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How to Access Blocked Websites

by ContributorUpdated September 28, 2017

Sometimes when you are at work or school you need to access a blocked website. While being careful not to violate your acceptable-use agreement, there are certain steps you can take to access those blocked websites. There is probably at least one method in this list that you can utilize.

Know the IP address of the blocked website. There are free host-to-IP conversion tools that you can use to quickly locate this information. Since most blocks are domain-based, this is a quick and easy way around a blocked website.

Access an anonymizer. An anonymizer is a third-party site that processes your request to link to the banned website. Some services charge a small fee, but there are still some free services available.

Use a public proxy server. A simple search can locate a public proxy server you may use. You many want to find one that provides some degree of anonymity.

Set up your own proxy server. This provides anonymity for you as well as allows you to access those blocked websites. The downside of this process is that it takes some technical know-how to set it up properly. Be sure to not allow it as a public proxy server.

Check out a translation site. Many of them translate websites as well as blocks of text. Jut put in the banned URL and ask for it to be translated into your preferred language. In this case the translation website is acting as a proxy server for you.

Email web pages to yourself at work. There are free services on the web that send you the web pages you request. However, this method doesn't work well for a large number of pages.

Forward your blocked emails to an account you can access at work. For example, if you can't access Gmail from work, use another free email service that your company or organization doesn't block. Then just forward your Gmail emails to that account.

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