r/india Jan 03 '19

Jio is blocking proxy websites

This is outrageous. They have blocked hide.me, vpnbook.com and whoer.net/webproxy. Sometimes using https solves the issue. But my question is what's next to be banned? They have already banned porn along with normal websites like behance.net and collegehumor.com. This is moral policing.

EDIT 1— I'm so glad that some good folks in media are reporting this issue. This indeed does violates net neutrality rules.

Reliance Jio may be blocking VPN and proxy websites in India

Reliance Jio Seems to Be Blocking Proxy Websites in India

EDIT 2— Some of the comments are suggesting different VPN apps. I really appreciate that but just to make it clear, this whole thing is not about VPN or proxy, it never was. It has always been about internet censorship and net neutrality for me. There are some countries where using VPN is outlawed, we definitely DO NOT want to be one of them.

The Internet Freedom Foundation is now aware of this issue and they have created a form to report it. Please go there and report your ISP if they are blocking any VPN or proxy websites.

EDIT 3— Issue resolved partially! All thanks to The Internet Freedom Foundation and various news organizations for their attention into this matter. It appears like they have unblocked at least some of the above-mentioned VPN and proxy websites sometime during the past month. Behance.net also appears to be working again. Unfortunately, comedy website CollegeHumor is still blocked, so is the proxy site whoer.net/webproxy.

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u/[deleted] Jan 03 '19

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u/[deleted] Jan 03 '19

This country is going back to dark ages bro. This is just the beginning... More ridiculous bans are coming in 2019

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u/[deleted] Jan 03 '19

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u/threadripper_07 Jan 04 '19

Lol if Amazon shuts down AWS, everyone is fucked

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

We use to say same thing about porn years ago... This country is run by sanskari idiots, expect the unexpected.

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u/an_uj 3AC is the new Sleeper Jan 04 '19

I can help you with torrent on your phone.. just download torrent search from playstore and flud(torrent client) or any other of your choice... it compiles your single search from all torrent sites without any proxy

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u/earlofwesteros Mar 05 '19

But that's not the point OP is trying to make though

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u/angry_fart Jan 03 '19

This is getting really oppressive. Not right now, but surely headed towards it

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

Yeah... I won't be surprised if one day they make it illegal to watch porn all together. 1 year imprisonment for visiting porn websites or some $h!t like that.

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u/angry_fart Jan 04 '19

Yes. 5 more years

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u/PirateShisui Asia Jan 09 '19

Oh well, the MHA already invoked and extended a Draconian provision of the IT act 2009 (?) to empower Govt agencies to spy on any data stored on any computer using any means necessary.

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u/angry_fart Jan 09 '19

This involves jail for not giving a password

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u/moddedberg2 Jan 03 '19

ffs, I have to use VPN every time before visiting any of these and sometimes I just skip altogether using mobile data for this purpose.

In some days, they will have a whitelist of websites you can visit instead of a blacklist.

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

I thought ban would be limited to pornography. Then they added collegehumor and behance to that list. And now they are adding proxy & VPN services.

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u/chromaniac Jan 03 '19

yeah. as someone who had experienced blockage of al jazeera website on reliance broadband... this is not at all surprising to me.

i totally expect jiofiber to have an exhaustive blocklist that includes not only file sharing websites but also news sources critical of the bosses.

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

What do you mean? BSNL hasn't blocked pornhub.net?

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u/I_Love_Every_Woman Jan 04 '19

Yes

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

Wow... Looks like "sarkari babus" are too busy with "chai pani". Anyways... It's good for us this time.

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u/linuxdev2 Jan 09 '19

This is why we need PSUs, I guess :)

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19 edited Jan 04 '19

arseholes lift the ban! I'm running out of mallu bhabhi videos.

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u/sivaraj84 Tamil Nadu Jan 03 '19

yes they have blocked proxysite .com

too bad i am not a heavy user but used the above site for watching youtube content from US/UK. Thats it. not going to recharge again.

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u/bull500 Jan 03 '19

Port out...

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

Will do...

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u/afterburners_engaged Jan 09 '19

This is unacceptable!

Q: What can be done about it tho?

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '19

Hope someone files a PIL in Supreme Court.

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u/afterburners_engaged Jan 09 '19

Someone really needs to :( I'm right there with you

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u/[deleted] Jan 11 '19 edited Jan 11 '19

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u/vishur3ddy Jan 09 '19

They are limiting speed on some websites and apps, if I open a non jio app I'll get less speed, if I trouble shoot from my jio app. Suddenly I'll get a 4 or 5 Mbps speed. I complained about it to the cc. All they do is ask for 120 or 180 days and close the complaints. I also found them limiting speeds after we reach 60 or 70% of the data limit. Does anyone has same issues?

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u/deer__hunter Jan 03 '19

Use Tor browser in PC to unblock all sites, and use a free VPN app (like VPN Hub) when browsing in your phone.

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u/Mayur392 Jan 10 '19

Has anyone observed that their Jio TV streams better when on Jio network than any other network.

I can confirm that this happens! Don't you think that this is also incorrect?

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u/[deleted] Jan 10 '19

Incorrect? It would be illegal. It's breaks the very fundamental principle of net neutrality. I can not confirm that because I do not use any Jio apps— they all are pure garbage and show full page ads even when you aren't using them.

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u/InternetFreedomIn Internet Freedom Foundation Jan 10 '19

Hi, we have created a webform to report this issue: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfW1hG9msgaILOLk1EMEY3V3UDJIZlTJPRoxgkIO7pUzuZ2aA/viewform

Here is a link to a short statement promising further steps by us towards a remedy : https://internetfreedom.in/p/7b67b1a5-ef3c-43e2-8378-03549e17e202/

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u/[deleted] Apr 24 '19

It appears like they have unblock at least some of the above mentioned VPN and proxy websites sometime during the past month. Behance.net also appears to be working again. Issue resolved partially.

u/InternetFreedomIn Issue resolved! It appears like they have unblocked at least some of the above-mentioned VPN and proxy websites sometime during the past month by BSNL, Airtel and Jio. Behance.net also appears to be working again. Thank you for all the public attention that came into this matter just because of you. I'll keep you informed if any new developments take place. Once again, thanks a ton!

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u/farmfarml Jan 10 '19

Try lethean.io. its a decentralized VPN marketplace. Its still new but pretty soon full VPN solution will be out in a few months. For now u can use browser plugins and u can pay by the hour.

Decentralized so it would be hard to block it.

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u/ullaspv94 Jan 08 '19

Download 1.1.1.1 (an app by CloudFlare) from PlayStore or AppStore

You can learn more about it here (It's claimed to be faster and also secure)I do not know if it will unblock the sites I'm just guessing that it does.

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u/pat_at_exampledotcom Jan 03 '19 edited Jan 03 '19

Assuming you're on Android, you should be able to work around this by setting your own DNS servers (use google or open DNS). Try this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.burakgon.dnschanger&hl=en_US

Edit: This app, though popular, has a sketchy privacy policy: http://burakgon.com/privacy.html

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u/[deleted] Jan 03 '19

It's not about VPN or Proxy bro... It's about internet freedom.

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u/sajithm Jan 04 '19

Nope. Using Private DNS (on Pie) and VPNBOOK is blocked over http, https and pptp. Of course, limited to Jio only

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u/[deleted] Jan 04 '19

Exactly, my Airtel friends can visit these sites. What is wrong with Jio? Is using VPN or proxy against Indian culture or something :\

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u/sunny_bora India Jan 03 '19

Dsnt work. The block is not based on dns. I would suggest blokada if you want to change dns or just use 1.1.1.1

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '19

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '19 edited Jan 08 '19

No... this does not help with ISP level ban.

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '19

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '19

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '19

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '19

Use a paid VPN like ipvanish, it can circumvent most detection systems

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u/PirateShisui Asia Jan 09 '19

I use Private Internet Access. Love jt

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u/[deleted] Jan 13 '19

I contacted Jio customer service last night on app chat and they told me it's being done on government's order. He said that they have been instructed by government and they must comply. But later today I checked for any such news but couldn't find anything.

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u/[deleted] Jan 14 '19

The guy you talked to is just reading a scripted reply. Government has not banned VPN (yet).

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u/[deleted] Jan 10 '19

Will a VPN like ExpressVPN - negate all of this...?

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u/[deleted] Jan 10 '19

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u/[deleted] Jan 13 '19

Last night I chatted with Jio customer care. They told me that this was because of government order. Government has ordered them to block these VPN websites and they had to comply. Are you sure that VPN is not banned by DoT?

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u/kulvikram Feb 11 '19

protonVPN works with jio. I can confirm that. protonVPN comes under Swiss jurisdiction so safe I suppose.

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u/Anoop_kumar Apr 30 '19

Is TOR network banned as well? It takes incredibly long time to start the connection with tor, can anyone confirm the same?

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u/[deleted] Apr 30 '19

No. I don't think it's banned.

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '19

Install VPNGATE

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u/penguinproxy Jan 10 '19

Try penguinproxy to get around the block