How Do I Unblock Websites?

Some websites may block you from accessing them. In other cases, other obstacles might come between your browser and the website, and likewise, block you from accessing it. How you deal with that successfully will depend on which of the aforementioned scenarios you are in. A website blocks access by restricting your Internet Protocol (IP) address, or a range of IP addresses which includes yours, and in the latter case, it is usually based upon your location. Since IP addresses can be changed either manually or automatically/dynamically, you can circumvent this obstacle by changing your IP address. Your new IP address should perhaps suggest that you are in a different location from the one you are usually in, perhaps even in a different country, if you suspect that your geographical location is the one behind the rebuffs. You may choose to change your IP just for the purposes of visiting that particular website, or if that’s a common problem that you would like to deal with once and for all, then you may choose to change the IP address on a permanent basis.

When there is an obstacle that’s coming between you and the website, then this is a different ballgame altogether. Software can be used to block certain sites which the network administrator has decided that you should not be in a position to visit. Rightly or wrongly, some education institutions, corporate organizations and even households may be wary of some sites (Such as Facebook or many adult sites) due to some internal policy that makes accessing of these websites detrimental. Content filters are used for this purpose and these filters work with a browser like Internet Explorer. It is this ‘working arrangement’ that you will need to upset in order to access whatever site that has been blocked. This can be done by disabling or somehow circumventing the software that is blocking your access. It’s not as easy as it sounds though. A few strategies to work are outlined below:

Changing your Computer Settings

This strategy may only be of use to those computers which are directly connected to the Internet and may not work if your computer is on a network linked to a firewall that is controlled by an administrator. You can change the settings on your browser by clicking on the tool tabs and reconfiguring the options. Alternatively, you can change the settings by reconfiguring the security tabs on the browsers. Another way of circumventing a browser which is blocking access is simply to download another open-source browser (like Opera or Firefox). Otherwise, for those whose computers have blocking software, the way out can be to disable the software, or delete it, or to stop it from loading when starting the computer.

Using IP Address

Many people don’t know this, but you may access a restricted website by simply typing its IP address rather than its Uniform Resource Locator (URL) on your browser, though this does not always work.

Using Proxy Servers

Proxy servers are computers outside your network and whose IP address you can use to access the site blocked from you. In this case, it is not your computer which is accessing the blocked site, but rather a third party.

Using Google.

You may reach a restricted website by searching it on Google and once you have the options, retrieve the site using Google’s cache copy of that page. The pages are copied into Google’s database and in most cases will not be restricted.

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