How to unblock sites

Websites can be blocked at three levels: Computer level, Network level or the ISP/Governmental level. Some DNS services, such as Open DNS, too provide options to block certain types of websites for different users sharing the computer. Then, there are some software other than the built-in “Restricted Websites” in Internet Options that help in blocking a website. We’ll not be talking about how to block a website. Rather, we’ll focus on how to access a website that is restricted on your workstation by network admins and ISPs (Internet Service Provider).

Use a VPN

Your best bet is using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). You’ve probably heard a bit about them, but they’re not as complicated as they initially sound. VPNs are best known for adding a much-needed layer of security and privacy using encryption — that’s useful if you’re entering sensitive information and are worried about hackers, or, as in this case, bypassing blocks. These networks connect you to a website via an encrypted “tunnel”, which scrambles data travelling through it either way. Though it’s certainly not fool-proof, you can generally rely on this level of encryption.

Bypass Firewalls Using Proxies

Most treat VPNs and proxy servers as interchangeable, but the latter lacks the encryption software that protects a lot of your data. That’s not to say it’s useless or a massive threat to your privacy though! Quite the opposite in fact: proxies hide your Internet Provider (IP) address — which anyone can trace back to your computer — making your searches anonymous by instead displaying the proxy’s IP.

There are literally thousands of proxy sites on the web. There are also sites that list proxy servers. Do a quick search online. You’ll be bombarded with free services, and, of course, plenty of paid-for ones. The former should be acceptable if you’re just bypassing a site now and then, but if you need a proxy on a regular basis, and are looking for something more secure (and anonymous), consider whether it’s worth paying.

VPN chrome extension

Extensions can make your browser that much better. But when it’s private, secure surfing we’re talking about, there are plenty of shady addons and plugins around. You don’t have to get burnt by a sub-par, borderline-scam VPN extension. You can easily find a reliable sidekick that will keep your surfing safe and allow you to get past geoblocks — in fact, they’re right here and easily accessible. We tested the best VPN extensions for Chrome, based on several important criteria like depth, security, speed, and ease of use. In this article, you’ll find our top five picks