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The idcloak YouTube unblock proxy list provides free public proxies which you may use to bypass a ban of YouTube on your connection. The selected proxies are HTTPS, which means they provide encryption of the connection between yourself and the proxy server. This protection is important for unblocking sites without being detected by the content filters that censor your connection. It is recommended you also use the Proxy Selection Menu below to search for proxies near to your actual location but outside the reaches of censorship. If there are very few low anonymity proxies based in the country you choose, consider widening the proxy anonymity category to include medium anonymity proxies.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are able to access YouTube more generally but cannot view certain videos, the below custom version of our free proxy list is not for your purposes: it is recommended you instead use the selection menu below to display medium anonymity proxies based in the USA - in most cases such proxies will successfully bypass the georestrictions block.

YouTube is currently banned in People's Republic of China, Iran, Libya and Turkmenistan, while also being censored in many other countries. If you are based in the UK, many YouTube videos are banned by order of the British government because it showed citizens lawfully making a stand against authorities. In the U.K., many fear that the days of a free and open internet are coming to an end. As YouTube's role as a political unifier and informer begins to take shape, censorship of the site also appears to be tightening – the more people put up politically vibrant videos and footage, the more governments seek to curb access to the site. Do not allow government censors to filter our windows to the world - here is all you need to know about how to unblock YouTube; be it with free services like the Youtube proxy list or the VPN with dedicated IP – a more advanced system designed to bypass internet censorship and allow its user to unblock YouTube now. I will describe in detail various methods used to unblock YouTube below: [This article continues at the lower half of this page, below this proxy list table...]


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How do I unblock restricted websites like YouTube for free? The simplest and easiest answer to this question is to do a search for 'working proxy youtube'. Pages of search results will come up for free web unblock proxy sites. These services are remote gateways to the internet which, being based outside a censored country, are able to open blocked sites and retrieve banned content on your behalf. You use them much like you would a search engine: simply by entering a URL into a box provided on their homepage, the page comes up as if you had gone there directly. Like search engines, they require no login, configuration or downloads to use. Generally they make their revenue through advertising, so you may bring up some unwanted pop-ups, but this is a small price to pay to be able to unblock all websites for free.

One thing should be underlined – note that I said you should use the search terms 'working proxy youtube'. This is because if you simply search for 'free web based proxy server access' or some such, the proxies that come up will probably not function with YouTube – which requires specific proxy design to be supported. The same goes for IP proxies (see below) – you need a Youtube proxy list, not just any list. If you visit forums where proxy developers converse with one another, you will see just how much of a headache it can be to manage an effective proxy site for YouTube – primarily because embedded video is fiddly, and because the site's features are constantly being updated and added to. All this needs special coding if YouTube is to be accommodated by a proxy. For this reason, it is not uncommon for proxy sites to work with YouTube one day, and then not the next, just because the video site has changed something tiny in its functionality. Further, YouTube seems to keep quotas of the number of video watches it will allow per IP address – and the site has been known to block access to an IP address used by a proxy site when too many videos are watched from that single location. Therefore, the best YouTube proxies are flexible and resourceful. They should be maintained closely and carefully, employing only the latest versions of Glype (ready-written PHP script for proxy developers) with special plug-ins designed to enable the latest features and functions of YouTube to run through the proxy server.

Sadly, for many in the world, the best YouTube proxies also need to stay hidden. The reason many people in PRC search for a 'working proxy youtube' is not because many proxy sites can't support YouTube, it's because the proxy site itself is not working. Many of the more advanced censors of the internet take great pains to block access to proxy groups sites – huge lists of which are added to their URL blacklists everyday. And yet, every day new proxy websites (known as clean proxies, working proxies, or fresh proxies) come online. This battle between proxy developers and censors has been called by many "Whack the Mole" – based on an American fairground game, where you hit a mole that comes out of a hole, and two more spring up out of other holes. If you live in one of the tougher internet censorship countries, this analogy is no longer funny – it is arduous to everyday mine a YouTube proxy list for the newest YouTube anonymizers (another term for a working YouTube proxy). And when you remember that some proxy sites also simply do not work with YouTube, or those that do are congested by overuse, the job of finding a good one can quickly become hair-pullingly hard.


So what else is available that can help people who want to bypass blocked sites like YouTube? Well, first there is the HTTPS proxy site. These secure high-anonymity proxies encrypt all traffic with SSL tunneling – a heavy-duty encryption protocol that keeps out prying eyes by encrypting the connection between you and the proxy. Many advanced web filters scan pages for any sign that a site offers a proxy service; but if a proxy encrypts all content passing through those filters – it makes this scanning much more difficult. So, if you are inside a censorship zone where proxy sites are also blocked, search for 'https anonymous servers' and choose a proxy that has an https beginning to the URL. This last part is important – as a site that offers HTTP and HTTPS is likely to be blocked much more quickly than one only offering an HTTPS connection, as users will first visit it when it is unencrypted and draw attention to it in while in that unprotected, visible state. The other issue is speed, however – high-anonymity proxies tend to be popular and can incur overcrowding, for one; and secondly, the encryption process slows the connection speed down too. This may be fine if you are using a none-too-speedy internet connection anyway, but if you have paid out for a 10Mb/s broadband link, you are really going to notice the delay. Streaming high-quality video on YouTube can at the best of times be a pain, but through a poorly-coded or overcrowded HTTPS proxy site, it can quickly become agonizing. Nonetheless, if you find new, well-coded and marginally unheard of HTTPS proxies, ones that are located not so far away, they will likely bypass internet filters and satisfactorily unblock YouTube for at least a while.


Unfortunately, even HTTPS anonymous servers often get identified and blocked. Because of this, another proxy system has become widely used: IP proxies from a proxy list. These offer the same service as a web based proxy server, only without needing the proxy web site to be accessed. Users instead go into their browser's advanced settings and manually enter the proxy's IP address and port number. Doing so connects the browser and the IP proxy directly, without needing to use cumbersome websites and URLs which are more easily noticed and blocked by censors. With IP proxies we have a YouTube proxy unblocker that operates very much under the censorship radar.

Lists of IP proxies are published online in various places – but, needless to say, it is always a good idea to seek out those that are distributed through more closed circles so they are less likely to be snapped up by censors and banned (IP addresses can also be blocked if they are known to harbor online proxy services). As a final note, to find the fastest IP proxies it is often a good idea to use one that is as near to your actual location as possible – the further you have to go for your connection, the more chance you have of hitting congestion. This point is applicable to any remote web based proxy server.


The other increasingly popular option for those tiring of searching for unblocked proxy sites is Virtual Private Networks. These are proxy servers too, but they tunnel all your internet traffic through their servers, not just the HTTP and HTTPS content from your browser (as is the case with web proxies and IP proxies). What is more, all that traffic is passed in fully encrypted packets, right down to the URLs. Such protection makes VPNs the highest internet security option available, and since the internet has become a much less friendly place than it once was, it is for this maximum internet privacy that most people subscribe to VPNs. But these high-grade VPN proxy services are often also bought to do something as simple as unblock YouTube. Once set up, you can pretty much sit back and relax – it will bypass web filters and access YouTube as if it were never blocked.

The number of VPN subscribers in internet censorship countries is growing quickly – as sites like Facebook and now Vimeo are also being added to the People's Republic of China blacklist. If you choose a VPN provider with a dedicated IP address (one just for you), which is arbitrarily generated (not part of a batch that can easily be identified and blocked): it is safe to say you will be able to unblock YouTube forever. What is more, YouTube functions very well through VPNs, without the reliability problems that are common among web or IP proxies. Only the shoddiest of VPN providers incur any real problems with the site. For example, there has been the occasional issue with DNS Cache-poisoning from low-grade VPNs. DNS poisoning means, in simple terms, that your computer falls prey to a trick some censors use to give away that you are trying to visit a banned site. They do this by replacing the DNS server you normally use with one that is controlled by the censors; thus enabling them to monitor, block or redirect your internet activities to fake sites. However, the better VPNs are built so that this cannot happen: they answer all DNS requests with their own uncensored nameservers.

So, which VPN is best for YouTube? There are countless VPN providers. For sure, you should stay away from those that profess to offer a free VPN. You can guarantee that anyone offering for free a service as expensive to run as a VPN has an agenda behind doing so and should not be trusted with your data. As with most free things in life, you get what you pay for. Whether you need a VPN that can unblock YouTube and other banned websites, or you want to protect your PIA – Privacy Identity Anonymity – use a Smart VPN


Smartphones now allow people to watch YouTube when out and about. It is more important than ever that your YouTube proxy unblocker works on your mobile device as well as the home computer. As long as your mobile has a browser, it will be able to operate both Youtube anonymizers (web proxies), HTTPS proxies and IP proxies.

VPNs are still relatively new to the mobile device market – and often require different encryption protocols than those used on home computers – but there are already some good VPNs available for multiple mobile platforms. At the time of writing, only the very best VPN providers offer packages that include simultaneous use on your mobile and home computer, and ones that work very well on both. For your information, the VPN protocols that can be used on each mobile phone device are as follows: OpenVPN for Android devices; while PPTP, IPSec and L2TP VPN protocols are supported on the iPhone/iPad.

Author: Gill-Chris Welles, Senior Technical Writer, idcloak Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved