Have you ever seen this embarrassing ‘Access denied’ notification in the top left or center part of your browser page? It usually appears when the website can’t be accessed from your IP, usually based on your location. While blocking dangerous, sensitive, religious, or adult content is an absolutely reasonable measure, it is sometimes hard to understand why we, average shoppers, can’t access some online stores. Here at Parcl we believe this is not fair, and today we want to tell you how you can access any blocked website from your country.
Why Websites Get Blocked
Certain websites (social networks, entertainment websites, service providers, even online stores) may be blocked in your country for political, cultural, religious, or economic reasons. For instance, your government might believe that certain websites contain information and images that are harmful to the country's government or offend religious sensibilities.
It is hard to say why some governments decide to block shopping websites, but most probably the reason behind such measures is economy. For example, we know that people in Russia can’t access Home Depot, Kohl’s, Target, and many other US online shops. There was also a debate regarding blocking access to Amazon US for Australian citizens in light of the new online shopping law, but later Amazon clarified that Australian users will be able to access Amazon.com. Australian customers will still be able to purchase from the US site, but Amazon will only ship to US addresses. You can get your own private US address for shopping here.
How to Access Blocked Websites
There are several ways you can access the blocked content, but we believe that using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the most efficient and safe.
Generally speaking, using a VPN for unblocking websites allows you to change your IP address to access these sites. This is done by exchanging your ISP IP address for a new IP address from the VPN server. VPN allows you to connect your PC or any other device you’re using via a secure connection to another network over the internet. In other words, VPN places your IP address in another country and enables you to access blocked websites from your home. You can also download apps or open websites that are blocked for your location.
To get access to blocked websites, you’ll need to sign up for a VPN service, and switch to a US IP address. VPNs are like a medium for your internet connection. Many people already use them to trick streaming services like Netflix into thinking they are inside the US to get around content blocking.
Responding to the demand, many companies have started offering VPN services, typically ranging from around $10-20 a month or even free (but safety is not guaranteed in this case). Online reviews ranking the various services commonly cite NordVPN, ExpressVPN, Private Internet Access, IPVanish and TunnelBear.
VPNs do not store any of your personal information, and they do not have access to your browsing data. VPNs encrypt your online activity and data so that you can have a secure Web surfing experience no matter where you are located.
How to Ship from Blocked Online Shops
Now, when you can access any online shop from your location, you need to know how to shop and ship from this store. If the store’s website is blocked in your country, it is highly likely that this store does not ship to your country. To buy goods from such stores and get them shipped to your country, you will need to use a parcel forwarding service. A package forwarding service provides you with an address for shopping in the store’s country, and then ships your goods to you.
Using a package forwarding service is a proven solution for Australian, British and Canadian citizens, who need to ship goods from US stores. If you live in the US and need to ship goods from a foreign store, you might also find a parcel forwarder in one of the 80+ countries where Parcl has its trusted forwarders.