The Free Google Web Proxy

This trick is slightly old but pretty cool nevertheless. If you are stuck with an access-control system, which forbids a certain site from being accessed then you can use the Google's translation service like a Web proxy to get to the the site.  Just use the following syntax:

http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=en|en&u=www.site.com

Replace the www.site.com with the site that you are trying to access.  In this case, Google will access the pages like a web proxy and translate it back to the same language (english to english here). If you are accessing a site in a different language change the langpair to the appropriate tags. 

Do remember that this technique is not guaranteed to  work everywhere or with every kind of firewall or access-control system out there, nor will it hide your IP address. But do let us know how the Google proxy idea worked for you. 

[Originally heard from O'Reilly



Comments

Doesn't work on Websense

When I tried this trick, not only did my corporate websense server block it, it actually knew the right category for the site. Google Translate works on its own, but not when I plug in a website. Here's the note I get: Your organization's Internet use policy restricts access to this web page at this time.
Reason:
The Websense category "Entertainment" is filtered.
URL: http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=en|en&u=www.arclightcinemas.com

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