We use Proxy websites and tools to surf the web anonymously and hide our I.P. address. Sometimes it is also used to bypass location or IP based filter on servers.
As you know that Proxy services changes our IP address which helps us to hide our real IP address from the websites. There are many online proxy websites are available which allow users to surf the web with some fake I.P. without charging a single penny. Only we need to go to the proxy website and enter the URL which we want to access.
But there is a nice Google Chrome proxy Extension, Hide My Ass addon which adds this proxy service to Google and Chrome and thus allows users to change their IP address anytime without going to a separate page for proxy.
How to use Hide my ass Chrome Addon
First of all dowload Hide My Ass! Web Proxy to your chrome browser. After installing this extension, you will see an h icon on the tool bar and it will redirect you to the hidemyass extension settings page.
This settings page allows users to select the proxy services and servers. There are various proxy services and servers are available to choose. After selecting the options, simply save the settings.
Whenever you wich to access a website with the help of proxy, open a blank tab and click on the h icon in the toolbar. When you click on the icon, it will pop up a box which asks for the URL you want to access and click on Proxy. Your URL will open with the I.P. address from the server location you have selected.
You can also check your IP address from WhatIsMy I.P. service. First, go to the whatismyip from the normal connection and then from the proxy. You will see different IP in both cases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Select Protocols to use:
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.
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:
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 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:
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.
Website blocking is nothing new to internet world. Usually education institutes, organization, companies blocks social networking websites like Facebook, Chatroulette and many others to enhance productivity. Though, I’m strongly against internet censorship and therefore here I’m going to talk about one of the best desktop proxy software call Ultrasurf. There are many other similar software’s like Ultrasurf such as: Your-freedom, JAp and many more but I always prefer Ultra surf over anything else.
What is Ultrasurf:
As I mentioned above, Ultrasurf is a desktop proxy software which connects to proxy server and you need to tweak your browser proxy settings to connect to Ultrasurf servers. Once you are connected to their server, you can start accessing any blocked website in your organization. The interesting part about Ultrasurf is, you can carry it in your pen drive and it doesn’t require any kind of Installation. So if software installation is blocked at your work place, you need not need to worry. If your organization doesn’t allow changing your IE proxy settings, you might need to find another alternative, which we will talk in other post. I hope this give you a brief idea about what is Ultrasurf and now, lets look into setup part of this useful free desktop proxy software.
Note: It’s a Windows based application
How to use Ultrasurf?
Using Ultra surf is easy and all you need to do is download Ultrasurf from their official site. If proxy sites are blocked in your organization, you might need to download Ultra surf at your home and carry it to your office. You can use Dropbox or Google drive to quickly gain access to Ultrasurf in your office.
Once you have gained access to a copy of Ultrasurf, simply double click on u.exe and run it. It by defaults set your Internet explorer and Chrome proxy settings to use Ultra surf servers.
If you are using any alternate browsers like Firefox, Opera: You need to add following proxy settings
Once done, you will be able to access all the blocked sites in your office. This also helps in removing ISP based blocking. For example, recently in my country most of sites like Vimeo, PirateBay has been blocked and we have been getting message saying “Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders”, using Ultra surf you can get rid of such warning and access all sites including Piratebay and other torrent sites. Though I have not tried configuring uTorrent to use Ultra surf, but if you have done it, do let us know via comment.
You can also use this proxy software to hide your I.P and access websites with different I.P. If you have been in habit of using Proxy websites in your college and office, shift to Ultra surf and see the difference.
While visiting websites, one often comes across such websites which are restricted access to certain countries. For example, popular video sharing service Vimeo is not available for web surfers in Pakistan. One way to get around this access problem is, well, to change countries. However, this solution can more than often prove to be costly and time consuming. The other way around this, which is far more easier, is to change your surfing location virtually. This is possible by using web proxies which link the user to a server present in a foreign country which routes and links all their internet traffic.
Luckily, Firefox’s huge add-on library has some great tools of accomplishing this task. Blue Box Proxy is a Firefox extension which allows users to access blocked websites in their area by temporarily having their internet traffic routed via proxy servers on foreign locations.
Once the Firefox add-on for Blue Box Proxy is installed, a context menu is added to Firefox’s right-click functions which enables the user to select “Open with Blue Box”. This will open a new tab in Firefox which will then link the website to the user’s browser via an external proxy server in a country where the desired website isn’t blocked.
Upon testing, we found that Blue Box Proxy works fine for almost all major websites which are blocked for certain countries. For instance, we were able to open Vimeo using Blue Box Proxy.
Blue Box Proxy is available as a free add-on to Firefox and is compatible with almost all Firefox versions up to Firefox 4.0. It can be downloaded and installed via this link.
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.
If 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.
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.
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?
VPN ( Virtual Private Networks) service allows you to access information securely over public networks. A lot of people use it to securely access their work related email and documents on laptops and iPhones as well. Another great use of VPN is ability to access restricted content. For example, you can use Pandora from outside US by using VPN. This tutorial shows you how to configure your iPhone to use a VPN Server.
We will use the example of HotSpot Shield which is our favorite VPN server and it’s free too. You’ll remember how we used this server earlier to use Google Voice from outside US.
Here are the steps to configure VPN on your iPhone:
Firstly, turn Wi-fi Off. Now Go to Settings > General > Network > VPN and choose Add VPN Configuration. Select the IPSec Tab and fill the following details:
Account: Get it here
Password: Get it here
Use Certificate: OFF
Group Name: hss
You’re done now. Hit the save button and turn on Wi-fi now.
To activate the VPN go to Settings > VPN > Click on On button. The status will change to Connected in a few seconds and a VPN icon will appear in the status bar of the iPhone. It’s that simple, really.
Switch it off whenever you don’t require the VPN as it does seem to slow down the network speed a bit. Moreover, there are many apps like Hulu, which are not available in countries outside U.S, by using an U.S. based iPhone VPN, you can take advantage of service like HULU or Netflix. Let us know which are your favorite VPN Servers or check out our list of five free VPN Servers apart from HotSpot Shield.
This tutorial is for people who earlier got tired like me in search of Google dialpad to make Google voice call.Earlier we shared tutorial to get free US based phone number and use Google Voice in any country outside US including India. Not all users need incoming call or SMS facility in Google Voice and instead only make free outgoing calls to US/Canada. So, here’s a very simple method which will allow you to make outgoing calls using Google Voice. Easiest hack ever.
Google voice is one free service from Google which will let you make free voice call in U.S.A. This service is currently available only in U.S.A. In this tutorial I will be sharing how you can get Google Voice account and number if you are in any other country including India.
If you will try to open Google Voice website from any other country apart from U.S.A you will be prompted with message that Google Voice is not available in your country. To get rid of this issue, you need to use a U.S based proxy. You can either take help of any of these free VPN service ( Do check which VPN service offer U.S based IP) or you can use proxy software like HotSopt hotshield and Ultrasurf.
Install Ultrasurf and Hotshield. Start Hotshield and after that Ultrasurf.
Google Voice Account:
Now you are on a U.S based proxy site and you can access Google Voice website. <Link>. Now use your Gmail account to login to your Google voice account and follow the steps mentioned to get a Google Voice account for yourself.
Select Google Voice Number:
First step is to select a Google voice number for yourself, which you can do by adding a word or your desired number. Follow screenshots:
Set Pin number for Google Voice account:
Next step is to set a PIN for your voice account so that you can use voicemail feature of Google Voice account.
Add a forwarding phone:
In this step you need to add your incoming U.S mobile number which we already got using my previous tutorial. That number will also be used to verify your Google voice account, so make sure you enter the number which you have and keep your softphone open, as you will be receiving a call on your phone to verify.
Verify your Phone:
Now on the next screen you will see a code and link to call on your phone. Click on the link and you will be receiving a phone on your softphone. You need to type that code after accepting the code and instantly your Google voice account will be activated.
That’s it and now you can make free phone call to U.S.A and receive call from U.S.A for free using your Google voice account.
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