VPNs are used around the world to access the internet without restrictions, allowing people from different backgrounds to express themselves freely.
Here at TorGuard VPN, we utilize the power of our Stealth VPN service to deliver powerful encryption that can bypass internet blocks anywhere in the world. When a user is connected to TorGuard Stealth VPN, everything flowing through their internet connection is indecipherable and the Internet Service Provider cannot determine that a VPN is in use. Not only that, but since the very nature of a VPN assigns a new anonymous IP based on the selected server, geo-restrictions and website blocks can suddenly become useless.
However, a lot of governments and corporations around the world are starting to pay attention and restrict VPNs so they can maintain internet control. We’ve seen this numerous times with Russia this year as it has blocked telegram and VPNs, and now Iran is doing it too by blocking apps like Telegram and attempting to block VPNs that provide access to restricted websites or apps.
A Wednesday report from an Iranian newspaper quotes the telecommunication minister as saying that some VPNs have “budgets provided by the U.S. government” insinuating that VPNs are simply tools for the US government to spy on countries. Not only that, but Jahromi also claims that most VPNs are malware. For these supposed reasons Iran’s telecommunication minister says authorities will start blocking VPNs.
While the latter could be true–since a lot of free VPNs are scams and malware, the former most certainly is not. Not every VPN is funded by the US government. Sure, some could be. But we can only speak about our product, and TorGuard is a self-funded startup that has no outside investors. TorGuard’s founder has remained the sole owner and manager of our parent company VPNetworks since day 1.
Iranian users are now having trouble accessing VPN websites, and we’ve even noticed some users finding torguard.net blocked in Iran. If you are having trouble accessing your favorite websites, our website, or connecting to TorGuard VPN– you can use Stealth VPN options like OpenConnect TCP, OpenVPN Stealth w/ Stunnel or Shadowsocks that are guaranteed to work unrestricted in Iran.
The easiest way to use Stealth VPN with TorGuard is to make use of Openconnect. Simply select “Openconnect” on the main page for your Tunnel Type, with the TCP protocol type. Additionally, you can use OpenVPN, and select the “4443” port option which is running Stealth Obfuscation technology for OpenVPN.
Some Iranian VPN users took to twitter to voice their frustrations:
#WeAreHostages in Iran for 40 yrs. Internet is the only ave. for us to share our thoughts and criticize the theocratic fascist government.
— 🏳 🏴 Doctor O.🕊 (@DoctorOLALA) May 16, 2018
Iran regim has blocked every social media we could use, so we had to use VPNservices (and taking it’s risks) but, now, they are trying to block every vpn servers too, the only way we have, to access the world gets narrower every minute, we need help#FreeInternetForIran
— Gorbehe (@Gorbeheh) May 16, 2018
— 🏳Bahar🏳 (@Bahareh_Iran) May 16, 2018
— shane 🚦 شِـیْـن (@shane0sh) May 16, 2018
— Ehsan (@AFreeArtist) May 15, 2018