publishers find free, attributable images for articles and allows photographers to get their work seen by millions of users all over the world. Many museums and archives have used Flickr to release images with no copyright restrictions, including Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution and National Museum of Denmark. The White House official photographer Pete Souza has also been releasing White House photos through Flickr since 2009.
Although some companies use Flickr for work, others discourage their employees from accessing the photo service during working hours. The same applies to schools and other academic institutions. As a result, Flickr access is blocked in various organizations in an effort to increase productivity. However, being able to access a site with about a million new images posted every day may be important for various reasons, so some web users look for ways to unblock access to the Flickr website. One of the most popular methods for doing that is using a VPN service.
Websites are blocked by denying users access based on their IP address. When you connect to the internet from your school or workplace, you are assigned the general IP address of the local network, which has various restrictions. Although there are several methods to bypass various internet filters, the most reliable is using a VPN service.
Virtual Private Network is a private, encrypted tunnel between your device and the internet. All your internet traffic is routed through the tunnel, so your data packets can’t be monitored or censored. Connecting to a VPN server also hides your IP address and allows you to bypass any related restrictions and access any content, including Flickr, at work or school.