So you're at work or school, the library, or anywhere and you try to visit Gmail, Facebook, Myspace, Youtube or some other site only to find out that the site is blocked, and you can't access it. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get on a blocked website. No one likes to see a page like this:
I'm sure you've heard that famous saying "Where there's a will there's a way!". Well, let GeekDrop show you the way ...
First there are a few ways to try to access it. I'm going to work my way from the easiest to hardest ways.
Most firewalls, when blocking sites will block the unsecure ones (http). Sites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Gmail and Youtube are (usually by default) NOT secure sites. I'll use Facebook for example. The URL for Facebook is:
To secure it all you have to do is add "s" to the end of "http". The "s" stands for "secure". When most firewalls see the "https" they automatically assume the site is secure and let you through. So to access Facebook securely you would just use this instead:
There are many FREE ones out there, it's just kind of hit or miss finding one that your school or work doesn't know about and hasn't added to their blocked sites firewall list. Most do not require you to download anything; you simply visit their website and it'll have an area for you to type in the URL of the blocked site that you want to access, as shown below.
How does a proxy work? Well, as far as the firewall at work or school knows, you aren't accessing the blocked site, you're only accessing the proxy site, which they (hopefully) don't have blocked (yet).
Here are just a few free anonymous proxy sites, you can usually see a ton more proxy links right on their page:
Again, not all of these will always work, you may need to try a bunch of them - it depends on your school's firewall settings and how good their IT department is. Proxy sites can sometimes be slow as well, but hey, at least you can get o
VPN's are basically a "tunnel" through the internet, a private one (hence the name). These are generally not free, BUT can be very cheap. A good one that I recommend is PUREVPN. You get your own IP address and all traffic is encrypted.
To do this you need to know the site's IP address. I know, you're thinking "how am I going to get that?". Well, it's really not that hard to find out. You can do a trace on it and get it within seconds. There are a few sites that will let you trace it for free, here are a few.
Once you go to one of those sites look for the tool that will let you do a "HostName lookup" or a "Host IP lookup". Here's an example for Myspace:
You'll need to write that IP address down (as shown in the example above) and then type it into your browser. Don't worry about adding the "http" first, your browser will automatically do that for you. Just type in the numbers and dots. In the example, the current IP for myspace is 126.96.36.199, just type that in and it will load up myspace. I looked up a few for you already, and here they are, but remember that IP's can change (and often do on large sites) so if it doesn't work then you'll need to look it up again yourself.
Another way to get the IP of a site is to "ping" it. "Pinging" is a command which tells you if the connection between your computer and a particular domain is working correctly and in return it sends you the IP address.
Here's how to "ping", you'll need to go to your command prompt, here's how to get there:
(Note: for a more in-depth beginner's tutorial on the power of the Command Prompt, clicky here (The windows command window what is it how do i get to it and how do i use it?))
Here's an example, pinging myspace: ping myspace.com
It tells me the resolved myspace IP address as: 188.8.131.52
(Note: sometimes you will get more than one IP address, that's ok, many sites have multiple IP addresses. Just use any of them. If you get a "Timed Out" then there was an error trying to ping the site).
So, between these four methods you should be able to find a way into those blocked sites. If you have any more tricks or tips, we'd love to hear them!