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Porn Ban: How to access blocked websites

In a controversial move, the Indian government has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block 857 porn websites. This has irked many netizens and a debate on the freedom of using the Internet

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In a controversial move, the Indian government has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block 857 porn websites. This has irked many netizens and a debate on the freedom of using the Internet in the country ensues. But there are ways you can access blocked websites.

There are many virtual private networks (VPNs) and proxies that anonymize your traffic. Since the blockade has been implemented by blocking URLs, these websites could resurface sooner or later under different URLs. In the meantime, we give you some simple ways you can access blocked websites:

1. Use IP Instead of URL
Typing the IP instead of the URL might work for some websites, as ISPs have only been asked to block URLs. You can get the IP address of the website online via http://get-site-ip.com/.

2. Shortening the URL
Shortening the URL using hoards of services available online might just help. It could help in bypassing the settings, as only the full URL might be blocked. It’s easy to do and worth a try.

3. Google Cache
The tech giant usually caches webpages and accessing these cached website, could get you to bypass the blocked settings as well.

4. Anonymous Surfing
As mentioned above, some sites allow you to use their proxy or domain to surf other sites anonymously. There’s anonymizer, spysurfing, proxyz, proxify and many more that are available online.

5. Use Proxy in Browsers
One of the easiest ways to hide your computer, and thus hide yourself online is to use proxies. Proxies act as a filter between you and the rest of the Web. There are innumerable websites that distribute free proxies for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Here’s how to set up a proxy for all browsers.

  • Published Date: August 3, 2015 1:51 PM IST
  • Updated Date: August 4, 2015 11:40 AM IST