The World Wide Web might be “worldwide” but it for sure isn’t the same everywhere. Depending on where you are, regardless of who you are, you might not be able to access certain sites. And that’s not fair. Why should you not be able to book a holiday because the US government decided to block American companies from doing business in your country? It happened in Iran, and the people suffering aren’t the politicians but the innocent. That’s why today we are going through how to access blocked sites by the US government, whether in Iran or any other nation.
When the US places restrictions on countries, whether rightly or not, if those restrictions require American businesses not to work in those countries, you are tremendously limited.
In Iran, booking holidays or even something as simple as playing some games has been affected, by the actions of the US government.
Luckily, there’s a simple way to access blocked sites by the US government as those restrictions don’t apply in most countries.
What do you need to access blocked sites by the US government in Iran? A VPN.
VPN services have 2 major benefits. They allow you to bypass geo-blocks by changing your location virtually whether that is to access blocked sites by the US government or to access more Netflix.
The second major benefit? That they allow you to stay safe and protected on the internet. When you connect to a VPN, your IP address is changed, and you are encrypted with the highest level of encryption available on the market.
However, it’s not as simple as this if you want to access blocked sites by the US government that are also limited in other countries without blocks. And we’ll dive into that below.
Streaming platforms such as Netflix tend to require more than just connecting to any VPN server. In most cases, if you want to access blocked sites by the US government and they are streaming platforms, you need to connect to the right server, just like if you were in the UK and trying to access American Netflix.
That’s due to the fact that streaming platforms often need to take action to prevent VPN servers from working.
PrivateVPN has a simple tab option which shows you all the working servers for different types of entertainment platforms in your region to make your life easier. (iPhone version coming soon.) If you want to watch Hulu, click on Hulu, and you will see all the working servers for Hulu. Same with DAZN or Netflix.
While some sites might be blocked by the US government not allowing companies to be around in your country, in other cases, it’s your government that blocks sites.
This is especially common in China when it comes to American social media which we discussed, and we recommend that you read about, as it’s far more complex than China censoring content, and has a lot to do with data.
If you want to access blocked sites blocked by your own government, and live in a country that tackles VPN services, you will need to use Stealth VPN.
See, standard VPN connections are detectable because they look different from standard internet traffic. Countries like China are able to detect a standard VPN with ease. Meanwhile, Stealth VPN, it allows you to blend in with normal traffic, and this means that you are able to access blocked sites without any issues.
And the overall principle is the same as if you want to access blocked sites by the US government. You need to connect to a country which doesn’t have a restriction on a site, and that will be enough.
Of course, if you want to watch Netflix in the likes of China, you will also need to connect to the right VPN server because like we already mentioned, not all servers work with all services. Matter of fact, a lot don’t. That’s why PrivateVPN supports the most Netflix regions out there while some services have thousands of servers more.
If you are in Iran and use a VPN to access a blocked American site, you aren’t breaking American law as you aren’t in the US. However, if the country you are in has marked VPN services as illegal, then you should be careful.
In situations where the use of VPN is prohibited in your country, the key to staying safe is to be fully protected. The issue? That most people use VPN services without the right knowledge to be fully protected.
That’s why we made a quick list of vital things to look out for:
As to 1 and 2, these are basic features that make all the difference in your safety as they ensure that nothing that you are doing is accidentally ever leaked. As to 3, the location of your VPN is often the most important feature that will determine if you are safe. You for sure don’t want to get a VPN that is based in the US when it comes to this. See, while VPN services are able to keep you safe on the internet, they are the middleman between your data, and if a VPN stores logs, those logs can be used to expose you. PrivateVPN? It’s Swedish. A region with some of the strongest privacy laws out there, meaning that we can’t store logs, meaning that it’s not possible to ever expose you. And we don’t ask for your name for registration.
Frankly, it’s relatively simple.
Far simpler than setting up Hulu outside of the US.
Just connect to a VPN and use Stealth VPN if needed.
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Written by Michael Smolski.