What is VPN obfuscation? Why is it needed?

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Not long ago, I wrote an article dealing with some of the negatives of using a VPN. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend that you check it out. Lots of interesting comments were written, and one asked about what's up if someone use a VPN in #China? Can they be punished for using a VPN?

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I knew most of the answer at once, but instead of just writing what I knew, I asked some representatives of big VPN services so that they could tell me directly what they would answer. And yes, that is when the expression VPN obfuscation came up.

If you don't know what a VPN is yet, check this article first.

Why is VPN obfuscation important for people in China?

First of all, obfuscate is a word we seldom use. So, let us take a look at the dictionary definition of the word.

  • to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
  • to make obscure or unclear:
  • to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
  • to darken.

This is already helping us a lot. Some VPN providers don't use the word obfuscation, but instead, they call it stealth mode, hiding mode, or someone even calls it the chameleon mode. No matter what, it is all about the same, and it is especially needed in China and some other countries.

When you use a VPN, you are using different protocols. These are encrypting your data and sending your information securely online. The problem is, most ISP will see that you are sending traffic, and if they do so-called "deep-inspection" of the packages you are sending, they will see that you are using a VPN.

In China, the Great Firewall of China is blocking such traffic by default, meaning that they will stop your traffic if they see that a VPN is being used.

Based on my knowledge, people have not been punished for using a VPN in China. They might try to hinder you from using one, but there are no stories that I know of punishing people simply because they have used a VPN.

Now it is time to add the word obfuscate to the job.

Do you remember the definitions? How obfuscation is about making something obscure or unclear, to confuse, or to darken? When a VPN is using obfuscation technology, they are making the traffic sent unclear, or hard to read. Instead of coming dressed up like VPN traffic, it will look like normal traffic, even though it cannot be read or intercepted. In other words, they are removing the signature from the traffic (for example that it is using the OpenVPN protocol), and instead, it will look like normal traffic.

You will still be protected, but the signature has been removed, and it will not be able to discover that you are using a VPN.

So, that is a short terminology and explanation when it comes to what VPN obfuscation is all about.

Which VPN providers will let me enjoy this technology?

Many VPN providers now support this. They might call it stealth mode, hidden mode, or obfuscation mode, but it is still there.

Some of the best and most famous VPN providers currently supporting this technology are:

These VPNs are not just good for obfuscating your traffic or to keep you safe online, but they can also be used to bypass geo-blocks. As a result, they can be used to watch Netflix content available in other countries, to watch TV channels abroad, and more like that.

If you are interested, it is also nice to know that they are good for Peer-to-peer activities (P2P), also referred to as Torrenting. In certain countries, you will be fined if you download illegal material using Torrent apps. But, if you use a VPN, your activities will be hidden and they will not be able to punish you for doing so.


Thank you for reading this short article about VPN obfuscation! If you have further comments or questions, write them in the comment field!

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The use of VPN is getting more important since there are needs to be meet online and country restrictions keeps making that impossible for people.

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Yeah, it for sure turns more imporant, and I would also say that COVID 19 with people working from home also increase the need for safe connections, also giving a boost to the VPN business in general.

Using a VPN in my country is very important, it allows us to eliminate the blockages that we have by a communist government.
Thanks friend a publication of great importance for those who do not know of a vpn.

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Are you having limitations on websites you can visit or social media sites in Venezuela? What kind of sites and services are banned? Thanks for your reply, always appreciate reading your thoughts!

pay attention to our service, the DeepWebVPN.

Our service supports OpenVPN (RSA and ECC) and SoftEther (VPN over HTTPS) that obfuscates VPN connection and works fine in China, Iran, Turkey etc.

As we know we are the only one VPN provider in the world that supports double chains of SoftEther (customer -> incoming VPN server -> outgoing VPN server -> internet).

The DeepWebVPN is full organization cycle VPN service (own nodes of cryptocurrencies, own mail servers, own Jabber / XMPP servers, own DNS servers etc). That excludes any kind of pressure on the DeepWebVPN including financial primarily.

And ofcourse we don't have any logs and every customer can check it (contact support to do it). You can check it too, we are ready to give you root access to any VPN server you will select.

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do u give free test?

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yes, we do it. contact support please https://dash.deepwebvpn.net/en/contacts

Excellent information, many times I had heard about VPN but with your posts it is quite clear, your purpose is fulfilled, thanks for that. Greetings.

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Doing my best... make sure to read my others posts as well, because this article about obfuscation certainly only with with one specific aspect of VPN usage... For most people, this isn't even that interesting!

Now that more people are working from home I would imagine that using a VPN and implementing other security protocols would be more than helpful in protecting one online.

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I see it exactly the same way!

great explanation, I used vpns for many years I remember that not even the first vpn was cyberghost and I remember it very fondly I had very good experiences and I tried many with payments and free, and actually thanks to vpns, I ended up becoming a linux user It is definitely a very interesting and exciting topic, I appreciate for such good information

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How did you end up becoming a Linux user? What was the reason really? How did a VPN make that happen to you? :)

Wow, vpn may be a heck of a thing to use but it definitely has a great impact when comes to see how advantageous it could be. Grrat to hear from you

VPN is one vital software for internet users, it keeps one's security but at the same time, a lot of programmers and tech gurus have found a way to identify VPN proxies and IPs.

This is really great and I would have loved to start using VPN but it doesn't seems to be legal here due to the increase in interest fraudsters and scammers.

Thanks for sharing

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Man, that is quite extreme. But, I guess obfuscation is about making the governments not able to know that you are really using a VPN. But, I would for sure feel a bit nervous about using it still if it was illegal in my country.

Dear @unbiasedwriter

Thank you for this very instructive post about an important tool for internet based businesses and individuals too.

@shortsegments

I will add this to my list of must read posts.

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I am really glad you liked it, and thank you for the upvote :)