This is very common during the Penetration testing, since we send an unexpected/payload request toward the servers, the subject web server may pick our IP address and sometimes they block our address. There are many ways such as TOR, VPN (Free/Commercial). Personally, I don’t like to setup the VPN or TOR, since there are other applications that running against the target which I prefer to run on normal network to avoid any slow connections due to VPNs. Although sometimes Spiders and Fuzzers may also alert servers and consequently they block my IP address. In addition, prefer to not send all my laptop traffic through the VPN and Proxies into the network. There are many personal data and application running on my Pentest machine as well.
Please keep in mind that, the only reason I recommend them is to easily change your IP to easily bypass firewall/IDS restriction during penetration testing progress. So you don’t need to call Admin to unblock your IP, or provide a new IP for you. Obviously I don’t have any personal account on my FireFox/Chrome to protect myself about data leakage and privacy issues.
Note: A hacker has none of the aforementioned ability to request Server administrator to unblock him, right? 🙂 Act Real.
I usually use the following two VPNs for Firefox/Chrome adds-on during Web Penetration Testing.
Firefox:ZenMate Security, Privacy & Unblock VPN
This is an Adds-on that you can easily install and ready to go on the FireFox/Chrome browser to change your IP constantly whenever it is required. Although in free version you may only use four country’s IPs (Romania,Hong Kong, Germany and USA), in premium version you may use IP address of other countries as well. but I think these four are enough in this context.
DotVPN is a Chrome based Adds-on extension that works perfectly. just install on your chrome browser and create a username/password and go for bug hunting.
so next time, if your connection become so slow to access to the target website, or they blocked your access, just use these VPNs and you may change your IP easily time to time.