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10 Useful Methods To Access Blocked Websites

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10 Useful Methods To Access Blocked Websites

Constraints and bans over websites are always annoying, and governments are now censoring content more than ever. These easy-to-use and effective methods of bypassing censorship and accessing blocked websites include the use of VPN, extensions, web proxy websites, and more.

Is your school, college, university, or office blocking you from getting on social networking sites like Facebook and Youtube? Here are few ways you can bypass the constraints and surf like normal, but please consult with your local authorities before using them. We are not responsibility if you breach regulations of any sort.

If you also feel stifled by the blocked websites, then here are some ways to access them. You can also read more here: Top 10 Personal Proxy Service – Answer for IP Address.

1. Become Anonymous By Using Proxy Websites

Very often in professional environments, employers put certain boundaries in place, restricting your entry to particular websites. When you desire access to these blocked websites, proxy server websites can act as a rescue method.

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On the web, there are hundreds of proxy websites that make your web experience “unrestricted.” A proxy website becomes a moderator between the user and server site. The proxy website camouflages the blocked site from the ISPs and allows you to access obstructed websites. To get a proxy website for just about any blocked site, just perform a Google search.

2. Subscribe to RSS Feeds

This might not help with all sites, but if the site you intended to visit provides RSS feeds, you can subscribe and read it with a Really Simple Syndication reader, as well as have it regularly send the contents to your email.

3. Get web pages via Email

Web2Mail is a totally free service that sends websites you want to read straight into your inbox. All you need to do is send an email to www@web2mail.com with the URL as the subject title.

4. Use IP Rather Than URL

The blocked website sometimes is stored as a list of URLs, and using the IP of the website might work in a few cases. To get the IP address for any website, you do a ping domain .com command in Command Prompt. Applying IP is a simple way to access blocked websites in your region. However, if the website had hidden its IP too, then it won’t open with this method.

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All you need to do is run CMD on your computer. Then, type “ping www.websitename.com” and press Enter. This will promptly return the IP address. Now, enter this IP address in your web browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

5. Bypass via Extensions

In the event that the websites that are blocked by your institute or office are dynamic in nature, such as Facebook or YouTube, then you should give these extensions a try.

6. Redirection with Short URL service

Sometimes, the URL you intend to browse might be banned, but converting it to another web address with a shorter URL may indeed help you to bypass the settings.

7. Google Cache

Search Engines like Yahoo, Google, and others cache webpages. These cached pages are normally stored in search engines themselves and may include sites that have been added to the blocked list. Clicking on the “cache” will bring one to a cached version of the page.

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8. Use VPN

VPN, or Virtual Proxy Network, allows you to connect your device to a secure connection to another network over the internet. VPN enables you to access blocked websites from your home network and puts your Internet protocol address in a land a long ways away. You can also download the software or open the sites blocked in your country.

VPN acts as a tunnel that transforms your data so that it is difficult for anyone to sniff and recognize. You will find lots of free and cheap VPN services to use and enjoy a continuous internet experience.

If you are into exploring ways to enhance your computer security, you can also go for the deadly blend of TOR and VPN. Read more here: How to Cop Adidas Yeezy Boost with Proxies and Server.

9. Change Network Proxy In Web browsers

Your college or institute might have several proxies for its network. Therefore, it’s possible that proxies are accessible in some websites while they are restricted on some. So, you can try proxy surfing to access blocked websites in your college.

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Disabling the network proxy settings in your web browsers isn’t a tough task. You just need to find the connections/network option in the settings of your web browser. There, you can select the no proxy option or use another one that provides private proxies and unrestricted browsing at your institution.

10. Employ Google Translate

Institutes or even countries sometimes don’t ban Google Translate. So, you can bypass the restriction by converting the blocked website into various other languages that you may know. Try Google Translate and see for yourself. This is yet another simple way to access blocked websites. You can even use Microsoft’s Bing translation service to unblock a banned website.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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