How To Access Blocked Websites? 6 Simple Methods.

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How To Access Blocked Websites? Easy Ways To Bypass Them

Internet censorship has become all-encompassing in the past few years. Most government, companies and even colleges block access to popular websites like Facebook, Youtube and others.

In order to understand how to unblock access to these blocked websites, it is important to understand how your local network administrator block access. Typically, all networks will maintain a list or a database of blocked websites. Whenever you type a website address in your browser, that address is compared with the list of blocked websites. If what you typed in your browser is found in the blocked list, then you are blocked and shown an 'access denied' error message. On the other hand, if what you type in your browser does not appear in the blocked list, you will be given access to it. This is where something known a proxy server comes into play.


A proxy server is a means to indirectly access a website with the help of a browser to conceal the location of the user. It accepts the request for a specific web page, processes the request, fetches the required web page and displays it immediately back to the user. The firewall or filtering mechanism on the local network of the user thinks that the user is merely connecting to the web proxy—which in itself is not blocked—but the address of the blocked website is not registered. In other words, a proxy server is a way to bypass filters and gain access to blocked websites on the Internet.


Web proxy servers not only allow you to bypass blocking censors, they also protect your IP address or identity, giving you complete anonymity on the Internet. Proxy servers act as a mask for you as you surf the Internet. One of the most popular proxy servers on the Internet is a website called Anonymizer (http://www.anonymizer.ru), which allows you anonymous access to blocked websites on the Internet. 



As the name suggests, this is a Russian website. There are a lot of practical advantages of using Russian websites. Most Russian websites are free and, more importantly, most of them are completely anonymous and do not maintain any records of their users' activities.

Once you have connected to Anonymizer, type in the address of the website you need in the space provided on the top right corner of the screen, and click on whatever looks like the 'submit' button.


For example, if you type http://www.google.com. Anonymizer will connect to the Google website, fetch the web page and display it on your screen, Google will record that someone from Russia is connecting to it, but not your IP address. From the other side, your local network administrator will record that you are merely connecting to the Anonymizer website, and not to Google.

If you use Anonymizer from www.anonymizer.com and www.anonymizer.ru frequently enough, sooner or later your network administrator will block them as well. But the good news is that there are thousands of such web proxies available on the Internet. Some of the most popular and reliable ones are the following:


http://www.hidemsvass.com 
http://www.cooltunnel.com 
http://www.bypassthat.com 
http://www.htunnel.com 
http://ztunnel.com 
http://anonymouse.org 
http://thexite.com 
http://getus.in 
http://anonsurf.org 

1. Become Anonymous: Use Proxy Websites

Very often, in a professional environment, the employers draw certain boundaries, restricting your the access to some particular websites. At times, you need a way to access the blocked websites and in those situations, proxy websites act as a rescue method.

On the web, there are hundreds of proxy websites that make your web experience ‘unrestricted’. A proxy website becomes a moderator between the user and server site. The proxy website camouflages the blocked site from the ISPs and allows you to access blocked websites. To get a proxy website for any blocked site, just perform the Google search.


Eg: Facebook Proxy Server. In case, Facebook is blocked in your institution, or you can go to —

http://www.spysurfing.com/
https://www.hidemyass.com/
http://proxify.us/p/ and more…

2. Use VPN

VPN or Virtual Proxy Network allows you to connect your device to a secure connection to another network over the internet. VPN enables you to access blocked websites from your home network and puts your IP address in a land far away. You can also download the apps or open the sites blocked in your country.

VPN acts as a tunnel that converts your data into garbage value that’s difficult for anyone to sniff and recognize. There are tons of free/cheap VPN services that one can use and enjoy an uninterrupted internet experience.

If you are into exploring ways to enhance your computer security, you can also go for the deadly combination of TOR and VPN.

Check out our how to set-up VPN on Android devices without the need of any software. You can also read our detailed article on what is VPN and how it works.


3. Use IP Rather Than URL

The blocked website sometimes are stored as a list of URLs and using IP of the website might work in few of the cases. To get the IP address for any website, you do a ping domain.com command in Command Prompt. Using IP is a simple way to access blocked websites in your region. However, if the website had hidden its IP too, then it won’t open with this method.

All you need to do is run CMD on your computer. Now type “ping www.websitename.com” and press Enter. This will promptly return the IP address. Now enter this IP address in your web browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

4. Change Network Proxy In Browsers

Your college or institute might be having more than one proxy for its network. So, it happens that some websites are restricted on one proxy, but accessible in another. So, you can give a try to proxy surfing to access blocked websites in your college.

Disabling the network proxy settings in our web browsers isn’t a tough task. You just need to find the connections/network option in the settings of your web browser. There, you can select the no proxy option or use another one that’s providing unrestricted browsing at your institution.

5. Use Google Translate

Institutes or even countries sometimes don’t ban Google Translate. So, you can bypass the restriction by converting the blocked website into some other language that you may know. Try Google Translate and see for yourself. It is yet another simple way to access blocked websites.

You can also use Microsoft’s Bing translation service to unblock a banned website.


6. Bypass via Extensions

If the websites that are blocked by your institute or office are dynamic in nature such as Facebook or YouTube, then you should give a try to these extensions. Hola and ProxMate are some extensions that you can use to access blocked websites.

These are some of the most effective and easy to use methods to circumvent the censorship that has been put on your favorite websites. Let us know which one do you prefer to access blocked websites in your region.

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