How to Unblock Websites
Websites can be blocked for a variety of reasons. Maybe you live in a country where social media and messaging services are blocked by the government? Or maybe you just want to watch the US Netflix library from abroad? Whatever your motive, we will show you why VPNs are the safest, fastest and most reliable way to unblock the web.
How to unblock websites with a VPN
Unblock sites, videos and streaming content in 3 steps
Whether you want to unblock websites while travelling or at school, on your iPhone or your laptop, simply follow these 3 steps and you will have a website unblocker for life:
- Download ZenMate’s VPN to your browser, desktop or smartphone. ZenMate works with iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, Chrome, Firefox and more. Click on ‘DOWNLOADS’ and choose the best for you.
- Once you have downloaded your site unblocker, follow the steps to create a ZenMate account.
- Now simply change your virtual location to whichever country the blocked site is available in. You will now be able to access blocked sites, streaming content and videos - no matter where you are.
How does a VPN unblock sites
Ever wondered how websites can be blocked to you based on your location? The answer to that is your IP address. Your IP address is a bit like your device’s postal address and is a unique set of numbers used to identify your computer online. The bad thing about IP addresses is that they reveal your geographical location to any website you are trying to connect with. Therefore they can be used by companies or governments to block you from accessing certain sites.
Using a VPN allows you to change your IP address; VPN providers own servers based in different global locations and are therefore able to exchange your IP address with one of theirs. All you need to do is choose an IP address from the country which you would like it to appear you are accessing the web from and you can unblock anything. At ZenMate we have hundreds of servers based in 30 different countries, including the US and UK.
Why should I use a VPN as my website unblocker?
You should be using a VPN as your website unblocker as VPNs are the only safe, reliable and fast method for unblocking websites. This is because VPNs not only exchange your IP address, but they also encrypt all of your traffic, meaning that absolutely nobody, including governments, ISPs, hackers and criminals, can see what you are doing online.
"VPNs are the only safe, reliable and fast method for unblocking websites."
As a result, VPNs aren’t only a website unblocker tool but are also a vital piece of software for anyone who doesn’t want the government or advertisers tracking their every move online. VPNs are also useful for anyone who makes regular use of public Wi-Fi networks, such as those in hotels and coffee shops. As these websites are usually very vulnerable to hacking, using a VPN ensures that you don’t have your banking details or password information stolen while using these networks.
Should I use proxy sites to unblock the web?
Many people use basic proxy websites as a quick fix when they encounter a site that is blocked to them online. However, these websites can massively undermine your online privacy and security and are often operated by cyber criminals who create a proxy server in order to gain access to anything you type online, including emails, passwords and credit card details.
To run a proxy infrastructure costs a lot of money and if a proxy site is for free then you should ask yourself how the people running the page are making a profit. If they aren’t stealing your details then there is a good chance that they are logging your data and selling this information to advertisers. Best case scenario and your proxy site will be so flooded with ads that the slow speeds make them unusable. Want to know more? Check out this article by WIRED about the dangers using online proxies.
Unblock websites with ZenMate
ZenMate is a trusted and reliable VPN service with over 35 million users worldwide. We have servers based in over 30 different locations, including the US and UK, which means that you can unblock almost any website in the world by using our VPN. ZenMate vows to never log any of our users browsing data so that that nobody, including us, will know what you are doing online. We are committed to helping to build a secure, private and free internet. If you want to be a part of it, download ZenMate now.