By David Ponce

Proxies are useful. You wanna look at forbidden stuff. Sysadmins conspire with your boss/principal/The Man to keep you away from that forbidden stuff. What do you do? You go through a proxy website and flip’em the bird.

Problem is, sysadmins catch on, and block your access to the proxy as well. So, you’re stuck looking for a new one, which you use until they block it too. But what site is likely to never, ever be blocked at all, simply because it’s not a proxy? Google of course.

It’s not a proxy… until now.

The hack, carefully documented here lets you use Google’s translate feature to view the site in question. Simply type in your browser address bar:|en& If you look closely, what it’s doing is simply translating a page from English TO English. So your request goes to Google, and Google serves you your hot potato page all nice and clean and looking like lillies.

And there you have it.

[Google As Proxy Hack] VIA [Digg]


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  2. it isn’t “irresponsible” to promote google as a proxy at all.

    yes, google won’t provide all the tinfoil hat privacy you’re looking for, but it can provide a way for those high school systems where even webpages with the word proxy in them are blocked.

    it is irresponsible to promote a thread on a forum containing an “interesting discussion” when there isn’t really much discussion going on, if any discussion at all.

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