Bypassing Internet Restrictions: 10 Techniques that work!

internet restrictions

I spend a lot of time thinking about the problems of common people and potential solutions. And sometimes, I feel pity for the people as to how the governments are spying on their web activity and imposing internet restrictions to suppress their voices. Sometimes completely banning the Internet for months. India has made a world record in banning the internet. It’s not a regional issue, it’s happening globally by the ruling parties to suppress the anti-regime movements be it China, Iran, or Iraque.

To say, the majority of the world is democratic but one way or other they implement the tyrannical rules quite often. The only way to cope up with this inherent problem is to bypass this regulatory system altogether.

Bypassing DNS entirely

The most effective method to bypass internet restrictions and censorship by the regime is bypassing the DNS entirely. Our current DNS system or say the entire world Internet is completely monopolized by a handful of people. The internet can be shut down globally without any repercussions. There has already been quite a lot of restrictions being imposed by the tyrant rulers and people are losing freedom. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Name and Numbers) has the power to independently, without any checks and balances shut down websites at will and they are already doing that for unverified domain registrants. That’s why I say a world needs decentralised Internet which should be more peer to peer and still impervious to the attacks by the villains of centralization i.e. governments. This can be achieved by parallel DNS propagation. Don’t search for it as it’s coined by me. However, this can be possible in the nearby future. This will open up a new internet system which can not be controlled, tracked or observed by the governments. The same as you access .onion website by Tor browser which is not accessible from the normal web because they do not go through ICANN. However, TOR doesn’t bypass the DNS, it only obfuscates the path to you.

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Well since, it’s just a concept underdeveloped and likely to work in future. But, for now, assuming the filtering at the DNS level and request to other DNS server aren’t being blocked you can bypass the filtering by setting up a custom DNS server on your Device.

This is how you do it:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Go to Network and Internet
  • Click on Network and Sharing Center
  • Change Adapter Settings
  • Choose the network options available and right-click on it
  • Select Properties
  • Double click on internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPV4)
  • Select the option “Use the following DNS server addresses” and use something like Google public DNS.

This overrides and bypasses the default DNS server controlled by your ISP. It’s the key internet functioning which translates the name like to it’s associated IP address.

IP over Avian Carriers (IPoAC)

The basic motive behind shutting down the internet is to prevent you from communicating with others. In order to restrict internet usage, the government generally turn off the appropriate router or disable routes in a similar way. Since it’s performed on a physical level it’s hard to ByPass the internet unless some decentralized internet came into the picture. However, one thing you can do to communicate in such type of scenario where the internet is completely banned is to use a dial-up modem to packet switch over a short wave or AM radio. But make sure to share only short messages as you might be hunted down by transmitter hunter but there’s nothing the government can do block your packets.

While the other way you can do is to search for the ISPs which has not been blocked by the government. Since I am living in India the government doesn’t own the internet hardware. What it does is to order the local service provider to shut it down, which you can bypass by further methods discussed below. The Internet doesn’t have a kill switch.

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Bypassing the ISP

We recommend NordVPN because it’s fast and reliable and keeps no logs and thus doesn’t have any users information to surrender to the third party. VPN services allow the user to connect to their networks using a virtual IP address rather than direct access to the websites. Mostly these connections are encrypted and help you access the blocked websites but can not bypass the internet banned. User’s concerned about the surveillance by tyrant government can use VPN services to mask their online activity. Although bear in mind that not all the VPN services provide 100 % anonymity.

Note: Some governments like the Chinese government uses harsh filtering like the great firewall of china which is interfering with outgoing VPN connections.

Using Tor Browser

Tor is by far the most secure and provides better anonymity as compared to VPNs. However, it’s significantly slower than the speeds you may be used to. Tor is free software with some modification in the firefox which routes your internet connection through various nodes around the web. It changes quite often and it’s nearly impossible for the government or agencies who are trying to trace your online activity. Tor doesn’t depend solely on the large commercial server, unlike VPN. Tor’s developers are fighting a long, unending battle with regimes that attempt to block it, such as Iran. The best part of Tor is that it works even if proxies, standard VPNs and SSH tunnels won’t.

Using Proxies

Proxies are not that reliable however if you want to access a blocked website in real quick without making any changes in your system, then proxies are the best. It functions similar to the VPNs. There are multiple proxies sites on the web, what I like is Hide My Ass. You just have to open the website and type the address of the website in the search bar provided and you are good to go. One major drawback of these proxies sites is unnecessary advertisements. Of course, it has to be because somehow they also have to pay to provide you with free services.

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Other proxies such as Proxify & Anonymizer allow you to piggyback on the internet connection provided by your service providers

In certain cases this might not work for the website you entered as the proxy itself might be blocked.

SSH Tunneling

SSH tunnelling is yet another way to access the blocked sites for free. If you want to pay for the services you might want to opt for a VPN Service. However, if you are a geek you can redirect all your web traffic by setting up SSH tunnelling. Windows users can easily do that using PuTTY software.

Internet Sharing

One such peculiar technique was used during the blackout in Iran, Iraq and Hong Kong, that I liked most is the use of Lantern to share the Internet connection and servers. It facilitates the people living in the uncensored area to share the Internet to those areas impacted by the internet restrictions imposed by regimes. But beware and stay safe as the government who are imposing the restrictions might sentence you for a long term jail if caught.

Cache In

I think it’s not related to the topic much but if none of the above methods is helpful and you ardently want some website to access. In this scenario what you can do is type “Cache: followed by the page from the google’s cache server” to open up the blocked content of the websites.

I think I have shared all the techniques related to the topic. Feel free to suggest if I have missed any. I inspire to create more…