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Old 08-15-2019, 10:42 PM
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Looking for solution to a VPN issue


I was using NordVPN but one downside of a popular VPN is that a lot of websites will recognize the IP addresses they use and I got quite a few sites that would not connect because they recognized I was on a VPN so it was either turn it off or not use that site. Is there a solution to this like saying I'm connecting from Botswana? Should I use a less popular VPN?
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:13 PM
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If you need servers in specific countries, NordVPN supports that: https://nordvpn.com/servers/

in fact it's one of their selling points

If the site has blacklisted their servers specifically, that's a different story; in that case you'll have to throw a non-blacklisted IP address into the mix. But I doubt some site has it in for NordVPN specifically.
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:02 AM
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If you're willing to read tutorials and learn on your own, you can set up your own VPN using a cloud computing service like Google Cloud, Heroku, DigitalOcean, etc. Basically just set up a cheap Linux server somewhere and use a SSH port forward combined with a proxy setting in your browser.

To the websites, it should just look like you're coming from the cloud computing service, not a VPN. But do note that some will block cloud computing providers as well for this reason.

https://www.digitalocean.com/communi...a-socks-tunnel
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:53 AM
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To the websites, it should just look like you're coming from the cloud computing service, not a VPN. But do note that some will block cloud computing providers as well for this reason.
Note that the "private" in VPN is seriously diluted. Because there is a one-one correlation between you and this cloud virtual machine, quite a few people are going to be able to track you vs. going thru a VPN where your traffic is mixed with a bunch of other people's.
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:09 PM
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I was surprised a couple of days ago when I tried to comment on a Wikipedia article and I got a notice saying it wouldn't accept any edits from a VPN site. This is Wikipedia; they allow anyone to edit articles and to do so anonymously. So why would they care where the edit is being sent from?

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Old 08-16-2019, 12:53 PM
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I was surprised a couple of days ago when I tried to comment on a Wikipedia article and I got a notice saying it wouldn't accept any edits from a VPN site. This is Wikipedia; they allow anyone to edit articles and to do so anonymously. So why would they care where the edit is being sent from?
I don't think they care per se, but they want you to log in as a user in that case. Presumably to slow down the rate of automated spam/vandalic edits.
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:30 PM
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I don't think they care per se, but they want you to log in as a user in that case. Presumably to slow down the rate of automated spam/vandalic edits.
Yes. As an admin there I can say thatís exactly the case.

And I think thereís a confusion over what ďanonymousĒ means. Youíre anonymous in the sense that you donít have to use your real name and scan your driverís license or whatever. Itís normal internet anonymity. Youíre not anonymous in the sense that your contribution history wonít be tracked and possibly investigated if something seems fishy. Obfuscating your IP address through a VPN frustrates that effort.

After all, they have rules and the ability to ban or suspend people for misbehavior, and you canít enforce that at all if you donít keep track of anything. (Thatís part of what I did there, though Iím mostly retired now.)
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But none of this really helps my issue which is getting blocked by sites when using a recognized VPN
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Old 08-17-2019, 11:01 PM
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But none of this really helps my issue which is getting blocked by sites when using a recognized VPN
What is the error message? Is it a specific IP address (that may have been used by a spammer) blocked, or the entire company blacklisted? In the former case, try resetting your connection or connecting to a different server.
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Since I got a VPN I'm no longer able to download torrents from most of my favourite sites. There are a couple where I still can, but most I cannot. The VPN is on my desktop but I have not installed one on my laptop so when I'm totally stuck I use the laptop.
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