How to Unblock Websites
Unblock websites in Work, College and School
Most of our jobs or colleges have a firewall or a network administrator responsible for blocking certain search terms, social media and online shopping sites, etc..
These administrators can blacklist certain websites, once blacklisted we can no longer access the site from that network. This kind of blacklisting is implemented the Governments, Our employers, and Schools. Restricting internet access under the guise of productivity and company policy.
There are several ways you can bypass these blocks to access the restricted content while you work. Having a good VPN installed is the easiest way to bypass these blacklists, whether it’s a quick glance at your Facebook feed or a shopping spree on Amazon.
A VPN (virtual private network) is software that re-routes your Internet traffic via a remote server. In doing this the VPN hides your IP address and you become anonymous online.
You connect your device to a VPN, once connected all of your Internet traffic goes via the VPN servers before continuing to the requested website. The VPN creates a tunnel which encrypts your data before forwarding it to the destination website.
A VPN is an app that works by routing your device’s internet connection via your chosen VPN’s server instead of your internet service provider (ISP). So when your data gets communicated to the internet, it comes from the VPN rather than your computer.
To find out more about how VPNs work and how to unblock websites see our YouTube explainer here.
Who blocked the websites and why?
Websites get blocked at four levels:
1. At computer level
DNS services, such as Open DNS, provide options to block certain types of websites for different users sharing the computer.
2. At network level
Your office of college network administrator can block certain terms and websites.
3. Internet service provider
Laws recently brought in allow internet services providers to block access to certain websites from their subscribers! websites like Piratebay.
4. Governmental level
The government can say which websites you may look at and what you’re allowed to read. PrivateVPN solves all these problems, try it risk free here.
We have all been in work and seen a pop up that they blocked a certain website. I have seen websites blocked for reason “Educational” on a particular firewall. Sometimes websites get blocked solely because they contain a restricted keyword like “sport” or “shopping”.
How are websites blocked?
A geo-block is a restriction what you can access from on your physical location in the world. When you click a YouTube video and get a message saying “content restricted in your region”. or “content unavailable in your country”. Another example is the geo-blocks used by streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer. Nearly all streaming services have different sized libraries and unique content only available in specific countries. Some Netflix libraries can have thousands of extra movies and hundreds more TV shows then neighbouring countries.
These services determine your physical location by reading your devices IP address. However, when you connect to your VPN’s server you adopt the IP address of that server, and for all intents and purposes this is now your IP address.
Why can't I access certain websites?
Countries such as Iraq, Russia, China, and others aggressively target their citizens access to online content. For instance, they ban Facebook and Twitter in China besides websites like Telegram. Forceful censorship is political and used to suppress the freedom of the internet. A good VPN can easily bypass this censorship by removing your IP address, replacing it with a different IP.
Once you connect to the VPN, the Chinese internet police, the Russian blacklist and even your internet service provider can no longer monitor or restrict you. Read our Guide to the best VPN for bypassing the Great Firewall of China.
Licensing and Copyright laws
International licensing laws impose geographical restrictions in licencing terms and conditions. Therefore, you see different content in Netflix libraries around the world. Netflix may have a license to show a Harry Potter movie in the Spanish library, but not a licence to stream the same movie in Mexico.
The last reason is in my opinion is the worst reason of all, which is some companies limiting their content to save on operational costs. There might not be an adequate demand in your region for the same content or the same amount of content that you might get in the UK or US for example. Again a VPN solves this.
School & college blacklists
Often an educational campus puts a blacklist in place to reduce distraction and increase the student’s concentration. We are seeing restrictions, blacklists and filtering more and more in colleges and universities worldwide.Implemented with good intention its often a hindrance to your work.
Website administrators, moderators can issue personal bans or restrictions to a specific user. Whether we justify the bans is another matter, you may have accidentally breached the terms of service.
The ban gets carried out by blocking your IP address. Using PrivateVPN can bypass this in 2 clicks.