?When searching the web in at school and in the office, it is frustrating that some of the popular websites that one wants to visit are blocked. Social networking and dating sites such as MySpace.com, video websites such as youtube.com and offensive websites such as those promoting pornography are often blocked. There are steps on how to unblock websites in order to make one’s browsing experience more enjoyable and productive. How Websites Are Blocked The main culprit in getting websites blocked is software already installed in one’s computer that helps the internet web browser such as Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer to adjust its settings so it can choose the websites it would allow to be accessed or to be blocked all the time. In bigger computer networks such as those found in big offices and schools, the network administrator setups a firewall which one of the functions is to filter websites being accessed and block those websites chosen by the organization. Getting a website blocked is a simple and easy task to be accomplished. Unblocking a website is another matter. It can be a hard task and sometimes impossible especially if one lacks the privileges in modifying the computer’s setup. How to Unblock Websites Despite the level of difficulty in unblocking a website, there are few tricks on how to unblock a website. A blocked website in an office or in a school can be accessed. There are ways on how to unblock a website such as disabling or changing the settings of the software that block websites and the settings of the firewall or internet web browser. How to Unblock Websites using Proxy Servers A proxy server is also known as website "anonymizer" because of its ability to let the computer user browse the web anonymously. A proxy server outwits computer filters and sometimes even the network’s firewall because of the way this site functions. A proxy server is actually a computer that does not belong to the network and is accessible through internet. It has a unique IP and can be directed via another computer. It is one way on how to unblock a website A computer user visits a proxy server site that makes it connected to it. The proxy server now is the one that accesses the blocked website. It is the proxy server that provides the computer user the blocked website’s content. The computer user now is capable of interacting with the blocked website even though the firewall or computer had blocked it. The proxy server acts as a third party where it is the one that connects to the computer and to the blocked website. Changing Computer Settings Unblock Websites If it is the computer that has installed software for blocking websites or the web browser is set to block particular web sites, the user may have the rights to change or disable the software or the blocking options of the web browser. This is one fairly easy task on how to unblock a website. If it is the web browser that’s blocking the website, look for the tools tab in the web browser and reconfigure the security tabs or options of the web browser. Also, another option is to download and install another web browser (If Microsoft Internet Explorer blocks the website, consider using Mozilla Firefox) If the computer has installed software that blocks the website, just disable the software or uninstall it from the computer.
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