Proxy servers are used to bypass restrictions that may be administered either broadly or by the local network administrator. Such restrictions may be applied for various reasons. Your workplace, school, or local library may block access to certain sites due to the policies of the establishment. Or your entire region might be geo-blocked from accessing certain content due to licensing agreements.
In either case, a proxy server is a well-known method of getting to the content you want to view. But what is less known is that you can utilize Google services to act as a proxy for you. In this article, we will look over the possibility, benefits, and limits of using Google as a proxy.
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What is a Google Proxy?
A Google proxy can be understood in a few different but related ways. Generally, a Google proxy is a proxy server that belongs to the company and is used to redirect the request of the user trying to access a particular website.
Loading a webpage might take a while when you’re experiencing a bad internet connection. Sometimes for this and other reasons, the website won’t load at all. Therefore, it’s very helpful that Google can download the content of the website to its server and present it to you through a proxy.
Google offers free VPN and proxy options when using Chrome. You can simply add the free extensions to your browser. Also, changing Google Chrome proxy settings is really easy as Chrome uses the same proxy configuration as Windows 10. Thus, you can configure the proxy setting of your liking either through Chrome or your computer’s settings when using this Windows OS.
However, there are a few ways to use Google as a proxy that are not usually advertised as such. With these methods, you would simply utilize Google services to act as a proxy for you.
Why use Google as a proxy?
Many of the benefits associated with using proxies also apply to utilizing Google servers for this purpose. Proxies increase your privacy and security when surfing the net by hiding your IP address. This also helps to navigate around geo-restrictions or other content blocks that might be implemented on the website.
Next to these, using a Google proxy server has some additional advantages. First and foremost, it costs you nothing. Unfortunately, this also means that it does not have some features of the paid proxy services. But if what you are looking for is just a method to access blocked content, Google might do the trick. And you won’t have to pay anything for it or subscribe to any services.
Furthermore, using Google as a proxy is really simple. You don’t need to download anything or install anything and there are no additional apps that need to be opened. All you need is the web browser and the Google service that you will use as a proxy.
Naturally, this means that you can save time and see the content almost immediately, without much of a hassle or any additional effort. This also makes it perfect for those moments when the webpage takes too long to load and you just want to quickly check something.
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Using Google as a proxy server
There are two main Google services that can be made to act as a proxy for you. One is Google Translate and the other is Google Web Light Engine.
1. Google Translate
In order to use Google Translate as a proxy, all you need is the URL of the website you want to unblock. Let’s say https://razorproxy.com/ which you, quite naturally, want to access is for some reason blocked by your network administrator. Go to https://translate.google.com/ and paste the Razorproxy URL into the source language box on your left.
Choose the source language to be anything except the language in which you actually want to see the page. So, if you want to see the Razorproxy page as it originally is (in English) choose English as your translation language above the destination box on your right. Above the source box set the source language as Spanish, French, Korean, or any language you just happen to click on, except English.
Once Google finishes translating, the URL in the destination box becomes clickable. Now you can access the website by clicking on this URL. That’s it. You can also press the “original” button on the toolbox at the top of the page. But if you set the destination language to be the one that the page originally is in, it shouldn’t change much.
An extra perk of using a translator service as a proxy is that if needed it can in fact translate the webpage for you while unblocking it. So, if you want to see Razorproxy in the language you are more familiar with, say Spanish, you can do just that. Just set the source language to English and the destination language to Spanish.
2. Google Web Light Engine
Another Google service that can be used as a proxy is Google Web Light Engine. It was created by Google to enable loading web pages faster when browsing with Chrome. If the webpage is stuck while loading you could use Web Light to access a version of it through a proxy server. This version might be a bit different from the original content to make it smaller in size, but the differences often won’t be relevant.
To use Web Light as a proxy you need to combine its URL with the URL of the webpage you want to visit. In the case of the Razorproxy website it would look like this:
Thus, whenever you want to unblock a page, put http://googleweblight.com/?liteurl= in the address bar of the Chrome browser and add the URL of your target webpage to it. Press enter and here is your content.
Alternative to Google Proxies
Using Google as a proxy is a convenient way to quickly get to the content you need. However, next to its advantages, Google proxy servers also have some drawbacks, which necessitate having alternative options.
Firstly, there are quite narrow limits to what these proxies can unblock. For example, Google translate will only work as a proxy if the content was blocked by the local network administrator. If it was blocked by your internet service provider (ISP), the method won’t work. On the other hand, to use the Web Light engine you cannot choose just any browser you like – it has to be Chrome.
Additionally, the version of the website you get might be significantly different from the original version. While it’s not as frequent for Translate, the differences can exist for the Google Web Light, as it is best for returning textual content but not as good with retaining the outlook.
These methods won’t have any additional features that would allow you to easily use them for anything more than just manual unblocking one page at a time. For more sophisticated procedures, like web scraping, you would need advanced proxies. Finally, these Google service-based proxies won’t do much for your internet privacy and security either.
To avoid all these disadvantages and get all that you can out of proxy usage, we humbly suggest considering Razorproxy products. These data center proxies are at least as good as anything you can find in the industry and better than most. Due to many subnets that are used here, blocks are overcome by Razorproxy easier than even other paid providers, let alone Google services.
With flexible plans, you can choose whether you pay for traffic or for IPs used, making it easy for you to ensure that you never pay for what you don’t need. Additionally, rotating datacenter proxies are easy to manage and will do most of the work for you even and especially when you use proxies for business purposes. Thus, Razorproxy allows unlimited usage of everything best that the proxy servers can offer.
The above mentioned methods of using Google services as a proxy is a sure and quick way to bypass paywalls and local restrictions. Whenever you just need to load a webpage that is blocked by your administrator or simply won’t open fast enough for you, using Google Translate or Google Web Light might help. However, if you need proxies for business purposes and professional procedures, what you need is rotating datacenter proxies, offered by reliable providers, such as Razorproxy.
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