2-Minute Video Shows 5 Ways to Beat Internet Filters


It's not just Chinese Internet users who have to route around web restrictions. The Australian government has decided to filter Internet traffic -- and many companies do too. So the group Open Internet created the video here to deliver five quick tips on beating content filters.


For those of us not in the .au sphere, the video is a good refresher course on the common ways to beat content filters that are broadly applied and not all that smart. Finding the Google Cache or Internet Archive version of a page and finding a free proxy are simple enough, even if setting up a VPN takes a bit more effort. The other two are even more confusingly simple: simply add an "s," to make a web address start with "https://", and you'll get to the encrypted, secure connection version of most sites, or add a question mark to the tail end of most site URLs. Those last two might not break one out of any halfway decent corporate or public system, but it will, apparently, break Australia's own filtering tools.

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