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Aug
28
Hey, all!

We've made some changes to our punishment plugin last week that has caused a spike in bans on users for Ban Evading. I wanted to take a moment to address why this is the case.

What's a VPN?
"A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data."

VPNs are great for privacy and safety but have some caveats when using them on our server.

Why is it a problem?
On Savage Games, we use a mixture of information to determine if different accounts are associated with each other. We do this for the safety of our community and to make our staff team aware of people trying to bypass bans. This info comes from the browser you use when you use our website, your ISP, your general location, and a few other factors. When you use a VPN, you take several of these factors out of the equation, which is great from a privacy standpoint, but also not so good when you remember that multiple people could be using the same VPN as you.

When we ban a player from the server, we keep track of the information they've used to play on our network and use our forums. Let's assume for one of these times, they were using a VPN. The same one as you.

When you next join the server, using that VPN, we associate you with them because you're using the same IP and company they were, thus flagging your account as associated with a banned user.

Can't I appeal? Why do you ban for that?
For the safety of our community, we ban users who evade using VPNs as it's such a common way to bypass bans across the internet. If we look at your history and see a VPN-company owned IP address, then see bans associated with other accounts who used it, we have to make the assumption that your account is being used to bypass said ban.

How do I avoid it?
While VPNs are great for many...