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This article was published on September 16, 2013


Office, school or government block a website you want to read? Use Google Translate.

Office, school or government block a website you want to read? Use Google Translate. Image by: www.jupiterimages.com
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

locked upHere’s an incredibly useful trick for anyone who lives in a country that restricts access to websites, or uses a controlled version of the Internet at work or school. You can turn to Google Translate to access blocked websites, as this thread on Reddit explains.

Type or copy/paste the URL into Translate, select any language within the ‘from’ box — your language of choice should be selected for ‘to’ — hit translate and there you have it.

Here, for example is hotspotshield.com, which is blocked in Thailand and won’t get me in trouble for posting on the Internet:

hss

Made available via Translate:

hss2

This tip isn’t a VPN — so it won’t let you access Netflix, Spotify and other services where they aren’t supported — but it will override a local block. RSS readers are another way to circumvent blocks, but since not all websites offer RSS feeds and it requires some forward planning, this hack enables more spontaneous browsing.

➤ LPT: If a website is blocked on your work/school internet, you can use google translate as a proxy. [Reddit]

Image via Thinkstock

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