How to Unblock Websites at School Step by Step

How to unblock websites at school step by step?Blocking websites has developed radically. Many countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China blocked websites that provide unbiased sources of information. For instance, China has forced Google to filter the search results for government and other purposes. However, politics is not the only reason why many websites are inaccessible.   There are many establishments such as schools, workplaces and universities that block certain websites that are not useful for them.

The most common websites blocked in offices, schools and colleges are Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Messenger, YouTube, Wattpad, LinkedIn, Blogspot, Digg and Typepad. Some schools also block sites like eBay, Bebo, Delicious and Wikipedia.

Unblock Websites at School

How to Unblock Websites at School Step by Step

Schools block certain websites for the purpose of keeping their students from surfing to the bottom and dark areas of the web. However, some of the blocked websites are unreasonable like blocking Wikipedia or National Geographic.

If you are attending school that restricts many websites, this article will help you unblock the websites that you need to access. There are many reasons why you need to unblock restricted sites and as long as you are away of the risks, here are some methods on how to unblock websites at school.

Method 1: Use Proxy Servers

Proxy Servers

If you cannot access a website because it is blocked, you can use proxy servers. These are tools that allow you to visit restricted sites.  A proxy server acts as mediators between the PC and the site you need to visit so you can continue your search or make actions. It is like having another person that lets you access restricted sites.

It is recommended to avoid using web proxies if you want to visit websites where you need to log in. For instance, using web proxy to access your Facebook account may allow someone to see your information.

Step 1: Simply look for web-based proxy sites. There are many sites that have lists of web based proxies. Web based proxies are websites that run on a proxy server. On the search engine, you can also type “web proxy list” to search for lists. Keep in mind that many of the lists are probably blocked as well so you will need to search deeper to see more lists of web proxies.

Step 2: Once you have lists of web proxy servers, choose one of proxy site from the list. The website will connect to the blocked site you have to visit. It will display the blocked website so you can read the content, search, watch or make a purchase. However, if the proxy site is also blocked, you will need to try a different proxy site from the list that you found. Some of the proxy sites given should work and allow you to access the blocked website.

Step 3: Once you find a web proxy site that works, you can enter the URL of the restricted website you wish to visit in the address field. For instance, if you need to access YouTube, enter www.youtube.com in the address field. Press Enter button or click Go.

Step 4: After entering the URL of the site you need to visit, you need to wait for the proxy server to load. Keep in mind that using proxy server is a bit slower than visiting the website directly as web proxy has to download the restricted site first before transferring the data to you.

Method 2: Cached

Cached

Search engines are using cache of the websites which are indexed by them. You can try searching restricted websites on Yahoo, Bing, or Google. Click the cached link (down arrow) next to the results then click Cached to gain access to the restricted website. For example, you need to access YouTube:

Step 1: Open Google and in the search field, type www.youtube.com (not in the address field). The search engine result page will show the results and you can see YouTube from the list.

Step 2: Beside the URL of www.youtube.com you will see an arrow. Click that arrow then select Cached.

This will allow you to open that website so you can see its content. Doing this trick lets you access any website that you want to visit whether you are in school or office.

Method 3: Translation Service

Google Translate

There are many translation services like Microsoft Translator, Yahoo Babel Fish and Google Translate. Like web proxies, translation services also collect information from the restricted website and display the results to you even if you do not directly visit the site. You can take advantage of these by asking Google Translate to translate pages to English.

Step 1: Using Google Translate, type the address of the restricted website you want to visit.

Step 2: In the first text box or “Translate from”, choose any language except the current language used by the browser.

Step 3: Ensure that the translation in the second box or “Translate to” is already a link with underline at the bottom. Click English above the box.

Step 4: Click Translate button above the second text box.

This will allow you to access the restricted website and you can navigate through the pages. If you did not receive any warning, it means that the website is safe to use even if you need to log in with your account (but not recommended).

However, if there is a message on top saying: “This page was not retrieved from its original location over a secure connection” and the Google Translate bar is visible, it means that it is not encrypted fully so hackers are able to get your information. When this happens, it is best to stop using the website especially if you need to use your account.

Method 4: Use HTTPS

HTTPS

Another easy way to unblock websites at school is by browsing websites using HTTPS. Most schools, colleges and offices block websites on the HTTP internet port 80. But port 443 is often unblocked which is the port that HTTPS use.

To perform this trick, simply add “s” after HTTP to gain access to the restricted website. For example, instead of http://www.youtube.com, add an “s” to make it https://youtube.com and this will open the website you want to visit.

However, some sites do not have HTTPS connection. You can perform the HTTPS trick for sites ike Gmail, Wikipedia, Facebook and YouTube.

Method 5: Use Portable Browser

Firefox

If you have a USB drive, you can download and install a portable web browser in it. This allows you to access blocked websites at school as you are using your own browser even if you use any computers. You can launch your portable browser directly from the USB without having to install it to the computer.

Having a portable browser also lets you change the settings of proxy connection which are commonly off at school or office. One of the most used portable browsers is Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition.

Step 1: Download Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition or your preferred portable browser.

Step 2: Connect your USB drive to your computer and make sure that it has enough space. Once the portable browser is downloaded, run the installation file. Set the location to your USB drive. Do not remove your USB and wait until the installation is finished.

Step 3: Look for a proxy server. To access restricted sites at school using your portable browser, you should use a proxy server to connect to blocked sites. Like web-based proxies in method one, this will collect the information from the restricted sites and transfer them to the portable browser. In this method, you can change the address where your browser connects.

Look for lists of proxy servers that you can use. Copy the hostname or IP address of the proxy and the port.

Step 4: You can change the settings of the proxy in your portable browser. Simply open your portable Firefox browser then click the Menu button. Click Options and select Network tab. Click Settings from the Network tab then click Manual proxy configuration. Simply enter the proxy hostname or IP address in the HTTP Proxy field. Enter the port in the Port field then click OK.

Step 5: After saving all settings in your USB drive, you can use it to unblock websites at school. Simply launch the portable browser from your USB drive while using one of the school computers then open your portable Firefox. This should be able to visit websites that are blocked by your school.

Keep in mind that free proxies from the lists that you found over the internet do not last so you will need to search proxy server again when it goes offline. It is also important to update your portable browser regularly.

It is also best not to use proxy you see online for websites where you need to use your personal account as you cannot determine who could see the data between the proxy and you.

Method 6: Google Web Light

Google Web Light

There is a way to strip down website versions so you can browse whenever you have slow internet speed or connection. Google offers Google Web Light to get rid of all javascript and CSS styling so it only displays images or texts on the website. Google Web Light is from Google server page so the software blocking websites in your school will think that you only want to visit but actually you want to watch or visit a restricted website.

Step 1: Visit the Google Web Light Page.

Step 2: Enter the URL next to the Google Web Light’s URL.

This is a good trick to unblock websites at school or office as all you need to do is to add the url of Google Web Light in the beginning to convince the server that you only want to view Google and keep the pages easier to use but you are actually visiting a blocked website.

Method 7: Virtual Private Network

Virtual Private Network

Another way to unblock websites at school is by using a virtual private network. Using this lets you secure the tunnel between your computer and the virtual private network server. Once you are connected to a VPN server, all data travels through a tunnel that third-parties are not able to monitor. This makes your online identity and IP address anonymous so you can open restricted websites at school. Virtual private networks also have better security than using proxy servers or translation services.

One of the most used virtual private networks is the AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield. It is free but you can also get the paid version to have better speed, eliminate ads and free support.

Method 8: Personal Proxy

Personal Proxy

If you do not want to get random proxies over the internet, you can make your own personal proxy. It also has higher level of security than other proxy servers and translation services.

Step 1: Download and install a proxy on your web server. Install it in your PC at home then you can connect to it even if you are in school as long as your PC is on. For Windows users, install WAMPServer and MAMP for Mac users.

Once the WAMPServer is installed, there will be an icon in your system tray. Right-click the icon and click Put Online. This will enable your server. Right click the icon again and click Localhost. The WAMPServer configuration should appear.

Step 2: Download and install PHProxy from SourceForge. Extract the folder from the .ZIP file downloaded and copy the folder to WAMP or MAMP root directory. The locations of the directory are:

  • Windows – C : \wamp\www\
  • OS X – Applications/MAMP/htdocs/

Step 3: PHProxy will be installed once you copy the folder to the correct location. Launch a web browser and go to http://localhost/phproxy/ to check if it was installed correctly.

Step 4: To access your server from your school or anywhere, you need to direct incoming traffic to your home network. First, find a private IP address of the PC running the server software.

  • Open Command Prompt and enter ipconfig. It will display the list of your IP address in your current connection. Copy your IP address.

Step 5: To connect to your server from school, you need to connect through port 80 on your home’s network router.

  • First, open your router’s configuration page and enter the router’s address in the address bar of the browser.
  • Open Port Forwarding section and make a new rule for your server’s private IP address. Ensure that the ports are set to port 80 and that both UDP traffic and TCP are on.

Step 6: When you are already in school, connect to your network’s public IP address. Open Google and enter my  ip  to display your IP address.

Step 7: Connect to your personal proxy server by entering Public IP/phproxy. For instance, the network’s public IP is 10.10.10.15, you need to enter 10.10.10.15/phproxy/ in the browser’s address bar to connect to your personal proxy server.