How To Access Blocked Websites?
Sometimes certain websites can get blocked — by authorities or just employers in the office. Here are few ways you can bypass the restrictions and get access to desired websites.
Short Bytes: Restrictions and bans over websites are always annoying, and governments are now censoring content more than ever. Check out the 13 easy ways to bypass the censorship to access blocked websites. These easy-to-use
and effective methods include the use of VPN, extensions, DNS hack, proxy websites, and others.
- Using Tor Browser:
Using Tor protects you against a common form of Internet surveillance known as “traffic analysis.” Traffic analysis can be used to infer who is talking to whom over a public network. Knowing the source and destination of your Internet traffic allows others to track your behavior and interests. This can impact your check book if, for example, an e-commerce site uses price discrimination based on your country or institution of origin. It can even threaten your job and physical safety by revealing who and where you are. For example, if you’re travelling abroad and you connect to your employer’s computers to check or send mail, you can inadvertently reveal your national origin and professional affiliation to anyone observing the network, even if the connection is encrypted.
How does traffic analysis work? Internet data packets have two parts: a data payload and a header used for routing. The data payload is whatever is being sent, whether that’s an email message, a web page, or an audio file. Even if you encrypt the data payload of your communications, traffic analysis still reveals a great deal about what you’re doing and, possibly, what you’re saying. That’s because it focuses on the header, which discloses source, destination, size, timing, and so on.
- Become Anonymous: Use Proxy Websites
Very often, in a professional environment, the employers draw certain boundaries, restricting your access to some particular websites like video streaming, social networking, or even personal emails. At times, you need a way to access the blocked websites and in those situations, proxy websites act as a rescue method. However, do note that an unblock proxy isn’t as secure as a VPN.
So, if you’re really secretive about your work, #1 method is the one to choose. 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. It 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.
- Use VPN for unblocking
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, open the sites blocked in your country, or use it as a way to unblock sites in school.
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. Apart from defeating the censorship, a VPN also makes your connection encrypted and ensures that nobody can snoop your data,
Apart from just web blocker bypass, if you are into exploring ways to enhance your computer security, you can also go for the deadly combination of TOR and VPN.
- Use IP Rather Than URL
Each website’s URL has an IP address and the authorities blocking the site might have just stored the URL instead of the IP. In that case, our quest of how to unblock websites might end here. To get the IP address for any website, you do a ping domain (dot) 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 to visit “access denied” websites. Similar tools and commands can also be used on other platforms like Mac, Linux, Android, etc.
- Bypass censorship 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. Hole and Proximate are some extensions that you can use to access blocked websites on Chrome and other browsers. Ultra Surf is one such effective extension that lets you browse freely using its encrypted proxy network. It’s powerful enough to evade lots of power to defeat firewalls like Light speed.
- Replace your DNS Server
We’ve already discussed this method under a separate topic named DNS Hack. You can simply use this method and bypass the blockade. This method generally involves using Google DNS or Openness for accessing the internet. Recently, Cloud Flare also launched their 188.8.131.52 DNS service which claimed to be the fastest, privacy-focused DNS service. Changing DNS also ensures better privacy while browsing. Because with default settings every Wi-Fi network you’ve connected to and ISPs have lists of sites you’ve visited.
- Use RSS Feed of site
RSS readers are useful for getting the fresh content and reading them with ease. You can grab the RSS feed of the blocked website and add it to your reader. Just in case that website doesn’t have a feed, there are some useful online services to create the feed. In the recent times, with the rise of fake news on social media platforms and algorithmic updates, RSS readers are making a comeback. You can use one like Feedly and get all the content delivered from your trusted sources.
- Use IP Anonymizer like TOR
If you’re a privacy advocate, you might be already knowing about the massively popular Tor browser. This could act as a web blocker bypass tool if you set it up properly. In many cases, you can unblock websites at school or office and remain anonymous as well. There’s a dual advantage as you’d also be able to get rid of any kind of surveillance. After VPN and proxies, using Tor is the most powerful method to unblock sites. It’s also used as a gateway to dark web sites, or .onion sites, which are blocked on your usual web.
- Use HTML to PDF converter
Soaped provides a free online service that can help you directly download a web page on your computer without even accessing it. Just visit thins ink and enter the desired URL. That’s it. There are other HTML to PDF converter web blocker bypass services that you can try. There are some services that need you’re URL and they simply mail the unblocked webpage.
- Use Firefox from USB drive
If your school or office is known to take steps to restrict site access, I won’t be surprised you’re not allowed to install extensions on the web browser to open the websites for your personal use. In that case, you can install a web browser like Firefox portable on a USB drive. Couple it with some good unblock proxy service and you’ve got it covered.