Your "Internet service provider" (ISP) issues you an "Internet protocol" (IP) address, which identifies you to websites you visit. Your IP is a string of numbers, encoded in which is the name of your ISP, as well as your geographical location. A "proxy" is a secondary IP you can assume for a number of reasons. In some instances, such as to block access to certain websites, your ISP can apply a proxy to your usual IP. Interestingly, the easiest method of bypassing this proxy is by using another proxy--specifically, a web-based proxy you can access online and for free.
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- Web-based proxy (see Resources)
Visit any of the free web-based proxies listed under "Resources." All of these websites function in the same manner--to give you a temporary IP address so that you can access websites you can't using your default IP address.
Enter the names of any subsequent blocked websites you wish to visit into the web proxy's "Address" bar and not your browser's--using your browser will result in surfing using your ISP-provided proxy. Don't remove the proxy "Address" bar from your browser window until you've finished visiting sites which are ordinarily blocked.
Tips and warnings
- An additional important option contained under the web-proxy's "Address" field are the options which involve "cookies," specifically the "Accept Cookies" and "Session Cookies" options. As "cookies" are the functionality your browser uses to input and save passwords into websites, it's essential to enable your proxy to handle them prior to accessing any website that requires you to login. Simply check the boxes next to each option to enable them.
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