If you want to learn how to open blocked websites wherever you are, you have to realize that there are two basic ways. The first way will work 99% of the time. The second ‘way’ encompasses a variety of tactics that are very hit or miss. Let’s look at how to open blocked websites right now.
When you have so many news websites blocked that you don't even consider accessing sites with obscene content adventurous.
— Rehmatullah Sheikh (@Sheikh_Rehmat) August 9, 2017
The best way to open blocked websites
Most of the time, all that you are going to need to open block websites is a VPN. There are two basic ways that websites cannot be opened:
- It is being blocked by your local network, or your administrator. You can also be blocked by your ISP. Both are going to prevent websites from been opened by monitoring your traffic.
- The website is being prevented from being opened on its own, usually through geoblocking. The website is doing this by reading your IP address and determining that you are in a location which they do not want accessing it.
Both of these can be solved by a quality VPN. Let’s look at how VPNs do it:
- In the first instance, it will encrypt your traffic. Your local network, or your ISP, will not be able to see where you are going and prevent you from opening the website.
- If the website itself is blocking you due to your location, you can choose a VPN server that will allow you to access it. For example, you can choose a VPN server in England to access the BBC iPlayer.
Hey VPN will give you a chance to open blocked websites in both instances.
Indonesia 161 websites have been blocked.#APriGF2017
— Digital Rights (@DigitalRightsPK) July 29, 2017
Open blocked sites with a VPN
Using a VPN to open blocked websites is quite easy. Here are the steps to follow:
- Choose a VPN provider that has a lot of VPN servers around the world. I recommend IPVanish for its top quality, and it’s wide variety of servers.
- Download the software of the VPN provider.
- Determine if you need to connect to a particular server because of geo-blocking, or if any server will do. You may need to troubleshoot a little, but you will get it right.
- Connect to the appropriate server.
That’s it, you will now be able to open blocked sites whenever you need to. Some exceptions may apply when you’re in China, the Great Firewall of China is incredibly powerful at blocking sites.
In our school, someone blocked all the social media websites except twitter. Good job.
— Eler (@olops001) July 29, 2017
How to open blocked sites: alternative methods
These are other ways to open blocked websites, but they’re not anywhere near as foolproof as a VPN. Most of them will only works some of the time, with your ISP or local network picking up on these tactics. If you can’t afford a VPN, even one as cheap as Private Internet Access at $3.33/month, try these:
- Proxy websites: You can use a proxy website as a buffer between yourself and the website actually want and is blocked. Any smart network administrator can prevent this from working.
- Google translate: You can use Google Translate itself as a sort of proxy website. The trick is that when you translate the website it has to go into another language… Do you know another language?
- IP address: In some cases administrators simply have a list of URLs which are blocked. You can get around this by going to a site like this and finding the IP address of the website instead of the URL. If the website itself has hidden its IP address this will not work.
- HTML: This relates to website URLs being blocked, and some admins are not blocking the HTTPS version of a site. It can work, but…
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— ChickenInferno[TeEm] (@Chicken_Inferno) July 31, 2017
- Browser extensions: This will only work at the local level, but there are extensions such as ProxMate and Hola lot that you can add to your browser. This will typically only work for Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
- Internet Archive: The Internet Archive, or Wayback Machine, it is a website which stores older versions of sites. You could possibly use it to look at past versions of websites.
- RSS feed: It can be a bit difficult to learn how to open block sites using this tactic if the site doesn’t already have an RSS feed. If it does, simply add it to your RSS feed reader. If it doesn’t, you will need to learn how to set one up. Note that this is not very convenient for doing any sort of research as you have to do this in advance.
These are other ways that you can learn how to open blocked sites at school, work, or those blocked on the national level. For those which are blocked by the websites themselves, none of these will work. Geo restrictions are very real, and the only real option is a VPN provider.
Why don't Yall just download a VPN app so every website is unblocked?
— Donnie Darko (@colingotjokes) May 2, 2014