Whether you are at school or at your workplace, it is quite often to face the issue of “blocked websites”. Other than blocked websites in public places and schools, governments are also now interfering and becoming stricter towards allowing access to particular websites.
This can be a truly annoying and problematic issue, especially if you are fond of surfing on the internet, doing some research, or just looking for some entertainment. These restrictions may have some sort of reasoning for being there in the first place, but it is also true that sometimes having access to these websites is extremely important. The restrictions and blocking websites can also be a way of abusing power by the authorities.
But don’t worry. If you are seriously tired with blocked websites and you really need to access all content, here are some ways for you to access blocked websites.
With thousands of online Proxy services, this is the most convenient and quick method of getting access to blocked websites. A proxy’s primary purpose is to help your surf the internet anonymously; it hides your IP (internet provider) address, and replaces it with only the Proxy’s IP. This is to ensure anonymity and security as your surf through the internet. The proxy hides the website you are trying to access from the ISPs, and therefore allows you to have access to the website without any hassle.
Here are some reliable paid and free proxy websites you can securely use:
It quite common to confuse VPN with proxy as the same thing. VPN or Virtual Private Network functions very differently from a proxy, and the two cannot be interchanged or substituted for one another. The core purpose of both the options is the same; make you anonymous on the internet by hiding your IP address. So how are they different?
A proxy server only hides or camouflages one website at a time. While a VPN, is a much better and a longer term solution. It is much safer and secure, so if you want to access some extremely serious or confidential data, using a VPN is a better option. VPN accesses and secures all of your data instead of only securing your IP one at a time. VPNs work as “tunnels” that direct your internet access and ability in several directions (different servers in different locations). This makes it extremely difficult to track your data, and secures it.
VPNs are usually paid for, and subscription based. Here are some common VPN services you can use to have access to blocked websites in your school, workplace or country:
- Hotspot shield
- Tunnelbear VPN
3:- Wayback Machine
Wayback machine provides access to online archived pages. It is a digital archive, that’s stores several versions and pages of a website, that can be accessed at any given time. It is a very fast and effective fix to the problem.
However, using Wayback machine is only suitable and recommended if you are trying to have access to research-related websites. Social media sites like Facebook are constantly updates with new newsfeed, which is why it is hard to have access to the latest Facebook newsfeed through way back machine.
It is like browsing history online. This way of accessing blocked sites is highly recommended for research purposes, as it also has an option of searching pages date-wise.
4:- Portable browsers
The number of portable browsers is increasing and has become competitive. Portable browsers are downloadable versions of a browser that you can install in a USB drive and have access to anywhere. This is especially suitable for accessing websites in schools. You imply have to connect your USB drive to the computer and rub the browser. This is also a great way of getting rid of slower browsers and extensive extensions on your computer.
Some reliable and common examples of portable browsers that you can use to access blocked websites:
- Google chrome portable
- Mozilla Firefox portable
- Opera portable edition
5:- HTTP and HTTPS
The “S” in HTTPS basically stands for secure. Schools and workplaces usually block sites that have only “HTTP”. This is because https is only usually used when sharing or providing some sensitive data like credit card information. If you just add “s” to HTTP and then type the web address, you are likely to get access to it. This is a quick, hassle-free way of getting access to blocked websites.
6:- Use IP address instead of URL
In a lot of cases, only the website’s URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is blacklisted or blocked. This means that you still have the option to access the website through its IP address. A URL identities and indicates a path, while an IP address identifies the hardware or computer being used.
Every URL has an IP address and this method will work for you only if the URL is blocked and the IP is not.
You can use two ways of finding a URL’s IP address:
- Run CMD and launch a command prompt
- Pinging the address
Once you have discovered the IP address, you will simply have to put in the IP address in the search bar of your browser like you do with the URL.
These are some of the most reliable, secure and fastest ways of having access to blocked websites. The method that will work best for you will depends on who and how is the website blocked. Use these methods to gain access to your favorite entertainment, socializing or research websites.