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10 Useful Methods To Access Blocked Websites

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 [email protected] 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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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