Dropbox is one of the blocked internet services in China. It is deemed to be a threat to the society because people can spread and share pictures, videos and other data easily. In this article, we will discuss why it is blocked and how to unblock it in China.
If you live in China, you may not hear of Dropbox because the ISPs in China do not allow you to access it. Some of you might use it and later found it fail to load. It did work in the past and has been blocked since 2010. Dropbox a personal cloud storage service. The service provides 2 GB of storage for free and up to 100 GB on various for-fee plans. It is a home for all your photos, documents, videos, and other files that allows you to access your stuff from anywhere. It also is a creative collaboration space designed to safely sync your files across all devices which makes it easy to share with your partners though you are not living in the same city or country. Dropbox gives distributed storage administrations like information matching up which is important for information stockpiling. It supports both portable and desktops on various devices like Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Blackberry etc. This service is very useful, especially for those people who travel a lot. However, it does not work when you travel to China as Dropbox has been blocked by the Great Firewall of China. You need to get through the censorship.
China is one of the sturdiest countries in the whole world which holds its expertise growth and development, internet security, scientific discoveries, and substructures firmly. It is very well known about the security strictness in respect to the Internet. After the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest on June 4, the Chinese authority put lots efforts on Internet censorship. Why is Dropbox on the list? It didn’t violate the Chinese laws. However, it allows users to share files and dissemination of information in near-real time. As Dropbox is not based in China, it doesn’t have to work with the Chinese Government to filter content or restrict access to “inappropriate information”. It is destined to be blocked by China once they become popular enough. Besides, there is another reason for the block. In China, most of the western or the widely used applications on the Internet are blocked. This action gives the local Internet company a chance to develop in the domestic market. Therefore, the Golden Shield Project was created to ensure that users in China can’t access those websites. It is known as the Great firewall of China. It is considered the most prime, extensive, and most advanced Internet censorship establishment in the world. Is it possible to defeat such a powerful thing to access Dropbox and other blocked services in China? Yes, it is possible.
Dropbox cannot be used with the help of the Chinese ISPs while you are in China. Do you have to move out of China for this service? No, you don’t need to do that. You can get help from different servers that are residing near but not in China. How can you connect to foreign servers in China? You need a VPN to connect you with the servers. It is powerful enough to help you unblock Dropbox from the Great Firewall of China.
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. With the help of VPN, you will be able to safely use Dropbox any time when traveling in China.
Before you read the steps, let us tell you something important. Some VPN websites are filtered by the Chinese government almost every day, and hence there may be a possibility that some of these websites are not working anymore. So make sure that you have seen the updated VPN list before choosing one.
How to use VPN to unblock Dropbox on Android Device in China
To use it on your Android device you need to make a VPN connection between you and VPN server. You do not need any additional software or applications. All you need is make a few simple steps:
1. Tap Settings
2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN
3. Add VPN Network
4. Input connection name (Sahrzad VPN), select the type of your VPN connection – PPTP VPN, input VPN server address from your account data. Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.
5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect
How to use VPN to unblock Dropbox on iOS device in China
Below you can see simple instructions how to access it in China.
1. Click Settings > General > VPN
2. Tap Add VPN Configuration
3. Select L2TP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail
Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols).
4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen
When you are connected to VPN you can access Dropbox without any restrictions.
For connection to vpn server:
1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
2. Tap Wireless & networks
3. Tap VPN settings
4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
6. A dialog box will open asking for your credentials, enter them and click connect
When you are connected to VPN, you will see an ongoing notification in the Status bar on your Android device. If you are disconnected, you will receive a notification and an option to go back to the VPN settings section.
1. Always choose the server that is near China so that one can get the fastest possible results.
2. These VPNs are not free of cost hence ready to pay some affordable price to get the access to the Telegram and other blocked websites.
3. Moreover, never search or do something that can be offensive to Chinese authorities something traceable by GFW.
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 Google, Tinder, OneDrive,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.
Video Shows How to Use Dropbox in China
The local ISPs and firewall will not let you access Dropbox in China. You can’t let them know your real location. The firewall blocks your connection immediately once they know you are in China. A reliable too is needed to help you. This tool is VPNs. What VPNs do is connecting you with the server by mapping your IP address to the IP address of the country where the server is established. This mapping will make you look like as if you are requesting not from China but from the other country. Hence, you can avoid the Internet limits and use Dropbox in China safely.
By following all these steps the person will be able to not only sync the
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to safely use Dropbox in China and how to Set up VPN on your device, please live chat with YooCare online expert for help.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan on November 24, 2017 7:44 am and last modified on November 27, 2017 12:50 am.