Hey guys, today in this article, we will discuss how to bypass Internet censorship. So keep reading.
Ever since the dawn of the internet age, technology has advanced significantly. We’ve gone from Nokia mobile phones to smartphones that are just as powerful as some computers are. Our desktop computers have turned into laptops; we even have tablets capable of doing just about anything a computer can. The one thing that connects all of these devices is the internet.
The internet has provided the world with a sense of freedom from anywhere in the world — or so we always thought. With so many different cultures, beliefs, traditions, and religions all around the world, not all countries allow their residents to have complete freedom over the websites they visit. This is known as internet censorship; it’s becoming more and more common all around the world.
If you’re traveling to one of the many countries that employ internet censorship, you might be wondering how you’re going to overcome these digital walls and access the usual websites that you love to visit. All you need to do is invest in one of the top VPNs that are currently available on the market. Not convinced? Keep reading to find out what a VPN is and why it’s so important to have one installed on your device, regardless of whether you’re traveling or not.
Also, you can check: Why Are VPNs Illegal In China?
What is Internet Censorship?
Let’s first look into the details of internet censorship. There are many countries all around the world that use internet censorship. This censorship prevents anyone within the country’s borders from accessing specific content or websites on the internet.
Any internet traffic that is routed through an IP address located in a specific country (such as China or the U.A.E) will automatically be blocked if the website has been added to the list of “blocked websites” based on the country’s rules and regulations.
In case you’re unsure, an IP address is a unique string of numbers used to identify your device on the internet. An IP address will also provide websites with details about your physical location; which is why your device can be blocked from accessing a website simply based on its physical location.
Why do countries use internet censorship? It all depends on the country in question — each nation and government has its reasons for employing internet censorship within its borders. In some countries such as Saudi Arabia; they censored the content for religious purposes. This can include anything from explicit content to anti-Islamic content.
Other countries such as China have political reasons behind their internet censorship laws. China is the strictest country in terms of censoring content. The Chinese government built the “Great Firewall” used to block foreign news websites, social media platforms; and even some Google services such as the image and video search function.
Luckily though, there is a way that you can hop over these fences and unblock websites on your device even when you’re inside the borders of a country that employs internet censorship — all you need is a VPN.
What is a VPN?
A virtual private network, also known as a VPN; is a cybersecurity tool that has become incredibly popular in recent years; mainly for its ability to change your device’s IP address. But, its primary function is to keep your device secure!
With a VPN installed on your device; your internet connection will be encrypted. This will prevent anyone from seeing what you are doing on your device while browsing the internet. VPNs are so powerful that not even the government or your internet service provider can monitor your internet traffic — so, it’s essentially the best tool you can get for privacy and security.
This function is just as important when you’re traveling. Oftentimes when we’re abroad we need to use public WiFi hotspots available at hotels, restaurants, and airports. While these hotspots might be cheap and convenient; they do pose a serious threat to our devices because they use unsecured connections. These unsecured connections allow cybercriminals to listen in on your device as it sends and receives data through the internet. While hackers are eavesdropping on your device; your data will be at risk of being stolen — anything important from login credentials to personal information and even your banking details can be nabbed from your device by malicious hackers nearby.
But, here’s how a VPN will allow you to access your favorite websites regardless of whether you’re in a country with strict internet censorship laws or not. When you use a VPN, you can connect to a secure global server in another country or city around the world. By doing that you can mask your real IP address and your device will adopt the IP address of the server you have connected to. This makes it appear as if your device is accessing the internet from another country.
You can compare VPN as a tunnel between your device and the server in another country. Your device will use this tunnel to access the internet rather than accessing it directly. For example, if you’re in Qatar you can connect to a VPN server in the United States. You’ll notice that everything on your browser will change from the language to the ads that you see on Google.
How to Find the Right VPN
It’s important to install the right VPN on your device rather than just the first one that shows up on Google. Not all VPNs are created equally; you need to make sure to do thorough research on all VPNs before installing them on your device.
The most important rule to follow is that you should always choose premium VPNs. Free VPNs might be tempting, but they come with a wide array of drawbacks such as slower connection speeds, more ads, less security, fewer global servers, and daily data limits.
Finally, you need to make sure to install a VPN on your device before you travel. Many countries that use internet censorship will also block the websites that allow you to download and install a VPN on your device. This means that once you’re within the country’s borders; there’s no way to install a VPN on your device to unblock websites.