VK (also known as Vkontakte, which is Russian for “InContact”) is the largest European social networking platform, based in the Russian Federation. Although VK is especially popular among Russian-speakers, it is available in 83 languages and has around 370 million users all around the world. Like other major social networks, VK allows users to message each other publicly or privately, to create groups, public pages and events, to share and tag images, audio and video, and to play browser-based games.
Vkontakte is also popular among musicians trying to promote their content among Russian-speaking audiences, including international celebrities such as Shakira, Moby and Marilyn Manson.
It is quite common for IT personnel of companies and educational institutions to deny people access to popular social media sites in an effort to reduce distractions and increase productivity. As a result, Vkontakte is often blocked on local networks, along with other sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, many users find various ways to unblock the Vkontakte website, often using VPN services for unrestricted access.
Apart from local network restrictions, VK sometimes faces temporary interruptions or permanent blocking in various countries. Again, residents and visitors of these countries often choose to bypass the Vkontakte filters with VPN services.
Websites are blocked by denying users access based on their IP address. When you connect to the internet from your school or workplace, you are assigned the general IP address of the local network, which has various restrictions. IP addresses also reveal the country where you’re based, allowing countries to deny access to unwanted sites and services. Although there are several methods to bypass internet filters, the most reliable is using a VPN service, which provides anonymity and encrypts your online communications.
Virtual Private Network Service unblocks sites by routing all your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel, so your data packets can’t be monitored or censored. Connecting to a VPN server also hides your IP address and allows you to bypass any related restrictions and browse vkontakte.ru, or versions in other languages, at work or school, or on a trip to a country with internet restrictions.