How to Unblock Websites at School, Work And Home
At schools and the workplace Internet Censorship is a touchy subject. But knowing how to unblock websites at school, office or at home will allow you to get access to websites that you could not use before unblocking a website. In the previous articles we should you how to block a website and block a website on Mac, you can either read those previous articles and do the inverse to unlock a website at school or office. But sometimes schools and offices restrict access to unblock a website manually and the best way to access a website that is blocked is explained below. Recommended: How to unblock Youtube at school and at home
There are many proxy websites (anonymizers) which open blocked websites on their servers and present the data to you. Check out the Top 50 Free Proxy Server Websites. This hides from the service providers the address of the website you are trying to visit. Few popular free ones include Anonymouse and KProxy. Suggested: Best Free Proxy Sites
Which websites are most commonly Blocked?
You may want to unblock Facebook at school or another social website. Besides Facebook, other blocked websites that you want to unlock may include Blogger, Google News, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo, Flickr, Hulu, LinkedIn, Yahoo! Messenger, Typepad, eBay, WikiLeaks, Digg, Reddit, Technorati, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Wikipedia, YouTube, etc.
Access Blocked Websites at School & Work
To unblock a website at school, work or at home you need to have several different options since different circumstance may require different methods to unblock a website at work or at the office. An example would be to unblock Facebook at school can be different than unlocking Facebook at home. he reason for this is because when trying to unblock websites at school with a proxy, this may be restricted from the school. Below are different methods to use to unblock a website to get access to those sites that are important to use.
Use IP Address Instead of URL in Browser
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Another method to unblock a website at school would be to enter the IP address instead of the URL in your browser’s address bar. Using this method, you can quickly unblock Facebook at school or another other website. Although if the blocking software maps the IP address to the website domain, the website will still remain blocked. You can find the IP address of the website by pinging the website domain name in command prompt and noting its IP address.
TOR or The Onion Router is a free software that protects the privacy and security of its users. The way that TOR works is that it relays your IP address through several different points across the world to prevent the orginal data from being recognized. The main drawback to TOR is that it’s slow since it does go through multiple sources to get to the website.
IP Hiding Software
When a website is blocked at school, it may be because the IP address is restricted to accessing specific website. Using a free IP hiding software like UltraSurf will allow you to visit a blocked website at school. While free software offer very less features as compared to paid ones, they are still effective for overcoming most common blocks.
VPN or Virtual Private Network Software can be described as a tunnel under the public network that offers more anonymity than proxy websites as it also encrypts the data transferred by the blocked website thus, offering complete anonymity when you access your favorite web applications. Although most VPN software are available as paid software only, HotSpotShield is a popular free alternative.
Changing DNS servers
Sometimes when a website is blocked, it’s because the DNS servers prevent from sharing the locations of the blocked website’s servers. In this case, the best way to unblock a website would be to change the DNS servers to OpenDNS’s or Google’s DNS. Using this method to unblock any website will also increase your internet speed.
Different search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing have a cache of web pages indexed. If you search for the website you want to unblock on these search engines, just click on the cached link that is given next to the result. To load the web pages more quickly, you can visit the text-only version.