14 Easy Ways To Access Blocked Websites(The Complete Guide)

Today the governments of various countries are blocking access to various websites, they think the people should not visit. Be it Right or Wrong. These bans are always annoying and the governments are now censoring more and more content. It is easy to wonder:

How to access blocked websites?

…if you really need to use them, and the government is just forcing their laws on you. No wonder; this is a nuisance, but fret not, here are 14 simple methods you can use to bypass these censorship issues and access these blocked websites.

It is common for torrent download websites to be blocked and you can use these methods to access them. So now finally, let’s get rid of the trouble accessing blocked websites in these simple, easy and useful ways.

How To Access Blocked Websites: 14 Easy Ways To Bypass Them

1. Use VPN

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A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. It increases your privacy because your initial IP address is replaced with one from the VPN provider.

This method simply replaces your IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. For example, if you live in San Francisco, you can appear to live in Amsterdam, New York, or any other city through a VPN service. If you wish to go deeper into understanding how VPNs work, here is great article.

This method method works like a charm and you can access most of the blocked websites or download any apps blocked in your country. The VPN service simply converts the data you convey on the internet into garbage value, which can hardly be recognised by anyone.

Here are some great VPN packages for you to try.

2. Use Proxy Websites: Become Anonymous

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If you are working professional or a college student, often the authorities restrict your access to some particular websites. And Really- It’s Annoying!! It is at these times you need some or other ways to access these websites, and proxy websites come as a blessing for your rescue.

A proxy website moderates the connection between your device and the server site. It hides you IP address from your ISPs by camouflaging it and provides you access to the blocked websites. There are hundreds of proxy websites on the internet that can help you in bypassing the blocked websites. Here are a few:

You can also get the proxy website for blocked website by performing a Google search for the same. For example, to know twitter proxy server, if it’s blocked in your institution,  just Google “Twitter proxy server”.

 

3. Extra Proxy Layer

Generally regardless of which technique you try, your ISP is so good that they won’t allow you access to blocked sites. You will have use a VPN service to access such sites. If you find yourself on this situation, I’ll recommend you to check out this trick before than buying a VPN.

Sometimes, the ISPs are extremely smart and nothing works. In this situation you have the only option of relying on a VPN service. But this definitely works, no matter the situation you’re in.

We will be using Proxy IPs for this method, and it is important to note that you should never present any sensitive data over a proxyfied line and you should only do it at you own risk. So here we go:

Go to any website( viz. HidesterHideMyAss Proxy ListFree Proxy Lists, inCloak Proxy etc. ) which provides Proxy IP and Port List for free. Get the Proxy IP which has:

  • Good Speed
  • Fast Connection

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Now after you get the Proxy IP and Port combination add these details to the browser of your choice.

For Google Chrome users

  1.  Go to Settings and click on Show Advance Settings
  2. Under the Network, click on the Change Proxy Settings Button
  3. When the popup comes, click on the button called LAN Settings
  4. On the next popup window check on Use proxy server for your LAN
  5. Also check the Bypass proxy server for local address checkbox.
  6. Click OK and save. That’s it and its’ done.

For Firefox users

  1. Go to Options.
  2. Click on Advanced with a gear box sign from the top navigation section of the popup window
  3. Select Network tab from the sub navigation
  4. Under the Connections, select the Settings button
  5. On the next popup window, select the radio button saying Manual Proxy Configuration
  6. Put your Proxy IP : Port in the HTTP Proxy section
  7. Check the Use this proxy server for all protocol checkbox.
  8. Click OK and save. That’s all and you’re good to go.
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4. Use IP Instead Of URL

In some cases while blocking the websites they are stored as list of URLs. Their URLs are blocked but the IP addresses are not. In such cases you can try to access the blocked website by using it’s IP address. However, if a website is blocked by it’s IP address too then you won’t be able to open it by this method.

To access a website using this method, do as follows:

  1. Open Command Prompt on your device.
  2. Type ping www.websitename.com.
  3. Now you will get the IP address of the site you requested.
  4. Copy and paste the IP in the browser URL bar and you will be able to access the blocked website.

 

5. Change Network Proxy In Browsers

If you are a part of an institution and it’s network has more than one proxy, then you can try this method for bypassing blocked websites, as sometimes they are blocked on one proxy and accessible on the others. In such situation you simply try accessing the websites using proxy surfing.

To proxy surf follow these steps:

Mozilla Firefox Users:

  1. Go to Tools>Options.
  2. Now go to Advanced tab and then the Network tab.
  3. Select Settings under Connections and then select Manual proxy configuration.
  4. Now enter the Proxy setting the given field and click Ok. And it’s done

Chrome Users:

  1. Go to Settings. And then click Show advanced settings.
  2. Navigate to Network and then click on the Change proxy settings button.
  3. Now click on LAN settings. This will open another new window. Check the box in the Proxy server section, and uncheck the Automatically detect settings box.
  4. Enter in the IP address or domain as well as the port you are connecting to. Click OK when you are finished.

6. Use Google Translate

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Google Translate is a great tool for translating text and websites. As you may it opens the translated version of the URL you request and can be used to access blocked websites.

Sometimes the institutions(viz. college or offices) or the countries block the access to websites they don’t want people to see but ignore banning Google Translate. This way you can try bypassing the restriction through it by translating the website in to some other language you can understand. It’s one more easy approach to enter blocked web sites.

7. Bypass through Extensions

There are two main types of websites- Static and Dynamic. If the blocked website you are trying to open happens to be dynamic then, you can try accessing it through extensions.  ZenMate, DotVPN, Browsec, TunnelBear VPN, TouchVPN are some of the best extensions to go for.

If you use Google Chrome you must try using Zenmate. It’s a excellent proxify extension of great utility and is totally free. Just install the extension and sign up for the free account and Zenmate will proxify whatever you surf with it’s proxy servers.

Also Read:  How To Track A Stolen Laptop? (The Complete Guide)

 

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8. URL recasting

In some cases if the website you are trying to visit is hosted on a VPS(Virtual Private Server) or Dedicated Server environment and the domain does not have a verified SSL certificate you can try this method to access the website. However, this won’t work on all websites and is only applicable to websites which satisfy this criteria. Now, follow the steps as follows:

  • Open your browser.
  • Type https://www.EnterWebsiteHere.com instead of http://www.EnterWebsiteHere.com or www.EnterWebsiteHere.com. You should be able to open the website now.

This will show you a security notice but select Proceed Anyway in Chrome or add an exception certificate in Firefox.

9. Substitute your DNS Server

DNS is the server which stores which domain points to which IP address. Whenever some institution or country blocks websites they do it by restricting them on their own DNS. If you use such a DNS then you will not be able to access these websites. In such a case you should try using Google DNS or OpenDNS. Follow these methods for your device platform:

For Windows Users:

DNS settings are specified in the TCP/IP Properties window for the selected network connection.

1. Go to the Control Panel.

2. Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.

3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:

  • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection > Properties.
  • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection > Properties.

4. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

5.Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and then click Properties.

6.Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.

7. Click OK.

8.Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.

9.Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers:

  • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
  • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
  • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.

10. Restart the connection you selected in step 3.

11. Test that your setup is working correctly.

12. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

windows network settings

 

For Mac OS Users:

DNS settings are specified in the Network window.

  1. Click Apple > System Preferences > Network.
  2. If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select Built-In Ethernet, and click Advanced.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select Airport, and click Advanced.
  4. Select the DNS tab.
  5. Click + to replace any listed addresses with, or add, the Google IP addresses at the top of the list:
    • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
    • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.
  6. Click Apply > OK.
  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Test your new settings below.
  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

For Linux Users:

In most modern Linux distributions, DNS settings are configured through Network Manager.

  1. Click System > Preferences > Network Connections.
  2. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select the Wired tab, then select your network interface in the list. It is usually called eth0.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select the Wireless tab, then select the appropriate wireless network.
  3. Click Edit, and in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings or IPv6 Settings tab.
  4. If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select Automatic (DHCP) addresses only instead. If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
  5. In the DNS servers field, enter the Google Public DNS IP addresses, separated by a comma:
    • For IPv4: 8.8.8.8 and/or 8.8.4.4.
    • For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
    • For IPv6-only: you can use Google Public DNS64 instead of the IPv6 addresses in the previous point.
  6. Click Apply to save the change. If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Test your new settings below.
  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

10. Use Wayback Machine – Internet Archive

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The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization. This service captures and saves snapshots of variations of websites at regular intervals.

You can use it to access the blocked website. However, this tool can only open the previous variations of website it had saved and not the current one.

11. Use RSS Feed

If the blocked website you are trying to visit has a RSS Feed then you can access the websites content using a RSS Reader. You will have to add the RSS Feed of the website to your RSS reader in order to read the content. However, if the website does not have a RSS Feed you can simply go for an online-service like Feed43 that convert the content into RSS for you.

12. Redirection with Short URL service

Sometimes the URL you are trying to open might be banned, however if you change them in to shorter URL with any URL shortening service you might be able to access the website you are trying to visit. You can these services to shorten the URL:

13. Get Webpages E-mailed To You

Would you like the blocked website be E-mailed to you? If so, then Web2Mail is the perfect option to go for. It’s a free service that e-mails you the website you want to read about. You just have to send an e-mail at www@web2mail.com with the website URL as the subject title. Now, you would start getting the blocked website in your inbox.

14. Google Cache

The search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing cache webpages they crawl regularly which are saved by them. You can use this feature to your advantage for bypassing the restricted website. Simply, search for the website in any of the these search engines and look Cached under the blue link. Clicking on it will take you to the cached version of the page according to how the search engine saved it recently.

 

Now It’s Your Turn…

These are some of the most effective methods to access your favourite blocked websites if it has been restricted by your institution, ISP or country. Let me know through comments if you face any problems using these methods. Also:

Which method worked the best you?

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