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451 Error

When I try to access a news site, I am getting a 451 error saying the content is not available. I can access this same news site from work, I am only getting this message when I'm at home.

This makes me think some setting is wrong either on my home network or my laptop - what do I check? I can access other news sites.

I am located in western NY, and the news site is in the Seattle (WA) area. All the references I found referred to the government blocking websites, but that isn't consistent with being able to reach it from one location but not another.

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Clarification Request
Same or different computer?

In reply to: 451 Error

It makes a difference as does one's location. Some variables are the browser (and it's setup), AV/Malware programs, Ad blockers, different ISPs and their firewalls. If there was any way to use the same PC at both sites, you'd be well on your way to finding an answer.

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Re: 451 error

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- If it's available from your laptop on your work location and not at your home, it's your router or ISP.
- If it's not available from your laptop on work location, while other laptops and PC's work there, it's your laptop.

- If it's available from a device that works at work (say, phone or tablet using WiFi) and not at home it's your router or ISP.
- If such doesn't work at home either from that device, it's your laptop.

- If it works at home when you boot your laptop into a Linux disc or stick (free to make) it's Windows.

Simple experiments to know where to fix it.

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Works on a different computer from the same location

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So - based on the responses above (thank you!) it's a browser setting? Any suggestions on where to look?

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Not necessarily the browser alone

In reply to: Works on a different computer from the same location

You'd need to look at any security software, firewall settings, etc. You didn't mention the operating system either. If the PCs don't have the same OS, that's another variable. This becomes a process of ruling out these variables.

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so far....

In reply to: Not necessarily the browser alone

Both computers are running Windows 10, I use Chrome on both of them. The work laptop is managed by corporate IT and that is the one that I can access the site from. I just tried using the Chrome incognito window on my personal computer and then I was able to access the site.

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Re: incognito window

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So you found a solution. Probably using any other browser or resetting Chrome would have worked also.
Thanks for telling.

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Re: error 451

In reply to: Works on a different computer from the same location

This is what tells about error 451:

451 Unavailable For Legal Reasons (RFC 7725)
A server operator has received a legal demand to deny access to a resource or to a set of resources that includes the requested resource. The code 451 was chosen as a reference to the novel Fahrenheit 451 (see the Acknowledgements in the RFC).

Before finding a work-around better ask the webmaster or his hosting company why they did it. Your work-around might be illegal. Or their action might be a mistake.

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