Although China is the country we all love to hate for their insane control of its population and blatant disregard for human rights, more and more of us seem to visit this great country of the Orient. However, many of us have serious addictions to social media and other online provisions, and we struggle to figure out how we can go for weeks and weeks without it. However, if we really are an internet addict, we know that there are ways to get our fix. In fact, there are some relatively easy ways to get around the Great Firewall of China, so long as you know what you are doing.
One of the best ways to get around it is to work with a Virtual Private Network – or VPN. These networks can totally nullify any effort China has made to block people from accessing certain websites. Best of all, a VPN can cost as little as $9, which seems a small price to pay just to be able to stick your fingers up at the great Chinese oppressors. When you sign in through a VPN, you can access the internet, Twitter, Facebook and any other site that is stringently censored by the Chinese government.
China had a go at cracking down on VPNs, However, they failed, because they didn’t look at the bigger picture. They only considered corporate connections and universities, rather than looking at home users, who are actually the biggest users of VPNs. But we also have to understand that China doesn’t actually want to block every single user. It isn’t practical or feasible to censor all of the 513.1 million people in China who have access to the internet. However, the government will make sure that it is incredibly difficult to access social media, thereby hoping that users simply won’t bother. And it is certainly true that their strategies have always worked, because nobody Googles anything in China.
Google has now been operating in China for six years and their version is monitored by the government from start to finish. Google took four years to say they would have no more of this and would no longer censor themselves. Since then, almost nobody still uses Google in China, using Baidu instead. There is almost no understand of how Google can help in an online search. Similarly, the Chinese don’t seem to want to access Twitter or Facebook, sticking instead to Weibo, which has similar features. Naturally, China has banned the American social networks anyway, but they always do so by providing an alternative, such as QQ for Instant Messaging.
If you do want to get around the Great Firewall of China, you need to use a VPN. There are three fantastic services that you could consider for this. These are HideMyAss, Express VPN and IPVanish. Let’s take a look.
HideMyAss is one of the web’s most popular VPN services. It offers both free and paid-for accounts and is perfect to help you cloak yourself, whether you want to do this to get around the Great Firewall of China, or whether you simply don’t want everybody to know your business. It hides you from network spies and hackers, includes full SSL encryption for any site you access, allows you to search anonymously, doesn’t require any software installation, bypasses internet restrictions, completely hides your IP address, stops pop-ups and advertisements from appearing and is able to work with the various video sites such as YouTube.
Express VPN is also very popular. It is very easy to download and install and will work not just on your computer, but also on your mobile devices. It offers full support for questions and doesn’t require you to have any advanced computer skills. It allows you to surf the web anonymously and it keeps you safe from hackers, governments and corporations. The world-wide network is incredibly fast and it gives you peace of mind when you access the internet through a public Wi-Fi hotspot.
Lastly, there is IPVanish. They are able to protect all your online data, including your identity. The VPN software itself is completely free. Although it does not necessarily hide your IP address, it allows you to control its location. This means you are fully protected if you access the internet through a Wi-Fi hotspot as well. Any unwanted marketing is quickly blocked. Just like with Express VPN, you can use this software on a variety of devices. It uses three protocols (L2TP, OpenVPN and PPTP). Lastly, the connections are incredibly quick and you will receive unlimited bandwidth.