How to Get Around an Internet Filter

By Ryan Kelley

Internet and web-filtering software is often used by parents, employers, schools and universities to control an Internet-use policy. Filtering software is flexible, and often can be customized by the administrator. It can filter on keywords, specific URLs or domains, or categories (such as gambling or pornography). The most typical way to get around an Internet filter is to use a proxy server.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet accessWeb browser

Step 1

Open your computer's web browser.

Step 2

Go to the Web Assimilator website (see Resources). If this link is blocked, go to the Free Web Proxies website (see Resources). The Free Web Proxies site has links to thousands of other web proxy servers that function similarly to the Web Assimilator.

Step 3

Verify the settings for the proxy server. The only recommended change is to uncheck "Remove client-side scripting (JavaScript)." You should only uncheck this box if you are going to a reputable web site such as Hotmail. If you are just browsing the web, it is more secure to leave this box checked.

Step 4

Enter the URL of the web site you want to visit into the "Web Address" field. Click the "Go" button.

Step 5

Continue browsing to other sites via the proxy server by clicking within the website, or using the proxy server "Address" area. You can change browsing options for the proxy server using the check boxes below the "Address" bar.

Tips & Warnings

  • Internet filtering software is generally installed to protect young people from sites objectionable to parents and to ensure employees and students are productive. Internet access is a privilege, so extensive use of proxy servers is not recommended and may result in disciplinary action.