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HowTo Get Around Blocked Websites At School Or Work

Are you looking for a way to access blocked websites on a school or work computer? Check out these steps to access your favorite sites.

There are a few different ways to get to the sites you want to access without being blocked.

How to use a proxy:

 1. First, try a circumvention site like https://www.MouseMatrix.com/. Be sure to type https at the beginning of the URL, not 'http'. Even though this site has been widely known for months, many networks have their blocking software set up incorrectly so that sites beginning with https:// are not blocked, andhttps://www.MouseMatrix.com/ will still be accessible.

2. If that doesn't work, you can join our e-mail list where we mail out new Circumventor sites every 3 or 4 days. Of course, employees of blocking software companies have gotten on this list as well, so they add our sites to their blocked-site database as soon as we mail them out, but in most places it takes 3-4 days for the blocked-site list to be updated. So the latest one that we mail out, should usually still work.

Via Peacefire

If you have a computer with an uncensored Internet connection, you can follow these easy steps to set up your own Circumventor site. For example, if you want to get around blocking software at work, and you have a home computer with an uncensored Internet connection, you can install the Circumventor on your home computer. Then it will give you a new URL, and you can take that URL in with you to work and type it into your browser to get around the network blocking software.

However, Please Note!! You don't actually install the Circumventor on the computer that is blocked from accessing Web sites. You, or a friend of yours, has to install the Circumventor on some other machine which is not censored.

For example, if you want to get around Web blocking at work, don't install the Circumventor on your work computer. Install the Circumventor on your home computer. When the installer is done, it will give you the URL for your new Circumventor, and then you write that URL down and take it in with you to work, where you can use that URL to bypass the Web blocking there. 

How to install the Circumventor

The machine where you install the Circumventor must have a fast Internet connection (not dial-up), and it must be running Windows XP or 2000 (this includes most computers these days). Also, once you install the Circumventor on your machine, the Circumventor will only work as long as you have your machine turned on and connected to the Internet, so you should only install it on machines that are online more or less all the time.

NOTE: By installing this software, you will be joining an interconnected Web of Circumventor machines, so just as you can surf the Web via other people's machines (at sites likeStupidCensorship.com), at times other users will be surfing the Web through your machine. However, they will not have access to any files or programs on your machine.

To install:

  1. Download ActivePerl from this link and install it. It must be installed to C:\Perl (this should be the default). Accept all of the default options.
  2. Download OpenSA 2.0.2 beta from this link (FireFox users -- please right-click and pick "Save Link As") and install it. Accept all of the default options. (If you get to a screen titled "Server Information" and it doesn't have values filled in for "Network Domain", "Server Name" and "Administrator's Email Address", just fill in these boxes with made-up random values -- the Circumventor doesn't use them.)
  3. Download the circumventor-setup.exe program from this link and pick "Save" -- then once you have saved it on your computer, run the circumventor-setup.exe file that you saved.

If the circumventor-setup.exe program succeeds, it will display an "It's ready!" page at the end of the install. If it fails, it will create a file circumventor-setup-log.txt -- send that file to bennett@peacefire.org and we will try to figure out what went wrong.

Via Peacefire

If you're trying to get around blocking software that's installed on the local computer, and not on the network, use these instructions to boot from the Ubuntu Live CD. (These instructions include tips on how to tell the difference between blocking software that's installed "on the local computer" and software that's installed "on the network".)

 

How to bypass blocking software using the Ubuntu Live CD

This page describes how you can bypass blocking software on a Windows machine by rebooting the computer from a Linux CD, so that you go outside of Windows entirely. When you're done, remove the Linux CD and the computer will be in the same state that it was before.

Limitations

  • This method has only been tested to defeat blocking software on a Windows PC. It has not been tested for the Macintosh. (To get a Macintosh CD you can order one fromhttps://shipit.ubuntu.com/, but we haven't tested that, so you're on your own!)
  • This will only work if your computer has an always-on Internet connection (not dial-up).
  • This will only work to defeat blocking software that is installed on the local computer; it will not defeat blocking software that is installed on the network. For example:
    • It will work against software like CYBERsitter and Net Nanny that gets installed on your home computer.
    • It might work on a computer at a library or school -- it depends on how the blocking software is installed on that computer. Some computers are "locked down" to stop you from installing software or changing software settings, but the network connection itself is not censored; in that case, this method will work, since the locks and restrictions will not be in place if you boot from the CD. On the other hand, in some libraries and schools, the network connection itself is censored, in which case this method will not work.
    • It will not work against blocking that is done at the ISP level, such as AOL Parental Controls.
    • It will not work to defeat Internet censorship in a censored country like China or Iran.
  • Booting a computer from the CD takes about 5 minutes, so it only works if you have enough time to do that.
  • When you boot into Linux, the user interface looks significantly different from Windows, so you wouldn't want to do this where people are looking over your shoulder and might get suspicious if they notice something unusual!

Part 1: Make the CD

To make the CD, you must have a CD recording drive and a writeable CD. Follow these steps:

  1. Download ISO Recorder from this web site and install it. (Be sure to pick the right version depending on whether you have Windows XP Service Pack 1 or XP Service Pack 2. Most users have Service Pack 2. To find out what version you have, go to your Windows Desktop, right-click My Computer, and pick "Properties", and look at the "General" tab, under "System:".) The ISO Recorder software is necessary for copying an ISO image onto a CD.
  2. Download the Ubunti Live CD .iso file from http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download. (About 680 megabytes.) (Click download)
  3. Insert a recordable CD into your CD writing drive.
  4. Right-click the ISO file and pick "Copy image to CD". (That option should appear on the right-click menu if you have ISO Recorder installed.) Once the CD is burned, label it "Ubuntu Live CD".
  5. If you run into problems making the CD yourself, you can order it free by mail from https://shipit.ubuntu.com/

Part 2: Boot from the CD

To boot from the Ubuntu Live CD, insert the Ubuntu Live CD and reboot your computer.

Usually, this will boot you into Ubuntu. (When your computer detects a CD in the CD drive, it may display a message while it's starting up, like "Press ENTER to boot from the CD" -- in which case, do what it says.) You should see some text scrolling up the screen, followed by the "Ubuntu" logo instead of the usual Windows logo, and after about 5 minutes, you should see the Ubuntu desktop. Go to the "Internet" menu and pick "Firefox" to launch the Firefox browser and surf to any Web site you want.

If the computer boots into Windows, even with the CD in the drive, then your computer is currently not set to boot from the CD. To change this, you need to change some settings on your computer to make it boot from the CD drive. This is slightly advanced, and is different on almost every computer, but Kevin Daniel Allen has written a tutorial about how to do it.

Via Peacefire

So did any of these work for you? Having trouble and need some help? Let us know in the comments.

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Disclaimer

We do not support the use of these services in anyway. Use these services at your own risk and only for educational purposes. We are not to be held responsible for any misuse of these services and/or any trouble that you might get into while using these tools. Do not use these tools at schools or work that directly state for them not to be used. 

 

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Are you looking for a way to access blocked websites on a school or work computer? Check out these steps to access your favorite sites.

There are a few different ways to get to the sites you want to access without being blocked.

How to use a proxy:

 1. First, try a circumvention site like https://www.MouseMatrix.com/. Be sure to type https at the beginning of the URL, not 'http'. Even though this site has been widely known for months, many networks have their blocking software set up incorrectly so that sites beginning with https:// are not blocked, andhttps://www.MouseMatrix.com/ will still be accessible.

2. If that doesn't work, you can join our e-mail list where we mail out new Circumventor sites every 3 or 4 days. Of course, employees of blocking software companies have gotten on this list as well, so they add our sites to their blocked-site database as soon as we mail them out, but in most places it takes 3-4 days for the blocked-site list to be updated. So the latest one that we mail out, should usually still work.

Via Peacefire

If you have a computer with an uncensored Internet connection, you can follow these easy steps to set up your own Circumventor site. For example, if you want to get around blocking software at work, and you have a home computer with an uncensored Internet connection, you can install the Circumventor on your home computer. Then it will give you a new URL, and you can take that URL in with you to work and type it into your browser to get around the network blocking software.

However, Please Note!! You don't actually install the Circumventor on the computer that is blocked from accessing Web sites. You, or a friend of yours, has to install the Circumventor on some other machine which is not censored.

For example, if you want to get around Web blocking at work, don't install the Circumventor on your work computer. Install the Circumventor on your home computer. When the installer is done, it will give you the URL for your new Circumventor, and then you write that URL down and take it in with you to work, where you can use that URL to bypass the Web blocking there. 

How to install the Circumventor

The machine where you install the Circumventor must have a fast Internet connection (not dial-up), and it must be running Windows XP or 2000 (this includes most computers these days). Also, once you install the Circumventor on your machine, the Circumventor will only work as long as you have your machine turned on and connected to the Internet, so you should only install it on machines that are online more or less all the time.

NOTE: By installing this software, you will be joining an interconnected Web of Circumventor machines, so just as you can surf the Web via other people's machines (at sites likeStupidCensorship.com), at times other users will be surfing the Web through your machine. However, they will not have access to any files or programs on your machine.

To install:

  1. Download ActivePerl from this link and install it. It must be installed to C:\Perl (this should be the default). Accept all of the default options.
  2. Download OpenSA 2.0.2 beta from this link (FireFox users -- please right-click and pick "Save Link As") and install it. Accept all of the default options. (If you get to a screen titled "Server Information" and it doesn't have values filled in for "Network Domain", "Server Name" and "Administrator's Email Address", just fill in these boxes with made-up random values -- the Circumventor doesn't use them.)
  3. Download the circumventor-setup.exe program from this link and pick "Save" -- then once you have saved it on your computer, run the circumventor-setup.exe file that you saved.

If the circumventor-setup.exe program succeeds, it will display an "It's ready!" page at the end of the install. If it fails, it will create a file circumventor-setup-log.txt -- send that file to bennett@peacefire.org and we will try to figure out what went wrong.

Via Peacefire

If you're trying to get around blocking software that's installed on the local computer, and not on the network, use these instructions to boot from the Ubuntu Live CD. (These instructions include tips on how to tell the difference between blocking software that's installed "on the local computer" and software that's installed "on the network".)

 

How to bypass blocking software using the Ubuntu Live CD

This page describes how you can bypass blocking software on a Windows machine by rebooting the computer from a Linux CD, so that you go outside of Windows entirely. When you're done, remove the Linux CD and the computer will be in the same state that it was before.

Limitations

  • This method has only been tested to defeat blocking software on a Windows PC. It has not been tested for the Macintosh. (To get a Macintosh CD you can order one fromhttps://shipit.ubuntu.com/, but we haven't tested that, so you're on your own!)
  • This will only work if your computer has an always-on Internet connection (not dial-up).
  • This will only work to defeat blocking software that is installed on the local computer; it will not defeat blocking software that is installed on the network. For example:
    • It will work against software like CYBERsitter and Net Nanny that gets installed on your home computer.
    • It might work on a computer at a library or school -- it depends on how the blocking software is installed on that computer. Some computers are "locked down" to stop you from installing software or changing software settings, but the network connection itself is not censored; in that case, this method will work, since the locks and restrictions will not be in place if you boot from the CD. On the other hand, in some libraries and schools, the network connection itself is censored, in which case this method will not work.
    • It will not work against blocking that is done at the ISP level, such as AOL Parental Controls.
    • It will not work to defeat Internet censorship in a censored country like China or Iran.
  • Booting a computer from the CD takes about 5 minutes, so it only works if you have enough time to do that.
  • When you boot into Linux, the user interface looks significantly different from Windows, so you wouldn't want to do this where people are looking over your shoulder and might get suspicious if they notice something unusual!

Part 1: Make the CD

To make the CD, you must have a CD recording drive and a writeable CD. Follow these steps:

  1. Download ISO Recorder from this web site and install it. (Be sure to pick the right version depending on whether you have Windows XP Service Pack 1 or XP Service Pack 2. Most users have Service Pack 2. To find out what version you have, go to your Windows Desktop, right-click My Computer, and pick "Properties", and look at the "General" tab, under "System:".) The ISO Recorder software is necessary for copying an ISO image onto a CD.
  2. Download the Ubunti Live CD .iso file from http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download. (About 680 megabytes.) (Click download)
  3. Insert a recordable CD into your CD writing drive.
  4. Right-click the ISO file and pick "Copy image to CD". (That option should appear on the right-click menu if you have ISO Recorder installed.) Once the CD is burned, label it "Ubuntu Live CD".
  5. If you run into problems making the CD yourself, you can order it free by mail from https://shipit.ubuntu.com/

Part 2: Boot from the CD

To boot from the Ubuntu Live CD, insert the Ubuntu Live CD and reboot your computer.

Usually, this will boot you into Ubuntu. (When your computer detects a CD in the CD drive, it may display a message while it's starting up, like "Press ENTER to boot from the CD" -- in which case, do what it says.) You should see some text scrolling up the screen, followed by the "Ubuntu" logo instead of the usual Windows logo, and after about 5 minutes, you should see the Ubuntu desktop. Go to the "Internet" menu and pick "Firefox" to launch the Firefox browser and surf to any Web site you want.

If the computer boots into Windows, even with the CD in the drive, then your computer is currently not set to boot from the CD. To change this, you need to change some settings on your computer to make it boot from the CD drive. This is slightly advanced, and is different on almost every computer, but Kevin Daniel Allen has written a tutorial about how to do it.

Via Peacefire

So did any of these work for you? Having trouble and need some help? Let us know in the comments.

-----------------------

Disclaimer

We do not support the use of these services in anyway. Use these services at your own risk and only for educational purposes. We are not to be held responsible for any misuse of these services and/or any trouble that you might get into while using these tools. Do not use these tools at schools or work that directly state for them not to be used.