How to avoid a VPN blockade - 5 simple tips
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It seems as if we are somewhat spoiled in the German-speaking countries. Even if there is some content in this country that cannot be accessed directly, there are far more dramatic examples internationally. Authoritarian nations prohibit independent news, messenger services and much more. For example YOU can access the following pages. In the respective countries, however, YOU cannot visit the pages directly via the Internet.
Examples of blocked pages
www.grani.ruist according to "Reporters Without Borders" an independent news portal.www. This site was founded by Tibetan monks living in exile in India. It is one of the most important sources for the social and political developments in Tibet.www. This is also an independent news service, which was also blocked shortly after its introduction in 2011. This is very often implemented by geoblocking and blocking lists and therefore we would like to show you the possibilities of how you can still use the Internet as private and free as possible.
Disclaimer - Use our tips responsibly
VPN services are also frequently and rightly cited by us as a solution here. Nevertheless, there are currently even countries in which the largest VPN providers are blocked or their use is even forbidden. We know that this is often not fair, but there is also content on the net that is rightly blocked. So we would like to point out that you are responsible for adhering to the law when accessing content. So what can you do if VPN services are blocked in some countries? Let's take a closer look at this.
Blocking the IP address
This method is most often used because it is also easy to implement. If you know the IP address of a VPN provider, you can be denied access to this address even before the connection is established. So here the IP address ends up on a blacklist. Since you need to know the IP address and you also need to know that it is a VPN provider, often only the best known ones end up on this blacklist. Smaller providers are often not affected by this blockade.
Deep Packet Inspection
Without being able to view the content in detail, it is able to examine parts of data packets using DPI. In this way it is often possible to see whether data has been encrypted by a VPN or not.
Block ports preferred by VPN
By using firewalls, ports that are preferably used for VPN protocols can be blocked. In particular, this concerns TCP UDP ports which are often assigned numbers (500, 1194, 1723, 4500, 1701).
Who blocks VPN services?
In addition to the countries addressed, which have introduced such blockades to prevent access to messages or messenger services, there are also very prominent companies who do so. You probably know some of them yourself. Among them are Netflix, Hulu or BBC. But also services such as hotel networks with their own digital offer or WLAN networks that enable offers during a flight block VPNs.
How can you bypass the VPN blockade?
We know that it can very often become very technical. But it does not always have to be complicated. We therefore have solutions for both professionals and the average Internet user who simply wants to access certain content. Let's take a look at what you can do to see what you want to see in the most private way.
VPN provider with changing IP
Since large providers are often the first to be placed on the blacklist when a VPN blockade occurs, look for other providers as well. Of course, you can always check with large providers in advance to see if their offer is suitable for your particular application. Some VPN services also work with regularly changing IP addresses.
With Psiphon you get an open source tool that uses a mix of encryption and obfuscation technology. If you use Psiphon and encounter a VPN blockade, you can easily switch to SSH or SSH+ here. If the Psiphon site itself is not reachable due to a blockade, you can even request the software by email.
The notorious TOR browser should not be missing in our list of solutions. It forwards your requests multiple times over a worldwide network of servers. Not only does this give you an enormous amount of privacy and data protection, but it also helps you avoid annoying VPN blockages. To make sure DPI firewalls don't stand a chance, you can also use SSH tunneling. More on this in a moment. We've summarized more about TOR in our article "TOR and what you need to know about darknet", which basically says that VPN blockages are always about VPNs being recognized as such. Only then you can logically block them. For the technically savvy, there are also ways to disguise the data they send over their VPN as conventional data packets. This makes it very unlikely to encounter a VPN blockade that you cannot avoid.
Most VPN providers are of course aware that some networks block VPNs. SSL or TLS encryption is used for secure data transmission. E-mails, for example, are encrypted in this way. Stealth VPN" refers to VPN services that encrypt TLS outgoing data packets from the VPN. This means that the data packets cannot be traced using DPI and you can surf with confidence .
As mentioned above, this is certainly a connection that is established via the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol. Here the data packets are additionally SSH-encrypted, so that it is no longer possible to recognize that the data is sent via a VPN. As a result, there is almost no VPN blocking and you are back on the winning side, so you see that there is always a solution. No matter how technically skilled you are, with a little interest and joy of experimentation you will have the freedom back in your own hands. Privacy and increased anonymity go hand in hand with most of these methods. If you have any questions about this or other topics, just write us a message, we always like to read about you.