Although there are now countless ways to bypass internet filters, one of the most prevalent techniques for getting around internet filters that many kids employ at school or at home is the use of free proxies that bypass internet filters.
Using a proxy is a very simple method for accessing blocked content, and unfortunately, it usually works. There are three basic kinds of proxies that most users choose: proxy websites, proxy servers, and proxy software.
Proxy software is a program that you download to your computer, and it works by masking your real, valid IP addresses and creating false (or proxy) IP addresses through which you can access the internet. Gaining access this way not only bypasses any internet filters, but also conceals your internet identity and IP address from websites or other users. Proxy software is very easy to install and uninstall, and many of these programs have cloaking systems built in so that you cannot tell if it has been used on your computer.
Proxy websites work differently from software programs, in that they act as a portal. When the user accesses the proxy website, this website becomes a door to the rest of the internet. The internet filter doesn’t block content accessed through the proxy website because it cannot see it – it only sees that the user is viewing the proxy website.
However, some internet filters have found this out, and now place specific blocks on known proxy sites. This causes many proxy websites to “go bad,” meaning they cease to exist or function in the way they are supposed to, but unfortunately, it is very easy for the owners of these sites to simply register another domain name, transfer their files, and set up shop at a new address.
Proxy servers tend to act more like proxy websites. It is the same general “doorway” idea, but proxy servers that are being used to bypass internet filters are often harder for internet filters to detect, and to block, simply because most websites – even acceptable ones – are stored on proxy servers. Any website that is not stored and maintained on a company’s or individual’s own computer network (a tech intensive and usually expensive way to run or manage a website), is stored on a web host’s server, which is another way of saying – a proxy server.
Fortunately, though, some internet filtering services – like Clean Internet – have caught on to the whole free proxy idea, and are taking steps to combat this. Clean Internet, in particular, has found a rather unique way to block proxies, by acting as a proxy server themselves. Their internet filtering service redirects your computer through their server, which blocks unwanted content (including proxy websites or downloadable software). And because you are already accessing the internet through a proxy server, you can’t access other proxy servers. By employing systems like this, it is to be hoped that using free proxies that bypass internet filters will soon be stopped.