Instagram is one of the most widely used social media website and application that allow the people to share their happy moment with the help of pictures and videos. However, this multimedia website is also the part of one of those popular applications that have been blocked by the Great Firewall of China. You are not able to access Instagram in a traditional way no matter how fast your Internet is. The national firewall is pretty powerful and difficult to bypass.
The story began when the person in Hong Kong shared a media while there was a protest going in Hong Kong in 2014. It was stated that this application might provoke the Chinese protestors and hence will be a threat to the society of China. However, Instagram remarked it as the fear of Chinese government from their people. In 2014, Instagram became another western and widely used application that was censored by the GFW in China.
You may wonder, is there a way by which people can access Instagram in China? In this article, we will be elaborating some do’s and not do’s if you want to access Instagram in China.
There are several ways to help you access Instagram. For example, you can use proxy sites, torrents, the TOR browser and VPN to unblock it.
However, we do not suggest you use proxy sites, torrents or the TOR browser. There is no doubt that the proxy sites and the applications are a free way to access the blocked sites. However, due to the lack of programming and the features, these methods are not able to give you an exact look and feel along with the features that are entirely necessary for the use of the application. Hence, if you are thinking to use proxy sites, torrents or the TOR browser for Instagram, we can tell you that they are not the best choices.
What is a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It creates an encrypted and secure connection between you and the website you are visiting. The VPN server plays the role of a middleman between you and the website that you are visiting. Given that the network traffic between you and websites is encrypted like a tunnel, the ISP will have no idea of your traffic emerges without signs of who you are or where you’re connecting from. The VPN server provides new IPs to replace your real IP. In this way, your connection will not be blocked for Chinese IPs. You can access Instagram easily in China.
Express VPN, Vypr VPN, PureVPN and other VPNs are popular and useful VPN service providers. Lots of users choose them to access Instagram in the mainland of China. Well, the reason is simple. These VPNs are not only fast, but also reliable. There is a surety that you will be able to get the best and fast result with the reliable VPNs. Moreover, there are many VPNs available but being marked by the GFW; they will not be able to provide you the exact and the quick result. Moreover, there is a possibility that they might not give you the results at all.
If you are using one of the above-stated VPNs then make sure to follow the steps stated below:
1.Register on the website and buy the subscription pack.
2.Download the application based on the device that you will be using.
3.Add the server nearby Chinese mainland so that you can get the quicker results.
4.In the case you do not want to add the application then you will need to follow the following steps:
·You will have to select the server right after getting the subscription.
·Then you will need to add the exact information to activate the VPN into your device. Go to the setting option and change or add the VPN configuration and enable the VPN for your entire web search.
5.Login to Instagram and enjoy the sharing your best moments while staying in China.
How VPN works while you are trying to access a website?
In order to let you know the functions of VPN, let’s talk about how it works in detail. You run VPN and click on link you want to visit. The browser sends encrypted your account & password and request to your VPN service first. Then, VPN service decrypts the communication and sends it to the targeted website. After the website receives data, it generates session cookie and send it to your VPN service. VPN encrypts the session data it received and then sends it back to your device. In this way, you can view the website you like after your browser received the session cookie. You may think that the process is too complicated and it will take a long time before you can access the targeted website. In fact, everything we mentioned above happens at an amazing and unbelievable speed. In the blink of an eye your request will be sent and everything will respond. Your Internet connection is secure, encrypted and extremely fast with VPN service.
Problems that you may meet while using VPN service
Problem 1: I can connection VPN service via 4G mobile data on my phone, but I can’t connect it via WiFi hotspot? I saw WIFi signal bar there while it still used my mobile data.
The problem may be that WiFi hotspot sets limits on VPN connection. NAT of VPN, namely PPTP/L2TP has been limited. WiFi hotspot refuses to transfer your data to the VPN service.
Problem 2: I failed to visit some regular websites after I turned off VPN. I could access those websites before I first used VPN. I am a Chinese user and I use VPN service to access Dropbox, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and watch Youtube. Now, I can’t visit my favorite Chinese websites in a normal way. I have to run VPN so that I can access them.
Firstly, there may be something wrong with your routing tables. Check your default route and VPN gateway.
Secondly, your DNS may have been hijacked. Check your DNS and scan your computer for malicious programs
Thirdly, it may be the mechanism network problem or Internet proxy. Check your Internet settings.
Fourthly, it may be caused by non-normal exit. Next time, remember quit it in a normal way.
Problem 3: I can’t access local area network after I connect to VPN.
It may be caused by IP address conflict. Check your network line and correct the settings. Find your original gateway address via command.
Problems 4: Why I have blue screen after I run VPN?
Probably, your drive is not compatible with the VPN service you use. Besides, some anti-virus programs, game protection drive and bank security controls will bring blue screen when you use VPN.
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to Set up VPN on your device, please live chat with YooCare online expert for help.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan on May 12, 2017 6:22 pm and last modified on November 20, 2017 3:21 am.