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If you’re on Unifi you might have noticed that some sites are blocked and it’s due to government

directives to block these sites. Now that goes against what the Government of Malaysia promised it’s stakeholders during the advent of the MsC, in which it promised to not censor the internet. If you remember, somewhere in August 2008, the government issued a similar directive to censor Malaysia Today. So what’s a average user to do to bypass these internet blocks. The blocks themselves are issued by the government and issued to all ISPs, fortunately there are a couple of ways to bypass these internet blocks which amount to censorship, and it depends on what kind of mechanism your ISP uses to block it. I’m all for a free internet and here are some ways you can bypass those blocks. So let’s focus on the simplest mechanism the ISPs use to block the internet, and that’s a DNS block. A Domain Name Server (DNS) is a server that works in a similar fashion to a phone directory– you know that big book of phone numbers the telephone company use to give out. So imagine the internet was like your phone network, and every website you wanted to call had a phone number, you may know the websites name like www.google.com or www.keithrozario.com, but in order to actually visit any website you’d need to know it’s IP address. A IP address is exactly like a phone number, in that once you have it you could just type it in an visit the website, however if you don’t have the websites IP address you’d need to look it up. A DNS would act as a phone directory, just that in a phone directory you look up a phone number based on a persons name, while in a DNS you look up an IP address based on a websites name. Your browser automatically looks up every link you click or address you type on a DNS. A DNS block which is what Unifi uses to block these websites, is simply removing the entry for a particular website from it’s DNS. What this does is exactly like removing a page from a phone directory, so that if I wanted to look up a new entry of a person I don’t know I won’t be able to find it. However, if I already knew the phone number of the person I wanted to call it’ll be useless, and in Unifis case it’s just that — useless. A simple way to bypass a DNS block is to visit a website directly by entering it’s IP address in your address bar, this is just like saving someone phone number on your contact list so you don’t have to look up the phone directory every time. Hence, for the blocked sites, it’s a simple matter of looking up the IP address of the website in question using a tool like this one from network-tools.com. Another much easier and probably safer and more secure way of bypassing the DNS block is to use another DNS altogether. In the analogy before, Unifi is trying to block your access by preventing you from looking up phone number in phone directories Unifi has provided to you. What’s to stop you from using a publicly available phone directory? Or someone elses phone directory? The answer: nothing.

The method is pretty simple. and for OpenDNS change your DNS IP to 208. A DNS block . which is a crowdsourced application that signals out phishing websites and then blocks those websites via a DNS block.8.220. You can read up more here. if you prefer Google then the DNS IP would be 8.220.So all you have to do is to configure you network connection to lookup a separate DNS rather than the one recommended by your Internet Service Provider. that changing your DNS server to OpenDNS has benefits above and beyond bypassing Unifis censorship. Now of course you’re thinking…isn’t that the reason I switched to OpenDNS? Yes and No. To a Layman what that means is that once you switch to OpenDNS.222 and your alternate DNS IP to 208.4. but what if your ISP actually has a more sophisticated blocking mechanism. This would easily by pass any DNS block your Internet service provider has set in place.67. Also OpenDNS operates a parental control DNS where it blocks access to sites marked as Adult websites.67.4.222.8. OpenDNS operates phishtank. there’s a difference between trying to un-censor the web and keeping the web safe from malware.8 and the alternate would be 8. you’ll be looking a Domain Name Server that has added protection from malicious websites since OpenDNS will actually block websites it believes are malicious. here’s a step-by-step provided for Windows Vista.8. my favorite is OpenDNS but there are others who prefer Google. At the end you should have something that looks like this: I also have to stress.

In a VPN setup. and you need to use a specific application to access the service. . IMs. the free v ersion is throttled to just 100kbps. I think that’s a pretty sweet deal. by the way. what actually happens is that you setup a connection to a private server and then use that server as a proxy for all your connections. which would take a super computer millions of years to crack. This means that as long as your Internet Service Provider doesn’t block the IP address of your VPN you can basically roam free. it utilizes a 2048 bit encryption. In short there’s a WHOLE lot of stuff your ISP can do that you probably don’t know about. and it’s called proXPN. calls. or anything else record your web history run traces to find out where you live As to how far that’s true…I think it is. some VPN providers provide 2048 bit encryption. proXPN is a fantastic free VPN service that uses end-2-end encryption to keep the baddies and your local ISP out of your business. While you may not be starting the next revolution or Arab Spring. There’s a downside however. credit cards. That being said the paid version doesn’t have throttled speed and cost just over USD9/month. or banking details intercept and spy on your email. if you prefer Google over OpenDNS you might want to read this. So how do you setup a VPN. so that your ISP can’t look at what you’re looking at. sometimes it feels a bit uncomfortable especially in Malaysia to know that your ISP could potentially be spying on your personal data. Well thankfully there’s a free version you can try. On the website. So a basic Virtual Private Network (VPN) would be the best option here. and a good VPN is a solid way to prevent that from happening.is real kiddie stuff when it comes to online censorship and there should be other means to block users from accessing content and other means for users to bypass those blocking mechanisms. Another good reason to have a VPN is that they’re usually encrypted. the company claims that: With proXPN nobody* can…      see the websites you visit hijack your passwords.