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How can you get onto blocked websites?

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Depending on the blocked content and the blocking method used, users can access blocked websites by altering the URL, connecting through a DNS server or using a website translation server to bypass the access restriction. Users can use any of the three solutions for free.

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If the target website has a blocked URL, using another URL that loads the same website may help users access it. To do so, click on the address bar of your browser and add an S at the end of http. It should look like: https:// followed by the address of the website. This method may not work for all websites.

To use a free DNS solution to access blocked websites, right click on the network icon on your taskbar and select Open Network and Sharing Center. Click Change Adapter Settings and right click on the adapter you are using to connect to the Internet. Click Properties and double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) when the Properties window opens. Click Use the Following DNS Server Addresses to enable access to the DNS address fields, and type in 8.8.8.8 in the first field and 8.8.4.4 in the second.

The addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are free DNS addresses provided by Google. Alternatively, you can use 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 and use OpenDNS.

Users can also access blocked websites by having a website translation service translate the website. As opposed to the first two options, this method changes the written content on the website. Enter the URL of the blocked website into a translation service such as AltaVisa, BabelFish or Google and wait for the application to translate the website. These services only translate written content, so this is an easy method to access blocked graphical and audio content.

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