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Countries like Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia are constantly blocking websites like Blogspot, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Google, but if you have the right knowledge you can easily access blocked websites. Now we don’t mean to say that you break the law of the country and get arrested or something; just be careful, and don’t get caught because these autocratic governments can be really dangerous.
On lighter side, you may also need to access blocked websites at school, college or office.
The most prevalent way of accessing blocked websites is using proxy servers. Normally when you surf the web you do it through some designated server provided to you by your ISP. Instead, you can use a proxy server. A proxy server acts as an intermediary between and lets you browse even blocked websites if these websites are cleared by the proxy server.
It’s very easy to use a proxy server. Simply go to its website and type in the URL you want to visit. Here’s a list of some good proxy servers:
All might not be working but many do.
There are other ways too that sometimes you can employ to access blocked websites in your location. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Use Google Cache. This way you don’t have to directly visit the website. Just go to Google, or even Yahoo! Search for that matter, and search for the domain name. Its cached version might appear. The downside is that since it’s the cached version, you won’t be able to access latest content.
- Use a short URL redirection service. There are hordes of URL shortcut services these days, the most famous is tinyurl.com. Go there, enter the URL you want to visit, shorten it, copy it, paste it into the location bar of your browser, and you might be able to go to the blocked website.
- Use IP address instead of the URL. If the website is being blocked by using its URL, something like facebook.com, find out the IP address (go to the command prompt and simply run “ping facebook.com” — without quotes — and you’ll know the IP address) and simply type the IP address into the location bar and press Enter.
- Use Google translate tool as a proxy server.
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