How to Bypass Blocks by IP Address

Your digital fingerprint: what it is and how it is used to deanonymize you.
Users often face IP address-based blocks that prevent them from accessing online resources. Restrictions from websites, geolocation blocks, and various security measures can complicate both work and leisure online. What are the main reasons for IP address bans? How can they be bypassed? Find all the answers in this article.


Reasons for IP Blocking

Anti-fraud systems block users by IP for various reasons. Here are the most common ones:
  • Too many requests. Parsers or bots can overload a web page with requests, causing it to load slowly or not at all for other regular visitors. To prevent this, anti-fraud systems block IPs that send too many requests.
  • Hacking attempts. If a user behaves suspiciously, the platform may blacklist their IP address to protect the online resource from hackers.
  • Spamming. If someone sends mass messages to other service users, their IP can be banned. This protects other service users from scammers and spam.
  • Linking to other sites. Online resources need visitors to stay as long as possible, so administrators might ban IPs for linking to other web pages. Even if there's no strict ban on posting links, linking to prohibited content can result in a block.
  • Regional restrictions. Some services are unavailable in certain countries. In other cases, a country's government might block specific online platforms. For example, Chinese IP addresses cannot access Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or Tinder.

How to Bypass IP Blocking

To bypass an IP-based ban, you need to change your Internet connection. There are three ways to do this.

Change Your Internet Provider

If you were banned while accessing a website using your home Wi-Fi, try connecting via a different provider’s network. Providers assign IP addresses to users, so changing your Internet Service Provider should change your IP.

Use a Proxy

A proxy is an intermediary server between your device and the service you’re accessing. It replaces your IP address with its own. High-quality proxies do not raise suspicions of anti-fraud systems. When choosing a proxy provider, consider the country, the size of the IP address pool, and the proxy type. You can learn more about proxy types in this article. We recommend using residential proxies, as websites trust them more.

Connect to a VPN

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) routes traffic from the user to the website and back through an encrypted channel to prevent leaks. The website receives the request and sends a response to the VPN address, not the user’s actual IP. This method works for almost all blocks, except bans for multi-accounting.

Choose a VPN based on geolocation, connection speed, and provider reliability. Check if a particular VPN is banned in your country. Usually, a VPN is installed as software on a computer or an app on a phone. After installation, activate it to start spoofing your IP.

Additional Ways to Bypass IP Blocking

Anti-fraud systems on some websites identify users not only by their IP address, but also by a set of device parameters known as a digital fingerprint. This can include the version of the operating system, browser, GPU and CPU models, amount of RAM, storage, screen resolution, installed fonts, etc. Each parameter by itself is common and can be found among millions of users, but combined, they can uniquely identify a specific device with 94% accuracy.

Change Your Device

If you've been banned and previous methods of changing your IP address didn't help, try combining them with changing devices. For example, access the blocked site from another laptop while using a proxy. If the anti-fraud system identifies visitors by their digital fingerprint, this method should help.

Use an Anti-Detect Browser

For anti-fraud systems, using an anti-detect browser looks like a device change. This method is more convenient and cheaper, especially if you engage in web scraping or manage multiple accounts on one platform.

An anti-detect browser replaces your device's digital fingerprint with fingerprints from other devices. You can create multiple profiles using such software, each of which will appear as a new separate user to online services.

Anti-detect browsers do not change the IP address, so they are used in combination with a proxy server. This is the most reliable method to bypass bans, as anti-detect browsers can alter time zones, locations, and languages in the digital fingerprint. When you use a proxy from another country without such corresponding substitutions, your device may look suspicious to anti-fraud systems.

When choosing an anti-detect browser, pay attention to the quality of fingerprint spoofing and the speed of browser kernel updates. Profiles created in Octo Browser successfully pass checks in Whoer, Browserleaks, and Pixelscan without errors, confirming the highest quality of fingerprint spoofing. The developers update the browser kernel within a few days after the latest Chromium version is released, so Octo clients always look just like other regular users and do not arouse suspicions from anti-fraud systems.

Here’s how to bypass an IP ban using Octo Browser:

  1. Create an account.
  2. Download the browser and install it.
  3. Log into your account and purchase a subscription.
  4. Go to Profiles and click Quick profile. We recommend keeping the same operating system as on your computer.
5. In the row showing the newly created profile, click DirectSet a new proxy.
6. Choose the proxy type, enter the host, port, login, password, and link for changing the IP address (if the proxy is dynamic).
7. Check the proxy's functionality by clicking the Check proxy button.
8. If you want to use the same proxy for other profiles in the future, check the Save to the Proxy Manager box.
9. Click Confirm.
All done! You have just created a new profile with its own digital fingerprint. In Octo, the fingerprint parameters do not contradict each other, and languages, location, and timezone are automatically set to match the IP address. You don't need to configure the settings manually. You can access the desired service immediately after creating the profile.

How to Check if Your IP Address is Banned

A simple way to find out if your IP address has been blocked on a platform is to access it from another network or device. Try it yourself or ask a friend. If the issue exists only on one device or network, you’ve likely been banned.


There are various methods to bypass IP address-based blocking. The most reliable way to do so is to use an anti-detect browser simultaneously with a residential proxy. The proxy changes the IP address, and the browser changes the digital fingerprint, including geolocation, language, and time zone. As a result, you get a new digital fingerprint where all parameters are consistent and do not arouse suspicions from anti-fraud systems.

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