How to bypass restricted Internet in some countries

In some countries like China, Saudi Arabia and others it is common practice to use a VPN service to bypass government Internet restrictions. Censorship is still an issue for many of the world’s population. In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations, and supposedly by all members thereof. One of the fundamental rights of this Declaration is Article 19 which is “Freedom of Speech.” Little did the world know this one article would be so controversial some 60 years later, when the Internet became such a world phenomenon. Even so, knowing that this is a fundamental global right, many countries still censor, and even block whole website categories from being viewed by their citizens or anyone within their country.

What is the Purpose in Blocking or Restricting the Internet

There are several reasons some businesses or institutions would want to block certain websites. Primarily this has to do with protecting children, protecting institutional equipment, or even reducing the amount of advertising the network receives. However, the only purpose a country has in restricting the Internet is to control the information that citizens receive, especially information that may be contrary to their religious, political, or educational beliefs. Primarily, these are websites that pertain to gambling, political opinions other than those approved by the government, violent materials, drugs and alcohol, of a sexual nature or any idea that is deemed dangerous by the ruling political party of that country.

Currently, there are approximately 10 countries that actively censor the Internet use of their citizens.
These include:

  • Turkmenistan
  • Vietnam
  • Tunisia
  • Syria
  • China
  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Cuba
  • Burma
  • North Korea

How do I Access Internet from these countries

When visiting or living in any of the countries that actively censor Internet use, you can still access important web sites you need. You simply need to contract the services of a public VPN service.

How Can a VPN Help?

A VPN service is relatively inexpensive and helps people from all over the world access blocked website or blocked website category by allowing you to access the Internet through another IP address. Every computer that accesses the Internet does so through a specific numeral IP address. This address can be tracked and monitored by a government entity. To bypass this issue you can contract a VPN service that offers you an alternative IP address. This way your computer is viewed as being from another country, such as the USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands or Canada.

For example, John is from the UK but he works in China. If John wants to access certain websites from his own country or from anywhere else, he can contract a VPN service which offers him an alternate IP address to surf from. This way the censorship program in China does not interfere with his surfing activity, as his computer is seen as being from the UK and not from China (through the VPN), thereby allowing him to access any website he wants.

How Secure is This?

A VPN service keeps all of your surfing activity anonymous by using high encryption software, so no one can access the information you use or access on your computer. By encrypting your traffic, it is virtually impossible to see where you are surfing “to or from,” when in one of these restrictive countries; making this a perfectly safe service to use from a country that enforces Internet blocking or restrictions. Even so, only you can decide whether the risks are significant in the country you live in. Only you can decide whether the benefits outweigh the risk involved.

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Posted on September 13th, 2012 in About VPN