How come Wikipedia has nearly every proxy blocked?

H.G. Fan

Baseband Member
United Kingdom
How do you get around that?

Practically any VPN that I try, is already blocked.

That's like, the only website I know online that has so many proxies blocked. But as there are hundreds of proxies available across the Internet, how are they blocking so many?


Fully Optimized
England, Birmingham
Hi HG Fan,

From a security perspective, Wikipedia want all updates to be trackable, at least to an extent. This is done by either logging the user IP address and their login name (if not a guest).

A VPN means the user could be anyone, anywhere. If I were to logon to a VPN, "go rogue", and made false changes, they would be unable to block me. This is a risk a site like Wikipedia cannot take, so they block access via VPNs entirely. It is much easier to block an individuals IP on a case-by-case basis if required when they aren't on VPN.

As for identifying known VPNs, easy... a lot of these organisations publish their address ranges (or they can be found), and they can be blocked in bulk. Obviously there are exceptions, e.g. a user setting up their own VPN server.