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Top Ten methods to access blocked websites

Lots of people around the world, like China, don't have free Internet access, (even though Brazil can watch YouTube again) and many corporations are also starting to block certain Internet sites.

And of course it is very wrong for governments to stop people from getting information, but for some reason we don't think it is wrong for corporations to do the same thing.

If you are a corporate employee, do not use the following information, since companies essentially own their employees, at least during working hours (and also all other hours for exempt employees), and slaves shouldn't rebel against their masters.

But if you're not a slave, only enslaved under a repressive regime, then, feel free to go ahead:

Top Ten methods to access banned websites

1. Use IP address - This is the simplest way to bypass domain name based access restrictions. Instead of the domain name such as use the direct IP address. To find the IP address use one of the free host to IP online conversion tools such as this.

2. Use Google cache - If you are not bothered whether the content is latest on a site, Google cache is best. Do a Google search for the site and then click on the cached link below the search results. 3. Use an Anonymizer - In this method you access a third party site which in turn routes your request to the required server. Some services provide URL encryption also. The problem is that most of these servers are no longer free. Do a google search for the latest list as this is a very dynamic area Following are some services which still works(free!),

Proxify - Hides original URL and provides an array of access of options. The is one of the best free servers.
Block Stop - New guy in the town!
Anonymouse - This works, but URL is visible and hence may be blocked by the filtering software.

4. Use Online Translation Tools - In this method, we can use the translation service as a web proxy. Following are the best links I know of. Again Google is your best friend for more resources.

Altavista Babel fish - In the above replace with the site you want. You can also visit Babel fish site.
Google Translate - Similar to Babel fish.

5. Use Google Mobile search - Google mobile search works, but output may not be optimal. This is very similar to using a Web proxy.

6. Use a public Proxy server - There are many free proxy servers out in the Web. Note that in order to use these you have to change internet connection settings in Internet Explorer or whatever browser you use. This is one such list.

7. Get web pages via email - This is useful if you need a single Web page. Obviously accessing large files is not possible. Given below are some examples. You can use SEND in the body of the message and send it to to retrieve home page. You can also check out services at web2mail which includes web page subscriptions. G.E Boyd has an extensive list of servers. Note that many in the list are no longer working.

8. Your own proxy server - This is an advanced technique and is probably the best. This requires your own proxy server hosted either at your home or at a hosting service provider. You can enable SSL encryption and prevent any snooping on the content as well. Also put some access control, otherwise someone can find the service and misuse it (Trust me, there are many who are looking for such an opportunity!).
Use Apache Web server as proxy server - A bit complex setup.
Use Privoxy - - This is the recommended approach. Please see this page for more details.
Use PHPProxy as a Web Proxy - You can use PHPProxy to setup a Web proxy.

9. Use Tor Distributed Proxy - Tor is an advanced proxy server using multiple anonymous servers for a single Web request. This requires an application to be downloaded and installed.

10. Use alternate content providers - When everything fails, you can use alternate service providers. For example if Gmail is blocked at your place, you can take another obscure mail address and enable email forward at Gmail.


Blogger Zhuan Jia said...

Good suggestions but I found most of them worked poorly if at all when I live in Beijing. While it is possible to aceess blocked sites by these methods, the download speed is often crippling slow and sometimes your own IP address/computer can be completely locked out for hours or days for offeneding the policy on banned sites. Unfortunately, a government can effectively deter most people from getting information much of the time.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well here is a list of working ones that are relatively new--I hope they work well, sorry about your gov't

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found another one


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