School and workplace WiFi restrictions are often there for your own good, but you are an adult, and you will do what you please! If you are looking to bypass WiFi restrictions, there’s no better way to do it than with a free VPN service for iOS. Check one out after the jump.
Security is a huge problem for modern networks. The rise of hacker-types and of the general hacking spirit makes the daily jobs of system administrators and network security folks quite difficult. As a result, it is not uncommon for schools, colleges, and universities to block certain websites or even entire network protocols (TELNET / UDP) these days.
Doing so is probably great for security, and perhaps even for productivity, but you do not want your browsing habits to be controlled by your school, do you?
There are many ways to bypass WiFi restrictions at work / school, but the one we have found to be most reliable is through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
VPN services act as the middle man between your personal computer (could be an iPhone or a Mac), and the target website. So, if your school blocks all traffic going to website XYZ, you can use that website through a VPN. Your school or work network will likely not be able to detect it since VPN traffic is generally encrypted, and the destination IP can keep changing.
VPN services are a lot more complex than the above paragraph makes it sound, but that shouldn’t concern you.
If you have an iOS device – an iPhone or iPad – you can bypass WiFi restrictions at school or work by downloading OpenVPN from the App Store, and then:
- Launch Safari
- Go to VPNGate.net
- Scroll down to find the country you reside in
- If you can’t find your country, you should go for the one nearest to you for best performance
- To the right of your selected country, you’ll see ‘OpenVPN Config File’. Tap to download it.
- You will get the option to “Open In…” in the top-right corner. Tap, and select OpenVPN.
- Turn on the VPN from the OpenVPN app, and you’re good to go.
In case you face any problems, uninstall any previously installed VPN profiles from Settings > General > Profile.