Redirection in websites

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Oct 13 09:43:09 UTC 2017

On Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:43:05 -0500, Antonio Olivares wrote:
> Something strange is going on when I try to visit a website.  I type
> in the address bar, and instead of getting duckduckgo, I
> see google.  I do the same but visting, and I get

Interestingly, I have seen this strange behaviour on tablets
and on smartphones (in their respective web browsers); it also
happens when you enter an IP, for example (to
connect to a Fritz!Box) - and you get Google search results.
This must be some "helpful modern setting"...

What web browser are you using?

> Some of my friends say that it is a conspiracy, 1984 by George Orwell is
> happening.

It's happening all the time, and nobody cares.

> I am a mathematics teacher and our network at school is not
> behaving normally.

School networks hardly do, because their administration suffers
from a severe lack of professionals. :-)

> I asked kindly to administrators to open some
> opensource sites, and some pages which were rated unknown by the software.
> But,  I cannot do normal things like update my machines because someone
> believes I am downloading illegal materials/files.

"Believe" is the "know" of the stupid ones. :-)

> Is there a way to
> configure tor network on my amd64 bit machine to bypass these troubles?  I
> am not doing anything wrong but I don't feel good not updating my machines
> and that redirection is also not good.

As lomng as HTTPS traffic isn't blocked in general, that would
probably be possible. Tunneling via "fake HTTP" would also be
possible (except they have strict whitelisting in place).

> If tor is not viable, are there any wireless broadband providers that
> respect the user's freedom, then I can get one device and connect from it
> to access the sites that I need also update my machines.

You can use your private smartphone to connect to the Internet,
and connect your computer via WLAN to the smartphone. That will
be slow, but you are independent from your local network.

Adding a USB stick with a LTE connection is also possible.

> Friends tell me
> that such companies do not exist.  I hope that is not the case.

There are no such "companies per se", but you can do it on
your own (with the help of the companies who sell you the
devices needed).

Magdeburg, Germany
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