It is not new that china had blocked access to Facebook, Google and twitter earlier but from last year china also started blocking gmail, Instagram and dropbox. This has been a huge problem for expats living in China. Especially at times when we need to search for a word or a place or even for using google translation it has been a huge problem. But we are not at total loss if we use a VPN Service.
What is VPN
in simple terms VPN service is a service by which your computer doesn’t connect to the internet directly. your computer or mobile phone connects to the VPN service providers computer which is normally outside china and their computer process all your internet request. Because the VPN service provider is having the computer in a country where Google, Facebook, twitter and Instagram is not blocked. you can access everything possible.
Other advantages of VPN
Apart from getting access to the above said service you also get a extra layer of protection from hacking and spying of information. Since the VPN is end to end encrypted no one can read the information being sent or received. This provides a layer of security from people hacking internet card payments.
The other advantage is while using VOIP calls like through whats app calls, viber calls and Skpe Calls and all other variations of VOIP calls will have a very good reception since the call can directly pass through filtering.
VPN choices available in China
There are multiple options available in china for VPN from free services to paid premium services and enterprise VPN services. but in normal I have used
- Freegate – a free VPN service ( but often it is blocked though the come up with new IP address and when that happens we have to search for the new IP address, when the existing version is completely blocked, have to download by other means a new versions of the software. It can’t work with mobile phones.
- TOR Borwser. this is a special browser that has to be installed to access the VPN though it is free it is very hard to setup and oflate, even this service is not working.
- Teancy VPN. – this is the cheapest VPN available in the market 9 RMB per month. but need to renew every month and only one device can be used to access the VPN. Also getting the password and access key is very difficult.
- Express VPN – this is one of the best rated VPN in the world with servers in most number of countries. so even if one server docent work can shift over to the other server. The service can be used in 2 devices one desktop and one mobile phone. For most business man like me this is the best option available and most suitable too.
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