How to unblock websites on school computers?
Lately, I have received several emails with this query. Basically, the firewall of the office / work / school / university, is blocking access to the web to certain pages, such as Hi5, Meebo, ebuddy, Hi5, et cetera, and what they were looking for, was a way to overcome this limitation, without have to install programs.
Content: Method 1: Use Google web light Method 2: Use translation services Method 3: Enter blocked websites via the IP address. Method 4: Use a proxy to enter blocked sites Method 5: Using Google Cache to enter blocked sites
Therefore, we will see 3 different ways to try to enter. Unfortunately, I do not have access to a “blocked” internet at the moment (ahh, university, because you’re no longer there when I really need you), so it would be interesting to see comments with successes and failures with each of the methods. Success, of course, depends on how well the local firewall is configured, although in most cases, it is most likely that they can enter.
Unblock websites at school, home or office
You can use the following methods to move through content censoring. Not all methods will work in each configuration. Therefore, what is needed to treat all these and see what works for you.
Use the Google Web light
To unblock a website go to Luz Web Google and enter the URL of the restricted website and continue browsing.
Luz Web Google is designed for mobile devices with slow Internet connection, but you can also access it from your computer.
Use translation services
You can use translation services such as Google Translate, Microsoft Translator, or Yahoo Babel Fish. These translators are similar to freeing up the proxy services that are going to look for a website and shows it to you without your visiting the site directly. The trick is to ask for these services to translate the pages from English to English. For example, when visiting a restricted website the use of Microsoft Translator:
- Go to Microsoft Translator (also known as Bing Translator).
- Enter the URL of the restricted website in the box on the left side and let the translator automatically detect the language.
- Choose English to translate to, on the right and click on the Translate button .
Method 3: Enter blocked websites via the IP address.
Another popular method for unlocking a web page at school is to enter the IP address instead of the URL in the browser’s address bar. This method can quickly unblock Facebook at school or on another website. However, if the blocking software assigns the IP address to the domain name of the website, the site will still be blocked. You can ping the domain name of the website at the command prompt to find the IP address of the website.
Find the IP address of a URL
This is the most elementary and, therefore, the least likely to work.
- First, they have to open a terminal in Windows (Start / Run / and type “CMD”)
- Here, we type ping “site address”, replacing the “site address” with web URL. Example? ping www.hotmail.com . or www.hi5.com , etc
- Do you see the repeating numbers (188.8.131.52)? This is what we will need to enter the page. So now, open Internet Explorer, and write, in the address bar, the number obtained.
- If everything went well (and the firewall is not blocking this method), they will be able to see the web page without problems.
- And if you can not access the CMD from that computer, then go to a booth or home, do this method, write down the numbers, and try again when they return.
Method 4: Virtual Private Network
VPN or Virtual Private Network software acts as a tunnel below the public network that offers better anonymity than proxy websites. It encrypts the data transferred by the blocked website and offers total anonymity when accessing restricted web pages. Most VPN software are available at a price, but HotspotShield becomes a popular free alternative .
Use a proxy to enter blocked sites
Proxy servers are useful tools that act as intermediaries between the computer and the websites you visit. When you are restricted to visiting a site directly, you can ask a proxy server to visit for you. The proxy shows the blocked website, and you can start browsing normally. Since you are communicating directly with the proxy and not with the
restricted site, communication is not blocked. We have published a list of proxy servers to unblock a website.
But keep in mind that most free proxies are full of pop-ups and advertisements.
A proxy serves, in the most basic definition, as an intermediary between one site and another. That is, we enter the proxy address, and it will load the web page. Therefore, it is a useful way not only to enter blocked sites, but to navigate safely.
On this occasion, we will see two.
From the Web browser, go to one of these addresses:
In each of these sites, they will find a place where they can put the address of their favorite site they want to visit. So write the address in question, and then click on “Go”, or “Surf Now” (in the case of Backway).
With a little luck, we can enter the sites without problems.
TOR or The Onion Router is a free software that hides your identity and online activity of monitoring and analyzing traffic by separating identification and routing. Although browsing through TOR is slow, it is one of the effective methods of going through website restrictions and protecting your privacy.
Be careful with the Dark Web if you are using TOR.
DNS servers Change
Sometimes, when a website is blocked, it is because DNS servers prevent the exchange of server locations from the blocked website. In such cases, the best way to unblock a website is to change the DNS servers to OpenDNS or Google DNS. Changing the DNS to access any site can also increase your Internet speed.
Method 5: Using Google Cache to enter blocked sites
This last method does not work as well with social sites as hi5, or Facebook, but to enter sites with static content that we want to navigate (ie, nothing to interact with the site). But it is perfect for other types of sites, or even, to enter a website that is down.
What is it? Google Cache is basically a “photo” of the site that Google keeps for itself, for posterity. That is, the page is not hosted on the “natural” server, but is located on Google servers. And since no one blocks it from google, it is perfect to enter such type of pages.
So, what we do, is go to Google, and do a search for the site we want to visit.
See that link that says “cached”, or “En cache”, and click it. And ready!
They more or less give an idea of what is necessary … look for the most unknown service, and try to use it until they block it.
With the methods mentioned above, you can unblock websites as needed. As mentioned at the beginning of the article, do not have permissions to unlock. After that all the websites were blocked for their own online security and safety at school, office and home.
None of these alternatives without installation worked? Well, then, I think the best option is to talk to the boss … or if we are at school, then wait to get home, and enter all the sites without restrictions.