Web pages can block users
Surely on many occasions we have tried to enter a web page and some Error message indicating that we cannot access. The causes, logically, can be many. It could happen that the server is simply down at that moment, that they are carrying out an update or that our browser has not loaded it correctly. The error can be from the user, but also from the page itself.
However, it could also happen that that website has blocked access to a certain user. It could even prohibit access from certain geographic locations or when using a specific operator.
This would force users to have to carry out some action, use a program and be able to skip that lock somehow. Luckily we have different methods at our disposal with which we can avoid this block and be able to access a web page normally.
How to avoid blocking a website
As we say, we have at our disposal certain services and programs that we can use in our systems and thus be able to avoid blocking a page. This is something that we can use regardless of the type of device or operating system, since blocking a website is independent.
One of the most interesting options that we can use if we have suffered a block when trying to access a web page is a VPN service. It is also something widely used today, since it allows us to encrypt the connection and avoid security problems when we connect to a public Wi-Fi or an unencrypted website.
What VPN programs do is hide our real IP address. This means that if that website has blocked a range of IPs, something that can happen sometimes by mistake, we could enter without problems. But we will also be able to enter if there is a geographical restriction, for example not being able to enter a website from a certain country.
In these cases, a VPN will be able to help us avoid blocking when trying to connect to an online service or open a web page. We can use options like Shurfshark, NordVPN or ExpressVPN, among many other options. There are both free and paid, although from RedesZone we do not recommend the first option, since in many cases our data is not well protected and we can have problems.
A similar alternative is to connect through a proxy server. Here we are also going to have a very wide range of possibilities. There are many available on the Internet, both free and paid. In this case our connection goes through an intermediary. That is, if we connect our computer or mobile to a website, it first goes through the proxy.
When going through the proxy IP address changes. Basically we arrive at the web server with the IP of that proxy, so they will never be able to know which one is our real one and, if it is blocked, we could skip the restriction.
This option is also interesting if we want to connect to a website hosted in another country. This way we can avoid possible geographical restrictions that may prevent access to certain sites. Of course, once we go we must choose correctly which service we are going to use, since the performance may be different.
We can say that DNS acts like translators. They are a fundamental piece to be able to enter any website. They are responsible for translating domain names (RedesZone, for example) into IP addresses. In this way, users do not need to memorize a large number of numbers (which would be the IP) and can simply enter by entering the name of the page.
Typically users use the DNS servers that come with the internet operator. This could be the cause that there is some type of blockade and does not allow us to enter a website. Luckily we have a wide range of possibilities to configure in our team.
To change the DNS in Windows we have to go to Start, enter Settings, access Network and Internet and click on Wi-Fi or Ethernet, the network card that we are using. Later we give to Change adapter options, click on the corresponding card and go to Properties. Then we enter Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP / IPv4) and the DNS we are using will appear there. You have to check the option to Use the following DNS server addresses and put the ones that interest us. For example we can put Google’s, which would be 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.
Use the TOR browser
The TOR browser it also allows modifying the real IP address. It is also considered one of the best browsers to maintain security when surfing the net. Therefore, if we see that when trying to enter a site we are blocked, this program may be the solution to enter.
The TOR browser is also available for mobile devices and desktop computers. It is free and has interesting functions that can be used in our day to day.
One more option to enter a web page that has us blocked is Archive.org. However, it is a very different alternative, since what we do is enter a service that shows us what a site was like at a certain time.
This platform is very popular to see old pages, see the changes that have taken place. For example, we can go in and see what RedesZone was like 10 years ago. Now, we can also go in and see a website that is blocked in a certain country, for example, but can be accessed through Archive.org.
In short, these are some of the main options to avoid blocking a website. This way we can skip the restriction in case our IP address is blocked for any reason and we cannot navigate normally. It is something that could happen at a certain time and be a major problem for our day to day.