On the 17th of May 2012, The Indian Government decided to block Fire-sharing and some video streaming website along with torrent websites like The Pirate Bay and there was backlash from Anonymous, taking down, the Supreme Court website, The Indian National Congress website, Department of Telecom website, Department of Electronics and IT and a few other related website.
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The reason they came in the Anonymous line of fire was the blockage of the below websites in India.
- Kickass Torrents
Some users reported that the websites, such as PirateBay, Pastebin, etc., weren’t accessible
Block list via: MediaNama
How to Access Blocked websites by the Government of India or in General
There are several workarounds to access websites that are blocked in your country.
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Use HTTPS instead of HTTP
By using Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (https://) you can access blocked websites, All you have to do is replace the usual http://websitename.com to https://websitename.com
Use Proxy Websites
Proxy websites basically bounce your IP and access the page via their servers, so what happens is, You computer is accessing the Proxy website and that website is accessing the blocked website (which is not blocked in the country the proxy website resides) and serves it on your browser.
So it’s a browser inside a browser kind of thing.
You can google for free proxy websites and there are millions of them allowing you to access various websites from various countries. We have our Own US based Proxy website it’s called OPEN and located at open.dnetzone.in
Use Proxy Softwares
Along with the websites providing the accessibility features, there are softwares as well that enable access to the blocked websites.
You have to download these softwares and install them, this eliminates the need to go to a proxy website and you can you your own browser to access the blocked websites.
In Browser Proxy
You can go ahead and configure proxy settings in your browsers too, search for “Proxy List”, use the details in your browser configuration or settings and Voila!
Use IP instead of the URL
This one is an Old trick, it may work though, DNS, the name resolution service, converts IP address to domain name and vice-versa, some times only the Domain named is blocked, if by some means you get the IP address the website becomes accessible.
How to get IP address of the Domain name?
Go to Command Prompt in Windows or Terminal in Linux/Mac
type: ping <websitename>
eg: ping facebook.com
You will get a 12 digit number something like this 220.127.116.11, paste this in your address bar and the website might just open up.
Use Google Cache
Search Engines like Google maintain a cache copy of all the websites, so even if the domain name and the IP is blocked, the page can be served via Google Servers, Go to Google and Search for the website, once the results appear, click on a link that says “Cached” and the website will open up.
Use Google translate
Website translation services can also be used to access blocked website, say Google Translate, go to translate.google.com and type in the website that is blocked, convert it to another language and then covert it back to English or whichever language you prefer.
Retrieve Webpages via Email
Web2Email is a free service that sends websites you want to read right into your inbox. All you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the URL as subject title.
This might not work for all sites, but if the site you intended to visit provides RSS feeds, you can subscribe and read it with a RSS reader, or have it regularly send the contents to your email or a RSS Reader.
Search for VPN that virtually move you to a different country as if you were present there and accessing the website from there.
We could go on with the ways to access blocked websites, but I think we should stop here.
Let us know if you have any queries.
The DNetWorks Team