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Access Blocked Websites By Email

Many companies, schools or universities love to block popular websites. A large proportion of computer users however start digging around to find ways to overcome the block instead of concentrating on work. Many make use of web proxies to access blocked websites. Proxies however come and go rapidly and get blocked very fast as well. This means that the user is spending some time of his week hunting for working proxies that will display the website that has been blocked correctly.

Rediff has announced a new product that is promising to be an alternative. It is basically an email service that can send back html emails to the user. The user initiates the process in his email client by sending a specifically crafted email to the WebinMail service which will render the requested webpage and send it back to the email account as a html email.

WebinMail states that the service is currently only working in Microsoft Outlook or Blackberry devices but it did work fine in Mozilla Thunderbird as well and might work fine in most email clients supporting html messages.

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All that needs to be done to initiate the connection is to send an email to [email protected] with an url in the subject line (e.g. www.ghacks.net)

The process is not in realtime obviously which is also the greatest flaw of it. It took a few minutes before the html email arrived in the inbox. This is excellent for viewing specific pages on a website but not the prime solution for surfing many pages of blocked websites.

The subject line can contain other parameters as well, they are:

  • google:query
  • googleimg:query
  • rediff:query

All three will perform a search for the query entered by the user and return the results in a html mail.

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Comments

  1. David Bradley said on November 28, 2008 at 11:40 am
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    This sounds a bit like the old Agora service from way back in the early 1990s where you sent a command to an email address and it went and fetched a page (or a binary in some systems) from the internet. It worked with web pages I seem to recall but was a bit sporadic. Didn’t need a particular email client though.

  2. Sonic said on November 29, 2008 at 5:17 am
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    Nice idea. Unfortunatly the company I work for uses white/blacklists to allow surfing.

    So unfortunately even my Yahoo Mail my work is block. I was able at one time to use the Mobilt Yahoo mail backdoor to get in (using a web browser), which is: m.yahoo.com

    But they soon blocked that also (even though it didn’t have the word mail in it).

    If they come up with a way around this I’d even consider paying for it.

    Thanks

  3. Sonic said on November 29, 2008 at 5:18 am
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    – – – deleted as this was a double post – – – (See the above)

  4. Rico said on November 29, 2008 at 5:39 am
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    Interesting. This also reminds me of the days i only had a Juno email account and no web access, and used email to access FTP and Gopher sites.

  5. marcelo said on November 30, 2008 at 11:49 am
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    for all of you guys, search for ultra surf.. :)

  6. phrozenone said on December 1, 2008 at 8:25 pm
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    Try Ultrasurf 9.2!!!! on a thumb drive.

  7. minhaj ahmed said on February 19, 2009 at 8:37 am
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    I WANT TO ACCESS THIS WEBSITE BECAUSE IAM IN SAUDI ARABIA HERE GOVT HAS BANNED THIS WEBSITE,EVEN THOUGH I OPEN IT I CANNOT ACCESS THIS FULLY.

  8. Lottery India said on November 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm
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    MY suggestion is only megaproxy. Try out this and get a exact results on anywhere.

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