Now more and more services and companies in Russia are blocked: someone “flies off” because of sanctions, someone because of the requirements of the authorities. What to do if your favorite service is on the verge of blocking, but you are not ready to put up with it? Various VPN services, proxy servers and specialized browsers will come to the rescue. For a beginner, finding something worthwhile is not so easy. Today we will understand everything in more detail.
Perhaps now most will be surprised, but a VPN is not designed to bypass blocking. The very name of a VPN, Virtual Private Network , suggests that it is a technology to secure a connection.
How a VPN works
To bypass blocking, it is better to get a VPS server in Europe and use it to raise your VPN. Specific examples are below.
A VPS server is a virtual private server. How is the technology organized? There is one physical server running several independent virtual servers (VPS). Each of them has its own configuration.
VPN as a separate service is not the best way to bypass blocking. The company can simply be blocked in your country, the creators of the service can cut off access to it. And the technology itself was created specifically to protect the connection. VPN is suitable for those who do not want to complicate things. This is perhaps the easiest way to quickly launch your favorite application.
It is worth mentioning that free VPN services should be used at your own risk. Their creators may leak your data.
To make it easier for you to choose, we have compiled a selection. All VPN services from the list are paid, but each has a trial period.
Windscribe positions itself as a company that strives to develop powerful and easy-to-use tools for secure web browsing. A yearly subscription costs $49, which is the normal market price. You can pay in any convenient way. When registering an account and confirming mail, the service gives 10 GB of traffic with a limited selection of countries.
In addition to the desktop utility (Windows, Linux, macOS), Windscribe has a browser extension and a mobile app (Android, iOS).
hidemy.name is a service for undemanding users. Only 45 available countries, up to five simultaneously connected devices, not the highest speed. A year of using the service will cost 3240 rubles.
hidemy.name supports all the most popular PC and phone operating systems. Unfortunately there are no browser extensions.
ExpressVPN is the most expensive and feature-packed VPN in the collection. The service can be used on any device (up to six at a time). Servers are located in 94 countries, connection is carried out with unlimited bandwidth.
You will have to pay a lot for such pleasure: $ 100 a year. ExpressVPN can be installed as a browser extension. This is definitely a plus.
Surfshark is my absolute favorite VPN service on the list: it combines affordable price, speed and convenience. At the time of writing, the cost of two years of use is 6,000 rubles.
Surfshark supports an unlimited number of simultaneously connected devices, and its servers are located in 65 countries around the world.
VPN supports macOS, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Android. In addition, it can be installed as a browser extension.
All of the above VPNs can be installed on a router. Detailed instructions are available on the service websites.
Proxy server – roughly speaking, a computer that is an additional link between the user and the application. It is located outside the country where the blocking occurs. The server, like your device, has its own IP address. This address is used if the user connects to the service through a proxy. As a result, the service thinks that the proxy server is the user. Thanks to this, blocking can be bypassed.
The advantage of the technology over VPN is obvious: no one will block the proxy server, since only you control it.
There are three main types of proxy servers:
This is a standard proxy, a regular server. Such proxies are characterized by high speed and stable connection.
These proxies consist of real user IP addresses that are purchased from ISPs or device users. This makes them more anonymous.
There are also residential reverse connection proxies. They can change the IP address several times a day, making it even more difficult to trace.
In such a proxy, all user requests go through the mobile operator using the mobile IP address. Mobile proxies are ideal for bypassing hard blocks. The target server can block server proxies when it receives an unnatural number of requests from one IP. This does not threaten mobile proxies: many users who follow the rules of the site will suffer from their blocking. Also with a mobile proxy, you get a pool of IP addresses that change automatically.
Another proxy servers are divided into:
Such a server does not hide information from the resource. Firstly, the proxy server reports that it is, and secondly, it transmits the real IP address of the user.
Such proxies also honestly identify themselves, but instead of real data, they transmit false ones.
Like the previous two, such a server announces itself, but, unlike the above, does not transmit absolutely no data. In this case, the site may behave differently than with a normal user.
Such proxies regularly change IP addresses and give out fake data. This greatly reduces the chances of tracking traffic and connecting it to a client.
One of the best proxy server rental services is RSocks . It offers residential, server and mobile IP addresses. The service has a free trial period. And at the same time its own proxy checker (a utility for checking the validity of IP addresses and their presence in spam databases). You can choose the server location up to the city. The main disadvantage is the lack of an IPv6 proxy.
The main advantage of AstroProxy is that here you pay for the traffic used, and not for the number of IP addresses. However, there are a couple of huge downsides. This is a small number of GEO proxies and the high cost of server proxies.
A GEO proxy is a set of IP addresses tied to a specific territory. If the ip-address of the connection changes, this happens strictly within the same country.
There are also “college” and “business” tariffs. In the first case, you are connected to the university or college network. In the second – to the network of an enterprise. Unfortunately, you cannot choose a university or an enterprise.
Proxy6 offers us server proxies. The prices here are among the lowest on the market. Proxy6 also has its own proxy checker. A very cool advantage is that the service pays up to 30% for the purchases of referred users. The key disadvantage is the weak support service: you can wait a whole day for a response from it.
Tor, OrWeb – anonymizing browsers that work on the principle of onion routing . Browsers are a huge system of proxy servers that allow you to establish an anonymous network connection.
Tor is the most popular and largest project of its kind. You can install it on any device running Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. To download, you will have to use a VPN service: the site is blocked on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Or Web is a browser for Android smartphones. Before installation, you need to download an additional application from the same developer. The interface and functionality is poorer than in Tor. The browser does not even save your browsing history, and page loading is much slower.
Brave is a simplified version of the Tor browser. The project appeared quite recently, but has already managed to gain popularity in the Western market. Anonymity is also present here, through Brave you can sit on blocked sites. But you won’t be able to get into the dark part of the Internet, since this is not an onion network.
Brave has a user-friendly and intuitive interface that will be pleasing to the eye. The browser blocks all ads, tracking and cookies.
All of the above browsers are open-source projects. This means they are open source. Therefore, if you do not trust the browser or want to help its development, you can read and modify the code without any obstacles.
The truth is that today bypassing Internet blocking is not a problem. You don’t need to be a computer expert to do this. There are many services that are ready to provide you with their services – everyone can find something to their liking and within the budget. Even the notorious Chinese firewall is easily broken through with the right tools.