Access Blocked Websites with These 4 Methods

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Authorities block access to specific websites – like social media websites – to ensure people don’t access those websites in their premises. Even governments block websites that don’t adhere to their regulations or for other violations.

If your favorite website is also blocked, then you can easily access it using different methods. Here we list four methods to access blocked website content.

Warning: The websites are blocked for a reason, and accessing blocked websites may result in a violation of rules. Please read the rules and penalties stated by the authority that blocked the website before accessing any blocked website. You will be solely responsible for any actions taken against you.

Using a Proxy website is one of the most common ways to access a blocked website. A proxy website works as a moderator that makes your web surfing anonymous using their servers. You will access the website from the Proxy servers, not your ISP’s. In exchange for this service, proxy websites put ads on your Internet surfing to make money.

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Browsing the Internet through proxy websites may also be slower compared to normal browsing, so it might not be a good idea for slower connections. There are tons of proxy websites available; a simple Google search will help find good proxy websites. Some of the good ones include ProxFree, Kproxy, Proxify and HideMyAss.

Sometimes only the URL of a specific website is blocked by the authorities, so the website can still be accessed via other means. You can use the website IP address to access the blocked website instead of its URL. This trick might not always work because either there is a chance that the website may not allow access via IP address or more than one website is hosted on the same IP address.

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To get a website’s IP address, go to Command Prompt in Windows by typing cmd in the Run (Window + R) dialog. Type:

For example, nslookup www.maketecheasier.com. You will see the IP address of the website; you can enter it in the browser search tab to access the website.

If you want to access only the content of a blocked website, then you can see its cached version. You will not be able to interact with any videos and other flash-based content, but you will see all the images and text. Google keeps cached versions of all the websites, and they can be viewed anytime, even if the website is down.

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To access a cached version, type the name of the website in “Google Search,” and you will see all the results related to it. Here at the end of the URL (in green), you will see a tiny upside down arrow. Click on it, and then click on “Cached.” The latest cached version will load.

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Authorities might have blocked the website, but most probably they will not have blocked Google Translate. So you can translate the website in Google Translate and view its content. All you have to do is enter the URL of the website in Google Translate and select the language which you can easily understand. Google Translate will provide a link that you can click on to access the translated version of the website.

Above are some handy ways to access content of any blocked website. While they do have some conditions and limitations, one of the methods should work out for you. Otherwise you can always use a VPN service like Hotspot Shield to access blocked websites.

8 comments

  1. Aren’t some organizations/companies blocking websites for a reason? Nice to see that make tech cheesier is advocating people to take security risks. In some organizations you can be fired for this type of activity. The argument “some older boys made me do it” won’t fly in front of the HR director or the police.

    • Yes, it can have really bad consequences, which is why we have clearly given a “warning” at the start of the article. To be true, the 4 methods mentioned above won’t actually let you break any kind of strong security enforced by an organization that is actually sensitive about such acts and may also negatively react.

      The goal of the article is to help average internet users to bypass basic restrictions, like websites restricted in a specific region, which can also be a good thing. For example, Youtube is restricted in some Muslim countries due to some negative religious behavior, does that mean non-Muslims in that Country should also not access Youtube? They should freely access Youtube and these 4 methods will help in such scenario.

      The worst anyone can do with these 4 methods would be a daredevil student accessing facebook (blocked) in the computer lab.

      • Well, the fact of the matter is Karrar (and finally a good one) is that Youtube and several other restricted webistes are now open in Pakistan. I using Youtube daily now without a glitch in normal mode and I have even downgraded from my VPN subscription because there is no use of it anymore. Just giving you the news if it might help anyone here. Thanks!

  2. Rather than say get off your holier than thou soapbox….. I can tell you with certainty that any real organization/company that is serious about cyber security , ten none of the 4 methods will work. If the correct appliances in place and configured properly then none of these 4 methods will bypass anything.( I just tried all 4) So if your workplace is different and one or more actually work, then there is an argument to hire better IT who can actually enforce policy set by the top brass rather than victimize a user for a “cheezy” attempt to circumvent a less than secure environment. Just my .02

    • You are right, these methods will not help you breach any strong security. (Like mentioned in my above comment) these methods are there to only help average user to access blocked websites that are not blocked by some kind super secure device/software.

  3. You can also use a service like printfriendly.com, and then type in the address you want to view.

  4. I tried to access with Proxy website but it seems to me that this process is not secure. It is better to use a paid VPN rather than these free proxy process. It can help us to protect our privacy. Also it doesn’t cost a lot. I am using “Hide-My-IP” and it costs me $2.95/month.

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