How to Access Blocked Websites
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Are you trying to access a website that’s blocked at school or work? If your network administrator (or your parents) restricted your access to a website, getting around the block might seem tricky. Fortunately, you have several options for unblocking banned websites. This wikiHow article will teach you tricks for bypassing website restrictions using a VPN, Tor, free proxies, and more!
Understand what a VPN does. VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network”. It works by routing your internet through a proxy server. This helps to hide your IP address, access blocked websites and region-locked content, and protect your privacy. A VPN can be installed on your computer or mobile device to route all internet traffic on that device, or it can be installed on your router to route your entire home network through a proxy server.
Open the VPN software and log in. After you download and install the VPN software, launch it and sign in using the username and password associated with the account you signed up for.
Activate the VPN. Once you launch the VPN software and sign in, you’ll need to activate the service. Normally, there is a toggle switch or button you can click to activate the service. This starts routing all your traffic through a proxy server.
Access blocked websites with Google Translate
It sounds an unlikely method, but it’s a simple, effective way to bypass content filters in a lot of situations. This ‘hack’ won’t work for everyone, and it won’t work for getting to websites or videos which are region-blocked. (For those, keep reading.)
First, you need to know the URL of the website you want to visit. You can Google it, then right-click on the link and choose ‘copy link address’ or similar – it will vary according to your web browser.
Now, go to translate.google.com, paste in the URL you just copied, or type the full address of the website if you know it, such as www.reddit.com. Pick a language, such as Spanish, and leave English as the language to translate to (assuming you speak English). If you speak Spanish, set the options the other way around.
Click the link on the right-hand side, and the site should load, assuming your IT admin doesn’t already know this trick and has blocked Google Translate as well. If they have, you might be out of luck.
Whether you live in a country where the majority of international websites are blocked or you simply want to watch a Netflix movie unavailable in your region, having lots of options to unblock sites feels liberating. Plus, software tools like NordVPN make the process really simple even for novice users.
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How to unblock websites at school?
The fastest and easiest way to unblock websites at school is using a proxy website. It will not only unblock the site you need, but will also make it hard to track your online activity.
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