Hi, there? I am going to China on a business trip for about 2 months. This will be my first time to China. I have heard a lot about this nation. It is said to be a country with amazingly different traditional culture and civilization from other western nations’. I feel excited about this trip. But I also heard there is strict internet censorship and surveillance in the country. Users in China can’t access Facebook in China. Is it true? If yes, how can I solve this problem. I want to use Facebook during my stay there. Please help! Much appreciated!
China is not only one of the four great ancient civilizations in the world, but also one of the most important economies on earth. It has a long history of about five thousand years with the largest population. After more than thirty years of reform and opening up, the nation has played a very important role in many respects on the global stage. Nowadays, more and more people are traveling to China for various purposes. But when you stay in China, you will find it impossible to visit many well-known websites from there. Such popular websites or services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Gmail, Google Search, Dropbox, Vimeo, New York Times, The Washington Post, etc. are blocked and inaccessible in China. That is why the users will only receive the error page saying something like “This site can’t be reached…www.facebook.com took too long to respond…” when they try to access the website from China. For websites which implement geo-restricted policy like Netflix, China is also a nation where users are blocked from accessing the content. Fortunately, the problem can be fixed by using the VPN technique. So, how to apply the VPN to access the blocked or geo-restricted content websites in China? What is the best VPN service?
Different websites or services are blocked for different specific reasons. For example, some people said the Flickr, which is one of the most famous image and video hosting platforms in the world, is blocked due to involving with the events of Xiamen PX Protest and Tiananmen Square Protest. Although there are many specific explanations for the reasons why different websites are obstructed, they are all about the issue of national safety and stability. It is normal for a country to take controversial measures to ease the security and stability concern of the country. In China, GFW, the abbreviation of Great Firewall of China, is the instrument used by the government to have the websites blocked. It is a tool that can stop users in China from accessing the selected websites, kick out certain content out of the searches from China, criminalize hostile speeches, etc.. Hence, if there is a method that can help bypass the GFW, you will be able to access more than 3,000 blocked websites in China including Facebook. As for websites like Netflix, it has nothing to do with the block with GFW. The service is not accessible because it is not provided in China. But you can also use a VPN to resolve the problem.
The technology many users are used to unblock the websites or services in China or bypass the geo-restriction 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. It can work as an middleman between the Netflix and your visiting device With only one VPN, you can access all the websites blocked by the GFW and services with geo-restriction.
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 such as Windows VPN, Mac VPN, iOS VPN, Android VPN, Samsung Phone VPN, iPhone/iPad VPN. 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 & last updated on July 16, 2017 5:54 am