How to Access Blocked Websites and Bypass Filters

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How can you access blocked sites and cross web filters? Many people deal with controlled access to specific websites. This happens especially in some countries where Internet censorship is applied and people’s access to specific websites is restricted. Also, these days more and more institutions, schools and companies are implementing this type of software on their computers. But Internet filtering is not a problem because there are many tools and methods that enable you to bypass filters and to unblock websites.
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Anonymous Web Proxy

One of the most popular methods is using a web proxy. An anonymous proxy server is an intermediate between your computer and the server you are requesting the information. Although this is an easy way it’s not the safest one. Even if the server does not have your information, the intermediate has it so you are not completely anonymous. The advantage of this method is that there are many free web proxies available over the Internet.

The most known resource for web proxies is Proxy.org. The list contains proxies all over the world, it’s periodically updated and provides link to specific web proxies in a random order. Due to the fact that the proxies are listed randomly, the chance of getting an over used proxy is considerably decreased. Other important resources of free web proxies are: Hide My Ass, Anonymouse.org, and Proxify.co.uk.

Hide IP address software

The second option is to use hide IP address applications. There are simple applications where with a simple click you can enable anonymity, or complex application that allows you to add manually proxies into the list, which will allow you to test proxies in advance and even clean cookies and temporary internet files. To be sure that the application suites your needs you should test the trial first and see how many proxies they have and from which countries.

The most known free hide IP address application is TOR Project. The application suits best to advanced Internet users because the configuration is not very simple. Other applications that are easy to use by anyone are: Ultra Surf, Anonymous Surfing, IP Privacy and Not My IP.

VPN connections

A third way used to unblock web sites is through a VPN. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that is constructed by using public wires to connect nodes. A great advantage of these systems is that they use encryption and other security systems so only authorized users can access the network and the data cannot be tracked. Hotspot Shield is the most used these days and it’s 100% free. It creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internet gateway blocking snoopers, hackers, ISP’s, or other person from viewing your web browsing activities.

An important aspect that users must take in consideration is that before changing the IP address you must know what type of address your computer has. If you have a static IP address than you have to call your ISP and ask them to change it while if you have a dynamic IP address than you can apply any of the methods above.

This guest post was written by Elisabeta Ghidiu from Privacy Pro, who is interested in online privacy and security solutions.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

7 comments on “How to Access Blocked Websites and Bypass Filters

  1. Aparachitt says:

    You can Use Language Translator also as Proxy ..

  2. huidu says:

    Great post!

    A few comments from me:
    IMHO, the CGIProxy script is the best webproxy, try to use those. They support more JavaScript and so complicated websites like Facebook or Myspace.

    There is a great new Proxytool which is very fast because it is not so crowded yet: http://en.cship.org/wiki/Puff

    As a VPN Hotspotshield is ok, although it has many anoying advertisements. Check out one of the many other free ones: (Alonweb, ItsHidden, CyberGhostVPN, Loki, UltrVPN…), you can find a huge list at http://en.cship.org/wiki/VPN

    regards,
    huidu

  3. billy watts says:

    I’ve found the best way around blocked websites is to load firefox portable onto a usb stick, then use that to access any site you want. many times businesses will disable flash on company computer browsers and things like this. using a proxy may be required as well on top of using your own browser. the other nice thing about this is you can keep your personal bookmarks and

  4. vish says:

    Well i cannot open the blocked websites. everytime i opens it, it asks me for the server restrictions

  5. gummybear says:

    It really is annoying when I’m trying to access sites only too find out that they’ve been blocked. I have no choice but to try and bypass filters using proxy sites. I’m using Freedur and it’s been great so far, it really gets me to access all these sites.

  6. Avishay says:

    I want 2 go in bebo or facebook

  7. Bob says:

    You can also use PHproxy plugin in firefox to access restricted sites. Just a click and automatically the site will open through proxy.

    cheers

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