how to unblock websitesWondering how to unblock websites? Blocking access to various internet services and various social media websites have become one tactic followed widely by schools and educational institutions and organizations. When it comes to unblocking websites, you need to have already heard about various methods that work. In the event the tactics you use fail to bypass the filters of the internet or firewalls, here are a few tricks you might want to try.

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Trick Number One: Using Google Cache

Yes, believe it or not it is possible to get through to of websites that are blocked using Google Cache. For every file, Google maintains a cache. Just type the website blocked and click the link CACHE that appears below the results. Remember to make sure that your browser enables browser caching before using this trick. Google Cache is a useful method for reading a restricted website’s content.

Trick Number Two: Use VPN to Unblock Websites

One trick worth noting down is using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to unlock restricted sties. Doing this creates a tunnel of protection between your System and the VPN server. Once you connect with a VPN, a secure tunnel is where your entire communication will begin to travel. Thus, third parties won’t be able to track anything. Using techniques such as this one, your online identity will become anonymous; in this case that is your IP address. You are thus free for accessing websites that are restricted. Plus, you get a higher security range with a VPN than the proxy servers do. There are many available VPN software you can use for you to get services such as this one. The best of them include ProXPN VPN, TunnelBear VPN, Hola unblocker and HotspotShield VPN. Hola unblocker is the free Proxy VPN service permitting you to access blocked or censored sites in your country, college or school. This is effective and very simple software that does not affect your speed of browsing, unlike other techniques. This extension of browsing is available for all of the most popular browsers. To do this, install the extension of Hola and then go on the website blocked. Click the Hola extension icon which is on the top right portion of the browser. Select the country you want in order to enjoy accessing the site blocked and to bypass the site restrictions.

Trick Number Three: Using TOR

If you haven’t yet heard about The Onion Router (TOR), well it’s about time you did. TOR happens to be one of the best software programs that are free for those looking for how to get websites unblocked. An internet browser, TOR is designed especially for encrypting confidential communications from the military. This browser was designed by the US Naval Research Lab (UNRL). Data is channeled by TOR through various nodes preventing original data from being scrambled. To use this site, just download and you can begin browsing in the websites you unblocked through TOR. Even if it is somewhat slow using this browser, it is actually one of the top methods for accessing sites that are blocked. One thing you need to keep in mind however is to use this site with caution. If you like using the site ambiguously, it is recommended that you create various new identities every time you are online. New identities can also help you browse more rapidly, since each time you alter who you are; you will be switched to a different browser. Speaking of which, here is a course entitled Check Point CCSA R75 Boot Camp that if a firewall which includes lab examples.

Trick Number Four: Converting IP Address into Decimal URLs

Using an IP address, you can unblock a website that has been blocked. However, some sites have a blocked IP address as well. If this is what you think is happening, converting this into its corresponding values in decimal form might help you gain restricted site access. For instance, rather than using the IP address of Google, you can use the format in decimal form: http://1249766560. To convert a website into its value in decimals, all you need to do is to type the address you want to convert in the website

Trick Number Five: Changing Http to Https

This trick does not work each and every time, but it is worth a shot for what you are trying to unblock. The only thing you need to do for when you want to unblock a restricted website is to replace the ‘http’ in your URL with ‘https.’ Hey, you never know – it might be your lucky day and this will work.

Trick Number Six: Translation Services

You can use services of translation such as Google Translate, or Yahoo!Babel Fish. When doing this, make sure you allow your filters access to search engines. Next, type the website’s URL that you want access to in the field for translation. Select the language in the ‘translate to’ and the ‘translate from’ fields. In the field ‘translate from,’ choose a language that is different from your web page’s current language. For instance, if your current language is English, then select other languages for this field such as German, Spanish or French. In the field ‘translate to’ select English. To gain access into any website that is restricted, this method works very effectively. Believe me, this works. Go ahead and see for yourself!

Trick Number Seven: Try a Wayback Machine or Internet Archive

The Wayback Machine is a non-profit organization that stores any website’s data in the format of an archive. This won’t be up-to-date and copy all the time, however. This shows you specific dates in which a website was looked into. So when you enter a website’s name in the Wayback Machine, you will get to see its cached copies and if you’re lucky, the most recent ones appear. This amazing feature is something you can use to visit sites that are suspended or down. For webmasters, Wayback Machine is very useful as well.

Trick Number Eight: Get on a Proxy Server

Access websites restricted using proxy servers for unblocking websites. If you don’t yet know how a proxy server works, I will explain how. It sort of acts like an inter-mediator or middle man between the internet and your system. All your requested pages are downloaded directly from proxy servers and these transfer each page to the user. When using these types of servers, each request you make bypasses all those annoying firewalls and even all the filters of the internet. There is a long list of proxy servers you can use and these actually also help in protecting your identity online. Aside from accomplishing the task of bypassing internet filters or unblocking websites, it even helps you in handling your more personal data in a more secure way. If the site you plan on accessing has no certificate of SSL, you won’t have to worry since you will be able to access the site through server proxies on the web. SSL security is automatically added on the fly. This way, your data is hidden from any potential hackers and malicious programs at the same time. Now isn’t that great news? These days, many organizations and school boards also add proxy servers to their blocked list. If this is something your office or school is doing, unfortunately trick number eight is not going to work out. However, there are other options you can try out and one is bound to work for you.

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