How ISPs Block Websites and How to Bypass Their Restrictions

ISPs turn to different tools to enforce blockades, but whichever tool they use you can bypass it with a good VPN.

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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the world are blocking access to websites as we speak. Some are doing it for legitimate reasons, and some because of the growing online censorship. And in some other cases, it’s not the ISP that is responsible for the blockade.

ISPs can turn to different tools to enforce blockades, with smaller ones relying on lower-cost methods to pull it off. In contrast, giant providers have more money to spend and could use more sophisticated tools that could be difficult (though not impossible) to bypass.

On the other hand, regular users like you and I also have modern tools to bypass any restrictions an ISP or some other entity could throw at us. Yes, I’m talking about a VPN.

But I’m getting ahead of myself; first, you need to determine…

Does your ISP block some websites?

Have you ever gotten a message such as “this content is not available in your country”? This shows that either your ISP is blocking access to that website or it’s the website owner(s) who is doing it. For instance, Disney+ can’t be reached from all places around the world and you may get this message if you try to access it from the country where it is still not available.

The easiest way to check whether a website has been blocked by your ISP or someone else is to google something like “is it down for everyone or just me.” You should get your answer in the search results.

Alternatively, you could also try accessing said website with a different web browser, or even a different computer. If that doesn’t work — and the Internet “tells” you that it is accessible — chances are it’s your ISP that is blocking the access. Proceed to the next section…

A VPN helps you get around blockades…

In most cases, ISPs block certain IP addresses from accessing some websites. Other ways of doing this are by employing DNS blocking and/or Deep Packet Inspection, otherwise known as DPI. All of these methods will lock you out of desired access, except if you have the right tool to get around these (and any other) limitations…

You can get a VPN to bypass this silly blockade by connecting to the server in another country. Because all communication between your device — whether it’s your computer, tablet or smartphone — and VPN’s server is conducted through a secure channel (HTTPS), your ISP won’t be able to tell what you’re doing online. As far as its software is concerned, you’re exchanging some data with the server in another country. This secure tunnel is what VPN is all about, letting you access content that would otherwise be outside of your reach — all while keeping your web whereabouts hidden from the prying eyes.

The situation is slightly more complicated with DPI, which unsurprisingly is the method used by the Chinese censors. In order to bypass such restrictions, you’ll need the best VPN money could buy. Actually there are a few solutions that work in China, but you get the point — it is the most advanced way to block users from accessing parts of the Internet…

To sum things up… in order to get to that page you want, fire-up a VPN app, connect to a server in a different country and try again accessing that website. Chances are you will be able to roam online like it’s nobody’s business. And that’s just the way it should be — nobody’s business.

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