Most employers and schools restrict the websites that users can access when logged on to their networked computers in order to censor content, reduce distractions and conserve bandwidth. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. are considered “social networking” sites, and, therefore, are thought to have no valid place in the workplace. Other sites like YouTube and DailyMotion consume a lot of bandwidth when customers stream their video and audio files.
However, there are times when accessing a blocked site is necessary, or not as harmful as your conservative-thinking network administrator may believe.
There are easy to use, and often free, services available that will allow users to circumvent the restrictions established by narrowly-defined work and school Internet access policies and unblock websites.
Web Proxy Servers
A proxy server is a computer that allows clients to make indirect network connections to other network computers. A client connects to the proxy server, then requests a connection or file which is available on a blocked server. Because the request from Computer A to obtain access to Computer C is routed through a third party proxy Computer B, Computer C never knows the source of the data request. Also, Computer A’s history shows no record of ever connecting to Computer C.
Web proxies work within your browser and require no additional software. They accept an outgoing request from the user and encrypt it using 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption security technology. They then retrieve the data from the blocked site. The information is forwarded back to the user after converting the hyperlinks to proxy links, which disguises the source of the data.
An added benefit of using web proxy technology is that it hides your real IP address from the outside world. This makes it more difficult for your online activity to be traced by the government and other “Big Brother” type organizations. You can unblock any website, secure your Internet connection, surf online anonymously, and protect your online identity.