VPNs or Virtual Private Networks have several uses—to access remote content, to protect your privacy and keep you anonymous, to make online browsing more secure, and many others. However, in recent years, studies have shown that VPNs are mostly used to get around restrictions placed by any of these entities:
- Governments: Internet usage in countries like China, Iran, North Korea, and Cuba are heavily censored due to the repressive political situation in these countries. Australia and some members of the European Union also employ some sort of Internet censorship that was subtle at first but is now becoming quite obvious.
- Companies: Offices are known to restrict employees’ access to sites that can affect productivity. This includes social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Schools often block access to these sites as well.
- Video streaming sites: Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are just some of the online entertainment sites that restrict content according to a user’s geographical location. They cite copyright protection for employing geo-restrictions.
- Copyright owners: Movie producers and sports promotions companies, like UFC, protect their works (and maximize their profits) by limiting access to their contents. Copyright owners are also known to put pressure on video streaming sites, as in the case of Netflix who used to be lenient on
These restrictions are usually made by blocking IP addresses based on location. So the most effective way to bypass them is by obtaining an IP address from a location that’s not blocked. A
Fortunately, there are ways to bypass
Before we delve into the various methods to bypass
VPN blockers: DPI (Deep Packet Inspection)
DPI or Deep Packet Inspection is ideally used to protect networks from being invaded by hackers and DDoS attackers. It can also be used to prevent network congestion so that people who are streaming videos won’t slow down the whole network. Here’s a simple video that will make you understand DPI better:
Deep Packet Inspection is also used by governments to block
VPN blockers: IP blocking
Netflix, one of the leading source of entertainment content, was pressured by movie producers into banning VPNs. Netflix does this by blocking IP addresses associated with
— The Independent (@Independent) April 19, 2016
Websites can also monitor simultaneous connections coming from a single IP address. If the number of connections exceeds the normal range, these websites will then block that particular IP address. Aside from websites, governments also employ IP blocking by banning all overseas IP addresses.
VPN blockers: Closing of ports
Offices block VPNs by closing ports that are normally used by
VPN blocker: Switch to an unblocked VPN
This is the most straightforward approach and entails a little technical know-how. All you have to do is research which
Use a dedicated IP address
The anonymity that VPNs provide is partially due to the fact that these providers rotate IP addresses. A single IP address can be shared by hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously, and a website that monitors the usage of an IP address can easily detect activity that is more than the normal range.
Getting a dedicated IP address will help solve this problem since you will be the only one using that IP address. The number of detected connections will be within the normal range, and websites won’t be alerted. Some
Change port numbers
- TCP port 80: This port is officially assigned to HTTP or Hypertext Transfer Protocol, but you can connect your
VPNto this port as well. Obviously, system administrators won’t close this port.
- TCP port 443: Port 443 is assigned to HTTPS or the Hypertext Transfer Protocol over TLS/SSL. Just like port 80, system administrators wouldn’t want to close this port so you can use it.
- Less popular port numbers: System administrators tend to close only those ports known to be associated with VPNs. Choosing port numbers that are not well-known can also work to bypass port blocks. Port numbers that come to mind are 41185 and 2018, but choices will depend on the
VPNprotocol used by your VPN.
For these methods to be effective, get in touch with your
VPN with Obfsproxy technology
This method makes OpenVPN traffic undetectable to Deep Packet Inspection by hiding OpenVPN traffic behind an obfuscation layer. Basically, obfuscation removes identifying metadata on a
We’re happy to report that our team has resolved the connection issue on Android platforms in addition to the Windows App. VyprVPN users will be able to connect successfully from China using the Chameleon protocol through their Android and Windows devices. pic.twitter.com/0UUspJC6ch
— VyprVPN (@VyprVPN) December 28, 2018
The tweet above is certainly an encouraging one from this innovative
Run your own
This is an advanced method that won’t completely protect your privacy. However, this will allow you to hide your real IP address and have your own unblockable
If setting up a home
VPN blockers can be bypassed
It’s like a game of whack-a-mole: websites, companies, and governments use technology to restrict access to certain contents while people use VPNs to bypass such restrictions. Then websites, companies, and governments will discover their restrictions being bypassed. What will they do? They will employ
Thankfully, it doesn’t end here. Advocates of a free Internet are fighting back and have found several ways to bypass
But if a person wants to decide on his own what he can, and what is not, he will find a way out. This is just my observation. Will he use VPN, Tor browser, use anonymous cryptowallets, but will find a way out how to bypass the ban.
— LetBetOfficial (@LetBetOfficial) January 25, 2018