We all know that Malaysia just blocked the piracy related websites and a lot of file sharing website such as Pirate bay, Megaupload and many more. This entry is going to provide an easy guide on how to bypass the security set by ISP.
Before I move in further, I would like to clarify that I am not any anti-government or piracy lover.
I would just want to let the users know that the blocking or security implemented by the ISP is not secure enough to block we all from all these sites. If you are not interested at all, you can skip this entry but do not flame me for being such a bad ass as I had explained above.
While for those who think you deserve internet surfing freedom, you can continue to read on.
First of all, I would like you all to know some fundamental to Internet Connectivity. When we connect to the internet from our computer, we will basically look for a DNS (Domain Name System).
Nothing technical in this post’s configuration although some terminology might sound techie.
When those ISP technician come to your house and setup your computer, they will usually point your DNS to their own DNS, for instance TMNet (Malaysia ISP) will have 18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124 and for others will be other type of DNS address.
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Basically, how the ISP block your connection to those file sharing website is that they will block all the connections from the DNS to those websites. Hence, when you are in their DNS, they have the total control of where you can go, and where you can’t.
That is what I assumed how they do the thing and I would like to stress that there is no official statement about their security. The solution to this is pretty simple. You can open your network connection of your computer and configure the DNS.
If you know where to configure your IP address, the option below your ‘default gateway’ is the DNS address.
In common, people will just point to the Google DNS instead of your ISP DNS. The DNS for google are 126.96.36.199/188.8.131.52 or the Comodo SecureDNS where you can activate it from the Comodo Firewall.
Do you have any security threats if you point to some customized DNS? I’m afraid yes if you do not know the DNS belongs to who. As a result, I highly recommend to point back to the ones that are popular and as suggested, Google is the one to go, at least for now.
You don’t have to put both, but just fill up one of your DNS with any of the two Google DNS will do. If you still have problems accessing those websites, you should then check whether the website is down or not through this site.
This solution is just temporary for the time being. I would hope the Malaysia ISP will do better to prevent those websites if they really want to do it. It kind of disappointed to see the protection level that is implemented.
I was encountered this situation as well in Vietnam where their ISP do block all the sites like Facebook using the same method. It is easily bypass and millions of Vietnamese on Facebook despite their ISP is blocking.
I can’t suggest any better way to block these websites, but I am certain that this method won’t work. For the internet freedom fighter, I hope you got your freedom back and do drop a comment if you have anything extra ordinary to share.
Last but not least, I would like to remind that file sharing easily leads you into downloading malicious software or malicious site. As this is a security site, I highly recommend you to check out my virus protection tips series and some useful security post below.
- What is computer security?
- How often should you scan your computer
- How to tell if you need a paid antivirus
- 5 Free and Useful online security tools that everyone must know
- 10 steps to build your own security