How to Make Your Own Web Proxy Server to Access Blocked Sites

Is your college, institute or workplace stopping you from opening some sites. Do you need any third party tool every time to visit these blocked sites? May be these tools are costly to you. So, what to do to make your own web proxy server? In this article, I have explained a way to create your own proxy server using Google app engine and enjoy the free browsing:

Make Your Own Web Proxy Server

 

In order to start with this guide, you will need a Google account initially. I hope, everyone owns one. So, let’s begin with this easy guide, which will help you in setting up your own web proxy server to surf the web:

  1. Go to Google App Engine with your Google account signed in.
  2. There is a button named as “Create Application”. Click on it. (NOTE: If you are creating first time any app using your Google account, Google will send you a verification code to your mobile and you will need to verify it.)
  3. In Application Identifier field, fill a proxy server name of your choice  and check availability. Select one,which is available. It will be your app-id.
  4. Give any title to this application.
  5. In advanced authentication option, keep default settings and click on “Create Application” button.
  6. After creating the basic layout for web proxy server, we have to set up it, and will need to upload proxy server application (files) to Google App Engine. Start with downloading latest Python and installing it.
  7. Now, you will need Google APP Engine SDK for Python. Download it from Google code.
  8. Install the downloaded SDK and Run Launcher after the completion of installation.
  9. In Google App Engine Launcher (recently launched), you will find Edit button in Menu bar. Click on that and go to preferences.
  10. Now browse the required fields in your system. You can take help of the screenshot below.
    Google App Engine Launcher Preferences
  11. Now, you will need to add the application to the launcher. For this purpose, you have to create your own proxy application. It can be done by the tool Mirrorr.
  12. Extract the zipped file Mirrorr to a folder.
  13. Now, in Google App Engine Launcher, click on File>>Add Existing Application.
  14. In Application Path field,  browse the folder, where Mirrorr is extracted.
  15. Click on ‘Add’ button.
  16. Now, you can see your app in App Engine Launcher. Select it and click on Edit section (In the Header). In first row of the editor, replace yourappid with your APP ID, you created in step 3. Save and exit the file.
  17. Just click on Deploy, and fill the credentials of the Google account, you used for creating this proxy server.
  18. In a few moments, your web proxy server will be working and you can see it on Your_APP_ID.appspot.com. Check mine on TBC Proxy Server.

So, following these few steps, you can create your own proxy server, or you can use our proxy server also for browsing.

  • You can edit the main.html file in Mirrorr folder and give your application a beautiful look. After editing the file, you will need to deploy your application again using Google App Engine Launcher. Once deployed, you can exit App Engine Launcher.

Over to You

Have you created you own web proxy server? Are you causing any problems or did it successfully. How did you like this idea? Tell us your views using comment box and discuss more about it with me :-)

Top 8 Ways to Unblock Websites

Most of us suffer from the problem of blocked websites, which are blocked by either our ISP (Internet Service Provider), by college or at job place. It has been a common issue nowadays as there are many restrictions applied to the websites being visited in a particular place. Talking about me, I face this problem in my college very often, where my favourite websites like YouTube is also blocked. Besides it  many sites providing free downloads are also blocked. So, how do I unblock websites? Here I am putting top ways  to access blocked websites:

How to Unblock Websites in Your Campus?

1.  Unblock Websites Using IP Address Instead of original URL

If any website is blocked in your network, it is very easy and basic method that you can use to access the desired website. In this method, you get the IP address of that particular website, and run it into your browser. Here are the steps to do so:

1. Go to command prompt (Mac users should go to terminal).

2. Enter the command: ping google.com

3. Hit Enter and you will get the IP address of  google.com, and now you can visit google.com by entering this IP address like xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx in your URL field of the browser.

Note: This method works only when the site is having a dedicated IP address. If the site is hosted on a shared server, you will require the username of the site owner for that shared hosting. For eg.: You will enter the URL as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/~username to access a site on a shared hosting. But you do not know the username, so it will not work. In this case, you will need to try any other method, as mentioned below.

2. Unblock Websites using Proxy Servers

Using proxy server is one of the best ways to access blocked websites. In this method, you go to a proxy server (site) and there put your desired webpage address. It will show you the desired webpage. Some popular proxy servers are: kproxy.com, hidemyass.com, proxify.net etc. These services allow you to access all the webpages, which are blocked in your network. There are many proxy servers, and no. of these servers are increasing day by day.

Note: You can also create your own proxy server very easily. You can also access websites using our own proxy server.

3. Unblock Websites using VPN

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a group of computers or a network, like Internet. A VPN basically works for providing you the secure access to internet and different websites. It ensures that all your data which is being sent or received is encrypted and can not be stolen. But, you can also use VPN to access blocked websites in your area. VPN is basically a tool, which you will need to install in your PC, tablet etc. and connect to it for accessing websites (both blocked and unblocked). Some VPN also demand you to login with your credentials and then allow you the access. Most popular VPN tools are Hotspot Shield, Freegate VPN, Hide My IP etc.

4. Access Webpages using Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine is basically a tool, that shows you history of any website. Using Wayback Machine, you can see the webpages at the instances, when they were saved at the Wayback Machine. It might not be the original and latest, but it will give you a general idea, what you was looking for. It is good way to access static websites in past also.

5. Unblock Websites using Proxy Address

You can use your browser’s settings to access some sites. In the proxy settings, you change the proxy server and port address, which can be obtained from proxy servers like hidemyass.com etc.

Browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer follow the settings mentioned in Internet Options in the browser. You can change the settings in Internet Options>>Connection>>LAN Settings>>Use a Proxy Server…. In Mozilla Firefox, there are inbuilt option in settings of the browser for proxy.

6. Access Webpages using Google Translation

Google Translate service is used to translate texts or webpages from one language to another. That means, if you can access Google Translate service, then you can also access any website by entering its web address in the text area for translation. Besides Google Translate there are some other translation services also avaialble, which allow you to do so, but not much popular as Google. You just need to use the English to English translation, and your site is unblocked.

7. Access Webpages using Screenshot Tools

Screenshot tools provide you the desired webpage’s screenshot. Via, this screenshot, you can view the content of that webpage. The best screenshot tool is Browershots. You can see the screenshot in many different browsers using this service.

8. Access to Webpages using RSS Feeds

This is not a very good methods, as all websites do not provide RSS feeds. But, if a website, you wish to visit; provides RSS feeds, you can subscribe to its RSS feeds and read the website content with Feed Reader.

Over to You

In this article, I have mentioned the best ways to unblock websites, which are blocked by your ISP or your network administrator. I hope, you have enjoyed this article. If you have any other suggestion and ideas to access blocked websites and webpages, let me know via comments. Thanks for reading :)

Top 5 Games for Android Devices

Smartphones categorized as Android phones, iOS phones and Windows phones do a lot more than just keeping you connected to the world. Apart from all the calling and social needs, these smartphones keep you going when you are all by yourselves. Be it the post break-up nights, the tiring metro rides or the hour long waiting you had been doing for your friend, who has still not arrived.

These alone times can be well spent playing the best games available for your smart devices. Let’s have a look at the best games to have and to be play on your smartphones.

Angry Birds

First featured on the iOS platform, Angry Birds is crazy physics puzzler game which has already registered more than 15 million downloads across all platforms and garnered likes from the gaming community, casual gamers and a whole lot of smartphone users. Developed by Rovio Entertainment, Angry Birds was first released in 2009 for the Apple iOS and still features amongst one of the top downloaded games, with many sequels and versions launching every now and then. Available for a free on Android, and for an upfront fee on iOS, Angry Birds is one must have game on your smartphones.

Amazingly funny looking graphics and comic characters, innovatively addictive gameplay etc. makes this one game, you should definitely have on your smartphones.

Stick Cricket

For all you fans of the game of cricket, turn up the World Cup Quotient and play on this amazing game of Stick Cricket. Available for free download on Android, iOS and Windows platform, play the best of cricket tournaments across all formats, only on Stick Cricket. Developed by Cann Creative, Stick Cricket is an Adobe Flash game featuring as one of the many games to be played under the Stick Sports banner.

Playing for the first time, you won’t figure out what to do and will fall face down on the wickets, to get out. But once you get your timings correct, hit each ball for a six out of the park. Fun with awesome graphics, the game looks completely like a real one. Watch out for those cheesy streakers, who run out in the middle.irborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

If racing is your genre, then Asphalt 8 is what you need on your smartphone. Rated as one of the best racing games ever, Asphalt 8, developed by Gameloft, is sure to give you the best gaming experiences you have ever experienced. With its stunning graphics, real life resembling cars and the best of racing tracks with amazing landscapes, Asphalt 8 will blow you out of your mind.

Available for download on Android, iOS and Windows smartphones, experience real life racing. Step on the gas, leave speed behind with the NOS and perform tricks such as Barell rolls or Flat spins, to collect bonus points and move ahead. Compete in the World Series, play multiplayer or a Local  WiFi match or build up your way up the ladder in Career mode.

Candy Crush Saga

Released in 2012 by King, the same people who came up with the all-time best-seller, Farmville, Candy Crush Saga happened to break all hells loose. First released as an extension game application for Facebook, King launched Candy Crush Saga for the Android and iOS smartphone users travelling in metros, sitting idle in office and for the mothers at home.

With almost 46 million monthly users,  Candy Crush Saga was an instant hit and keeps you engaged in the game. As per our experience, out of the ones playing Candy Crush Saga, mothers are the most enthusiastic ones. No wonder the TRP for all the television soaps are going down by the day.

Subway Surfers

Endless running, coins, jetpacks, trains, subway and lots of lane changing and jumping around is what awaits you in Subway Surfers. Released way after Temple Run, Subway Surfer turned out to be the more favoured game on smartphones, with its ‘World Series’ concept, which travelled across various cities in world and their subways.

The game requires one to take up the role of a street hooligan who has to run endlessly to avoid being caught, after being spotted making graffiti. One has to avoid hitting or crashing into trains and other obstacles with well-timed jumps and moves, while collecting bonus points and coins.

Hope, you have all these games setup on your smartphones, so that you don’t have to sit idle. If you don’t have a smartphone yet, buy one today. When you are shopping, buy it online from the top-selling online retail stores and get a chance to save while you shop, only on shopping via CashKaro.com. Find the best smartphones, compare the best prices and avail the best shopping deals online. Yes! Now on shopping online via CashKaro.com, get the best of exclusive Snapdeal Discount Coupons, Flipkart Discount Vouchers, Samsung Discounted deals etc. In addition avail Extra Cashback offers from CashKaro.com.