Workplaces and schools tend to bar certain useful websites from being accessible because they can (and often do) lead to hours of procrastination. That said, sometimes you need to genuinely access a blocked website and not everyone has a go-to solution on hand that they can use to circumvent their network restrictions. At times like these, it’s good to have a quick work-around that won’t require you to download and install anything on your system (cause that too might be blocked). Your quick work-around comes in the form of Google Translate. Here’s how you can use it to access a website blocked on your network.
Go to Google Translate and select a language that you do not speak in the text input field. Type in the address of the website you want to access and then wait for it to translate it. Make sure the translate box is set to translate to a language that you do speak.
Once Google is done translating the text, the URL will remain a URL but it will become clickable. Click the translated one in the box on the right and you will be able to access the website within Google Translate. Google translate will continue to translate the text as you browse the website.
This works only to circumvent websites blocked by your local network but if a website is blocked by your service provider (or as an act of censorship by the government), this will not work. The trick is meant to by-pass restrictions that are imposed locally and not nationally.