If you have tried to browse certain websites like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo or YouTube at school or work, you may find that access to these social networking websites may be blocked. This is because your network administrator is blocking access to these sites using firewalls or web filtering software. Most social networking sites are considered to be a distraction and counter-productive, thus most organizations choose to block them.
How do you bypass these network restrictions and surf blocked websites at school or work? One easy solution is to use a web proxy. A web proxy is simply another website that acts as a gateway to connect you to the sites you want to visit. To the web filters or firewalls, it would appear as though you are visiting another website which has not been blocked.
To use a web proxy, simply visit a proxy site, enter the address of the site you want to visit into the url input form and hit return. The proxy server will fetch the page and display the proxified contents as though you are surfing the site directly.
A good network admin may also be working hard to block your access to proxy websites. Thus it may be necessary to frequently seek out new proxies that have not been blocked. If you need to find new proxies regularly, you can save the trouble by subscribing to proxy mailing lists that will email new proxies to you on a daily or weekly basis. You can easily find web proxy listing sites by doing a search on Google.