Recently various famous file hosting websites like Rapidgator.net, Uploaded.to and P2P torrent trackers such KickAssTorrent and ThePirateBay have been blocked and made unaccessible from various countries due to copyright infringement. While I understand and respect the reason who led to this strong decision made by numerous countries and I am totally not against copyright laws I want to share with you a completely legal way to access those websites even after the block by simply using Google Public DNS.
Note: Google Public DNS was not made for this reason in mind and Google is not against countries decisions, but since Google can bypass those blocks using crawlers and they don’t depends on any country decisions because it’s a multinational company we can use it for our purpose.
Before we begin, do you know what a DNS address is? Google explains that perfectly in the Google Public DNS official website:
The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.
Google DNS comes in two version, one for IPv4 and one for IPv6:
- Primary DNS: 126.96.36.199
- Secondary DNS: 188.8.131.52
- Primary DNS: 2001:4860:4860::8888
- Secondary DNS: 2001:4860:4860::8844
To start using Google DNS all you need to do is to insert it in your network preferences. I will show you how to do it with OS X:
- From the Apple menu, click System Preferences, then click Network.
- Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS.
- Select the DNS tab
- Delete any listed addresses by clicking “–” and then click “+” to add the Google DNS addresses [Choose the IPv4 or IPv6 according to your IP version]
- Click Ok and then Apply
Now you will be able to access blocked websites.