The Finnish broadband and mobile operator Elisa has made headlines today by blocking the well known BitTorrent tracker and website PirateBay from it’s network. The IP based blocking of the operator, whether it was Elisa or some other service provider, is however a very inefficient method and easy to bypass. Here are a few elegant ways to do it:
1) Use Opera browser, and enable the Turbo feature. Opera is a great alternative web browser for all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac) and is offered for free of charge. One of the great special features of the browser is a Turbo-mode which is designed to speed up web browsing in slow network conditions. The Turbo-mode is in fact a compressing web proxy server, and enabling it routes the traffic to a different path, bypassing the operators blocking efforts neatly. Get it from Opera.com
2) Use an anonymizer proxy service Get Hidden. Simply go to GetHidden.org and enter www.piratebay.org as your target web site to gain instant access.
There are several other proxy or anonymizer services on the Internet that can be used to go around the blockade and these two are just easy examples how to do it without going too technical. Enjoy!