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Bypassing Online Censors

The internet is a great source of information for all. However, some countries and corporations restrict access to the web, limiting the amount of information you can obtain. Such restrictions are placed to prevent employees from misusing the web or to force the people of a country to stay away from content which the government thinks is not suitable for them. Various organizations which fight online censorship, especially the ones which are imposed by governments, have come up in the past few years. These organizations educate people about how online censorship works and the different methods that can be used to bypass it. Here are some of these methods.

Using IP address instead of the URL

The effectiveness of this method depends upon the type of online censorship being used. Sometimes, the links to the sites which are blocked are stored in a list. The list usually contains the URLs only. So instead, if you enter the IP address of the site in the URL bar, you might get access to the site. You can get are several sites that provide you with the IP details of websites. Otherwise, you can use the command ‘ping’ followed by the domain name in your computer’s command prompt or terminal to get the IP address for a particular site.

Another method which might work in this situation is shortening of the URL. If the sites are blocked on the basis of the URLs, then you can easily bypass the restrictions by shortening the URL. Thanks to the character limitation on Twitter, there are many such sites you can rely on today.

Using search engine cache pages

When you perform a search on Google or Yahoo, you will find a link stating ‘cached’ beneath certain results. These links are for the cached web pages for the particular site and are stored in the search engine itself. When you click on this link, you will get the cached version of the page which might not be up to date.

A similar option to cached pages on search engines is to use the Wayback Machine, which is an internet archive. Wayback Machine keeps a copy of almost all the web pages since the day they were started. Also, as these copies are updated regularly, using them is similar to using the live site.

Proxy surfing

Using proxy servers is perhaps the most common and one of the most effective methods of bypassing censorship on the web. Proxy servers essentially work as a bridge between you and the internet. They hide your IP and other details, allowing you to browse the web anonymously. There are different types of proxy servers which provide different levels of protection. Proxy servers are also very effective in bypassing geographical targeting practices adopted by some sites. Today, there are a lot of proxy sites on the net which can help you in bypassing local censorship. Many of these proxy sites provide you with servers from different countries, the settings for which need to be entered into your browser. People often use these sites to gain unrestricted TV coverage.

Use translation services to your advantage

Sites like Google Translate allow you to translate a web page from one language to another. Translational sites show the results on their own page, which means that you do not have to go to the actual web browser. All you need to do is to enter the URL of the page in the translation box and you will get the page which otherwise might have been blocked.

RSS feeds

If the site you want to visit has an RSS feed, then you can use a RSS reader for reading the site or can get the site content through e-mails. However, this method may not work with every site.

Internet is a vast reservoir of information and if for some reason you do not have access to it, you can opt for using the above mentioned methods.

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  1. December 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Awesome post!

    You can also enter .nyud.net after the domain name to browse via cache (CoralCDN) for free.

    But translation services and Google cache also work pretty well.

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