You may have experienced website being blocked while browsing through different websites. These websites are blocked for various reasons, such as government policies, security issues, spam requests, or malicious activities.
Some websites are blocked by the firewall but can still be accessed by the users in different ways. Here are five different ways in which you can access blocked websites.
Using the IP address of the website
Some firewall works by blocking the domain name of the sites. The domain name of the website is the text that you type in your browser. When you type the domain name of the website, if it is present in the firewall’s blacklist, you cannot open the web page. Instead of typing the domain name of the site, you can type the IP address of the website directly.
This works as only the domain name are blocked, not the IP addresses. To find out the IP address of different websites, you can go to a website like IPVoid to find out the IP address of different websites.
Restarting the Modem
But there’s a catch a well, if your ISP provides a static IP address to you, the IP address will be permanent, and it won’t change even by restarting the modem.
Using proxy or VPN
Once you start proxy or VPN, it assigns a new IP address, and when a request is sent, it appears to come from the new IP address, and the page is displayed.
If the website is blocked in your geographic location, then you can connect to a VPN server of a different location and access the site.
Also read: Are free VPNs secure? Should you use them?
Using Tor Browser
Viewing the Cached version of Website
A cache is suitable for websites that are not updated frequently and don’t require you to be logged in. To view the cached version of the site, do a Google search for the site. Below the title of the website, next to URL you can find a link to the Cached version of the website. Click on the link to view the cached version.