We always hate restrictions or ban on websites. Ban can be because of many reasons but we usually search for working ways to access blocked websites. Is your college or office blocking you from accessing the website you want to access? This kind of situation can arise to anyone when we want to access a website but the workplace is now allowing us to visit the website. Most of the workplaces don’t allow social networking websites, music websites, gaming websites and torrent websites. Because these websites distract users and affect users’ work. But what if we want to access those websites? There are few ways that we can use to bypass the restriction and access the website even if it is blocked.
7 Alternative Ways to Access Blocked Websites
1. Use IP instead of URL
This is the very basic step which we can follow. Sometimes, websites are blocked by adding the list of URLs. In this case, we can bypass the block list by accessing the website by its IP address. To get the IP address of a website, we can use the ping command or a web-based service called whatismyip.
2. Access web page via Google Cache.
Search engines like Google and Yahoo cache a web page which we can access directly from the search engines’ server. If a website is added in the blocklist at your workplace, you can see the cache copy of the website to see the content of the web page. Sometimes, the cache page shows the older version of the page. But search engines try to cache the latest version of all pages.
3. Using Proxy servers
Proxy servers are the best way to access the blocked websites from the workplace. There are many online proxy services that let you browse anonymously and bypass country block. HidemyAss, proxy.org, freeproxy.co.in and many more. We can also use some proxy tools like Ultrasurf. All these proxy services and tools allow us to access the websites which we want to access even if they are blocked.
There are hundreds of proxy websites to make your web experience anonymous and unrestricted. Use the link given below to browse the list of popular proxy websites.
Also see: List of best Proxy Servers
4. Use VPN
VPN allows you to connect your device to a secure connection and then to another network over the Internet. By using VPN< you can access to blocked websites. It also allows you to download country specific apps.
It also allows you to browse the web anonymously.
5. Use Screenshot tools
There are few online tools that can capture the screenshot of a webpage and then email the screenshot to you. If you want to access the content of a webpage, you can also use these services. It can give you pixel perfect screenshots. So, you can easily see what the page contains and how it looks like. Some nice tools are browsershots.org and Ctrlq Screenshot capture.
6. Use Online Translation services
Online translation services can also work as a good proxy server for you. You can access blocked websites with Google Translator, Bing Translator or AltaVista BabelFish. We only need to enter the URL on these services and it will return the translated version of the page. Just use English to English translation and see the website unblocked.
7. Retrieve Web Pages Via Email
This trick is similar to the screenshot trick. In this, you can get the webpage in email. There are some online services which can fetch the webpage and then send it to you as email. To get the web page as email, you need to send an email to [email protected] with the URL as subject title.
I tried to list all possible ways to access a website if it is blocked in your system. In case, I forgot to list any method which you know, you can share it with us via comments. Feel free to express your views.