Hello. I would like to know how use Twitter in China on my Mac. I am new here. Please help.
If you traveled or moved to China, you would note that Twitter is blocked by the firewall. The Chinese government does not want users in China to access Twitter. Twitter is a famous social media platform which allows users to broadcast daily short burst messages to the world. This platform provides a stream of quick updates from friends, family, scholars, news journalists, and experts. You can view texts, pictures and videos from users in other sides of the earth. It is a good way to learn about the world through another person’s eyes. On the platform, you can see what’s happening in the world while staying at home by reading contents about music, sports, politics, news, celebrities and everyday moments of others. It allows you to discuss current events with friends as well as the strangers. Why is Twitter so popular? Most users choose it due to its conciseness. Every tweet entry is limited to 280 characters or less. This size limit promotes the focused and clever use of language. That makes tweets very easy to scan. Users can be attracted and get more information in a short time in this attention-deficit society. Isn’t it a pity that users in China can’t access it? Not only the Chinese people, but also foreign users who went to this country face the same problem. Luckily, we smart people figured out a way to unblock Twitter in China.
Twitter is a famous and useful service in many countries. Why is it blocked in China? If you live in China, you might know that there are many limits in Internet use there. In China, the Internet does not work the way it works around the globe. Millions of websites and services have been blocked by the Golden Shield Project. In 2009, Facebook Twitter and YouTube etc. were added in the list of the social sites that might provoke the riots happened in 2009. Later, the Protest in Hong Kong also was affected by media spread on the Internet. Those western social media platforms were deemed to be the cause of disorder in China. The Chinese government states, “We are preventing our people from the all the wrong social threats going over the Internet.” This is the reason given by the Chinese government for blocking the different online social media websites in China. Some people also think there is another reason. They believe that the Chinese authority block foreign prominent services to make room for the domestic services in the market. That also helps them to monitor people’s online activities effectively.
Is there a way to bypass the high censorship and access Twitter in China? Yes, you still can access it though the Great Firewall of China is powerful. In order to defeat firewall, you need to know how it works. After the names and website addresses are added to list, the firewall is ready to block connections to certain websites that are requested from mainland of China. You should not let the firewall know you are located in China. That means you have to hide your IP address with a new one from a country where Twitter is not blocked. Is that difficult to get such an IP address? No, it is very easy even for users who know little about computer. You only need to subscribe to a VPN service and get connected with the server that is outside the mainland 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 Twitter any time when traveling in China.
Is Using VPN legal in China?
We can tell you that both using Twitter 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 Twitter 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 Twitter in China
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to safely use Twitter 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 5, 2017 6:44 am and last modified on December 11, 2017 6:55 am.