Your IP address might be temporarily or permanently blocked for various reasons preventing you from accessing your favorite apps, websites, and platforms.
There is no reason to stress out and worry since, in this post, we will discuss everything related to IP address blocking, how it works, the main reasons platforms will block your IP address, and how to avoid getting blocked.
What does it mean when your IP address is blocked or banned?
IP blocking, also known as an IP ban is a security measure implemented by websites and various platforms that blocks requests from specific IP addresses to their servers. Most of the time, IP blocking is used to prevent cyber attacks and other forms of malicious activity, as well as people who break the rules of a particular platform.
Your IP address may be blocked from accessing geo-restricted content. Content geo-blocking is a type of IP Ban that restricts access to online content based on the user’s location.
In short, blocking your IP address means that the platform you are trying to access has added your IP address to a list of IP addresses that are not allowed access to the particular service, website, or network.
How long does an IP Block/Ban last?
The duration of an IP block or ban depends exclusively on the reason for the block and the company’s rules. That means that you could be blocked from a few hours to years. The best way to find out is to read the company’s ToS or contact their support(if any).
Why is my IP address been blocked?
There is no particular answer to this question as there are many possible reasons why your IP address might be blocked.
Below you will find the most common reasons that your IP might be blocked so you can get an idea and see if you can connect any of the below reasons to your actions and find out why you got your IP address blocked.
The most common reasons why your IP address got blocked:
Geoblocking protects copyrighted content that is only licensed in certain countries. Sometimes services that need to establish regional prices resort to geoblocking. Geoblocking has a legit purpose, but unfortunately, it doesn’t make it any better for the blocked users.
Your IP address traces back to the country, city, and sometimes even the area where you live. Some websites or apps can also check your GPS location to authenticate you are in the right place. You can hide it by turning off GPS services and masking your IP address or using a GPS spoofer.
Violation of the TOS
Every online website, game, app, or platform has a set of rules that are usually named the Terms of Service(ToS) or community guidelines, and most of the time, you have to agree not to break them before accessing the service.
You always have to follow those rules and ensure you are not breaking the agreement, or you could get your IP blocked and even your account/access to the platform terminated.
Suspicious activity IP Blocks tend to be triggered when you connect from a different location/IP then you usually do. It can also get your IP blocked for suspicious activity by trying to purchase a high-value item with a brand new account on a store or with a card with a different name than yours, etc.
Unusually High Login Requests
Sometimes, you might forget your password and try to log in multiple times in a short time. That triggers the platform’s security and blocks your IP from accessing their servers.
This method avoids DDoS and brute-force attacks on the servers.
On social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, TikTok, Twitter, etc., bots are ubiquitous to spam the platform. These bots will promote links, websites, products, and other accounts by sending almost the same message to many people.
If you’ve sent a link to multiple people or commented links under videos or any activity that could be considered spam, then maybe that’s the reason you got your IP banned.
I don’t think I have to explain this because apart from breaking the company’s ToS, it is also illegal and can get you in trouble. If you’ve tried to “hack” the platform, then there is a good chance they found out and banned your IP.
Using bots to perform specific actions in scale in any platform will most likely be against their Terms of Service and get you blocked out.
Same IP for multiple accounts
If you were using multiple accounts from the same IP address, there is a good chance that this is the reason your IP is banned from the specific platform. You can look at the ToS and see the number of accounts you are allowed to have.
Someone else messed up.
If you can’t see or think of any reason for your IP to be blocked, then maybe someone from your network using the same website, app, game, or platform did something that messed up and got your IP blocked.
How To Unblock my IP address?
1. Uninstall the app, game, or browser.
The first and most important thing you’ll have to do is completely uninstall the game, app, or browser(if you got banned on a website) and clear every file related to that.
We want to ensure that no files are left on the PC that could link you back to the IP block.
Navigate to the Control Panel and choose the option Programs.
Next, click on Programs & Features option.
Locate the app, game, or browser, right-click on it, and choose Uninstall.
If you are on the phone, uninstall the APP.
2. Mask your IP Address.
How to correctly set up the VPN to protect you from getting your actual IP address revealed:
3. Create or buy a new account. (if needed)
- Use the most commonly used email providers ( Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Protonmail, etc.) Avoid temporary emails.
- The same goes for the phone number. Don’t use the free numbers you’ll find on websites. Instead, use a phone number you never used before; get a cheap number from Tossable Digits or Hushed.
- Don’t use Russian Numbers until further notice.
4. Try to access the platform
Now that you have everything ready go ahead and download the app or download a browser again, open the VPN, connect to your preferred server as shown above, and try to connect to the platform.