Guidelines To Unblock Restricted Network Resources

We’ve all been there. It’s a bore at school or at work you want to have a look on our Facebook page or view a quick YouTube video, or even two YouTube… only to discover that the sites have been blocked by your administration or your employer. It’s frustrating. It’s even a bit insulting. There are ways to get around it.

Two ways, actually. The first way is fairly easy to do: use a different browser. Many computer networks use Windows or Internet Explorer, so the administrators of the network only block websites using Internet Explorer. Perhaps you’ve got a particularly smart (or bored) administrator of your network who block Firefox also, as well as Safari for the Macintosh users There’s always the chance that by simply using an alternative browser, you’ll be able access the social networking sites you love. There are literally dozens of alternative browsers available (Netscape, Opera, Avant, and Google Chrome among some) that are available to download from sites such as or for free.

On the other hand workplaces and schools block their computers in such a way these days that the typical user isn’t allowed to install new software. There’s no reason to worry at this point… the moment you installed Windows on this machine, did they leave MSN Explorer on it? If yes, give it a a try. If you don’t… you can always try proxy servers. there’s the possibility of proxy servers.

This leads us to the second way around a blocked website proxy servers. The term “proxy server” is basically a website that displays another website. That’s it… what does that help you? Well, when you type a web address (URL) into your browser at school or work, the network checks the address entered against a list of banned URLs, such as facebook But, the URL of the proxy server’s site is most likely not blocked, so the network lets users pass their traffic through. The proxy server serves as a transfer point. Your school computer isn’t heading to Facebook. Your computer is going to another computer that is going to Facebook!

So where do you look for an online proxy server? Anywhere. There are literally hundreds of them scattered across the globe. Just search “proxy server” or “web proxy” into Google and select the one you prefer. There are websites that maintain listings of proxy servers. Actually, if you can locate one of these websites you should use it. Network administrators aren’t idiots. Proxy servers eat up an enormous amount of system resources and bandwidth and network administrators are aware of the issues. If you’re using this proxy server day in and day out you’ll soon be able to notice all the traffic going to that site, check it out, and realise it’s a proxy server, and block the website also. To avoid this, choose an alternate proxy server each time or, at a minimum you should use a different proxy server each day. Websites that maintain an extensive list of hundreds of proxy servers work to use for this. Many even have a button which allows you to select an unintentional proxy server. That will keep the network administrators in the dark!

Let me leave you with a few facts about the noblest side of proxy servers. While it’s easy for people to view proxy servers as sleazy, devious tiny devices that allow you to have a bad time and waste your company’s time, but they actually serve an crucial reason. There are many countries in the world, including China, that try to restrict the data their citizens have access to by keeping vast lists of banned URLs. Proxy servers bypass this, allowing users to learn about what’s actually happening. Certain, these countries attempt to block proxy servers as well, but they’re always one step behind. If anyone is able to set up a proxy server inside their garage, at least a hundred new servers are likely to (and do) pop up every day-and government authorities that are oppressive won’t be able to keep up with all of them.

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