How to Access Blocked Websites at School, Work, Home or Anywhere

How to access blocked websites? How to unblock blocked websites? How to access blocked websites on school computers” these are the most common questions being asked by the school and college students on the Internet. Now, who propel them to post such queries online? It is none other than their own college or school. Many schools, colleges, and offices block useful and important sites for their staff and students. They usually do this to restrict them to open any site which is not related to their work or profession. No wonder, this is right from their point of view. But what, if the students and employees still want to have access to these blocked sites? No problem. The solution is right here.

How to access blocked websites at school

Sites are generally blocked by identifying the user’s IP address, so that whenever the user visits that site, he finds it blocked. Therefore, to resolve this problem, many sites are available online that will hide the user’s IP address so that the website owner fails to identify the user’s IP address and the user then can easily access the blocked sites without any interference.

There are many ways via which we can easily unblock blocked websites without any issue.

Below are listed many ways of unblocking blocked sites:-

A). How to access blocked websites using Proxy Servers

The simplest and easiest way to unblock blocked websites is by making use of proxy servers.

Proxy sites are the sites that hide the IP address of the user and also allow him to surf the net anonymously. Thus, user’s identity remains unidentified from hackers. This is the safest means of accessing blocked websites without any hindrance. Proxy servers are reliable and easy to use. Some of the most commonly used proxy sites are detailed below:

1). Hide my Ass
It is the most popular online proxy site used till date. Just visit the site and type the URL of blocked website you want to access. This proxy site is best used for accessing YouTube videos. It provides many options of changing your IP address so that you can browse the web anonymously. Hide my ass also provides SSL encryption for all sites.

2). Spy Surfing
Spy Surfing is also one of the most popular proxy sites. It redirects you to the blocked website that you want to unblock in few seconds. It also contains filters for removing images, flash and script files, so that your website loads quickly without any interruption.

Spy-surfing

3). Kproxy
You can browse the web anonymously by using Kproxy. Using Kproxy you can access any website by typing the URL of the site clicking on Surf. The site hides your both IP address and country and also bypasses the filters. It evades the display of ads and popups on its site.

kproxy

4). Proxify
In order to use this proxy site, you have to get registered on proxify. After you log in to your account you can access any site. It is the paid site.  You will get free one-day trial to try all of its features. If it suits your requirements, then you can proceed to payment.

5). Vtunnel
Vtunnel is also known as CGI proxy service. It is a website based proxy site and you connect to it to retrieve websites that are normally blocked by schools and colleges. The site also creates anonymity of the users so that he remains unidentified from the website owners whose site you are visiting.Unlike standard “open proxies“, Vtunnel requires no special browser configuration. And unlike many proxies, CGI based or conventional, Vtunnel allows the HTTP Form Post method, which means that many websites that require logins will work with Vtunnel that will not work with the majority of free proxies. Finally, unless abuse becomes a problem, Vtunnel will also allow file downloads, whereas many proxies do not.

vtunnel

6). ProxFree
Proxfree is simple and completely free online proxy website. It also allows access to any blocked social networking site or video. It acts a mediator between you and the website you want to access.

Any blocked media will become available for you as long as you have access to proxfree server. Target website will contain the address of the proxfree server on its address bar.

Proxfree contains the menus of YouTube proxy if you want to unblock any blocked video, a Facebook proxy for unblocking Facebook and video proxy for unblocking any video related sites.

Proxfree

7). Hola

Hola is also an unblocked tool used for unblocking any YouTube video that has been banned in your country. The best part about hola is that you can unblock any site from any country. It is used as an extension to your web browsers, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Hola-extention

You can install Hola for your browser and use it in just a few steps.

Step 1:  Hola is best used with your Google Chrome browser. Therefore, install Hola extension on your Google Chrome from the link provided:  Hola for Google Chrome

Step 2:  After installing it, you will find Hola extension as an icon on Chrome’s extension bar.

Step 3:  Now open the YouTube video that you want to access and click on the Hola extension icon that you have just installed on your browser. After you click on Hola icon,  dropdown down menu will appear that will display the options of country flags.

Select your country flag. After this, you can watch blocked video as Hola will reload and make available the blocked video within seconds.

B). How to access blocked websites using TOR Browser

One drawback of using a proxy server is that you can only view static websites. If you want to view social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Instagram then proxy sites fail to provide access to these sites. This is because social networking sites ask the browser to store cookies and proxy servers fail to provide this feature. In that case, TOR browser comes into play, which is a browser-based network. TOR browser not only assists in accessing static sites, but also social networking sites for free. It provides safe and secure web network and protects your privacy during web surfing. Essentially, Tor Browser is open software for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux system that aids in accessing banned websites.  In order to use this browser, we have to download it from its official website https://www.torproject.org/.

Tor-Browser

The steps of installation are listed below:

1). Open the official website of TOR browser and then click on the download button

2). After download, install it in your PC or laptop.

3). After completion of installation process, click Finish to launch TOR browser.

4). Now on the Tor Browser’s wizard click the Connect button.

5). Once the browser is configured to use Tor, type the URL of blocked site and start surfing the web anonymously.

Tor-Installation

C). How to access blocked websites using Command Prompt

How websites get blocked? Websites get blocked because of blocking software. This software makes a database of the site that the owner wants to block. Therefore, whenever you enter the URL of the site you want to access then you find it blocked.

Every website has its own unique IP address. If you can identify that IP address then you can easily access the blocked site. Very easily you can identify the IP address of the particular site is using the command prompt.

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To identify the IP address using cmd, follow the below-listed steps :

1. Press Windows + R keys together to open run dialogue box.

2. Write cmd in run section and click enter.

3. This will open command prompt window. Inside this window, enter ping and then the name of the website whose IP address you want. Eg: ping website name. Com. You should remember to leave the space between ping and website name.

4. On entering this, you will get the IP address of the site that you want to unblock.

Once you get the IP address of the blocked site, you can easily access that site using its Ip address..

D). How to access blocked websites using Decimal Code

The above explained method of the unblocking site by recognizing its IP address has one drawback. What will you do if the site’s IP address is also blocked? No issue! This problem could be easily resolved by using decimal code method. With this method, we can easily open any blocked site.

By converting the blocked site’s unique IP address into decimal code, one can easily unlock any site. It is impossible to block any IP address written in decimal code.

By using the IP address to decimal code converter, you can convert any IP address into the decimal form. So that when the next time you try to open any blocked site using the decimal code of that IP address then any blocked site will get unblocked.

You can readily get the decimal code of an IP address using IP Address to Decimal Calculator. Only you have to, enter the IP address of blocked website and click on the convert button. There are many sites available on the net for performing this conversion. You can use any one of them.

For example:  If the IP address of Google is http://74.125.236.160/ then you can use the decimal format instead http://1249766560. Both will take you to the Google home page

IP-address-to-decimal-calculator

E). How to access blocked websites using WayBack Machine

Way back machine is generally used in case you want to use cache for accessing blocked websites at schools and colleges. With the help of Wayback machine, we can easily view the previous versions of blocked sites like Twitter, Facebook or any other site that has older versions through the archives. Just enter the URL of the previous version of the site you want to view by visiting way back machine website and it will show you the previous version of that site that has been blocked.

F). How to access blocked websites using Google translator.

Using the Google translator is also one of the methods by which we can access blocked site easily

In schools and colleges, normally Google.com is not blocked. One can access all of its services. Google translate is one of its services which assist in viewing blocked sites. By using Google translate as a proxy server; we can unblock blocked websites easily in schools, colleges and at your workplace.

Steps for using Google translate as proxy servers are listed below:

Step 1:  open Goggle.com and search Google. Translate in the search bar.

Step 2:  click on the arrow of detect languages. Select your destination language from the dropdown menu that appears.

Remember to select the language other than the destination language of the website you want to view. If the website is written in English language, then select any language other than English.

Step 3:  Now pick  the Destination language of your choice like English or any other language agreeing to your requirement

Step 4:  now enter the address or URL of the website you want to unblock and click on translate button

There you go; you will be able to access the blocked site.

In short, you can also directly visit the blocked site by entering below-mentioned address in address bar and replacing website.com with the name of the website you want to visit.

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=website.com

Google-translate

G). How to access blocked websites using Email Services

Nowadays half of our work is done using email services. No doubt, we can even unblock our favorite sites using email services. Web2mail, as the name suggests is a web-based email service.

web2mail

Web2mail sends information about the web pages of the website you want to visit at your email address.

The procedure is very simple. You have just to create an account on webmail in order to use its services. After you get yourself registered on web2mail, log into your account and enter the URL of the website whose information you want to get.

After this step, webmail will immediately send you the information of the webpages at your mail address. This way you can access any blocked website very easily.

H). How to access blocked websites on school computers using Unblocker Software

For blocking any website, the website owners make use of blocking software.

Since there is a key for every lock, therefore, to remove this lock of blocked site, we can also use the unblocking software. As the name suggests it directly unblocks any blocked site so that the students and employees could visit their favorite sites.

On the internet you will find an infinite number of unblocking software sites. This software has to be downloaded and installed in order to use its features. The functioning of this unblocking software is similar to those of other proxy servers, i.e. hiding and protecting user’s identity. Some of the most popular and best free website Unblocker software are:

1). Hotspot Shield      Website : http://www.hotspotshield.com/
2). Spotflux                Website : http://spotflux.com/
3). Ultrasurf               Website : http://ultrasurf.us/
4). GappProxy           Website : http://gappproxy.soft112.com/
5). Freegate               Website : http://www.techspot.com/downloads/6243-freegate.html
6). GTunnel               Website : http://gardennetworks.org/products
7). Your Freedom     Website : http://your-freedom.net/
8). Tunnelier             Website : http://tunnelier.en.softonic.com/

All these software are friendly with all operating systems like Windows Vista, Windows XPWindows 7Windows 8.1Windows 8,  and Windows operating system. Download the website unblocker software according to your wish and enjoy free access to your favorite sites.

I). How to access blocked websites on school computers using URL Shortener Services

As the name suggests, URL shortener is one of the services that Google provides, used for shortening the URL of any site. With the help of URL shortener, you can unblock blocked websites shortening the URL of that site. Its working is very simple. Just open the URL shortener from this link: https.

Once the page gets opened, type the long URL of the site you want to access, in the text field as shown in below screenshot and then click on shorten URL link button. Shorter URL of that website will appear on the right side. On clicking that URL, you will be redirected to the actual site’s address.

url-shortner

For example: If you want to access twitter.com that has been restricted in your college or work place, then just type the twitter’s URL in the text field. On doing this, the shorter URL for Twitter will appear on the right side with the screenshot of twitters index page. Copy the URL and paste it in address bar

url-shortner-example

By doing this, you will be redirected to Twitter.com and you can easily access this site from this point.

J). How to access blocked websites using HTTPS Connection

By changing the HTTP format, one can easily view the blocked site very easily. These days, almost all the popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc use the secure connection.

In order to unblock blocked websites at school, colleges, and work, instead of opening the blocked websites in HTTP:// format open them in https:// format. By doing this, you can access blocked websites on school computers. For example, in schools and colleges, if you try to open the Facebook site by typing https://www.facebook.com/ instead of http://www.facebook.com/ then you can easily unblock the facebook.com

K). How to access blocked sites by creating our Own Proxy to Open Sites

Sometimes the proxy sites that we use for unblocking any site are itself get blocked. In such situation, you can create your own proxy site and save it on your PC. It is safer than using online proxy sites. In order to install a proxy, you must have a web server installed on your computer on which you will install the proxy. You will easily find much web server software on the Internet like Virgo, Abyss, Cherokee webserver, etc. Here I am taking the example of WAMPServer. It is best used for window users.

wampserver
1. Initially, visit the official website of WAMPServer. Download and install this server on your computer.

2.  After the completion of installation, you will see its icon in the window’s task bar.

3.  Right click on the icon and select “Put Online” to turn your server on.

4.  Again right click on the icon and select “Localhost“. Now if the configuration page appears then you have done all the steps properly otherwise check for errors.

5.  Next step is to install proxy server software. Download any one of the proxy server software from the internet.

6.  After downloading proxy server from the internet, compress the zip folder and copy all the files to the location shown below.

Windows: – C:/wamp/www/
OS X :- Applications/MAMP/htdocs/

7. Testing your proxy software becomes an important step at this point. Perform the loyalty test of the proxy server. Open your web browser and enter this URL http://localhost/proxy name and click enter. If the proxy page appears, that means you are on the right track. And your proxy server is working accurately.

8.  Now find your private IP address by entering ipconfig in command prompt that appears by entering cmd in run section and save it for future use.

9.  Next, open your router’s configuration page in your browser and provide all settings for your personal IP address. After doing this, search your public IP address by typing my IP address in the address bar of your browser.

10. After performing all the above steps correctly, now you can access any site from anywhere by using your public IP address. Just enter your IP address/your proxy server name and hit enter. That’s all. By doing this, you can easily view blocked sites from your own proxy server.

Conclusion

Every lock can be easily unlocked by using its key, similarly every blocked site can be unblocked by using a key in the form of proxy server, Tor browser, Google Translator, URL shortener, Command Prompt, etc. With the help of these unblocking software, one can easily surf the net anonymously with the utmost protection. All these proxy servers are beneficial in the way that they will hide and change your IP address, provide SSL encryption for all sites and also bypass web filters. This way your identity remains hidden from hackers and spammers, and you can access any site freely. Thus, if next time you want to access any blocked site, then switch to above-mentioned software without giving any second thought to it.