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How to Get to Blocked Sites from your iPod/iPhone/iPad/Android/Windows/and other smartphones/Devices
While this guide was created for apple products. The methods described arent exclusive to apple smartphones. Most if not all of the methods described should work with any smartphone. The vpn and proxy settings should be in the wireless or network settings section of your phones settings page. This should be the same for almost any smartphone.
Since I last wrote this article I actually found two more VPNs. Obviously this is my preferred method,because in my experience they work the best. So the more choices the better. Also a tip don't tell your friends about this, because words spread fast and you might find your options being cut in no time.
So you just got a new a Smart Device or you've had one for a while, but now your feeling the blues because you can't access your favorite websites from school or work. There are many ways to access blocked websites from your device. Today I will go over 4 ways I have used personally to access blocked websites from my Smart Devices. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages I will go over each.
This is the method I am sure most people are using. Finding a web proxy is easy. All you do is go to Google and search for proxy. While they are convenient and easy to use, just enter website into URL, they are constantly blocked. So even getting to one will be hard. Also if you can get access to a proxy sometimes if your school or work knows what their doing. They can still block access to websites they really don't want you getting on to. Also applications can't be used as you can only access web proxies from your web browser app. Or other apps that use the web browser. If you can access one and it works, and all you want to do is access blocked websites. At all means use this method, otherwise look at some of these ways.
If you didn't know opera uses it own proxy to route all the traffic in their devices. They route all your traffic through their own proxy and they lower file sizes so your internet speed is increased. Not only is your internet speed increased you are also able to access some blocked sites. In my experience I think this is better than then web proxies, and it's a little faster. Though like the web proxies it only works for browser traffic and not traffic from other applications. Also YouTube doesn't seem to work with the opera browse,at least from my experience. Lastly opera has some weird formating of websites at times. Some users might be able to get past this, but I find it to be weird. An advantage of opera over web proxies is you don't have to search for one that is unblocked. As long as your school hasn't blocked the opera proxy. Just install the app to your device and you're good to go.
IP Port proxies
Ip port proxies will allow you filter all your traffic on your device through a proxy. One of the best ways to find one is to go to hidemyass.com, and go to the list of ip port proxies. They have hundreds. The http or https ones should work, In my experience the https ones do a better job of unblocking websites. Just go to the connection your on. Click on the blue arrow and go to manual set proxy. Insert the numbers you saw in hidemyass in their corresponding places. Obviously an advantage of this is all your traffic is filtered so you can access blocked applications like YouTube and Facebook, and you can download new applications if your school has blocked that like mine. The disadvantage is if your school has you accepting a certificate. You have to turn of the proxy,and then turn back on later. This can be annoying at times
Setting up ip:port proxy:
So your school has blocked every ip port proxy, and you want to access the YouTube app or Facebook app. This is the best method in my opinion to do this. especially if your school has blocked proxy from working. I haven't had that much luck in finding these, especially ones that are free but I will go over 3 that I have found.
HotSpot shield I won't go over this one too much. If you can get this to work, good for you, but for the life of me can't get this to ever work. Just search for Hotspot shield and you'll find guides. Setting it up is pretty easy, but signing in never works
This is the method that I use. It's the only one that I have gotten to work, and at my school it is the method that works the best.
Setting it up is pretty simple. Just go to the itshidden website. Make an account remember and don't forget your credentials. Go to your iPod or iPhone click on network. Go down and there is something that says vpn not configured click this. FIrst make sure your on the pptp tab at the top. Now just enter vpn.itshidden.com into server. Give it any name you want does not matter. For account and password use the ones you used to make the account. Makes sure to turn of RSA security. Filter all your traffic through the vpn, Now save the information and connect to the vpn. If you did everything right a blue vpn sign should show up.
Some advantages of advantages of this method are all your traffic is filtered through the vpn, and it is very hard to block. This means you be able to access YouTube and other applications you might not be able to access before. You don't have to enter your information over and over again like an ip port proxy, and you don't have to look for a new one, like a web proxy. You also get unlimited traffic which I think is great. you'll be hard press to find another free vpn that allows this.
Some disadvantages are it is slow at times. So my recommendation is to only turn this on when your trying to access blocked website. Otherwise it is not as useful and it will actually lead to a worse web experience. Also it kicks you off ever about 20 minutes or so. So this is another reason to only use this when your trying to access blocked websites.
This is a free VPN, usually you have to pay for something like this. Their might be some good VPN that you have to pay for that work with Smart Devices, but I just haven't tried them yet.
I forgot to mention that itshidden has a paid service too, so if you want faster speeds without getting kick off every 20 minutes. You should defiantly consider this service. It is 12.99 for one month. 24.99 for 3 months. Last it 44.99 for 6 months. This plan also comes with customer support.
This is the second VPN I found, and is a good alternative to Itshidden. The bad news is that it's no longer free for ipod. Which means if you want to use it, you'll have to fork over money. The good part of this is that, most people are gringy and won't be willing to pay the price, so you'll have less people on the vpn, which will equate to faster speeds. Pricing is about 45 dollars annually and 5 dollars monthly.
Setup for this will be pretty much exactly the same as itshidden, the only difference being you'll need a premium account, also you might need to request for a pptp certificate which is the protocol ipods use for VPNs, other then that the steps will be the same.
Obviously you'll be able to use this vpn to access anything you want from your ipod. Just like itshidden. Like I said before the benefits of a paid service are faster speeds because less people will be willing to pay, so keeping that in mind is important.
This is the last VPN that I found. For us freebies, this is a good alternative to itshidden. The reason being its is a free service that is compatible with many smart devices. In my experience VPNReactor is a little faster then ithidden, and it kicks you off after 30 minutes rather then 20. Both of those things are nice differences. The only bad thing is that every 30 days you have to confirm you still want to use the free VPN service.
Configuration is going to be the exact same as itshidden, expect you'll use the vpnreactor information instead of the itshidden info. The good thing about vpnreactor is that you don't have to ask for a certificate. And like Ithidden and proxpn you'll be able to use this to access anything that requires the internet.
There are 3 paid services unlike Itshidden's one. They come with some benefits making them worth the money. For example dedicated customer service, which again I find weird but at least it there. And multiple dedicated vpn servers. The Pro and Max services also come with European VPNs and have higher encryption. The only difference that Max, the top service adds,is stealthvpn this looks like it is supposed to further enhance how anonymous you are. I can't find any info on pricing but it looks like it is 90 dollars for 12 months, making this more expensive then even itshidden. This might be worth it because vpnreactor has features that itshidden does not have.
One thing that should be considered is the fact that these are US VPN with the exception of vpnreactors prenium services. Which will affect what kind of sites your able to go on to. If your from another country you'll be able to access US only sites.
These services all come with multiple VPN server for premium members, which means you should never have to worry about slow speeds. Also they are very secure making it harder for you boss or school to track what you're doing.
Last I know this says iPod and iPhone everywhere, but these services will actually work on other devices too as long as they support pptp or L2TP, this includes Android and possible other mobile OS like windows 7. Also Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Lastly this should work with the any other iPod touch/iPhone like devices, like the Ipad.
Jailbreak your iPod touch or Iphone and get these applications your life will be a lot easier.
Insomnia-This will make it so your device does not turn off your wi-fi when the screen goes off.
This is good for when you at school or work at place with a certificate for accessing wi-fi. With this you don't have to keep clicking except when your screen turns off.
SBSettings- This will allow you to turn insomnia on and off, by just sliding your finger on the top, and clicking on the toggle. Also you can get a vpn toggle so you can toggle on and off your vpn so when itshidden kicks you off. Just slide the top and click on the vpn toggle. Also you can use it when you don't want to use a vpn anymore.
Using both of these applications your browser experience using VPNs and web proxies will be a lot better
I wrote this article a little while ago, and I'm sure a lot of things have changed in that time. Some of the VPNS I suggested might not work as well as they used to. I've decided instead of trying to look for more I will instead give suggestions on how to find some free ones.
Google- Not much explanation here. Just search free vpn and see what you find.
Torrentfreak- This blog focuses on bittorent, but they do have a lot of articles on security. This is how I found itshidden, which was created to protect bittorent users from getting caught downloading.
http://www.how-to-hide-ip.info/ -This blog is awesome it updated constantly with new vpns and proxies. This is probably your best source for find new free vpns. Just check out the blog and see what you can find. Alternatively you can you can just use search to find it.
These are the ways that I have found to access blocked websites from your iPod touch or Iphone. They're might be other ways but I just have not used them yet. Remember each way has its own advantages and disadvantages. So pick the one that works best for your situation. Happy surfing