Over the years I’ve used the Internet, there are times I’ve found sites blocked by my ISP or perhaps some other agency working through my ISP.
I don’t pretend to know why, and I honestly have only vague notions how they do it, but I’ve found it can be a real hassle trying to get my ISP to listen. Most the bigger ones, like my current Cox Cable, have too many barriers to prevent having to deal with you. Since no other service in my area can touch their price, I’m learning how to work around their idiocy.
Today I found myself blocked from RT.com. If you must know, their US news reporting is more accurate and less biased than just about any other. No, not all their staff know what they are talking about (Max Keiser can get stupid at times), but most of their reports offer at least a good counter point to MSM junk here in the US. Today Cox was blocking their site. Not just blocking the DNS request, but grabbing my browser when I entered the IP address directly. In other words, they were actively preventing me seeing the site.
Sure, I could use any of the free proxy services out there. However, proxy servers don’t pass things like JScript very well, so the sites are often broken. And there are other ways to do this, but I decided to set my home router to an alternative DNS service. OpenDNS is still free to home users. It does require you register, then learn how to change the settings in your router. There are other technological challenges for various different kinds of setups people have, but most of it covered in their explanations. In my case, I had to power cycle the router before the changes took.
At any rate, I’m testing OpenDNS for now to see if I can avoid some of the intermittent hassles from Cox. It’s just another way to keep yourself out of hassles from the Big Media guys for a little while longer.