Online social networking sites like Myspace, Hi5 and Facebook are quite popular amongst the younger generation. These sites offer features like file-sharing, instant messaging or leaving comments for the user's profile. A lot of schools and universities have blocked these websites to be accessed from their locations to restrict the students from logging in to these websites. But these websites have also proved to be beneficial in some aspects of business networking and coordinating while working on projects and socializing as a measure to relieve you from stress.
The tech-wizards came up with different solutions to this restriction. Proxy servers were created which are safe and reliable ways to bypass network filters and firewalls and let you access desired websites from blocked or restricted locations. They facilitate browsing the internet, downloading games and news, accessing online social networking websites and shopping sites, chatting, sharing videos, music and a lot more.
A simple way to unblock access to websites like Myspace is to use alternate web browsers like Opera or Mozilla Firefox. If the network filtering has been done using group policy settings for internet explorer, this is the simplest way to access the online social networking site and use of alternative browsers would enable you to access the desired websites.
Other bypassing techniques to Myspace include the use of proxy servers. A proxy server is a computer program or application which processes a client request and forwards it to other servers. When you connect to a proxy server, and try to access some information available on another server, it forwards the request on your behalf and acts as the host server. In short, it becomes your face and represents you for access to the website or information. The proxies can be used on various network services such as FTP, SOCKS and HTTPS etc, but for unblocking MySpace, the HTTP proxy service is the most successful.
Usage of these proxy servers requires a simple process to be followed. You have to sign up to be able to use these proxies. Most of these proxy websites offer services without a cost. But, some of them may ask for a small fee to for the proxy services. After signup, the user can type the desired URL (for example: www.myspace.com) on the main page and all connections and traffic to and from the destination URL is redirected via the proxy, making it look as if the traffic is evolving from the main proxy , thus bypassing the domain based URL filtering blocking system. These proxies allow users to browse through the restricted websites and view profiles, post comments, blogs and surf the sites for music.
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