The new Australian internet filter that is enforced by all ISP’s is very easy to bypass.
This is because the ISP’s only block the DNS request, if you change your DNS server settings to use another server, the request is processed and not blocked.
The following will show you how to unblock the sites, it should only take about a minute or two to complete.
Below is a screenshot of trying to access a blocked site (thepiratebay)
As you can see, this is not the page we are looking for.
To change the DNS settings, you need to get into the network connection properties. Find the network icon in the bottom right hand corner next to the clock, and right click it and select ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’. Note: This will look different if you are using a wireless connection.
Once the new window opens, click ‘Change adapter settings’ on the left.
Next, right click your active network connection, and then click properties.
Select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)’ and then click properties.
Select ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’ and type in the two google DNS server IP addresses.
22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 and then click OK.
It can also be a good idea to flush the DNS, this can be done by opening a cmd terminal and typing in ‘ipconfig /flushdns’
To open a cmd window, search for cmd in the start menu, it is called cmd.exe.
You can also use run (win+r) and type cmd to open it.
You should now be able to access your favorite sharing site again
This should work for most ISP blocks, as they are currently only blocking DNS as it is the easiest and cheapest way for them to comply with the government regulations. If they alter the way the sites are blocked, this method may cease to work.