At the beginning, let’s consider a few often asked questions:
“how to access a blocked website?”
“Firewall in my office has blocked YouTube. How to access YouTube?”
“I can not access Facebook in school. Is it possible to get around firewall and access Facebook?”
Free proxy server websites are very useful for those users who are surfing the Internet from behind a firewall. It is common that certain websites are found to be blocked in offices, schools and even at home by parents! Offices and schools block websites in hope that employees and students will not waste their time online. In some cases the webmasters also block websites in a particular region or country. Proxy server websites allow you to connect to such blocked websites.
Here I would like to mention that if certain websites are blocked —there is usually a good reason behind it. If you’re a student, you should comply with the firewall restrictions. However, at times, it becomes very important to access blocked sites. In such circumstances, you can use proxy server websites.
What is a Proxy Server?
A proxy server is an intermediary computer that routes the request from client to server. The server sees proxy as the client; thereby server does not come to know who actually sent the request. Effectively, the proxy server makes you invisible to the real server.
What is a Web Proxy Server?
There are web-based services which gives you the facility of using a proxy server. These services are called Proxy Server Websites or Web Proxy. If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has blocked a particular website but hasn’t blocked the proxy server website, then you can access the proxy server website and this website will access the blocked website on your behalf. For example:
You ——> ISP —-x—> Facebook
You —– ISP ——-> Proxy Website ——–> Facebook
As shown in the above example, if you will try to access your favorite Facebook directly, you may find it to be blocked by your ISP. But if you will connect to proxy website, and ask it that you want to access Facebook, then the proxy website will access Facebook through their ISP and show the website to you.
In case of proxy websites, you see the blocked website within the proxy website.
Features of Web Proxy Servers
Below I am going to give you a list of top proxy website. Any good web proxy server offers you all or most of the following features:
- Hiding IP address: This is the most basic feature of any web proxy. As explained above, server will not come to know your real IP address and instead will get the IP address of the web proxy.
- SSL security: The web proxy will encrypt communication with the server and thereby make it safe and secure.
- User agent masking: Certain servers do not allow access to a particular user agent (in simple terms, browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer). Web proxy will hide your user-agent and gain access to the server.
- Cookie management: Whether or not cookies are allowed on your computer.
- Automatic advertisement removal: Web proxy will automatically remove ads (like Google AdSense ads) from the website before delivering it to you.
- Automatic removal of objects: Proxy server may give you option to remove heavy objects (like Flash Shockwave) from the webpage before showing it to you.
Top Free Proxy Server Websites
Before I give you comprehensive list of free web proxy servers, let me introduce my personal favorite proxy websites.
This is arguably the best in the business. HideMyAss provides a free proxy service as well as a paid VPN service. Using free service, you can do most of the things you want to. But if your requirements are more serious than just accessing a blocked website, you would want to go for their paid service. The paid HideMyAss VPN allows you to highly encrypt your access, to use proxy on phones and tablets, to automatically and regularly change IP address among other features.
This free proxy website has a simple user interface. Very easy to use, no nonsense, clean and minimalist web design makes me use it quite often. It provides you with ready access to proxy features like managing cookies, object removal, change of user-agent etc. At present, this service is totally free. They do not have a paid version.
Now, here is the list of WORKING web proxy servers present on Internet. New web proxy services keep on coming on the Internet and therefore this list will be updated regularly.
- Rapid Proxy: http://rapidproxy.us
- Don’t Filter: http://dontfilter.us
- New Ip Now: http://newipnow.com
- Proxy Internet: http://proxy-internet.info
I will keep on adding more proxy websites to this list. When you use any of these websites, please do not forget to share your experience with me. Your feedback will help me in curating this list and it will be helpful for future readers.
I hope you liked this article. Should you have any questions on the topic of free proxy websites, please feel free to ask me in the comments section. I will try my best to assist you. Thank you for using TechWelkin.