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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Unblock Google Maps Blocked by Firewall

In Office whenever I tried to access Google Maps I got following firewall restriction message. 

FortiGuard Web Filtering 
Web Page Blocked!

You have tried to access a web page which is in violation of your internet usage policy.
URL: maps.google.com/maps?

I am unsure why my company is blocking Google Maps over Firewall. One Day I found one of my office colleague accessing Google Maps, I asked me how could he access Google Maps when it is blocked by our office firewall.

He said their is a simple trick which can let us access Google Maps service.

How to Unblock Google Maps Blocked by Firewall

Simply add HTTPS httpS://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl to the blocked URL to unblock Google Maps, now the maps would open without any blocking.
URL with error - Web Page Blocked : http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl
Unblocked Google Maps URL : httpS://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

Learning: The next time when you find a website getting blocked by your office firewall, try changing HTTP value to HTTPS (Secure) and see whether you can access the site.

Author : Pankaj // 00:21

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