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Iran access to HideMyAss! VPN: Business As Usual
With Iran blocking access to virtual private networks (VPN) ports in a policy move intended to stop their citizens accessing banned sites including Facebook at Skype, users in the country may be worried about their access to external internet content. Although all VPN ports have been blocked over the weekend, users of our free proxy have not been affected.

This latest attempt at internet restriction is likely to be largely futile. The block on VPNs was actually confirmed by a local protester over Facebook – a banned site in Iran. The Chinese government has also spent years and millions of dollars on technology intended to block vpn google chrome store, and yet they still get through regardless. The provision of proxy technology, tools and software has so far managed to evade all attempts at censorship.

Sites currently barred by Iranian government censorship include Facebook, Skype and YouTube. Previously, 1,200 Iranians used our free proxy service every week, even though it is also officially “blocked” by the Iranian government. We will continue to support users from Iran as much as we can in order to promote openness, and the global freedom of expression provided by the internet.

HMA Weekly Tip: What settings on the HMA VPN client would increase my security?
Question: What settings on the HMA VPN client would increase my security?

Answer:  If you spend a lot time browsing the internet then you should consider regularly changing your IP address. We don’t recommend this for streaming content from websites such as BBC iPlayer or Hulu, as they require you to have a fixed ip address. Though for all other uses, changing your IP regularly can provide an additional hurdle for any prying company or person who may specifically try to track your IP address.

HideMyAss is one of the few VPN providers which provide this as in-built feature.


- Within the HMA! Pro VPN client, navigate to the ‘IP Address Settings’
- In the ‘Schedule IP address change’, choose the time interval you wish to have your IP address automatically changed.
- Click Apply
- At the time interval you choose, your connection will be disconnected for a moment during the IP address change.
- To check whether your IP address has changed successfully you can use our free ‘Hide My Ass! IP Checker’ extension which identifies your IP address with just one click from within your browser.

If you’re concerned about the questionable practices of online security agencies, try using a reliable VPN service to give your system an added layer of protection. Using a VPN service makes it more difficult for would-be data thieves to access your private information and helping to ease your online privacy worries.

Large companies are at least beginning to take the threat more seriously, but there's still much to be done. Although individual users are unlikely to fall victim to such complex digital assaults, it still pays to use anti-virus software or a VPN when browsing the internet. A VPN service can offer a boost to other online security measures, lowering the chances of your personal details being accessed by hackers. 

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