Cached Pages – Unblock Websites
With the blocking of websites increasing, people are looking for ways to unblock websites. And also for ways to view them easily in a legal way. One such method is by using the cached pages. Here, you would be able to learn all about it.
All popular search Engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others spider the entire Internet recording all metadata details and keywords that appear on all pages. This recorded metadata and keywords of all web pages are then used to determine some factors. These factors are the page’s quality and rank in the search results, along with multiple other criteria. Along with recording metadata and keywords, most search engines also take a snapshot of all web pages on the Internet and store cached pages of them. This can be extremely useful for users who are stuck behind company, college or government firewalls. And these users are not allowed to access certain websites.
Imagine that there is a particular website that you really want to access. But unfortunately, the website has gone down. Or imagine some content that was published on a website, which was then taken down a few days later for some reason. If you still wish to see that content, you can try viewing cached pages. And these caches pages of the webpage can be viewed on a search engine. Not only that, sometimes your company, college or government firewall may have blocked access to a particular webpage. But you may still be able to access it by viewing a cached copy of it on a search engine!
Typically, whenever you search for some keywords on search engines, below or next to each search results you will see a cached link. This link will allow you to view the most recent cached copy of that particular webpage.
How to View Cached Pages to Unblock Websites?
For example; let us assume that your college or company has blocked access to the Kolaveri Di Wikipedia page. But you really want to access it and learn all about that song. All you have to do is:
STEP 1: Start your browser and connect to any popular search engine of your choice. Take Google as an example here
STEP 2: Search for the blocked webpage that you wish to access. Taking ‘Why this Kolaveri Di Wikipedia’ as an example here.
Within the search results that get the displayed look for the blocked webpage and click on the cached link.
The best part about this is that your network will think you are simply accessing Google. And it may not be blocked for you at this time. But in reality, you are using the search engine to access blocked content.
When you click on the link of a search result, Google will open the most recent cached copy. With this, you would be able to view the page easily. Irrespective of whether that page may be currently down or may have been blocked by your network, you are able to see it.
It is also possible to directly view a cached copy of a particular webpage or URL by using simple search operators on Google. For example, on Google, if you were to search for cache:www.timesofindia.com, it will automatically display the most recent cached copy of The Times Of India home page.
Details on the Cached Pages to Unblock Websites
When you are viewing a cached page, typically Google will mention at the top the date and time from which the cached copy is being displayed. This may vary from webpage to webpage, depending upon how often Google spiders that respective webpage. It is also possible for a web developer to specify that Google should not cache its website. In such a case, the CACHE link or the cache operator may not work or may just display the most current version of the webpage.
Accessing a cached page instead of the actual page is a simple but clever trick of fooling the local firewall. And eventually bypassing any basic filters that may be in place by accessing content that may have been blocked! Unfortunately, such an unblocking technique remains quite basic and easily detected and blocked. The problem is that when you access the cached page of a blocked website, then the URL that gets displayed in your browser still contains the blocked domain name. Hence, such a technique can easily be blocked by a smart network administrator.
Now that you are aware of the method to unblock websites and view them through cached pages, try them out now for the websites that have been blocked in your country. If you want to know something more, comment below in the section and do not forget to share this with your friends as well.
For more details on how to block things on the Internet or so, check out the previous posts!