Updated 20 Jun, 2013, 10:58 am IST
How to - Access the blocked web
| by Francis D'sa
Method 2: Using a proxy add-on in your browser is not a new technique. Those using Firefox might already know about the idea and probably might be using them on and off. The method is pretty easy and can be set up in around two – three minutes. Simply search for proxy add-on's from Firefox, download and install the one you want and restart Firefox.
Proxy control addons for your browser
Once it's done, just Google for available recently updated proxy server IP addresses and port numbers and feed it into the add-on. Next, you will be browsing through restricted websites via the proxy server located elsewhere in the world. There are a few proxy modules available for Opera, Chrome and Internet Explorer too, but Firefox is a working example.
Method 3: Using Google’s caching server to open up the blocked website. This method does not actually take you to the website itself, but make use of the cached files stored on the Google servers. These cache files are recently browsed data elements that others around the world might have accessed from their unblocked connections.
Using Google's cache to access the web
To use it, simply log on to the Google website, enter the words ‘Cache:’ and type in the website you need to browse. If you are lucky enough, you should get through the latest updated website with ease. Take for example, the blocked Chinese shopping website www.focalprice.com, which can be accessed using the Google cache. Even the Google translation service website helps in a lot of similar ways.
Method 4: Using an alternate DNS server is also an option A DNS server is like an index, with a list of domain names - such as YouTube.com, Google.com, Mediafire.com, Rapidshare.com, Thepiratebay.se and pretty much every other website on the Internet. When you type in a website address into your browser, your computer sends a request to the DNS server, and it tells you the IP address for that site. One of the easiest ways for ISPs to stop access to a particular site is by removing the IP address entries for the sites that need to be blocked. ISPs can choose to redirect the request to a different site or a notice page as well. There are free, fully open third-party DNS services run by organizations and other ISPs. The most popular ones are run by Google and OpenDNS. All you need to do is change your DNS server settings to theirs. The simple procedure to do so is to change the Primary and/or Secondary DNS server address that is set for your network card to a third-party DNS address. You can try some of these alternate DNS server addresses in your network settings.
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