Friday, May 14, 2010

Unblock banned or blocked sites using proxy servers

Our institute has installed a hardware and software based packet analyzer provided by Cyberoam which ruthlessly blocks p2p based sites, or sites containing games, spyware, hacking or adult content. There are also times when it blocks harmless,normal sites which is very frustrating.Also it has blocked the famous and even lesser known cgi proxy servers. Usually all institutes and offices install some sort of network analyzer and or blocker to disallow certain websites to prevent misuse. Here I present two ways to view blocked websites or if you want anonymity while browsing.

(Please remember that both allow only basic text and image; scripts are filtered off)

Webinmail is a service by Rediff in which it sends you requested webpages via email! On testing I found it very efficient and fast. Here is what you need to do.

Compose a mail to with the subject as the webpage you need to view. Leave the body of the message empty and send the mail.

Within a few minutes you will receive a stripped down version of the requested page

Go to Rediff Webinmail

Aptivate an NGO working towards international IT development is working on a project called Loband which aims to reduce bandwidth consumption by displaying a "text and image only" version of the site. But it also serves our purpose of surfing web without any restriction.

Free web proxy servers are usually extremely slow and take a lot of time to load the requested webpages but here are two alternatives which almost replicate the functioning of a proxy server but are much faster. The only disadvantage is that dynamic webpages cannot be accessed.

Go to Aptivate's Homepage
Visit Project Loband


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