Question: I was anonymously surfing the internet with TorGuard VPN enabled and I went to visit a page on 800notes.com. Rather than loading the site, my browser displayed a message saying I was blocked by OctoNet HTTP filter: What is OctoNet HTTP filter?

About OctoNet HTTP filter?

OctoNet is a web server filter that prevents visitors from “blocked” IP addresses from accessing content on that site. In your case, OctoNet has blocked your TorGuard-assigned IP address.

Websites that use OctoNet HTTP filter want to place tracking cookies on your computer so that they can harvest your online activities. So, by harassing you as a VPN user, they hope that you’ll disable your VPN so that you can access that website’s content.

What is OctoNet HTTP filter?

How to bypass OctoNet HTTP filter

The easiest way to bypass OctoNet HTTP is to disconnect your current TorGuard VPN and reconnect using a different server. That server should give you a different IP address that OctoNet HTTP filter might not block.

Also, I tried accessing the domain to which you referred while connected to NordVPN. So, OctoNet HTTP doesn’t block all VPN traffic. Just some of it.

Of course, if you’re intent on looking up a particular phone number and can’t find a way past OctoNet HTTP filter, I suggest you try a different phone number website. Plenty of options exist, so you won’t have to compromise your identity to get the information that you want.

Who else blocks VPNs?

You must distinguish between VPN sites and VPN traffic.

Many schools, car dealers, libraries, and business block access to VPN websites via their networks. In such cases, you can’t use their networks to sign up for VPN service. You may also be unable to manage your user account.

The networks that block VPN websites rarely also block VPN traffic. So, if you connect to a VPN, you bypass that network’s HTTP filter and you can visit any website.

Of course, some networks, such as China’s Great Firewall, attempt to identify and block VPN traffic. In such cases, you must try obfuscated servers and other tools to freely access the internet.