Obfuscation is a method to hide VPN traffic. It disguises VPN traffic to look like regular unencrypted internet traffic. Obfuscation technique removes metadata that can be identified as belonging to a VPN protocol.
Why obfuscation is used
Obfuscation helps to bypass VPN block. Hence, the reason to use obfuscation is that ISPs and governments try to block encrypted services, like VPNs. They do this because VPNs hide their users’ traffic and it is impossible to spy on their online activities or apply different content blocking or filtering.
Governments also tend to block standard VPN ports. What obfuscation does – is it scans for open ports and tries to push the traffic through there.
Governments are well aware of what a VPN does, so they developed software to restrict access to such services and forbid users from enjoying the safe and open internet.
VPN blocking techniques are mainly used in countries where the governments censor the internet.
Is my traffic still encrypted
Obfuscation does not decrypt your traffic. If you are using a reliable VPN, your traffic is still protected from the outside snoopers, and it is only camouflaged to appear like regular traffic.
What is stealth VPN technology
Stealth VPN is a VPN protocol or a server to make encrypted VPN traffic look like regular HTTP traffic. Stealth is developed not to be detected by firewalls or applications designed to block VPN traffic.
Obfuscation vs. net neutrality
The benefits of obfuscation regarding net neutrality depend on the actions of ISPs. Obfuscation helps to protect your data and bypass VPN blocks and surf the net securely. However, VPNs may not be helpful if ISPs decide to charge for specific services.
To learn more about net neutrality, click here.