Russia’s ban on Telegram began implementing after the messenger service founder Pavel Durov refusing to hand over encryption keys to national security services. As Telegram moved some infrastructure to bypass the bans, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications watchdog, has banned over 1.8 million related IP addresses.
As the move to mass-ban so many IP addresses had side effects, as it also blocked many legitimate web services that located on AWS and Google servers. Users reported many online games, mobile apps, and cryptocurrency services, such as Viber, going dark over the course of the day. This means you don’t have to be a Telegram user to be affected by the Internet ban.
So all you need to do is:
- Open your VPN and choose the server where Telegram is not banned. Connect!
- You are all set to enjoy the Internet freely now~
Also, we recommend you use a VPN for everyday web browsing as well. The software encrypts all the traffic flowing through your device – this is useful in the world we live today where individual privacy is increasingly under threat and governments and ISPs resort to lurid means to hack into user data. VPNs will allay these threats to a significant degree.