How to Bypass Internet Censorship

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Internet censorship is control in publishing, viewing, and accessing websites over the Internet. This affects Internet browsing capabilities on computers. This is practiced in some countries such as China, North Korea, and Cuba. There are several reasons why Internet censorship is done in these countries. One reason is because governments try to prevent citizens from accessing sites that they believe host information that may be dangerous to their citizens. Some Internet Service Providers also practice Internet censorship to protect children from accessing sensitive information. There are different methods in blocking Internet traffic. This can be done by blocking ports and URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) thru the DNS (Domain Name System) servers. Sometimes though, bits of information that may be useful to the user are blocked off, because they have a few syllables included in the keywords blocked by the provider. When this happens, it is useful to know how to bypass Internet censorship.

Materials Needed:
- Computer
- Internet connection
Step 1
Use a Non-censoring DNS (Domain Name server). If you are running a Windows Operating System (Win XP, Win Vista), go to the 'properties' of your network found in the Control Panel of your system. Look for TCP/IP Internet Protocol and go to 'Properties'. Search for different DNS addresses from other countries by searching for it over the Internet. Return to the 'Properties' menu and move the option to 'Use the following DNS server'. Enter the DNS address that you have procured. If the step does not work, continue to the next step until you have successfully accessed the website you wish to view.
Step 2
Use a non-censoring proxy server. Enter a proxy server found on your Internet connection to the website that you want to access. Send a request to the proxy server and the request from the Internet; it will then be delivered it to you.
Step 3
Use a Web proxy. Web proxies are CGI-scripts that can be accessed with the browser. The script opens a different URL (Internet address). The firewall will think that the connection is made to the server through the script.
Step 4
Use a special server. Special servers mean services other than ‘www’. These services come in the form of news groups, IM services, and FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
Step 5
For blocked websites thru email, subscribe to a free email provider that allows SSL connections (Secure Socket Layer). The account used will be the email address.
Step 6
Use a special P2P program. Download a P2P program over the Internet. Select a P2P program with a tool that contains a client and server. This feature will make it possible to download the files on the censored website.
Step 7
Use a different Internet Service Provider. It is possible to subscribe to an Internet service located in different country. This is usually a dial-up service located in nearby countries or a 2-way Internet access via satellite.
Step 8
The use of a Web-2 phone service is also possible. These are the services dialed to a normal phone. Dial the service, request the website that you want to access, and the phone operator/computer will read the content to you