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Dealing with WiFi that blocks VPNs

Sometimes when using a wifi network with a VPN connection for security you may find that the network will not allow you to log on.

Governments like those in power in Turkey and Russia can set networks to block VPNs, and it’s common for companies like Netflix to restrict their use to exclude unauthorized users.  VPNs typically transmit data with information that allows a provider to flag them - but this data can be obscured by a good VPN service.   Even public companies providing wifi access will restrict VPNs.  When using a wifi network for legitimate purposes, it’s always justifiable to keep your data secure with a VPN.

If you’re stuck somewhere using wifi that blocks VPNs, there are some solutions to consider.  You may wish to clear the cookies your browser has stored first to ensure you have the latest version of a wifi login site.

Browsers use port 443 for secure https sites with encrypted traffic and a VPN can be configured to run on this port.

You can also try using a service called smart DNS proxy, in place of a VPN, which works by removing location info from the connection and masks how the IP address assigned by DNS  - the domain name system - is shown to a website.  It does not offer all of the privacy protection of a VPN.  Some VPNs will include a smart DNS proxy option.

If all else fails ,try using the TOR network.  TOR will send the VPN through multiple routers set up on its network to mask the VPN but it will also slow down your connection considerably.  Some VPNs come with an option to use the TOR Onion browser.


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