Hey! guys today we are going to discuss the very serious topic “How to Access banned or blocked websites at your office or school“. Most of the students and office-going person will agree with me that the authority at your office or school don’t allow you to access some most wanted websites like Facebook, YouTube torrent site and in some special case, it may be some adult websites.
Google for the queries and you will get millions of results suggesting the use of VPN- A Virtual Private Network.
If you are wondering about VPN and don’t about VPN at all, don’t worry we will discuss it later.
Here I assume that most of the users are neither aware of the complexity of the setup of VPN nor do they want to install any third-party app on their computer, especially at office desktop.
So, Stick to the article and I promise in the end you will come to know about accessing any blocked website at the office without any technical or hacking skill.
“How to Access banned or blocked websites at your office or school”.
But, before we try to play with these tricks lets know how they block a specific website in office or school.
How do they Ban websites at the office or school?
Banning a website or web content is quite easy. In a typical office or School computer network setup, there is a master computer called a server. The server is responsible for all the IP filters, Web-based securities and firewalls, etc.
Any changes made by the server like a change of Wi-Fi password or updation of security consoles affect the rest of the computers connected to the network.
Sadly, A server always stays out of reach of the people at the office or school.
Now the technical team who are appointed to look after the server, are instructed to block some specific websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. A typical blocking is done by these two simple methods.
Tweaking Host file
A host file resides under system32 folder on your computer. The Local IP of your computer is 127.0.0.1. To block any specific website you have to simply edit the Host file lying under “Windows > system32 > drivers > etc” folder.
Once accessed just type your local Host IP(127.0.0.1.) and type in the name of the website. See the image below. In this example, we have illustrated the process to block Facebook.
Using firewalls to Block Websites
How do they block websites Using firewallsA firewall is a windows based security or in most cases it’s a built-in feature of your router. Like the example above you can simply block the website from accessing by mentioning the name.
What is VPN and how to use VPN to access Banned websites using VPN.
A VPN is a software-based IP(Internet Protocol) tool that keeps your IP swinging or swapping to let you access all restricted we-content over the internet. As I explained above websites are blocked for specific IP Addresses.
These VPNs keep changing your IP address randomly and you can access the blocked website.
But, Installing a VPN is not possible at your office or school because no VPN service is free to use and secondly you will have to install it on the computer.
Other Free Methods to Access banned Website at Office and School
1.Tweaking Host files to access banned website
If you are able to access your computer’s host files as explained in the above example(see image) then you are in a win-win situation.
Just ding into the host files and delete the name of the website mentioned in the Host file. Save the file and restart the browser. Hope you may be able to visit the website.
2. Use Proxy Website and open banned website
Very often, in a professional environment, employers draw certain boundaries, restricting your access to some particular websites.
At times, you need a way to access the blocked websites and in those situations, proxy websites act as a rescue method.
There are plenty of Proxy websites that let you access blocked websites. A proxy website words as a moderator between you and the server of the site.
Google for proxy websites and you will be displayed thousands of free proxy websites that let you access the banned web content.
Simply open this website and visit the website you desire by typing the address in the address bar within the website.
3. Using Google translate to access blocked website
Now Google translate is a Google service that is never banned at offices or school. And trust me you can take an advantage of it to open banned websites. just open Google Translate and type in the desired URL. Try it and see yourself. You can even use Bing Translate for the purpose.
4. Replacing URL
Most of the websites use SSL certificates to provide maximum security to visitors. You may identify them by looking at the start of the website, it’s mentioned as HTTPS://.
The letter “s“ stands for secure. Simply removing the “s” from the URL and hitting enter may sometimes help you to ditch the security and you may access the website.
5. Use RSS Feed
RSS readers are useful for getting fresh content and reading them with ease. You can grab the RSS feed of the blocked website and add it to your reader.
Just in case that website doesn’t have an RSS feed, there are some useful online services to create the feed.
6. Using IP instead of URL
Using IP instead of URL may help you to access these websites. In some cases, blocked websites are stored as IP in the form of numbers like 00.00.00.0. Now the question is how to know and where to find the IP for a specific website.
To get IP address simply go to the Command prompt by typing cmd in the run dialogue box(Press windows+R together).
Here type Ping website name and you will be displayed the IP of websites(see Image below)
Note this IP. Now, open the browser ad instead of URL, type the IP of the website you want to access.
7. Change Network Proxy In Browsers
Your college or institute might be having more than one proxy for its network. So, it happens that some websites are restricted on one proxy, but accessible in another.
So, you can give a try to proxy surfing to access blocked websites in your college.
8. Disabling the network proxy settings
Disabling the network proxy settings in our 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’s providing unrestricted browsing at your institution.
These are the top free methods to visit banned or blocked websites at your office and school. For more tech news and updates make sure to subscribe to a newsletter by providing your email address below. Most of the students and office-going person will agree with me that the authority at your office or school don’t allow you to access some most wanted websites like Facebook, YouTube torrent site and in some special case, it may be some adult websites.