Why Is My IP Address Banned? Get the Answer Here!
Your unique IP address connects all your internet activities to you and your location. When a website or a platform wants to limit users’ access, it will block their IP address so they can’t get in even if they change the email address or username.
Banning an IP address is a security measure that keeps order on the web, but when it happens to you, it can be frustrating.
Why is my IP address banned? We will give you all the information you need.
With our help, you'll learn:
- What stands behind your ban
- How you can regain access to your IP address
- How DoNotPay can help you appeal the ban decision in minutes
Every website owner has the right to restrict your use of its page if they find that your actions are unsafe or inappropriate. The ban is used as a tool to ensure security for the website and its users, and it sets certain limitations that are found necessary.
There are countless reasons why your IP address can be banned, but the most common ones are:
- Having multiple accounts under the same IP address
- Restricting access from your location
- Establishing confidentiality
- Restraining access from an IP address containing a virus
- Preventing fraudulent transactions
Certain websites don’t allow you to create more than one account with the same IP address. If they detect that you did that, they can permanently ban your IP address.
Some websites allow access to users from specific countries only. You can also be restricted from viewing certain content because of your location. If you are notified that you can’t view the page or content because it isn’t available in your area, your IP address is blocked because of that.
If a company or academic institution identifies your IP address as threatening, it can ban it. Confidential records are often targeted by hackers, so the ban is a safety measure to keep the information secure.
While you browse the internet, you can pick up a virus without knowing it. When you try to access a server, it can detect the virus and ban your IP address. You should install an antivirus program to prevent viruses from latching onto your computer.
Certain regions and countries have a high rate of fraud, which is why some online businesses block their access to their sites. Fraudulent transactions are common on e-commerce websites, so they take precautions and ban users from the restricted regions from making transactions.
When a website bans your IP address, it will issue a notice. You can receive this notification when you try entering the site. A message such as The owner of this website has banned your IP address from accessing this website will be shown on the screen instead of the landing page. You can also receive an email from customer service informing you of the ban.
- Change your computer’s IP address
- Use VPN
- Send an appeal
If you are using an ADSL line, disconnect the router and connect it again. For a cable connection, take these steps to change the IP address:
- Click on Start
- Select the Run option
- Type ipconfig /release
- Enter ipconfig /renew
To change your IP address on Mac, do this:
- Exit the applications that are connected to the internet
- Click on System Preferences
- Go to View Menu
- Select Network
- Click on the Show Menu option
- Select Active Network Ports
- Uncheck the box for the port you currently use to connect to the internet
- Click on Apply Now
- Check the port box
- Click on the Apply Now option once again
Virtual Private Network or VPN routes your traffic to its server—which masks your IP address—and transfers the data back to you. By using a VPN, websites won’t be able to detect your IP address but the VPN’s address. You can choose the country or location through which you want to access a website. The location restriction won’t apply to you in that way.
An appeal is the best solution when you get banned for no reason. You can send a request to unban your IP address and explain why the platform made a mistake.
There is no guarantee that customer service will respond to your message as some companies tend to overlook these appeals—especially if they come from banned IP addresses. To make sure that your demand will be reviewed, use DoNotPay.
Our nifty app can create a top-notch demand letter that will put legal pressure on the website to unban your account so you can access it from your current IP address.
You only need to take a few simple steps:
- Sign in to your DoNotPay account
- Choose the Unban My Account feature
- Answer a few basic questions about your ban
- Select Sign and Submit
We can help you with your suspended or banned accounts as well, such as:
If you are interested in platform- or service-specific appeals, here are some of the ones we can help you with:
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Once you create an account with DoNotPay, you can:
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