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Old 08-06-2007, 09:42 AM #1
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[Guide] Use Proxies to Unblock Websites (including PbNation)

As a new member, I thought I'd do a bit to contribute to the forum by writing a little tutorial about a technology topic I'm knowledgeable on.

In a society where many people use the Internet at work and school as part of their everyday activities, it's no wonder that many corporations and education institutions block a good portion of the web. Sites blocked may be limited to adult content, but often include popular social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook as well as popular forums, including PbNation.

What is a web proxy? How do they work?
Often referred to as "proxy" or "website unblocker", a web proxy is a special sort of site that loads websites through its own servers and delivers them to your computer, which allows the web filters and firewalls responsible for website blocks to be bypassed. Simply put, they are a middle man of sorts between you and the Internet. Web proxies are a popular way of getting around website blocks.

Proxies are pretty straightforward and easy to use. Say for instance my company decided to block PbNation. If I wanted to unblock it, I would go the the Internet address of a proxy site (see below for a list of good proxies). I would then enter the URL of PbNation then click "Submit", like I would with any other web form. The proxy would then take me to what is known as a "proxified" page, which would be PbNation in its unblocked form. From there I could browse the site as I normally would, except it wouldn't be blocked. Pretty cool, huh? Proxies work with just about every website out there.

Where can I find proxies?
There are thousands of proxies on the web, but many of them just plain suck. Many are riddled with pop-ups, while others are slow as a snail. Below are a few proxies I've used in the past and recommend to friends.
Hyper Unblock
Unblockalot.com
Unblock Utopia
Total Unblock
Canada Unblock
Giga Unblock

You might notice that a few sites look kind of weird with proxies. Not all sites work perfectly with proxies, but most do. Proxies also cannot load flash video. This means sites like YouTube and MiniClip won't work with proxies. This proxy is an exception. It will unblock some flash video sites, including YouTube. It doesn't work with many of them, however.

All the proxies I try to use are blocked!
Some web filters can detect and block proxy websites. Network admins are constantly on the lookout for new proxies to block. If you find all the proxies you try are blocked, try using this website, Houston Great Books. It's a stealth proxy disguised as a ready website .

I hope this guide is of use to everyone in this forum. Your school or workplace might can block PbNation, but now you know a way to get around it!

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Old 08-06-2007, 09:45 AM #2
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:09 PM #3
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for some reason i dont think you are supposed to do threads like these. i could be wrong.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:30 PM #4
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:32 PM #5
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I vote sticky. Way to start off right!

I just use IP addresses.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:33 PM #6
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:34 PM #7
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for some reason i dont think you are supposed to do threads like these. i could be wrong.
We have threads on torrents. Why not this?
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:34 PM #8
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We have threads on torrents. Why not this?
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:35 PM #9
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Should be a sticky, but theres just too many stickies.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:14 PM #10
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i Lol'd
My point being that we have a sticky to help people DL music and programs illegally so whats wrong with a sticky on proxies?
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:16 PM #11
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Should be a sticky, but theres just too many stickies.
QFT.

I wish everyone in this thread wouldnt make a post wishing its a sticky...it just adds to the 10 other ones up top. I really think there should just be a post that says TECHNOLOGY SUB-FORUM Ultimate Sticky. under it have all the other threads in appropriate sections of the ultimate sticky.

back to the OP - Great list of proxies. I love the houstonbooks one haha
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:07 PM #12
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THERE IS AN ULTIMATE STICKY. It just never gets added to, so the forum looks like trash.

These used to not be allowed, but that was in 2004. No mods here anyways, anything goes.
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:17 PM #13
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THERE IS AN ULTIMATE STICKY. It just never gets added to, so the forum looks like trash.

These used to not be allowed, but that was in 2004. No mods here anyways, anything goes.
Oh yeah...haha...well all those other stickies should be rounded up and put into one big sticky.

i bet that wouldnt take but 30min.
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:34 PM #14
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Less.

click sticky. copy link. unstick. paste in ultimate.

no mod, no sticky, no sanity.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:04 PM #15
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I use https://treebeach.com because all other proxies at my school have been blocked. I once tried setting up my own, but it didn't work. ian underhill mebe?
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I use Ian's proxy. It works for me...
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If at all possible, use SSH tunneling as an alternative to web proxies. You don't know what they're doing with your data.
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If at all possible, use SSH tunneling as an alternative to web proxies. You don't know what they're doing with your data.
Can you please explain what that is? haha
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Old 08-06-2007, 06:17 PM #19
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I could have used this yesterday

Thanks though I will use this in the future.
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Can you please explain what that is? haha
You run an SSH server on an old machine at home, provided that it is parked on a sufficiently fast connection. Then, on the machine that you want to browse the web with, you open a connection with that SSH server using the option for dynamic ports. You set a port that will be tunneled through, and you modify your browser settings to use that port as a SOCKS proxy. Because restrictive firewalls generally don't block port 22, and because all the traffic to and from your SSH server will be encrypted, you will have a good chance at not only dodging the restrictive web filters, but also browsing the web completely unsniffable due to the encryption in place.

Web traffic will be forwarded to your machine running the SSH server before it's bounced to its intended destination, so you'll get a little bit of a bandwidth hit depending on your upload/download.
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