Turn Off VPN Blocking

  • Posted on September 27, 2023
  • VPN
  • AshtonStarfishAsked by Ashton

Hi, I’m suddenly unable to access my site via browser or SSH on my local machine when I have my VPN enabled (connection times out). I always have my VPN enabled, so this is an unwanted feature. Please let me know how to turn this off. Thanks.

Show comments

Submit an answer

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Site Moderator
Site Moderator badge
September 27, 2023

Hello @ashtonstarfish

You can first check if the droplet is actually online. This will give you information if the problem is local on your PC or if the droplet itself is inaccessible.

If you’re unable to access the droplet via SSH, you can try connecting from a different machine/PC and if the issue still persists you can then use the recovery console to access the droplet.

Another option will be to attempt a power cycle. In some cases, the droplet might be unresponsive and you’ll need to reboot it to regain access.

Hope that this helps!

Site Moderator
Site Moderator badge
September 27, 2023


It’s possible something has stopped working on your Droplet. In order to get access you need to use the recovery console:

The Recovery Console provides out-of-band access and is available regardless of your network settings. It emulates the access you would have if you were sitting down with a keyboard and monitor attached to the actual server. You can use this feature to log in and revert bad settings to regain normal access.

Once inside, you can further troubleshoot what is going on.

If you can’t access the Droplet using the recovery console as well, try rebooting it and if you still can’t access it, you’ll need to contact DigitalOcean’s Support.

Hope that helps! - KFSys.

Try DigitalOcean for free

Click below to sign up and get $200 of credit to try our products over 60 days!

Sign up

Featured on Community

Get our biweekly newsletter

Sign up for Infrastructure as a Newsletter.

Hollie's Hub for Good

Working on improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth? We'd like to help.

Become a contributor

Get paid to write technical tutorials and select a tech-focused charity to receive a matching donation.

Welcome to the developer cloud

DigitalOcean makes it simple to launch in the cloud and scale up as you grow — whether you're running one virtual machine or ten thousand.

Learn more
DigitalOcean Cloud Control Panel