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Unblock Websites at Work and School

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  One of the biggest problems about having internet access at work or at school is that you have absolutely no control over what sites you can and cannot access. Often schools and jobs make use of a filter that blocks specific websites, or alternatively, will only let you access a select list of sites. This can make it very difficult to do what you want to while you are online, and it can even limit your ability to do what you are supposed to be doing online. Some of the most commonly blocked websites include Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, because people are worried that you will be mess around instead of doing what you are supposed to be doing. However, there are a lot of other sites that get blocked too. Another example is the way that schools will block any website that they think is inappropriate. However, often the filter confuses educational sites on a topic with non-educational sites and blocks both. Filters at school and work can be very frustrating, and you might feel that they are unavoidable because it isn’t your network. A very effective way to get around filters at school and work is a VPN. At its heart, a VPN is a tunnel which isolates your internet data from the rest of the web, specifically from people who might be watching it and from filters. The good thing about taking this approach is that a VPN is much more secure than other approaches to unblocking websites. This means that you not only have the ability to browse websites that you couldn’t otherwise, but you also don’t have to worry about anyone ‘looking over your shoulder’ so to speak. What happens when you use a VPN is that you connect to what is known as a VPN server. What this server does is route traffic to and from your computer. Most importantly, it controls the way that traffic is routed. This means that all of your traffic goes through the VPN tunnels I mentioned before, which makes it very hard for anyone to access any information about what you are doing. Furthermore, VPNs also make use of encryption. This makes it even more difficult...

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              China is well known for having prevalent internet censorship and in fact it is often referred to as the worst in the world. So it might seem a little strange to recommend that you get a Chinese IP address in Greece. However, there are specific reasons why this is a good idea and it can over you some surprisingly useful benefits. China’s internet censorship is prevalent for many aspects, but the one thing that is important to consider is that China has a very large population that is provided with very different information than the rest of the world. It is difficult to learn about China without understanding the information that is available to them and that is restricted. The Chinese government ensures that you cannot normally some visit Chinese websites if you are not actually in China at the time. However, like many places that use regional restriction, this is only based on where the sites think you are, rather than where you actually happen to be. As such, the solution to accessing Chinese websites lies in convincing the websites that you are in China. Information about your location is always provided through your IP address. This is assigned by your internet service provider. Because of this, as long as you are within a given area, your IP address is natively also from the area. The way around this is to use a VPN server to mask your IP address. Strictly speaking you are not actually changing your IP address. Instead you are making it appear as if your address is different than it is. What the VPN does is that it connects you to a server within China (or elsewhere in the world if you desire). While you are connected to the VPN, it sends out its own IP address information. Because the server is in China, its IP address is from China also. What this means is that websites see the VPN’s IP address and believe it is yours. As a result, you have managed to get a Chinese IP address in Greece. With this IP address, you are able to access any website that a person within China...

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              Many people argue that internet censorship is the domain of ‘uncivilized’ countries and places where dictatorship is prevalent. However in recent years it has become increasingly evident that this isn’t the case. Many people are not aware of the censorship that goes on in their own country, although the evidence is out there. It may be surprising, but censorship is one reason why you might consider choosing to get a Scottish IP address in Finland, although there are other reasons also. Like many developed nations, Finland keeps a blacklist of internet sites that are blocked, meaning that citizens within Finland cannot access them. Internet service providers are required by law to block any site that is on the list. Furthermore, the list is not made public. The blacklist was initially developed to block websites outside of Finland that host child pornography. This is an approach many other governments also take, and often with similar outcomes. The problem is that there is no due process for determining what is and is not placed on the list. Combined with the secret nature of the list, this makes it very easy for additional websites to be added without anyone knowing. In fact, there is already evidence that this has occurred. In 2009, the blacklist was posted by the website WikiLeaks, and contained 797 different domains, some of which were linked to censorship criticism. Evidence from other countries shows that once a secret blacklist is developed, regardless of its initial purpose, it quickly develops to block many different types of websites. Censorship like this can be disastrous as it hides information from the public. Furthermore, the government is more likely to censor information that may be a threat to itself. Because of this, the times that the public needs information the most are likely to be when information is the most heavily censored. This makes using a IP address from outside of the country an appealing prospect. By using a VPN you are able to get a Scottish IP address in Finland, or choose one from just about anywhere else in the world. By having this IP address, you are no longer thought to be in...

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              South Korea is one of the most well-known examples of censorship, where online posts are either blocked or removed because they criticize the government, or post content that is not desirable. However, this censorship is far from absolute, and even the ability of the government to remove posts is limited. Getting around it is as simple as using a VPN to get a French IP address in South Korea. The first aspect of this is the way in which the South Korean government blocks websites in an attempt to prevent the public from viewing them. There are many examples of this within South Korea, and exactly what is blocked changes from month to month and year to year. Internet censorship is achieved through vigilant censors, so it is hard for a dissident site to remain unblocked for long. The censorship works because it recognizes that you are in South Korea. Because of your location you are subject to the censorship requirements of South Korea. The solution is elegantly simple, just change where you live. Of course, literally changing where you live would be an expensive way of doing this, and for most people it would hardly be practical. However, this isn’t what I mean. I’m suggesting you change your virtual location, which will make it appear as if you are living somewhere else. By doing this you alter the way that sites and internet service providers behave towards you. I’m suggesting that you choose a French virtual location because the country has a low level of censorship and there are not any substantial issues of privacy. In reality, getting a VPN for France is only one of many options. If you are trying to get around censorship, then as long as the country doesn’t have censorship of its own, you are good. There is also another reason for deciding to get a French IP address in South Korea. Censorship is South Korea is also achieved by deleting websites that are hosted within South Korea that it does not approve of. You can’t use a VPN to view sites that have been deleted, but it does serve another purpose. As I discussed before,...

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              Finding a way to bypass internet censorship is important for people who live in Saudi Arabia, because censorship is a prevalent aspect of internet use. In fact, Saudi Arabia is often thought to have one of the most extensive censorship networks in the world. However, as many people have found out, there are ways to get around censorship. In particular, you can use a VPN to get a Japanese IP address in Saudi Arabia. Getting an IP address from a different country is one of the most effective measures of finding a way around internet censorship. It is so effective because currently websites do not have any way of knowing you aren’t using your own IP address, and the same is true for your internet service provider. It used to be that people recommended proxies for this purpose, because they are inexpensive and in fact are often free. However, nowadays, proxies are not a good approach to get past censorship, because it is relatively easy to determine when a person is using a proxy. A VPN is a better approach, because it is not evident what you are doing. With a VPN, you connect to a server in another country. In the example we are talking about you would choose a server in Japan and I’ll explain why in a little bit. While you are connected to the Japanese server, it hides your IP address. The outcome of this is that instead of seeing your IP address, any website or program will instead see the one from the VPN server. So, if you are using the Japanese VPN server we talked about, you would look like you were in Japan rather than Saudi Arabia. Because of this, Saudi Arabian censorship is no longer effective on you. In fact, your internet service provider doesn’t even recognize that it should be censoring you. Choosing which country you use for your VPN server is important, because different countries offer you different benefits. One of the key aspects is that you need to choose a country that doesn’t have prevalent internet censorship. Otherwise you are just trading one form of censorship for another. The reason I...

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              Censoring the internet is often perceived as occurring only in dictatorships or countries where the citizens do not have many rights. However, the truth is that censorship is becoming more prevalent even in countries that are perceived as democratic. While internet censorship is not substantial in Italy, there are concerns that it may be an issue in the future. A way to get around this, and also to increase your security online, is to get a French IP address in Italy. In 2009, an amendment was propose which would force all internet service providers in Italy to block websites that were believed to either instigate or defend a crime. What this amendment would mean is that if a site, such as Facebook, refused to take down certain content which the Italian government believed to defend or instigate a crime, then the entire Facebook site would be blocked. Perhaps even more importantly, sites which are blocked under this amendment would not be democratically determined. Instead it would be the result of the decision of people within the government, with no opportunity for a trial or debate. This proposal sets a dangerous precedent regardless of whether it makes it into law or not. It suggests that internet censorship is something that the Italian government is prepared to do, and this could make internet freedom very limited for its citizens. So, what are the alternatives to this? Censorship is based on your physical location. You are censored by Italian internet service providers because they believe that you are in Italy. Clearly changing your physical location isn’t really an option, at least not for most people. However, what you can do is change where your physical location appears to be. This can be achieved using a VPN, because IP addresses are used as tags to indicate your location. What a VPN does is let you use an IP address from another country to mask your own. So you can use this to get a French IP address in Italy. In fact, you can even choose the location of the IP address that you get. Changing your IP address means that you get around censorship. Furthermore, it...

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