Flickr is classified one of the best photo/video hosting services in the world. Many people are using this service all over the world. But when you have a journey to China, you will find that it is impossible to access Flickr again in the country. Flickr is blocked by the Chinese government. No matter who you are, citizens or visitors, the access will be refused all the same. While there are still many users freely accessing the website. How can they make it?
Flickr is a well-known image and video hosting website on the globe. The service is established by Ludicorp in 2004 and available in languages of Chinese, English, French, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Italian, German, etc. Yahoo acquired the website on March 20,2005. The website has become more and more popular since then relying on the worldwide famous brand. The website is also a community on the Internet. You can use the service to share photos with your friends and embed pictures in your blogs or other social media. For users who just want to access images and videos, they don’t need to register an account. But if you want to upload images or videos onto the site, an account is a must. You can create your own profile page and add other users as your contacts with an account. Many users all around the world are using the website. It is reported in 2013 that the number of registered members of the website is more than 85 million in total and over 3.4 million new photographs were uploaded every day. In 2011, the site claimed that over 6 billion photographs were hosted on its platform and many more images are added continuously and steadily. If you want to use a mobile device to access the service, you can download and install its mobile apps for Android, IOS, PlayStation Vita or just go directly to visit its optimized mobile website.
Flickr is popular all over the world. The service has many users in many countries. But people in China are blocked from accessing the website by the government. There are many different particulars that are trying to explain why the government blocked the site. Some people said that it has something to do with the events of Xiamen PX Protest and Tiananmen Square Protest. Some official thought pointed out “In order protect the Chinese youth from being affected by the pornography on Flickr, the government decides to block the website.” There were also opinions that insist Flickr was blocked because the government thought the service can be exploited by “western hostile forces” as a tool to impose threats on the safety of the present government. No matter which one is the truth, it is all about the issue of national security and safety. And it is normal for a nation to try her best to protect the benefits of the people. Apart from Flicker, many famous websites or services such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, Gmail, etc. all have been blocked in China. The tool used to accomplish this task is called Great Firewall of China, GFW in short. It is an instrument that can block users from visiting selected websites in China, filtering out sensitive words from searches, criminalize certain speech, etc. So, if there is method to bypass the GFW, users in China will be able to access Flickr and many other blocked websites or services again.
The technology many users are used to unblock Flickr in China is called Virtual Private Network, VPN in short. It is a technology that can bypass the GFW by replacing your original IP with a new one. With only one VPN, you can access all the websites blocked by the GFW.
The detail guide to use a VPN consists of three steps.
Step 1: First, it is needed to go to sign up for an account from a VPN service provider. Usually there are various service plan available, pick up the one that you think it best for you. After that, you will be provided the options to make the payment. Choose the payment method and fill in all the information to complete. An email will be sent to you to confirm the account upon payment being completed. After confirming, the next step is to download and install the software onto your system.
Step 2: Download and install the VPN software. Usually, a link to download the software will be provided in the confirmation email. You may be presented with a list of software where software for different operating systems or devices are listed. Select the one for your systems to finish downloading. The installation is easy, just click through the procedures as prompted all the way to complete.
Step 3: Connect to a US-based server or other appropriate server location on VPN. When the software is ready, the left you need to do is to start the application and fill in your account detail and choose a proper location. You can select any server located in US. If you like, you can also choose other locations like Canada. It is all up to you. Now everything is done.
For users who are looking for reliable brands of VPN services, the following three can be listed among their best choices. Although none of these brands is good enough to be considered as perfect in all aspects, they are very competitive in many aspects compared with their competitors.
Express VPN is the best in class VPN service provider as they are leading and advanced in terms of technical aspects. The technical aspect is most important for any user since they have to experience needed protection and privacy from all the rising security threats and issues. They are being famous and leading in the market for the service they offer since they are professionally advanced. The customer satisfaction is the main focus of the business and hence they try all the possibilities to bring the best in class service for the customers. So far they have not received negative reviews as they continue to offer the best service for the customers through high protection, increasing privacy and best customer service technically.
Headquartered in Panama, a country where people scream for freedom from NSA snooping, NordVPN is one of the most popular VPN services in the world. Even though its pricing is slightly expensive, it doesn’t prevent the company from being one of the most favored VPN service providers at all since it is a company that can ease the user’s safety concern to the most degree.
IPVanish includes a number of amazing and useful tools into its service. You may find its pricing a little bit high, but lots of users are attracted by the smooth and secure access to BitTorrent and P2P services. The option of cycling IP addresses is great and rare among many VPN services. Although some users may think its speed is not so fast as KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, NordVPN, or Private Internet Access, it is still a VPN that may suit you and best satisfy your needs.
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Published by Sarah Poehler on July 1, 2017 1:56 pm and last modified on July 7, 2017 1:46 am.