How to Avoid VPN Blocking?

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Gone are the days when you could switch on a random VPN software and a website would be unblocked. Although there are effective and easy ways to do that, a growing tribe of netizens still complain about inaccessibility. They say that even after using a VPN, they are not able to access particular sites, mostly in the streaming domain.

And one possible reason for that is VPN blocking, a technique used by websites and organizations to prevent users from accessing their content through an encrypted tunnel. Over the last few years, several websites such as Netflix, and countries like China and Iran, have relied on VPN blocking to discourage non-local users from accessing their content. While websites do this to strengthen their geofence, countries depend on it to improve their censorship.

A virtual private network is ideally supposed to tackle this issue but instead finds itself in a fix. So, the question that then comes up is: how can you avoid, tackle, or move past this VPN blocking?

Before we can understand how let’s take a look at the different ways in which websites block encrypted tunneling.

How Do Websites Block VPNs?

There are several ways in which websites can block VPNs. The most common way is to block entire IP address ranges that are identified to belong to VPN providers (servers). Websites do this by constantly tracking IP addresses that access their content, and adding the addresses to their blacklist. The next time a user utilizes one of these blacklisted VPN server IPs, they fail to access the site in question.

As you can guess, this is easier said than done. It is not possible for websites to keep a track of all the IP address ranges used by all the VPNs in the world. This is also why you will find that some users can access a geoblocked site while others cannot. Since most websites use this method, there are still some VPNs and VPN IP ranges that are able to slip through the IP filter.

Then there is the method where website administrators conveniently close certain ports used by common VPN protocols. This prevents data transfer within the networks, eventually impairing the VPN action that is supposed to bypass the geofence in the first place.

Another stricter method involves blocking all non-local IPs. For example, an American website may choose to block all IP addresses originating from outside the United States. The concern with this method is that the website will lose genuine international visitors too. Combine this with any of the above two VPN blocking methods, and websites have a foolproof system. 

How to Tackle VPN Blocking?

You cannot avoid VPN blocking because it’s outside your control. Websites and countries may choose to do it for a variety of reasons. However, you can definitely bypass it. How? Using a residential VPN.

As of 2022, VPN blocks mostly target VPN server and data center IPs. And since we know that residential IPs are far better at unblocking websites, they tend to also easily pass through the VPN block filters. One reason for this is that residential IPs are not actively blocked by websites. This is because doing so can cause them to lose real traffic from real users. Not to mention the flak that websites may face from genuine users who may complain of inaccessibility when they have not done anything wrong. Case in point: when Netflix users complained about inaccessibility way back in 2016.

TuxlerVPN users have reported smooth website unblocking even as we read reports about streaming sites doubling down on VPN-using netizens.

The advantage of using a residential VPN is that you can randomize your IP address (if you are on a paid plan) and continue to unblock a geofence even if the website detects circumvention and blocks the originally assigned IP. You can always rely on a pool of true residential IPs to stream movies and shows buffer-free.

Websites and countries will continue to strengthen their anti-VPN strategy as we move ahead. This is not ideal from one perspective, especially in this digital age. While IP filters and port closures are the most common methods used to block VPNs, there are residential VPNs that still help in bypassing geofence. 

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