If you’re like me and you cannot seem to survive more than a couple hours without an Internet connection, then the dreaded â€œRestricted accessâ€ message when you visit a site is a big time bummer. When exactly does this message appear? Thatâ€™s what we will try to find out about here, while also giving you solutions on how to access such blocked websites.
Why Do Some Sites Get Blocked, Anyway?
No matter where your physical location is, there are certain websites which you are unable to access. The restrictions placed on the site actually depend on which network you are using. Here are a few instances where certain sites might give you that dreaded â€œRestricted accessâ€ message:
- If you are trying to access websites like Hulu, Netflix or Pandora from outside the United States.
Hulu is a video-on-demand site which allows subscribers and even free users to watch television shows online. A similar site is Netflix although instead of television shows, their focus is more on movies. Meanwhile, Pandora is classified as an Internet radio site which predicts the music tracks that you like listening to based on the genre that you chose. These three sites mostly cannot be accessed outside the United States. This is due largely to licensing agreement conflicts. Hulu, for example, is only available in the United States and Japan. The scope of the services of Netflix is larger than Hulu, while Pandora is only limited for US-based online users.
- Â If youâ€™re out of the country and you are trying to access websites like Facebook, YouTube and even Google.
If you’re travelling abroad and you are trying to do a Google search or accessing your Facebook account, there are instances when you will find that these sites are blocked. In mainland China, for example, Facebook is blocked because there is a separate social networking site used by the locals. In India and many other middle eastern and asian countries certain websites are also blocked by the government.
- If you are at work or browsing from a university, you will not be able to access certain sites.
College students are typically restricted from accessing social networking and other sites when using the public network at their library or university. If you’re at work, you also may not be able to access such sites because they pose a distraction from the tasks that you need to accomplish for the day. Adult sites, social networking sites and video sites are usually blocked from school and office networks.
VPN & Proxy: Two Solutions to Access Blocked Websites
Now, what are you supposed to do if you would like to access blocked websites? Fortunately, there are two solutions that will allow you to access this restricted content:
- Use a proxy.
If you would like to access blocked websites like Facebook at school or work, you need to find a workaround to access the restricted websites. A solution for this is to use a proxy. This allows you to change the IP address which appears on your system, so you can gain access to the blocked site that you wish to visit. Keep in mind that this offers no privacy protection. Your work or school will know what you are doing and you might suffer repercussions.
- Use a VPN.
Another solution for you to access blocked websites is to download a VPN and use it on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Not only does a Virtual Private Network allow you to access blocked websites, but it also protects your system from malware and monitoring your browsing habits. VPNs use a tunnel where data is encrypted so that the network is completely secure, your IP address is hidden, and any malware, logging software or viruses on the network are prevented from harming your gadget.