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How to Configure Your Freedom Proxy to Open Blocked Sites

I believe freedom to access any Website is a right that every adult person owns. Though despite all the freedom, in colleges, offices and many places many sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter other social networking site and entertainment sites are blocked.

Obviously, there are ways like Proxy sites but they are not very effective. Most of the firewalls, block such proxy sites and your dream of accessing blocked sites get shattered.

I would suggest instead of searching for working proxy sites, you should try proxy software’s. Some time back, I already talked about Ultrasurf and how to configure Ultra Surf.

Now in this tutorial, I’m talking about another proxy software call Your-freedom. Like Ultrasurf, Jap, it is also popular desktop proxy software. Though it’s not light weight like Ultrasurf and not a plug and play software.

Your-freedom  requires a couple of steps before this software start giving you access to all open blocked Sites. Though one thing which I liked about Your-freedom is, it works in the worse case scenario. In my college, other proxy software gets blocked later on but Your-freedom was the only proxy software which worked.

Anyways, now let’s get the real thing started and follow the guide to your ultimate destination to freedom from Internet censorship.

How to Configure Your-Freedom

Download Your-freedom from the official site. <Link> and install it. You can download the offline installer (12MB approx) or online installer. My preference would be offline installer as it will save bandwidth.

Once you installed Your-freedom click on Start your-Freedom. On the very first screen, you need to select the language.

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Next screen would be a welcome wizard. Click on next to start with the configuration of Your-Freedom proxy software. If your internet requires you to use proxy settings to connect to the Internet, you can add proxy settings here. In my case, I’m leaving it blank as I’m directly connected to the Internet.

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If you not sure that you need proxy settings or not, click on Try to autodetect. This will find proxy settings from your browser.

Tweak your settings:

Next option is tweaking your settings. You can select your Internet provider based on your country and if your ISP is not on the list, click on None and click Next.

Tweak-Internet-settings Select Protocols to use:

Your-freedom-protocol If you are planning to use this software extensively, you can select protocols to be used. Though default options are good to start with. Here are the default protocols which are selected. Verify if your settings are same as mine and click on next.

Your freedom servers:

On the next screen, it will start searching for Your-freedom servers, and your screen will look like this.

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Here you will find all the Your-freedom servers, and according to preference, you can select the best server from your location. Select the best server (Ex: ems22.your-freedom.de with Pref 10.0 in above screenshot) and click on next.

Login access for Your-Freedom:

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Unlike other proxy servers, Your-freedom requires you to create an account to login to your server. Go to their homepage and sign up for a free account. Enter your-freedom login credential on the setting page, and you will see a screen like this:

Proxy-Your-freedom Proxy settings for Your-Freedom:

Notice the proxy settings for Your freedom. You can connect using Socks 4/5 or normal Web proxy to connect to Your freedom servers.

In your browser change your proxy settings to  127.0.0.1: 8080. I used Socks 4/5 to configure my torrent client to connect to Your-freedom server. Socks4/5 setting would be: 127.0.0.1:1080.

Click on save exit and on the main screen of your freedom, click on start connection. If you have done everything as mentioned above, you will see a screen like this:

How to Configure Your Freedom

That’s it, and now you are all ready to access the unblocked internet using this useful free software.

Do let us know which proxy software are you using to open blocked sites at your end? If you have a problem connecting to Your-freedom server or have any question regarding configuration, do let us know via comments.

How to Use UltraSurf Proxy Software to Access Blocked Website

Earlier I informed you about a proxy software call Ultrasurf which will help you to unblock any websites. Ultrasurf is a light weight software which helps you to unblock websites using proxy. Here I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how you can use Ultrasurf to unblock any website. Ultrasurf works with all the browser but by default it works with Internet explorer.

How to Use Ultrasurf?

Download and open Ultrasurf

ultrasurf-screenIf you are connected directly to Internet you will see status as Successfully connected to server.

How to Connect to Ultrasurf server behind proxy?

If you are behind proxy, you will be required to make changes in settings to connect Ultrasurf to it’s server. Specially in collages where admin offers squid or IIS proxy to connect to internet, you might need to change proxy settings.

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Click on options > Proxy setting > Manual proxy settings

and enter proxy settings which you need to enter to connect to Internet.

How to change Browser settings to connect to Internet using Ultrasurf?

If you are using Internet explorer, you will be able to connect to internet without making any changes using Ultrasurf. But if you are using Firefox or Flock browser, you need to change your proxy settings of browser to  127.0.0.1:9666  to connect to Internet.

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So far I have found Ultrasurf to be one of the best way to connect to Internet using proxy and surf all blocked websites. You can also take help of 5 best free VPN client to access all blocked websites.

Do let us know if you use Ultrasurf or any other software to access blocked websites in your campus?

How to Limit the Amount of Time Spent on a Website

Google Chrome offers many great extensions and plugins for its users which can be used to enhance their productivity online. One such chrome  extension is Stay Focused which helps web surfers improve their productivity online. Stay Focused lets users dedicate part of their working day to the websites they visit in leisure time and when the allocated time is up, the websites are blocked for the rest of the day.

For example, if a software programmer has allocated 2 hours a day for Facebook, after he uses Facebook for two hours (whether in chunks of 20-25 minutes each or a single 2 hours sitting), Facebook will be blocked on Google Chrome for the rest of the day.

Installing Stay Focused is the same as with all Chrome extensions.

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Once installed, you can access the icon to setup Stay Focused.

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Clicking the Stay Focused icon popups a dialog box which shows the time you’ve spent on the particular website in the current tab.

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You can set the time allowed per day for a website from the settings page and once you’ve set the time, whenever you visit the website the timer will automatically count down and when the countdown ends, the website will be blocked from access. The icon shows the time remaining in animation.

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As soon as the time is up, a notification comes up blocking the website and asking you to actually work.

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The settings page on stay focused lets you set the amount of time you allocate for each website, maintain blocked and allowed websites.

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A special nuclear option is also available in the settings page which will disable ALL websites on Chrome web browser after a set amount of time.

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Stay Focused is a great way to optimize the time you spend online and is a recommended extension for everyone.

Download StayFocusd for Google Chrome