How To Access Blocked Sites

Mehrdad Shamsara from Iran said that all the free VPN sites were censored in the country, and asked for some other solutions to access blocked sites.

As a matter of fact, besides Mehrdad Shamsara, there are some other readers asking for more free VPNs; and besides Iran, Belarus, China, Cuba and some other countries also have internet censorship and block sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and so on.

To unblock the internet censorship and access those blocked sites for free, you can check out below ways:

How To Access Blocked Sites

I. To Access Blocked Sites Directly

For those blocked sites, you can visit them directly with some free anti-censorship tools:

1. Free online proxy websites

For online proxy websites, you don’t need to download or install anything, just open them with your computer browsers and enter the URLs of those blocked sites, which you can visit directly then.

Although online proxy websites are very easy to use, most of them display pop-up ads when you are opening a site.

2. Free proxy softwares

For proxy softwares, you need to download and / or even install them in your computer.

Most of those proxy softwares are free without any ads, and have larger traffic limit than online proxy websites.

3. Free VPN services

Proxy softwares are only workable for those applications (such as browsers) you want to use to unblock the censorship, and VPN services will workable for all the programs run in your computer.

Some VPN services ( such as these 5 ) require download and installation, while some others ( such as these 3 ) don’t.

Besides the above three kinds of anti-censorship tools, you can also use SSH services, but most of which are not free, and I haven’t found any excellent free ones, so this way will be excluded here.

Among all the above free anti-censorship tools, it’s hard to say which one is the best, since all of them may be blocked some day, you need to test and find out which one is workable for you best.

If all the above anti-censorship tools or their websites are blocked, then how to get access to blocked sites directly? You can search Google and find some other ones, or you can use below indirect ways:

II. To Access Blocked Sites Indirectly

Instead to enter the URLs in your browser address bar, you can get access to blocked sites indirectly with below three tools for free:

1. Google Cache

Web cache is a snapshot of a page, you can visit the cache of the blocked sites if them will display in Google search result pages.

You just need to search the sites or their URLs, then click the “Cached” link on the result page.

2. Google Translate

With Google Translate, you just need type the URL of the blocked site, and select a language, then you can view the blocked site in the translated language.

And you can also read the original language on the same translation result page.

3. RSS Reader

Most of the sites offer RSS feeds now, which you can subscribe and read them with your RSS Reader ( Such as Google Reader).

For those sites without RSS Feed supports, you can generate RSS Feeds for them with Page2RSS, and then subscribe with your RSS Reader.

All blocked sites can be unblocked with the above methods, but if you have any other ways to access blocked sites, share with us by leaving a comment. And if this site or any of its page is blocked, do you know how to get access to it? 🙂

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21 Comments

  1. Henry
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    My office has Linux/Ubuntu with OpenDNS.

    Pls. suggest some step by step tips to access blocked sites.

    Thanks

  2. Young
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    @Henry Sorry, all the ways I have used to access blocked sites are mentioned in the post, and I haven’t used Ubuntu, for which no particular tips yet.

  3. Amin
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    hi ; thank you for your sugestins.
    i’m from iran.
    unfortuntly the websites and services that you sugested is completely bloked in iran.
    i use most of them but now they are not working.
    in iran you have to change your methods to connect the net every week.
    by the way thank you for tips.
    enjoy your freedom !!
    and i hope one they there isn’t any censorship in any country.
    we battle for peace and freedom.

  4. roshanak
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I am agree with Amin.
    please help us

    thanks

  5. Shayan
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi , i’m from iran too,i have CCNP , they got Layer 7 filtering , they filter url ! i mean if you wanna use Google Cache Or Translate your URL string is passing through a LAYER 7 Firewall , there’s no way unless encrypt your URL from your Machine to a server , best service i know it’s working well is SSTP VPN

  6. Young
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    @Shayan Yes, the Google Cache and Translate are not workable for some blocked sites sometime in China too, thanks for your suggestion.

  7. naser
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Hi shayan im from iran too. how can i get SSTP VPN ? these days filtering got very high !!!

  8. Young
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    @naser I am not sure if Shayan will answer your question, but you can check out these five free VPN: http://freenuts.com/free-vpn-softwares/ , which I often use in China.

  9. Caesar
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    u are d best i tested most of it and it worked,, so pls post more of this…. i would love to have u email so u can teach me more

  10. alireza
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    hi,the only way to access to blocked websites is vpn.

  11. mohammad
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    hi mr young.i have a vpn(usa+3)
    but, user name and possword is not truth
    please give me a password and user name

  12. Young
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    @mohammad I don’t the password or user name either.

  13. Pramod
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    even hotspot shield works.. 🙂

  14. sina
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    hi.
    I hope one day we have real freedom not that our government says.
    I am from iran too. please send my mail latest proxy sites. thanks alot

  15. sina
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  16. alireza
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    hi,
    so..we are totally in censorship,even to talk!
    i don’t wanna talk about this anymore,cause
    you know…!
    we had a uk site till last week,but fortunatly,
    it’s brok down too!anyway,if you have a better
    way or account,give us,thanks!!
    i hope to.. (the time is money)

  17. isiah6011
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Goodday,

    I think what works most is VPN that is dedicated to you. You can visit http://www.HowToUnblockFacebook.org. THat works reliably well anywhere with most operating systems.

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    Posted August 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

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  19. don78
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    You can always use a VPN service like http://www.sunvpn.com to get on blocked sites. It will also hide your browsing history from you ISP

  20. HowartSmith
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Hotspot Shield ( http://www.hotspotshieldvpn.com ) is the only solution that I use to access blocked sites.

  21. pratikhaya
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    I`m
    using http://www.primovpn.net right now, it`s very good,
    but I`m looking for something cheaper as I`m not a everyday VPN user. But VPN
    service much better than proxy sites

    and it is easy to use.