There comes a day when you are sitting against a computer in your college or in office. The Internet is working at full speed, nobody’s watching. So, you get a strong urge to open a shopping website or check your Facebook posts, or you may even think of downloading something. But as soon as you type the URL and hit enter, you are greeted with a “Access Denied” message and then you are back to work thinking about a way to bypass those restrictions and frustrated obviously. If you are that guy/girl, looking for a way to enjoy unrestricted access to the internet then you’re in the right place.
Here, we are going to see 10 ways by which you can access a blocked or restricted website.
1. Using VPN Providers or Apps
VPN (Virtual Private Network) secures the connection between your device and the website. Your IP address while using VPN is completely different. This removes the restrictions for viewing the websites. Also, the data sent and received through a VPN network is encrypted to keep hackers at bay. Windscribe, Hotspot Shield, OpenVPN are the best VPNs out there to make use of.
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2. Using Proxy Websites
A Proxy Website hides the blocked/restricted website from the ISP’s. This camouflaging of restricted websites enable you to access blocked websites. But in terms of privacy and security, VPN is always the best option. Proxy Websites can be useful in professional areas.
3. Using IP address instead of URL
Every website has its own IP address just like our device has. Sometimes, when a website is blocked, it’s the URL which is stored in the server because of which the website is inaccessible. But, in some cases, the server does not store the IP address of the restricted website. In this case, try to obtain the IP address of the website by entering “ping www.domainname.com” in the command prompt. Enter this IP address in the address bar of your browser and chances are that the site will open.
4. Changing Network Proxy in browsers
An institution, office or even colleges might have network access through a proxy. There can be one or many proxies in use. Not all proxies used by your institution would have restrictions. In this case, try changing the current proxy of your browser. All you have to do is go to the connections settings of your browser and change proxy to one with no restrictions.
5. Adding a browser extension to bypass restrictions
Chrome and Firefox browser can be customized with tonnes of extensions. And yes, there are extensions which help bypass the website restrictions. Ahoy, Ivacy, hide.me are the browser extensions which once added gives you complete access to any websites which are restricted.
6. Replace your DNS Server
Changing your DNS server would also do the trick for accessing restricted websites. Use Google DNS or Open DNS instead of your previous DNS and that’s it, no restrictions.
7. Using Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine is a service which stores copies of almost every website present on the internet. Every version of a website is saved by it. Wayback Machine contains lots of interesting content like games, books, movies which can be accessed in case their website has been blocked.
8. Using Tor Browser
The most effective method to access blocked websites after VPNs and proxies is using Tor browser. Tor browser makes us anonymous over the internet. It can bypass the restrictions of websites if settings are applied correctly. Due to its security and privacy, tor browser is used to surf the Dark Web and .onion websites. Read more about TOR
9. Use Firefox from USB Drive
Now this method is the easiest one, all you have to do is install Firefox in your USB drive, use that browser with a different proxy and then, restrictions are gone for good.
These are the ways through which you can access blocked websites. Know any other way? Do let us know via your comments do share this article we need your support…!!!
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