Hi5 is a social networking site with more than 40 million monthly visitors, based in San Francisco. Unlike Facebook, where users mostly connect to people they already know in real life, Hi5 is all about meeting new people. It actually has as a Tinder-style feature that allows finding other users nearby and is therefore often used as a dating site. Hi5 also has a strong focus on social gaming, which is another way to meet new people with shared interests.
Although Hi5 was one of the most popular social networks before the rise of the mobile web use, nowadays the Hi5 mobile app (free for Android and iOS) is the preferred way to access the network, allowing to chat, flirt and play games on the go.
Many workplace and educational institutions have blocked access to Hi5 on their WiFi networks, along with other social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The main reasoning behind such restriction is seeking to reduce distractions and increase productivity. However, many users find various ways to unblock the Hi5 website, often using proxy or VPN services for unrestricted access.
Websites are typically 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 internet filters, the most reliable is using a VPN service, which hides your IP address and encrypts your online communications.
VPN is a private tunnel between your device and the internet, which encrypts all the packets exchanged through it. Connecting to a VPN server also hides your IP address and allows you to browse any content you want, including Hi5, at work or school.