Whether you want to access blocked sites on a locked-down school network, by-pass parental control software or get on your government’s censorship authorities, this article will let you know about several methods to access blocked websites on your computer. Please remember that some of these techniques may not work in some countries, like China, as a reason of their specially advanced means of censorship that jam services used to get over the blocks. It is also crucial to know that while some of these techniques offer a high level of anonymity, it’s highly possibly for your identity to be exposed by law enforcement – something which is crucial to think about if pursuing in illegal activity. Let’s see how to get on blocked websites easy from your browser.
7 Simple Ways To Get On Blocked Websites
Use ‘Proxy Websites’ to get on Blocked Websites
Proxy sites are nothing but a sort of proxy servers. Rather than connecting directly to the websites that are blocked at your place, you’ll first link up to a Proxy server and it will redirect you to the blocked website and you can then simply get access to them.
There are several such proxy sites available on the web, and I can provide you with a huge list of them. But below are the most widely used online proxy websites:
Browse with ‘TOR’ to get on Blocked Websites
Browsing with TOR network using its free open-source software is another way to get on blocked websites on your computer and stay anonymous. The TOR network, similar to the Deep Web and its hidden services, was introduced by the United States Army to offer a very extreme level of anonymity for its users. The TOR works by sending your traffic through several networks of other people (called “nodes”) that are using TOR as well, so that the destination website does not know who you are and your ISP (Internet Service Provider) does not know what you are surfing. Likewise your computer will also be used as a node for other people to direct their TOR traffic through, which is quite same as peer-to-peer file transfer works.
As your ISP does not know which website you are browsing through, TOR is a great way to get around blocked websites on your school or office network. Some sites still block TOR traffic or you’ll be facing a human verification system while surfing with TOR – this is since high amount of traffic from one node in the network leaves some websites to suspect misuse. Don’t worry, however, because this is just an issue with a lesser number of sites.
Use ‘Google Cache’ to get around Blocked Websites
This is a sure-fire way that works on almost all websites. In this way, one doesn’t access the real website, but a “screen-shot” of the website already taken by Google. Disastrously, however, such screenshots don’t contain working games or videos. Consequently, this way is best for reading blocked educational content on websites such as Hubpages or Wikipedia. Some people have even applied it on community sites such as Cracked.com and Reddit, but this extremely sulked upon.
How to do it:
- Open your browser application and go to ‘Google’ home page.
- After finding the URL of the website you want to get on, copy and paste it into the Google search box as: cache:www.yoururl.com
- Click search. At this stage, a screenshot of the site will show up in your browser. The link is generally something like: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/…
Some of the browser applications offer to utilize the PROXY IP address in them. So that if you can remain unidentified when using them. To make this work you need Mozilla Firefox browser application and a Proxy IP address. You can have a large list of Proxy sites from HERE.
In your Mozilla Firefox browser go to “Options” and choose “Advanced”. Under the “Connections” choose “Settings”. Now, go to “Manual Proxy Settings” and enter the obtained Proxy IP, Port 8080 in the box next to it and save settings. By this your browser application will browse using that Proxy IP address. You can choose and enter some other Proxy if you found that’s not working.
Use ‘Hola Browser Extension’ to get around Blocked Sites
If you want to get on blocked websites such as the BBC iPlayer or Hulu, Hola browser extension can help you with that. Fast, free and user-friendly, Hola is a proxy that works by directing your browser traffic through the internet networks of other Hola users (same as TOR). In return some of the traffic from other similar Hola users is directed through your computer, same as a peer-to-peer network (which is why the service is provided for free). It is possible to direct your computer’s traffic via any country that holds Hola users, which comprises several (if not most) of the world’s nations. One major drawback of this extension is that it’s available only for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome – so if you use Opera or Safari, you need to use some other alternative way to unblock blocked websites. For those who use Mozilla Firefox or Chrome browser, Hola extension can be downloaded for free from HERE.
Use ‘Translation Services’ to get around Blocked Sites
If the above ways didn’t come out well, you can try bypassing web filters by using a translation service such as Bing Translation or Google Translation. By translating your link to English from any other language, it’s sometimes possible to get on blocked websites. On other hand, you can use a URL shortening service like “TinyURL”.
A popular method of blocking sites is keeping DNS servers from providing the locations of the blocked site’s servers. In such case, changing your DNS servers to Google’s DNS or OpenDNS will be your best choice to get around the blocked websites. As an added benefit, this will even boost up your internet speed.