What to Do if You Got Banned for “Proxy/VPN Exit Node” on 4Chan?
4Chan – the meeting place of the world’s greatest trolls, and the hub where you can find memes about anything, including memes about other memes.
No matter why you want to access it, or what sort of information you’re looking for, you probably want the freedom to do it without being restricted. The banning policy is pretty haywire there, to be honest.
The admins can ban you for the slightest mistake, controversial post, or just because they’re in a bad mood. However, we’re not talking about that now.
We’re focusing on why many people get banned because of a Proxy/VPN Exit Node.
1. How does the Proxy/VPN Exit Node work?
Well, breaking it down into smaller crumbs, it basically goes like this:
- Your computer is running on a dynamic-IP routine
- The IP that you were currently using at the time you tried to connect to 4Chan had probably belonged to someone else before
- That person had broken some rules and got banned.
- The system identified your IP and found it to be blacklisted, so it issued an automatic ban without probing any further
This is pretty much the whole problem. You didn’t do anything wrong, nor is it a weird glitch. Instead, it’s a rather unfair protocol set in place by the operators behind 4Chan.
Even more, if you try to connect to the website from the Tor browser, through the Tor network, you’ll find it to be near-impossible. This is because the Tor exit nodes are made public, and so they can be added to a database, allowing for instant banning if they show up on the radar.
2. How to break the shackles of oppression?
The reason for which you were banned is totally unfair, I agree, but most of the times, you can’t file a complaint. The 4Chan staff will turn a blind eye whenever someone gets banned because of a Proxy/VPN Exit Node.
So, what’s left to do? Can you cheat the system?
The ban itself can be easily circumvented. The solution is simple enough.
Just change your IP and the system won’t recognize you anymore.
When 4Chan bans someone, they add that public IP to a blacklist which kicks in anytime someone accesses the site. It can’t do anything more than this because it doesn’t have access to more private information.
Therefore, if you can’t connect with your current IP, you will be able to do it with another one. If your IP is dynamic, just follow the next steps and you’ll find yourself roaming 4Chan like nothing even happened:
- If you’re working with a modem, you only have to change locations or disconnect the modem for a few minutes. When turning it back on, you will be assigned a new IP address.
- The same thing goes if you’re on a Wi-Fi network. Just unplug the modem, wait for 5-10 minutes, plug it back in, and you should be given a brand new IP address to work with.
- You can also change it manually in a split second. Just open a command prompt, with administrative rights, type in “ipconfig/release”, hit enter, then input “ipconfig/renew”. Your IP address should change right away.
All done, you won’t have any more issues getting on 4Chan now. To be honest, this is more like Captain Obvious-type of work!
But what if you have a static IP?
You can keep on plugging your modem on and off for the next 3 days, and nothing will happen. Your IP will stay the same. While the chances are extremely low that your ISP has assigned you a static IP, it can happen.
In this case, there is only one solution…
3. Enter, VPNs
If you’ve never used one before or you’ve never even heard of VPNs until now, it’s time to do some research.
These are programs that help encrypt your online traffic, offer your increased security and privacy, keep your activities anonymous, and, what’s more important, provide you with a new IP address.
You heard me right, any good VPN out there (and by good, I mean the premium ones) will give you the option of choosing from a vast array of IP addresses, from many different countries and locations.
The servers are spread around the world, which means that the likelihood of you being tracked down and shut off is slim to irrelevant. Take NordVPN, for example. It has over 4000 servers operating in over 60 countries. The possibilities are endless.
Will they help you override the annoying Proxy/VPN Exit Node issue?
Damn right they will.
On the plus side, a VPN has innumerable more advantages than changing your IP. As I said, you are basically becoming a cyber-ghost, benefitting from ultimate stealth and complete invisibility on the internet. Hidden under the VPN’s cloak, not even your ISP will be able to check up on your activities.
No longer will you be afraid of getting banned from accessing content on the internet, be it 4Chan or any streaming website like Netflix.
With VPNs, everything’s possible. Give them a try, and make sure to get a paid one like NordVPN! It offers more protection, and I suspect you’re going to need it.