There are literally thousands of proxy sites on the web. There are also sites that list proxy servers. Fact: 99.9% of them are blocked and the rest are going to be blocked by any decent filtering software. So you can host your own proxy with software like Glype proxy but for the most part they really don’t work too well.
UltraSurf is seriously one of the best tools for the job. There is no install, so download the “exe” file onto a USB drive and run it whenever you need it.
When you open it up, it will open Internet Explorer with the UltraSurf homepage. From there the web is your oyster.
But why do I like it so much? First of all, it’s fast, it routes you through a possible three servers so you get highly reliable speeds. Second, it uses IE which is what you have if you’re on IT lockdown, so it doesn’t look suspicious and you don’t need to have two different browsers open at the same time. Also, since it uses your existing browser, things like Flash and Java will work like normal. Once you close UltraSurf it will erase your history and cookies. [Windows]
There may be times when you might want to use an anonymous free prfoxy server so you can safely surf the net without your information being available to hackers, spammers and scammers…. or anyone else, for that matter!
Here’s a list of websites where you can enter an URL to open blocked websites in school or offices.
Web proxies are used for hiding your IP address and by-passing work, school or other web filters. For instance, if Facebook or Myspace is blocked on the computer you are using, you can easily gain access by using a web proxy.
HideMyAss – Free and speedy proxy service. Use it to hide your IP address and get through network filters. HideMyAss is part of a Privax proxy network, so if it’s blocked, there are several others you give a try. There is nothing to configure, just type-in the address of the website you want to visit and press ‘Go’.
HideMyAss – Free Anonymous Proxy Servers
Proxy.org – Extensive directory of free proxy servers. There are well over 15,000 Proxy Servers on the Web. As of this writing, Proxy.org claims to have 4,718 working proxies available for you to choose from, so that might be a pretty good place to start.
GlobalPandora –A free and simple way to access a US-only Pandora interactive web radio from outside US. If you haven’t tried it before, give it a try now.
Maximum Proxy – Browse the internet securely. You can unblock popular sites such as Orkut, Gmail, Yahoo, MySpace, Bebo, Facebook, YouTube, Friendster and many other sites. Feel free to browse 24/7.
The Proxy Bay – Identity theft is a huge problem in today’s society. The transformation to online banking, checking, and bill paying has spawned a new avenue for thieves to steal from you. More important than money, though, is the personal information they can steal. Thieves use tactics commonly referred to as phishing. By using a proxy such as this one, you can greatly reduce your risk of identity theft.This website has a lot of partner websites also offering proxy surfing.
Nr1surf – The best and fastest free anonymous proxy. Surf and browse the web anonymously at school and work. Has a couple of partner websites in their proxy network.
BetterUnblock – BetterUnblock is the better place to unblock websites at school or work. Using this site, you can unblock your favorite sites for free. Many options, like removing ads and having no referrer.
Proxy 108 – Is your right to privacy being attacked? Are sites that you frequent being blocked by network administrators without your consent? Do you want to bypass these filters and surf where you want, when you want? Has a couple of partner websites where you can browse under a proxy.
Sneaky Anon – Sneaky Anon is a free anonymous web based proxy service. With our service you can browse websites even from firewall or blocked ports. Another one with many stripping options.
Proxy 24 – Proxy24 is a free web proxy list that allows anonymous surfing and online privacy. This site lists their proxy partners. Choose one to browse.
Proxytor – Browse the internet securely using Proxytor.net. You can unblock popular social networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo, Facebook, YouTube, Friendster and many other sites. Our proxy is faster than others.
Top 10 Proxy – This is a list of the best proxy websites, the proxies are web-based. Browse the internet securely by using our proxies. Another website listing their partner proxy websites.
Free MySpace layouts – Free site where you can get links to Myspace Proxy, Hi5 Proxy, Friendster Proxy and Anonymous Proxing Serving Sites. Scroll down to enter the URL.
PinkSocks – Pinksocks works with Youtube. Now you can watch youtube videos anywhere without being blocked. If by popular demand, we will also add support for Break, DailyMotion, and MetaCafe. Really fast proxy.
VGY7 – Use our service to hide your IP address and bypass your work/school web filter with ease. Select from PHP proxy and CGI proxy.
Tor (anonymity network) is free software for enabling online anonymity.Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms”, back to the user  and is intended to protect users’ personal privacy, freedom, and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.
SilverSurf – Free web-based proxy sites let you to bypass work and school security by fetching the website’s data themselves, and then sending it to you through the proxy site. Very fast proxy.
ProxyTop – Proxies are constantly being blocked by either schools work or your country. Proxytop will provide you with fresh proxies to stay one step ahead at all times. Website listing lots of partner websites providing a proxy. Select one to browse the net.
Strictly for the Nerds
PuTTY and SSH
PuTTY icon, largeIf you haven’t remotely administered a Unix/Linux-like server before, you probably haven’t heard of Secure Shell (SSH). Secure Shell is simply a network protocol that allows for encrypted communication between two computers — usually yours, and a remote server. “Shell” refers to the command-line interface (CLI) that is present on almost every kind of computer, including Mac OS X and Windows. SSH is typically used to securely access a remote computer’s CLI, but it can also be used to copy files — or it can be used as a tunnel between your computer and another computer on the internet.
PuTTY is an SSH client. You can use it to access a remote CLI, or you can use it to set up a tunnel — and that’s what we’re going to do now.
When you type a URL or click a link, a request travels from your computer, through the local router and modem, over your ISP’s network, across the internet, and into the remote web server. Your request can be filtered at any stage, but generally it’s at the local router (the school/corporate firewall) or at the ISP (traffic shaping, federal censorship).
Tunneling bypasses the local router, modem, and your ISP’s network, and connects you directly to the internet. If you’re in China, for example, SSH tunneling all of your traffic through a computer in America will bypass any national-level filtering and censorship. The actual act of forcing your web traffic through another computer (and another port) is called SOCKS proxying, incidentally — and you can SOCKS proxy without SSH, but it’s less secure and more likely to be filtered by your local ISP.
Last but not least,Have you tried to download a file from Youtube but cant bypass the firewall?Smile coz we’ve got you covered.Just Google for online video converters,there should be a couple of them which are free to use.Open another tab and Google the song you want,click on the song you want and copy the url for the file.Paste the url on the online converter of your choice and choose the format you wish to download it in.As easy as that.Upon conversion just click to download on the link that comes up.This I’ve found to work really well & its an awesome trick to download those songs which are not available to your region
There you go, internet freedom is all yours
Of course you can post other sites that you know in the comments.