How to Get your Way around Website Blockers
Some network administrators block sites to control the use of the Internet. This usually happens in school and office settings where users have to be censored as to the type of websites they can access. This is done either to ensure that students are not exposed to ‘dangerous’ sites or that office workers will not have disturbed workflow.
A Good Reason
It is important that you have a good reason for getting around website blockers. Of course, it is important that young students’ Internet activity is being looked at closely. For those adults who need to surf certain sites because they need to, learning how to get around website blockers is pretty much an easy and simple task.
Accessing Blocked Sites
Once the basis is ruled out, it is time to do some work on getting around blocked websites. Just a word of caution to students: Getting around the network administrator’s censure to students’ Internet use could mean expulsion. It is easy for network experts to detect who modifies the computer. This is a risk that students should not take.
Anyway, here is a helpful step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Reboot your computer. Once it starts booting, you should press F8.
Step 2: After pressing the F8 key, you should choose to start on a Safe Mode.
Step 3: Open the “Control Panel” folder and then choose “User Accounts”.
Step 4: Create a new account by following the instructions once you double-click the “Create a New Account” icon.
Step 5: On the last screen before you are prompted to save your changes, make sure that you tick the “Computer Administrator” box.
Step 6: Restart the computer again and log in through the new account you have created. There will be a password you will be asked to access it.
Step 7: Click “Start” and after that, “Run”.
Step 8: Type: mscomfig and then select “Start Up”. In the window, you will see a tab labelled “Disable All”. Click that tab and then hit restart again.
Step 9: Log in to the main computer and you will realize that the previously blocked sites are already accessible.
Why Sites are Blocked?
Network administrators usually have good intentions in blocking access to certain websites. If you are using a school computer, this is done to protect the network and its users from potentially dangerous sites. Young children are especially in need of guidance regarding Internet use. While this cannot be done using a one-on-one method, an umbrella censorship is provided.
In office settings, some sites are blocked so as not to disturb the regular workflow. Network admin may block sites considered as time-wasters. However, sometimes there comes a need for them to get around so as to access important personal data. This is just one reason that could give judgment to such steps of getting around website blockers.
Also, when some sites are blocked, there could be problems accessing even legitimate sites as well. This is another good reason that could prompt a person to try lifting the censorship.
Aside from the how-to guideline above, there are also other ways of getting around website blockers effectively. There are very helpful tutorials offered online. Then again, be forewarned that using those guidelines must be done with caution. Modifying the network settings can get you expelled from school or fired from work.
Charlie is a free lancer writer and content builder of many Technology sites and he shares his experience regarding how to unblock websites.