I live in Iran and as you know there's a blocking system here. The people here use VPNs to access websites. I did the same. But days ago VPNs (PPTP, L2TP,SSTP) ports was blocked too. The alternatives was Freegate and free software similar to it. People mostly use these software in Windows. But I want a thing which supports Ubuntu too. Furthermore I know that port 443 is not filtered. Do you think is it possible to use OpenVPN in this situation?

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    Something interesting I struck that might be worth a look freecode.com/projects/ptunnel unless they even block pings or that website – Meer Borg Mar 9 '13 at 7:33
  • +1 This question is relevant to a larger audience and deserves answers that can stand the time. – don.joey Mar 9 '13 at 8:21
  • As a side note, Sina, your webpage as mentioned in your profile really is spam and should be removed if you ask me. – don.joey Mar 9 '13 at 8:26
  • It's true I'm not professional blogger. But what's wrong with my blog !? – Sina Mar 9 '13 at 9:13
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    Ah interesting. If I click on your blog I get: worddictionary.com.au or groupon. – don.joey Mar 9 '13 at 9:15

There are a number of different ways to bypass government bans on websites. And one of them is Tor Browser.

Further information can be obtained from: www.torproject.org

And download options are here: www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

EDIT: Although it's fairly straightforward as this Tor Browser Bundled runs as a portable tool, a PPA channel might also come very handy, at least for automatic updates:

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  • Yes it does use 443 port which Sina says is open. Interesting article how Iran tried to block tor and how they got around it blog.torproject.org/blog/… old article, still interesting – Meer Borg Mar 9 '13 at 16:45
  • Honestly I did install Tor many times in ubuntu but I never was able to use it. Actually I always encounter with different problems. – Sina Mar 11 '13 at 6:53
  • I hope the ppa channel I've added above may overcome these problems, and you can mark this as Answered ;-) – Sadi Mar 11 '13 at 13:50

While Tor is an easy way, it is soooo slooow. The better one would be an SSH tunnel. Mass block of SSH is nearly equal to mass block of Internet. You can easily create your own SSH Tunnel gate on any server abroad that you own. There are even some free tunnel providers, but beware of scams.

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I certainly recommend you to install Tor. Because it is safer than VPNs and lots of people are using it around the world. So there will be lots of documentations to use.

You can run tor (not tor browser) on every browser you like and modify it as you want.

Just use the code below:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tor

You can just start a new session on your browser(for example: torify firefox) or use extensions like FoxyProxy. Also I should mention that using extensions may put you at security risks.

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