How anti-detect browsers can replace blocked VPNs

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In any country, sometimes users face problems when using VPN-services. This can be due to local failures, as well as the decisions of governments to block such services. In this article, we will tell you whether all VPNs can be blocked, what to do in case of blocking and what you can use as a substitute. 

Why VPNs are blocked🙅‍♀️

The key reason for the restrictions VPN gives access to websites or information that are banned in some territory or in a particular state.

For example, in Russia there is a law that prohibits bypassing the blocking of various sites and resources. Since one of the functions of the VPN’s is to give access to blocked or banned sites, it is understandable why the state is trying to limit the work of such services. 

What to do if your VPN is blocked🤔

It will depend on the reason you’re having trouble connecting to your VPN. 

Step 1: Find out what is causing the problem

For example, the reason can be:

  • Problems on the side of your internet service provider(ISP). In this case, you just need to wait some time and the connection will be restored;
  • Temporary failures on the side of the VPN service;
  • Blocking by the authorities. 

In the case of the last two points, you won’t be able to find the answer yourself, so you need to contact the VPN service.

Step 2: Contact the support

Situations with bans and restrictions are one of the reasons why it is important to choose services and products with a good support service. If you contact them, they will be able to guide you through the issue and give you a solution. 

If it is a local failure, the difficulty can be solved within a couple of hours. Moreover, in some cases, the support team can recommend you settings within the VPN or your device which’ll help solve the problem.

If the service confirms that there are some external obstacles to work, you need to go to step 3.

Step 3: Choose an alternative service

If there are issues with your VPN service, and you don’t have time to wait, pick an alternative way to get online. 

To do this, you can buy access to another VPN or use alternative software. For example, anti-detect browsers and proxy are often used as a substitute. We’ll tell more about the anti-detect browsers below.

However, you should not be in a hurry to completely abandon your VPN and demand compensation. The fact is that the supervisory authorities block not the services themselves, but specific IP addresses or data transfer protocols. This means that over time, the VPN service can pick up new data, or it already has it – you just need to contact the service.

Can all VPNs be blocked?✅

Despite the loud headlines in the media, a complete blockage is rather impossible. 

There are several reasons for this:

  • There are too many VPN services. On the one hand, it will take a lot of time to find all the VPNs and block them. At the same time, since VPN services are ready to bans and blocking, while the state will try to block one service or its protocols, others will appear in its place;
  • Complexity of blocking. Basically, there are two main ways to ban VPN’s: blocking by IP address and blocking by protocol. And while protocol blocking is done faster, in fact, there are some data protocols that are hard to detect. 
  • VPNs are necessary for data security, so banning them altogether would deprive users of additional protection.

What to use instead of a VPN😏

As we wrote above, you can use anti-detect browsers if your VPN is blocked.

Anti-detect browsers are special programs that change your computer, ISP, and browser data. This data is called digital fingerprint. 

If you visit websites but don’t change your digital fingerprint, the algorithms of the websites see and collect data about you: who you are, where you are from, what device you use, what operating system you have, how much RAM your device has, screen resolution, etc.

There are dozens of these parameters, and all together they form a combination of the digital fingerprint data. 

This data can then be used to identify you. Even if you don’t log in, based on a combination of impersonal parameters, sites will be able to recognize you. Typically, a standard digital fingerprint can occur once in thousands or millions of other fingerprints – depends on the combination of parameters.

If you change your digital fingerprints, the websites will see the data you set up yourself or that your browser suggests.

For the test, we decided to check the data through one of the most well-known fingerprint To give you an example, here is what the device parameters look like if you don’t change your digital fingerprint:

Without using browser antidetect

And this is how the data looks like through the Dolphin{anty} anti-detect browser :

Using browser antidetect

What’s interesting, a combination of proxy and VPN was used through the anti-detect, but the website did not see the use of proxies.

How is the anti-detect browser better than a VPN🙂

With the anti-detect browser, you can:

  • Become similar to any other ordinary user. The anti-detect browser changes some of your real data to make you look like an ordinary user, while the VPN just helps to increase anonymity.
  • Work at the same time on one website and device and in different accounts. Or vice versa – different team members can simultaneously work in the same account from different devices.
  • Features to speed up your work: automatic import and export of data to the browser, easy-to-use accounts, compatibility with different proxies, etc.
  • Automate data. If the browser has an open API, you can connect to it other applications or your own scripts to perform some actions in the network automatically. 

As you can see, the anti-detect browser can solve different problems: from data protection to speeding up the work of the entire teams. The volume and number of functions depends on a specific anti-detect browser.

For example, at the moment, our anti-detect browser Dolphin{anty} is becoming more and more popular among users. As a rule, users note the high level of data substitution, user-friendly interface, functions for automation, fast import and export and, yes, the ability to admit one’s mistakes and solve problems.

Alas, as much as we would like it, for now, anti-detect browsers cannot replace VPNs. 

How the anti-detect browser is inferior to a VPN🤔

There are two key points on which anti-detect browsers are inferior to VPNs:

  • The anti-detect browser does not encrypt your traffic. Such programs protect your browser and device data, but they don’t protect what you do online. On the one hand – it helps you to be as similar to a normal user as possible. On the other hand, it may not be suitable for those seeking anonymity online.
  • Anti-detection by itself does not change your IP. For this, you will anyway need to use an additional proxy or the same VPN. 

That is, although some functions are the same, these tools are used for different tasks. 

The simultaneous use of an anti-detect browser together with a VPN and a proxy will make your connection as safe and fast as possible, while helping to solve almost any task on the web.To test the anti-detect browser, use the free Dolphin{anty} subscription. Setting up Dolphin{anty} is easy, but if you’re having trouble, you can see our guide.