Limitations and boundaries annoy us especially when restrictions are imposed on accessing a website or social media platform . But still organizations, universities, schools, and government tend to block certain websites.
If like me you to find yourself stuck in such a situation and are looking for a workaround. You can try using any of the 12 ways explained below to access blocked websites.
If you have any other suggestions besides the one we discussed please share with us using the comment section.
Ways to Access Blocked Websites
1. Use VPN
VPN (Virtual Proxy Network) allows to establish a secure connection by hiding your IP address. Using a VPN you can not only access blocked websites but can also download apps.
Virtual Proxy Network converts transmitted data into garbage value making it difficult to interpret and recognize. For this purpose, you can choose from the vast array of VPN services provided. VPN acts as a tunnel that starts from a point different than the network you are accessing allowing you to access restricted site.
2. Use Proxy Websites
Another way to access blocked website is to use a dedicated proxy site. This method is successful when you want to access blocked website in a country or at a certain place like office, school or other.
Proxy websites behave as a moderator between the user and the website thus camouflaging the blocked site to Internet provider. This method isn’t as secure as VPN but since it allows to access blocked website it is helpful. ProxySite, hidemyass.com are some examples of proxy website.
3. Use IP as Opposed to URL
Each website URL has a unique IP address and authorities blocking the website sometimes forget this and they tend to only block website URL. If such is a case, then this is the perfect method for you to access blocked website. To get websites IP address what you need to do is ping domain name in Command Prompt window. To do so press Windows Key + R. Here type cmd. Once Command Prompt window opens type ping followed by website domain. For example: ping antimalware.news and press Enter. This will return the IP address. Now enter the obtained IP address in your browser’s address bar and press Enter. This will help you access restricted website.
Note: If IP address of the website is hidden then this method will not work.
4. Edit Network Proxy
There’s a possibility that the organization or institute blocking the website are using more than one proxy. In that case you can use another proxy as there are chances that the site is blocked on a particular proxy only. To disable network proxy settings in your web browser you need to search for connections/network option in your web browsers settings. Here select no proxy option or if you know another proxy use that to access restricted website. Here’s an example screen showing how to change the setting in Firefox browser:
5. Use Google Translate
Network admin generally blocks only the website they don’t block Google translate. So to access blocked website what you can do is try using Google Translate and view its content. All you need to do is enter blocked websites URL in Google Translate > select language. Google translate will provide you with a link that has translated version of the website. You can use that link to access blocked website.
Note: This method is helpful when you know translated language too.
6. Use Extensions
If the blocked website you are accessing is Facebook or YouTube, you can try using this method. Certain extensions like ProxMate, Hola can be used to access blocked websites on Chrome and other browsers. UltraSurf is an effective extension that allows you to browse freely using its encrypted proxy network.
7. Recast URL
When a particular website is hosted in VPN and it doesn’t have a verified SSL. To access such websites replace www.url.com or http://www.url.com with https://www.url.com. This change will help you access the site that is being blocked or marked as a potential threat. This method isn’t sure shot but it proves to be handy sometimes.
8. Replace DNS Server
Some Internet Service Provider (ISP) use their own DNS to block websites. To access such site, you need to user public DNS and bypass the restriction. Google Public DNS can be used for this purpose.
Under your DNS configuration what you need to do replace DNS server settings with Google’s Public DNS IP address as your DNS server.
- 2001:4860:4860: :8889
- 2001:4860:4860: :8844
9. Use Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine is an online service to archive websites from the day they were started. It only allows to access older version of the website. Using this method, you cannot access social networking websites.
10. Use site’s RSS Feed
RSS readers help in reading fresh website content. To read content of a blocked site grab RSS feed of the blocked website add it to your reader. If the website doesn’t have a feed you can use online services to create feed. Rss readers are making a comeback due to increase in fake news on social platforms. You can use one like Feedly and get all the content delivered from your trusted sources.
11. Use Web Browser like TOR
Another successful method that allows you to access blocked website is TOR browser. As TOR allows to browse anonymously by preventing your browsing habits, location, and guaranteeing privacy it can be used to access blocked website.
To use TOR you need to download and install the browser. Once installed click Connect to start connected with TOR network, now try to access the blocked website.
12. Use HTML to PDF converter
Can use HTML to PDF converter like SodaPDF to provide a free online service to help you directly download a web page on your computer without even accessing it. Visit the site and enter desired URL to convert HTML to PDF. There are some services that need your URL and they simply mail the unblocked webpage. Using this method you can read the site content.
Using above handy ways you can easily and quickly access blocked websites. There are certain conditions you need to keep in mind while using the ways. The best way that will help you access blocked websites is VPN.