Recently in view of the FIFA football world cup held in Brazil, the Department of Telecom in India had blocked many websites under an copyright infringement notice filed by Sony entertainment. Due to this an all total of 219 websites were blocked by all the major internet service provider in India that includes BSNL, Airtel, MTNL and many more.
Most of the 219 websites blocked by the Department of telecom in India were file sharing networks that were used to share recorded videos of the FIFA 2014 matches and surprisingly it even included Google drive too.
For a brief period of time, all of the 219 websites and Google drive along with the entire Google docs suite of web apps were inaccessible in India. Now that FIFA 2014 is already over, you should be able to access these 219 websites in India. Unfortunately this is yet to happen.
Given the carefree nature of the Indian government and the ISP’s owned by it. Nobody cares about the problems faced by the average internet user. I have been primarily using BSNL broadband to access the internet and the internet for me seems as if its broken and half of the websites that i visit from search engines never load on my browser.
Apart from these 219 websites that were blocked recently, there were many other websites that were blocked in the past and are yet to be unblocked. Web censorship in India has been increasing rapidly in the recent years and not very far in the future it might even oppress our freedom of expression.
As the title of this article suggests, i am going to guide you through some the easiest ways by which you can access websites that are blocked by the internet service providers in India
Change the DNS Addresses
Since most websites are blocked at the DNS level, changing the DNS servers can be one of the quickest way to access blocked websites. You can change the DNS servers manually through your network adapter’s properties. But to make this process even easier you can use a free tool called DNS jumper instead.
Here’s how you can easily change the DNS server using DNS Jumper.
- Step 1: Run DNS Jumper and select an network adapter.
- Step 2: Choose a DNS server.
- Step 3: Click on Apply DNS to change the DNS servers.
That’s it, now you can restart your PC and you should be able to access websites blocked by your internet service provider. In case you are still not able to access blocked websites, check out the method.
Download: DNS Jumper
Use the Hola extension with Google Chrome
Google chrome users can install a free extension called HOLA and you will be able to access any blocked website. HOLA is essentially a VPN service and the chrome extension makes it even more easy to use. Using Hola is very simple, Just install the HOLA extension in Google Chrome from the link provided below and once installed, the extension will appear in the Chrome extension bar.
Whenever you are unable to access a blocked website, simply click on the Hola Icon and choose from any of the country specific VPN’s provided. Within a few seconds the website should be reloaded and accessible. Thats as easy as it gets to access blocked websites.
Download: HOLA unblocker for Google Chrome