Website banned? Try the encrypted url to bypass it

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 24, 2007
Updated • Jun 1, 2013

There are many ways to ban a website from a network. You can ban its domain name, the IP address of the server it is hosted on, or by using on-page keyword analysis in real-time to make sure the contents on a site do not contain any blacklisted words or phrases.

Depending on the implementation, it may be easy or difficult to get passed it so that you can access the website even if it has been blocked in the network by the system administrator.Most admins ban the domain name only, meaning the address you use to access it, which is a weak way of blocking access to websites as you can use proxy servers or the site's IP address to access it nevertheless.

There are actually several ways to replace an url to access a website. I have already mentioned the possibility of using a site's IP address. Another is through the use of encryption.

The results are the same in the end provided that the browser supports it.

A fine tool that displays all variants of encrypted urls is url encryptor. Just enter the url that you want to visit and it displays all encrypted forms (and others) on its page. You can then try and access the website that is banned using those urls and you will be surprised how often this actually works. (Update: no longer available).

I think an example would be fine. Let us take for example. If myspace is banned you could use the following urls to access it anyway.

Another method that could work would be to access instead of, or This can be the case if the admin blocked only the domain with www. or without, or if the https version has not been blocked but is made available.

Update: The website itself is no longer available. Try the url encryption script instead which encrypts the url as well. Note that it may not work as well as using the IP address or a proxy server though because modern web browsers tend to load the correct address right away which may be blocked by the firewall or security software.


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  1. freedom2surf said on February 15, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Try these ssl proxies for schools.

  2. kil0-T said on November 13, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    @anonymous coward you can try my proxy website

    if you like you can join my proxy mailing list to receive fresh proxy straight to your inbox :)

  3. Gautham said on September 12, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    None work for me, waste of time..

  4. Nikhil said on September 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    hi yaron evry1 has a same story. in my college they blocked sites by using keywords. and funny thing the site is important 1 for my project work b’coz it containes the word umASS in that. now wat can i say more. even hotmail is blocked coz it contains a word HOT. can nione tell me how to hak there servers?

  5. abhay said on July 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    hi can any body tell me how to access orkut. it is banned in college ..and i can’t live without orkut.

  6. anonymous coward said on June 12, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Hm. It doesn’t work.

    the filter my school uses (fortiguard) is really good. It blocks proxy sites and when i tried to encrypt the url it blocked it anyway. it even blocks anything with the word Naruto in it.

    I’ve used some proxy servers before (like but that got blocked too. Though I have found this one page about the filtering system, and it says it “caches” things…

    -sigh- If anyone’s got a solution I’d love to hear from you. (proxy me plz at hotmail dot com)

  7. analyzing said on May 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    If the browser decrypt the domain name before sending the dns query it could not work.

    So why is it browser dependent if the encrypted domain name is sent as is to the dns ?

    Just asking myself if someone could write or modify a local dns forwarder to encrypt domain names sent to real nameservers.

  8. Lady of Dreams said on March 26, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    HI! My school blocked all proxies and any other website that is not “educational”, I tried the encryppted URL but it won’t let me get to another page even if i tried to change the next url shown. ANY other website that doesnt use proxies i could use?! I need to check my yahoo email and myspace and facebook!!! Grrrr! THANKS TO ANYONE WHO CAN HELP.
    (note: can not use proxies or anonymizers)

  9. Arcan3 said on January 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    None work for me… for some reason firefox gives me a Connection timeouts on alsmost all of them except those that are forbidden

  10. prevent installation said on January 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I would have never thought of this. That’s a great trick. Of course there’s about a quadrillion web proxies, but I’ve found most of them to be fairly buggy. Many also don’t support POST data, etc.

  11. farley and norton said on July 11, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    yea… we have expierience with lightspeed… IT SUX BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as soon as you find a proxy… it flippin blocks it….. i understand your pain. i just read about a great idea though… download a proxy program onto a USB flash drive, at home, and run it on the schools computers through the flash drive. or…. download a program that lets you “use” your home comp at school….. it’s like a window…. but so much better. has one…. not sure if it’s free though….. but it will have info on the name of that type of program….

  12. Waqas said on July 3, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    brilliant, is there any way to access as it’s banned here. I’ve used some anonymous proxy websites. they accessed the website, but it won’t load the video. at the place of video. it just stops and Loadin, Loadin and Loadin … I’ve waited a lot but it resulted in nothing.

    so, can anybody tell me any way through.

  13. anonymous person said on July 2, 2007 at 4:43 am

    to kugyo, you can allso try a proxy that is a secure site (it will have https:// instead of http:// in the url, 1 in example is {} and another that might work is, the-cloak will let you choose https(secure) surfing and other options about java and cookies

  14. martin ireland said on April 24, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    try this site. see if works for the school. try to use encryting in the proxy website.
    could you let me know if it works for that system

  15. Kugyo said on April 3, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    My school is using this new blocking system that is able to block websites by category so since all proxy sites are placed in the security.proxy category they are ALL banned, I have a list of over 700 proxys and they are all banned, can someone tell me a way around it? the sites I try to get to are blocked wether use IP or even if I encrypt it, they are useing lightspeed systems to block it

  16. raphael said on April 2, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Então porra…ninguem vai responde????????????

  17. raphael said on April 2, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Como faço p/ entrar no orkut, aqui foi bloqueado???

  18. Martin said on March 26, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    How about this then.. http://0xd8b22674/secretshowsde

    It takes some time but you can simply replace everytime by copying & pasting the links and every site will load.

  19. School Admin said on March 26, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    This wont work for any company that does website filtering correctly. For places like Myspace, almost every url on the site looks like: Where I work, we block anything that “Myspace” in the url. This means that you might be able to get to the login page but when it goes to the next page it will be blocked.

    The most any of these will do will let you get to the home page. Not any pages below them unless they use absolute url’s in their site/

  20. gnome said on March 25, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Brilliant stuff!

  21. inoxllor said on March 24, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Nice :D

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