17 January 2013

How to access blocked websites from the college?

2:11 AM By Pallav Jain




Site Blocked

Most of the colleges across the world block some websites. They block those websites thinking that those websites will distract the students, and it will divert them from their studies.

The websites which are mostly blocked by them are Facebook, YouTube, adult sites, websites which are the major source of downloads for students etc.

The people who block the access of websites in the college think that once blocked, these blocked sites cannot be accessed.

However, they forget the fact that the students are smarter than they are. Thus, no matter how much access is denied by college, the students find some way or the other to access blocked websites.

If one method doesn’t work, they can try the next method to access blocked websites  and so on.

Here are a few methods by which you can access blocked websites:-

Replace http by ‘https’:-

https://

This is the easiest and the most common method used for accessing blocked websites. Using “https” instead of ‘http’ works in some cases. However, it doesn’t work for all the cases. So, there are better methods to access blocked websites.

Using Google Translator:-

Google Translator

If you listen to this method for the first time, for a moment you will think that I have gone crazy and am talking all rubbish.

It certainly is an illogical method, but it works in most of the cases.

Just open Google translator and type the name of the blocked website in the translate box, and translate it from English to English.

Press enter to see what happens next and you will be surely amazed to see the success of this weird method. Now, you will be able to access blocked websites.

Using Proxy sites to access blocked websites:-


What are proxy websites?
Proxy sites are programs that function as an intermediate application for processing requests from clients, who are looking for resources stored on Internet.

When trying to access blocked websites, we (the client) computer connect to the proxy server, which in turn requests other appropriate servers for connection, files, and other types of resources and services.

So, all you have to do is just Google for a proxy website. Open that site and type the name of the blocked website in the box, and rest job will be done by that proxy sites (examples of proxy sites are www.anonymizer.com, www.projectbypass.com etc.)
Proxy Sites

Even after all these methods, still if you are not able to access some of the sites, then then the last method can help you surely.

By using proxy software to access blocked websites:-


Like proxy sites, various proxy software are also available. These help you to access blocked websites.

These software allow you to bypass access blocked websites even with internet filters set on your institution.

Following are 3 proxy software which I would like to discuss: -

CCProxy

CCProxy

This software provides anonymous surfing.

In addition to the anonymous surfing, this software offers features like DSL sharing, cable modem sharing, wireless sharing, satellite sharing, parent proxy server connection sharing etc.

 Ultrasurf

UltraSurf

One of the most famous free proxy software is Ultrasurf. We can easily install this proxy software on our computer and surf anonymously on the net, and thus easily access blocked websites.

 A4Proxy

It is free proxy software which you can download and install on your Windows based computer.

Note: - Other than the 3 software mentioned above, there are numerous other software available. You can Google it to find the list of other available software.

By changing your DNS server:-

Umbrella

Another very effective method to access blocked websites is by changing DNS server. There are many free third-party DNS services run by other ISP’s. The most popular ones are run by Google and OpenDNS.

You have to change your DNS server settings to the DNS server settings of either Google or OpenDNS.

To change the settings, go to Control Panel --> Network and Internet --> Network and Sharing Center --> Change adapter settings.
Change DNS

Now, Click on Properties. Next, click on Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the DNS server of your choice. Google’s DNS addresses are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4, while OpenDNS are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220.
Change DNS server

Finally, to save the settings click on OK and then reboot your PC.
Now, try to access blocked websites and you will see that now those sites are accessible.

So, I hope that the methods listed above will help you highly to access the websites blocked by your colleges and offices.

I hope you like the article. Your suggestions and feedbacks are always welcome and you can post your comments into the comment box anytime.

Author: Pallav Jain
    About the Author
    Hello Friends,I am pursuing B.tech(Computer Science) degree from VIT University( Co-Founder of ComFuge-A World of Geeks).