How to Easily Bypass VPN Blocks (Yes, even for Netflix!)

While VPNs are an easy way to access blocked sites, many governments and companies are starting to block VPN use. But never despair— we’ll show you how to easily bypass VPN blocks while still protecting your privacy and security. Share

So you want to access websites around the world while still maintaining your privacy? Sadly, just having a VPN connection doesn’t always work anymore.

You see, over the years, censored websites have figured out this little trick. To restrict access, governments and companies have developed VPN detectors that block you from bypassing their restrictions with a VPN.

But don’t worry— we gotcha.

Whether you want to access the US version of Netflix or Hulu (Check out the best VPNs for Netflix here), need to bypass your company’s ban on social media, or live in a country with internet censorship, our detailed guide will help you bypass VPN blocks with ease, whether you’re on an iPhone, Android, Mac, or PC.

First things first: The disclaimer

Before we get started, let’s be clear: we’re not in the business of encouraging you to bypass VPN blocks. Internet censorship exists for all kinds of reasons— from services that use geo-blocking, to governments that restrict access to foreign media, to companies that don’t want their employees on Facebook all day— and bypassing it carries risks to the user (that’d be you.)

So why have we created this guide?

We at vpnMentor are firm believers in freedom and privacy. It’s our job to give you the tools and info— and it’s your job to decide how, when, and where to use them responsibly and legally.

In general, using VPNs is rarely illegal (although the content you access when using the VPN may be), even in VPN-blocking countries such as China, Syria, or Iran. That said, as of July 2016, using a VPN service whilst in the United Arab Emirates is illegal and is punishable by jail time and fines of between 500,000 and 2,000,000 UAE Dirham (136,130 – 544,521 USD). So if you’re planning a trip to the UAE, you’re better off forgetting your favorite shows on Netflix and bringing a book instead.

As for VPN-blocks at your school or workplace, keep in mind that if caught bypassing VPN restrictions on a private WiFi or LAN network, you could face suspension, termination, or other disciplinary measures. While chances are slim that you’ll be caught, it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the risk.

Got it? Ok, then let’s get started.


IP Blocking – The most common method of preventing VPN use is simply discovering the VPN server IPs and blocking their access. However, as there are now hundreds of VPN service providers, most of the focus is on blocking only the most popular VPNs.

Lesser-known VPN providers often fly under the radar, allowing you to browse undetected. To determine if your IP is blacklisted or from a proxy, go to

Port Blocking – Another effective way to block VPNs is to use a firewall to block the ports commonly used by VPN protocols, such as 1194 (UDP), 1723 (TCP), 500 (UDP), 4500 (UDP), 1701 (UDP) etc.

DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) –DPI is a way to examine part of a data packet (often the header) at an inspection point to determine whether the data has been encapsulated by a VPN. This effective tactic has been used by the government of Syria since 2011 and targets VPN protocols such as OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP.


  1. Streaming Services (Netflix, Hulu, BBC, etc.) –Video streaming websites are increasingly blocking viewers who use VPNs to bypass the geographical restrictions on their services. Geo-blocking protects copyright holders, who can maximise their profits by segregating the world market.
  2. Pay-per-day wireless services – Hotel and in-flight wireless services, such as GoGo, often block VPNs because they want you to pay for in-flight or in-hotel movies instead of streaming them yourself for free.


We know not everyone who wants to stream their favorite show on Netflix is a VPN guru, so we’ve broken our solutions into two sections: Basic and Advanced.


  1. Mobile Phone – By far the simplest solution for bypassing a VPN block is either to surf using your iPhone or Android or to open a mobile hotspot in order to access websites blocked by your workplace, school or hotel abroad. You will, of course, be charged the normal rate by your cell provider, but it is a simple, elegant and virtually undetectable solution.
  2. Polyserver – Rather than committing to just one VPN provider or server, try switching to a lower-profile VPN service, or changing to a different server IP run by the same provider. Ask your provider whether it regularly recycles its IP addresses, making them harder to block.

    For our recommendations on the best VPNs to use for streaming services, click here.

  3. DIY – Instead of relying on VPN providers and their servers, run your own VPN server and connect to it from the censored location.This will provide you with your own unique IP address, making sure you avoid basic IP blanket-blocking.
    Here’s how to do it:
    Step 1:
    Click the Start button. In the search bar, type VPN and select ‘Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection‘.
    Step 2: Click on the “+ Add a VPN Connection” button
    Step 3: Click on the text box under VPN Provider, and select “Windows (Built-in)”
    Step 4: Based on the information you receive when registering your VPN, input the connection name, server, security protocols and your username and password in the correct boxes. Then click “Save” and exit the setup window
    Step 5: Click on the Wi-Fi icon and click on the VPN connection, and you should be connected in no time.
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  4. Tor – Tor browser encrypts and then randomly bounces your data through a global network of relays to conceal your identity and online activity from surveillance and traffic analysis. By separating identification and routing, Tor bridges can be used to bypass IP blocks, and obfsproxy can be used to hide Tor traffic from DPI. For more information on Tor and how to use it, click here.
  5. Lahana – Lahana lets you quickly build a VPN server so you can access the Internet and Tor. The tool does not attempt to implement any additional form of secrecy or privacy, however using it with Tor allows users to browse in nearly complete anonymity. Running a Lahana node shouldn’t cost more than $20/month.
  6. Shadowsocks – Shadowsocks is an open-source proxy application, widely used in mainland China to circumvent internet censorship. Basically, it’s a SOCKS5 proxy that is available for most major platforms.
  7. Psiphon – Psiphon is an open-source tool that combines the use of secure communications and clouding technologies (VPN, SSH, and HTTP Proxy) to avoid censorship or geo blocked content. If you encounter a block when using VPN, for example, you can switch to SSH or obfuscated SSH (SSH+) instead. You can download Psiphon here, or if you are surfing from a place where the Psiphon website is blocked, you can email them at


In order to make it impossible for a network to detect your VPN you’ll need to mask your VPN traffic, and make it appear as regular online movement. Here are some techniques for unblocking your VPN service on almost any network:

    1. TCP Port 443 – When you have to enter personal, or sensitive, data online you will be transferred to TCP 443. This is a higher level of encryption, and is similar to the SSL encryption used by quality VPNs.Therefore, by switching over port number to 443, most firewalls won’t recognize that you’re also on a VPN and will allow you access to the blocked content.  You can set it up by contacting your VPN provider’s tech support
      To change the port number:

      • Find the correct configuration file. It has the extension .ovpn and is located …
        • on Windows XP/Vista: C:\Programs\OpenVPN\config
        • on Windows XP/Vista 64-Bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\config
        • on Macintosh OS X: Library/openvpn (in the Home folder of the respective user)
        • Open the configuration file with WordPad or TextEdit. On Vista you have to start the editor with the option “Run as Administrator”.
        • Delete any line containing “proto udp”
        • Put a “#” at the beginning of the line “remote”
        • Add a line or remove the “#”: “remote 443 tcp”
        • Save the file
    2. Stealth VPN / Obfuscation – Switching over to port 443 is not a fool proof . There is a data packer header in most VPN protocols. This makes it possible for a firewall to recognize the traffic as being routed through a VPN.

      VPN service providers are obviously aware that some networks are blocking VPN traffic. ‘Stealth’ VPN technology hides your online activities which and will instead disguise it as regular TLS encrypted web traffic.

      Turn on the VPNs stealth mode connection to rewrite or hide the packet headers, making it unrecognizable to the firewalls.

      SSL Tunneling – Is when an internal client application requests a web object using HTTPS on port 8080 through the proxy server. For example, when you are using online shopping.

    3. The internet connection to the relevant e-commerce website is tunneled to by you through a proxy server.

      The client communicates with the target web server directly after the initial connection has been established by a proxy server, by means of communication within the SSL tunnel that has been created after SSL negotiation has taken place.

      SSL tunnels are usually made using the Stunnel software, which must be configured on both the VPN server and on your computer. If you want to use SSL tunneling, you must discuss it with your VPN service provider.In addition to the strong encrypted layer of TLS/SSL encryption is the OpenVPN data which is an additional layer that is wrapped inside.

      This level of security can’t be penetrated by DPI techniques, which means that they won’t be able to detect the OpenVPN encryption inside.

    4. SSH Tunneling – An SSH tunnel consists of an encrypted tunnel created through an SSH (Secure Shell) protocol. It is similar to SSL tunneling, except that the VPN data is wrapped inside an SSH encryption. SSH is mostly used in the business world for accessing shell accounts on UNIX systems, and is therefore nowhere near as popular as SSL. As with SSL tunneling, you will need to talk to your VPN provider in order to activate it.Both SSL and SSH tunneling are more secure than obfsproxy, however, obfsproxy is easier to set up and configure.Obfsproxy also uses significantly less bandwidth, as it does not offer the additional layer of encryption provided by SSL and SSH tunneling.



    In this day and age, any lock can be picked and any block can be tricked. At vpnMentor, we encourage you to stay safe, stay free, stay anonymous.

    For our list of best & worst VPNs and their reviews, please click here

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