How to access blocked websites in India without a Proxy (Legally)

Some of the ISPs in India have already started blocking popular torrent (The PirateBayTorrentz, etc.) and video streaming websites. Nowadays, when someone tries to access these sites, he or she may receive a rather annoying message: “Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders” or “Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. Please contact administrator for more information.
Currently, few of the Indian ISPs, including BSNL, Reliance, Airtel, etc., have already started restricting their users from visiting specific websites. The display message cites a “Court order” as the reason for blocking such websites. The US Government has already blocked websites in the past on grounds of copyright infringement, and certain other countries have also started to follow suit. In the coming days, we might start seeing other service providers joining the same league.

There is, however, a workaround to access these blocked websites legally without using a proxy. The trick lies in changing the protocol used for accessing the website. ISPs usually block the http version of a website, while the https version is still left open. You can access the secured version of blocked websites by using “https” instead of “http” in the address bar, when visiting these sites.

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