How to bypass a Firewall or Blocked Website

By Techwalla Contributor

If you're at work or at school and trying to get to your LinkedIn account (giving you the benefit of the doubt that you're still trying to conduct some sort of business) or Facebook or Myspace account and cannot access it, it's because your company or school has the site blocked by a firewall or proxy server. There are ways to get around blocked sites, do what you need to do, and get back to what you're supposed to be doing. There are legitimate reasons you need to access your Facebook account because times have changed with Social Networking and its relevance in our lives. Your employers or educators don't necessarily want or care to hear this, however, this article is for them too, because if the firewall blocks you, it's blocks them as well.Listed below are a few ways to bypass a blocked website.

Step 1

Use a site like Aplusproxy where you will be able to enter the website you are trying to access. The site is either a PHP Proxy or CGI Proxy. Once the URL is entered, minus http, you will be able to access the website. When you use any proxy site you must agree that you will not use it for illegal purposes. Check the resource links at the end of this article for proxy sites.

Step 2

Another method of getting past firewalls or blocked sites is to download free proxy software. ****, JAP, and Tor are a few but you can get a ton of free proxy information at the Web Evader website (see resource link).Using a free proxy, your IP address is masked or changed to the IP of the server that your proxy is hosted on. This gives you more protection and access past the firewall, while surfing the web anonymously.

Step 3

Get a list of a few proxy sites and from Internet Explorer go to tools - Internet Options - click the connections tab and then LAN settings. Under proxy server click the "Use a proxy server for your LAN check box and in the address box type the IP address of the proxy server. In the port box type 80 or 8080. It's not necessary to select the "bypass proxy server for local addresses" box.Once you've completed this step your browser is now configured to browse the web through a proxy server.