Hello. I will move to China for work next week, so I need to make sure that things will go well before I go there. I learnt that many websites and apps are blocked there, but I need Google search for my work. I will bring my new Mac there. How can I unblock Google search in China on it? Please suggest. Thanks.
If you are a Chinese and never hear of Google Search, that’s normal. If you know this search engine but you can’t use it in China, that’s normal. If you keep getting error when trying to use this search engine for information after you moved to China, that’s normal. It is because this service is banned in China. Google search is the most famous search engine which has been used all over the world. It is a useful tool for people to information they need. When you type keyword to get information, you may see words begin to appear below the toolbar’s search box. These are suggestions that the service thinks may match what you’re interested in. It is called “Google Suggest” or “Autocomplete.” Of course, you can ignore the suggestions. If you think the suggestions are useful, you can select it to save sometime for typing. Before you finish typing, some related results show up. Within 0.1 seconds, you will a list of search results including news, images and videos results mixed in. It is widely admitted that Google search results are very practical as they are not affected by the ads. This search engine keeps you informed with the latest tips and techniques for getting more out of search engines. In US, UK, Germany, France, Japan and other giant countries, this search is their first choice. However, it does not work in China, the big country with a huge population. It stops its service in mainland China and also is banned by the Chinese government. You are not able to use Google to search with the local server.
Why is such a popular service banned in China? The story can be traced back to 2009. Back then, Google had been developed widely and taken a large place of the market in China. Things changed due to disputes between this service and the Chinese government. China demanded some of the overseas websites to be removed from the Google.cn and Google refused it. Later, some of the alleged Chinese sponsors stated that Google serves were trying to hack the accounts of some of the Chinese protesters. In 2010, Google decided to stop all its activities in China and redirected all of its services on Google.com.hk. At the same time, the Chinese government blocked Google search because they thought that it was the rumors about China in the search results had provoked Chinese people into creating riots. They considered some of the western websites as a threat to the stability and unity of China. Its remaining services and lots of social platforms have been blocked there. The Chinese ISPs work for the government does not support you when you trying to use the blocked service.
In order to stop users from accessing Google search and other similar services, the Great Firewall has been created. It blocks your connections right away once it knows you are located in China. For this reason, IP address mapping is necessary. You need a new IP address which allows you to avoid the strict censorship. Does that mean you have to move? No. You can get such an IP address from a VPN server. Once the fake IP address works, your true IP address is not revealed. If you have a US-based IP, the Great Firewall would not censor your connections. Besides, it encrypts your data and communications so that the ISPs and snoopers are not able to spy on you. In a word, VPNs make it easy to bypass location-based IP blocking to access Google search in 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 Google Search any time when traveling in China.
Is Using VPN legal in China?
We can tell you that both using Google Search and VPN are legal in China. The reason is quite simple. VPN is legal to be used in China due to the fact that there are many educational institutes, and business enterprises need the VPN for establishing their private, network. Therefore, VPN is widely used in China to get the access to the blocked websites, online services, and applications. You can use VPN to use Google Search in China without any concern.
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.
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:
a. You will have to select the server right after getting the subscription.
b. 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.
Set up VPN for Mac is quite common for the majority of Mac computer users. After you buy a VPN, you will get an account. Before you move on, please note that you have gotten all the needed information prepared. Once all things are ready, you can follow the following manual guide to set up the VPN on your Mac by yourself. But, if you are not familiar with VPN set up process when you see the following steps, you are suggested to Live Chat with YooCare Online Expert for further help.
Step 1: Click the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and click Network or click the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar and select Open Network Preferences.
Step 2: Click the plus sign button at the bottom left corner of the window and select “VPN” in the Interface box. Choose the type of VPN server you need to connect to in the “VPN Type” box and enter a name that will help you identify it.
Step 3: The “Authentication Settings” button allows you to offer the authentication you’ll need to connect — anything from a password or certificate file to RSA SecurID, Kerberos, or CryptoCard authentication.
The “Advanced” button allows you to configure the VPN connection in other ways.
Step 5: When you finish all settings steps, please click Apply button to confirm your settings. And you’re kindly suggested to enable the “Show VPN status in menu bar” option. Then you will get a menu bar icon to manage your VPN connection. The menu bar icon can easily help easily connect to your VPN and disconnect from it as necessary.
Once the new VPN connection is successfully created, back on the Network & Internet window, keeping the VPN category selected from the left pane, click to select the newly created VPN connection from the right.
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 Google Search in China
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to safely use Google Search 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 December 6, 2017 12:56 pm and last modified on December 11, 2017 6:50 am.