What is VPN Blocking?

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In the world of virtual private networks, the term ‘blocking’ could mean two things. One is a VPN’s ability to bypass a geographical block, one that is enforced by a website or a streaming app. A section of our users utilizes TuxlerVPN for this purpose

The second case has to do with the same website and streaming app implementing a carefully curated blacklist that blocks the VPN itself. This can nullify its unblocking power mentioned in the first case.

The term ‘VPN blocking’ usually denotes this action by websites and networks that block a virtual private network’s server from circumventing their blocks and accessing content. Let’s take a closer look at what it is, how it works, and why it exists.

Understanding VPN Blocking

Imagine a streaming site. You live in a city in the United States but want to view the content available in the UK region. By default, you will be denied access due to regional restrictions. As we have covered before, you can do this by using TuxlerVPN. What you do is simply switch your web location (IP address) from a US one to a residential one in the UK. In TuxlerVPN, this is done by using a residential IP based in the UK. Your IP address is replaced by this one.

So, when you visit the streaming site, you will look like you are accessing from a UK region. The site gives you access and lets you stream the regional content.

Why Sites Block VPNs

As you can guess, this bypassing of regional restrictions by users is a rampant practice. A large section of netizens today uses VPNs to bypass regional restrictions on such streaming sites and other platforms. Even TuxlerVPN is majorly used as a website unblocker.

The sites in question do not like this practice. They have regional restrictions (or geoblocks) in place due to licensing limitations. A streaming site is usually disallowed to stream content in a country where another site may be licensed to stream that content. So, when users bypass such blocks, it puts them in a difficult position in front of distributors. While the economics of this situation is debatable, the sites look at this unblocking as a problem.

VPN blocking then becomes a solution to this problem. 

How a Website Blocks a VPN

Websites create a blacklist of IP addresses – derived from proxies and VPN servers – and block them from accessing their content. It curates these lists based on the pings they receive from such virtual networks, which they assume to be a part of a VPN network. In most cases, entire IP ranges are blocked. Oftentimes this can cause non-VPN IP addresses to get blacklisted too. This is why a lot of Netflix users complained to the streaming giant when it began VPN blocking in 2015.

Websites usually have systems in place that detect such IP addresses and automatically add them to their blacklist. Anyone who uses a VPN to bypass their blocks then is refused access. Unfortunately, this also affects users who might be using a VPN for other reasons like privacy, safety, and censorship avoidance.

This is not a foolproof plan as VPN providers can generate new servers, which can then generate new IP addresses. While residential IP addresses are also said to be blacklisted, we at TuxlerVPN haven’t received any reports from our users yet.

Using TuxlerVPN’s Residential IPs to Avoid VPN Blocking

As noted, TuxlerVPN is still a strong website unblocker when it comes to bypassing geoblocks. Residential IPs are usually spared the blacklist as they do not necessarily fall into the gamut of VPN IPs. Moreover, TuxlerVPN only provides 100% residential IPs which can thwart any existing VPN-blocking technology.

Want to continue streaming regional content? Buy TuxlerVPN Premium and never get blacklisted.

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