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How to Unblock Websites Blocked by School or Work Internet Filters

Sam ChenJanuary 28, 2019

Internet filters suck. Period. Whether you’re at school trying to access a website that could potentially contain essential information for a research project you’re working on or you’re at work trying to access a how to video on YouTube, schools, workplaces and even governments are all too often way overzealous in their attempts to restrict internet access.

For those affected by ridiculous internet filters, here are a few ways to to bypass the filters to access the blocked websites.

 

Unblock Blocked Websites

1. Use HTTPS

HTTPS stands for Hyperlink Text Transport Protocol Secured. Unlike regular old HTTP, HTTPS is encrypted, so many basic content filters monitoring network traffic should not be able to view the information transmitted. As a result, these content filters can’t filter out the websites either. In order to use HTTPS, just make sure the web address is HTTPS rather than HTTP. For example, https://www.custompcreview.com. The website you’re visiting will need to support HTTPS, which luckily most of the internet does. If not, you probably shouldn’t be visiting the site anyway.

 

2. Use a Web Proxy

A web proxy is a website that acts as a proxy to access other websites for you. If the content filters at your school or place of work is blocking access to a specific list of websites, a web proxy can be an effective way of bypassing these filters as your system will be accessing the blocked site via another site so it won’t trigger the content filter. However, if the filter is also blocking all web proxies, you may be out of luck.

Some popular web proxy services include:

 

3. Use a VPN

While using HTTPS and/or using web proxies are effective for basic content filtering, stronger, more advanced internet filters will still unfortunately detect and block websites. These filters use much smarter algorithms to detect websites being accessed and as a result will require a more advanced solution to bypass as well.

The most effective method of bypassing content filters is to use a VPN. VPN services are like proxies in that your traffic is going through a VPN provider, except unlike proxies, VPNs use more powerful encryption ensuring that any traffic between your PC and the VPN provider is completely encrypted end to end. As such, as long as a connection to the VPN itself isn’t blocked, this will allow you to bypass any content filter without issue.

Some popular VPN services include:

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Sam Chen
Hardware and Technology Enthusiast. SSD Evangelist. Editor-in-Chief.
12 Comments
  • Donald Eldor
    September 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Paid VPNs are much better IMO. I let my son use my ExpressVPN subscription — works like a charm and it encrypts his network.

  • Jenna Niles
    July 2, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Thee VPNs had been blocked for me.

  • dgpidshgondg
    October 19, 2018 at 7:09 am

    all the links are blocked lmao

  • daddy
    November 28, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    they check are computers every week if u have a vpn u get suspened for a week so yea fuck

    • January 21, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      How about using the Opera web browser? It’s a web browser with a VPN built in. Unless they also suspend you for having a third party web browser…

  • Torey L.
    December 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Omg y teacher caught me using a VPN. Also all the links are blocked lmao.

  • Braxton Blake
    February 8, 2019 at 10:10 am

    How do you get a web proxy

    • February 20, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      You simply visit the website is the web proxy and type in the website you’re trying to access through the web proxy URL. The list of web proxies is in the article above.

  • Devin
    March 14, 2019 at 5:44 am

    the web proxys are blocked so

  • x v i i
    April 29, 2019 at 4:38 am

    they literally switched all our computers to chromebooks ( before this we had the windows “education” series which could browse any website ) because they found some of us using the VPNs and proxys so they couldn’t look at our history. now this chrome OS bullshit wont let anybody download the VPNs and the https doesn’t work anymore. even the simple .io games like diep.io, agar.io and slither.io don’t work anymore because they’re so “unsafe”

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