Recently I read a story about a man from Saudi Arabia who was arrested by police directly in mobile phones shop for having adult materials in his laptop.
Surely, pornography is very sensitive topic all around the world. But in Gulf countries this is especially important. Any kind of adult content is strictly prohibited in the Middle East.
So somehow police found adult content in that man’s computer and post him under arrest immediately.
Lately his was released after paying a fee.
So that poor man is hiding from police during the last 9 months and he is afraid he could not leave the country now…
This is very sad situation.
I we highly recommend you using vpn as the best method of personal safely and security!
Whether you are a techie guy or not, downloading a software program can sometimes be scary. Without your knowledge, it might contain viruses that can harm your device. But there are times that you feel you are obliged to, just like when you need to access blocked sites. But no, you can still open restricted sites without using any software. There are actually many effective techniques that you can try, including VPN(Virtual Private Network). However, you need to clearly understand them first as well as their pros and cons.
Using Proxy to Open Blocked sites
The first and most common way is by using a proxy site, which acts as the third party between your computer and restricted site. There are a lot of free and paid web proxies to choose from as you browse the Internet. With a proxy server, your IP address is hidden and no one can see you as you try to open blocked sites. Generally speaking, proxy servers are fast. However, some offices and schools block these proxy sites. But more importantly, traffic is not encrypted so the safety level is not really that high. What is the difference between proxy and VPN? Read here.
Access blocked sites by ip address
Another way to access blocked sites without any software is by using its IP address, instead of its web URL. On your computer, click on Start then CMD and press Enter. On the command prompt, type ‘ping sitename.com and press Enter. There, you will then see the site’s IP address which you can copy and paste on your browser. In some cases, the site is hosted in a VPS or Dedicated Server Environment (DSE), and is using an unverified SSL. You can still proceed but your security will be at high risk.
Use shortening URL tool to open blocked sites
Using a URL shortening tool such as tinyurl.com and bitly.com can also unblock restricted sites. Instead of using the site URL directly, convert it first to another URL, usually a shorter one, and then place it on your browser. But of course, this method is not always effective because your real IP address is still exposed. This is not advisable to use if you are in a country with strict Internet censorship policy.
Using translation service
You can also use a language translation tool such as Google Translate, which also acts like a proxy.
Using VPN to access blocked sites
There are other methods to have access on restricted sites without using software, such as by using mobile browsers as proxies, or by converting your IP into a decimal IP. However, the safest way is by using a VPN. Although some of them may require you to download software, there are others that allow you to use their service without downloading or installing anything. You can actually set up your VPN yourself on your computer at home. This procedure is not very complicated.
How to setup vpn on iPhone without any application
To make a new vpn connection in your iOS device you need to do the next:
- 1. Go to Settings > General > VPN
- 2. Click Add VPN Configuration
- 3. Choose PPTP 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
Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.
But why use VPN instead any of the ones mentioned above?
The quick answer is security.
Although VPNs work almost exactly like proxy sites, your data via VPN is highly encrypted. This means that you are absolutely safe, even if you are in Wi-Fi hotspot are in strict countries in the Middle East. Different VPNs also have different security protocols to choose from. And yes, there are also free VPNs. But for obvious reasons, paid VPNs are
- more reliable
- provide excellent customer service.
Apple has various ways to protect users of iPhone or iPad from identity theft. The electronic giant said that the iOS platform is designed with security at its core, and that all their devices have very high level of security. But sad to say, the risk is always there. We have heard sad stories of famous celebrities whose photos were leaked online. In fact, various flaws targeting Apple users in public Wi-Fi have been discovered. So far, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is still the most reliable way in terms of online security.
1. Use the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad
But first, make sure that you are always using the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad. However, there were reports that some users had a hard time installing the latest update. In some cases, the device requires to be reset because it has no enough space. This means you have to erase some files or store them in iCloud. Using an alternative web browser is not also the best option. So if you cannot get the updated iOS or your device is not eligible for the upgrade, don’t use it in a Wi-Fi zone.
2. Choose strong passwords
Second, choose a very strong password. Use upper and lowercase letters, characters and numbers. Have a unique password for every service you access. If you have problems memorizing many passwords, there are now services that can generate passwords for you. Also, avoid opening emails or clicking any links that looks so tempting. Sometimes, these links appear to be coming from your friend or someone you know, but not really. In short, be a keen observer especially when you’re on Facebook.
3. Consider iOS security applications
In addition, there are tons of free and paid iOS security apps available at the Apple iTunes store. And remember, don’t ever jailbreak your iPhone or iPad although it allows you to install apps that are blocked by iOS. This is simply because you are removing the safety features that Apple has installed in your device, besides the fact that you are invalidating its warranty. But while there are many other ways to protect your privacy when using an Apple device to browse the web, VPN is still the best method.
4. Use VPN for iPhone and iPad – recommended!
With a VPN for iOS, a new IP address will be assigned to you and hide your real IP address and geo-location as well. Browsing the web anonymously also allows you to have access on restricted sites. Different VPNs have different security protocols, which you can choose from depending on your needs. But more importantly, your web traffic is highly encrypted. This means no authorized third party can read your data, not even hackers. Well, they still can but only if you visit a compromised website or a spam link.
How to select a good VPN for your requirements
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