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Why Use VPN in Saudi Arabia?

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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!

Original: http://sahrzad.net/blog/caught-with-porn-in-saudi-arabia-real-story

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How to Access Blocked Sites in UAE Without Any Software

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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. 1. Go to Settings > General > VPN
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    1. 2. Click Add VPN Configuration
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    1. 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)setup vpn in iPhone/iPad 3
    1. 4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen
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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

  • Faster
  • more reliable
  • provide excellent customer service.

Original: http://sahrzad.net/blog/how-to-access-blocked-sites-without-any-software/

How to open blocked sites in Dubai 2014

If you’re now in Dubai and you want to open the blocked websites, there are many ways to do so. All these techniques are effective, but they have certain disadvantages. We all know that United Arab Emirates (UAE) has very strict Internet censorship, along with other countries in the Middle East. Dubai

The country’s TRA (Telecom Regulatory Authority) has already blocked lot of sites that did not comply with their rules. So, before choosing any kind of method of unblocking those restricted sites, you must understand how it works. Then, choose the one that offers the best solution. Here are two of them:

VPN

VPN (Virtual Private Network) hides you identity and geo-location by replacing your real IP address with the new one. Therefore, you can now browse the Internet anonymously wherever you are. Depending on the VPN protocol you choose, you can enjoy a certain level of online security. The best advantage of using VPN is that your traffic is encrypted, which also hides your activities. With a trusted VPN, Dubai Internet police will see you as someone outside UAE. They will not also see what you’re doing online.

 

Most VPN providers today provide services to mobile devices such as iOS and Android. Many businesses in Dubai prefer VPN over the others because of its higher level of security. They allow their employees to open sensitive information through a VPN server, even if they are at home or in a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can choose either a free VPN or a paid VPN. But of course, you would prefer a premium VPN if you are a serious user. You cannot expect a free service to win against Dubai’s strict web filters.

Web Proxy

Web proxies work the same as VPNs in many ways. You are also provided with a new IP address, so you can open blocked sites in Dubai anonymously. A web proxy site serves a middle man between your server and the Internet. Your visit request will be sent to the proxy, instead of sending it directly to the restricted website. But unlike many VPNs, you don’t need additional software, which makes it easier to install and use. In some cases, a web proxy site can also be faster than VPN because of its simplicity. Internet-Censorship

However, traffic via web proxies is not encrypted just as much as in VPNs. Therefore, the level of security is very low and may not be ideal against the strict Internet filters of UAE, or any country in the Middle East for that matter. You might be able to connect at first, but you can easily be detected and blocked eventually. In fact, many schools and offices also block these proxy sites. There are also a lot of free web proxy services, but expect them to be worse than the paid ones.

Based on the comparison above, VPN is far better than web proxy in terms of unblocking sites in Dubai. In fact, VPN is the method so far. But then, choose a VPN provider that offers services and features you only need. Paid VPN services are affordable, but you still don’t want to pay for something you will not use.

Original source: Sahzrad Blog – http://sahrzad.net/blog/how-to-open-blocked-sites-in-dubai/

10 Popular Myths about Internet Filtering in UAE

Summary

What is Internet censorship and how it works in UAE? Are the most popular myths about Internet filtering in United Arab Emirates true or not? Is it possible to bypass filters in UAE and is it safe?

 

What Internet censorship is?

Before talking about Internet censorship in UAE let’s clarify what Internet censorship is?

According to Wikipedia,

Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the Internet. It may be carried out by governments or by private organizations at the behest of government, regulators, or on their own initiative. Individuals and organizations may engage in self-censorship for moral, religious, or business reasons, to conform to societal norms, due to intimidation, or out of fear of legal or other consequences.

In others words this means that somebody decides what you can read and watch in the net and what you cannot access.

On my personal point of view this is the limitation of freedom – freedom of reading, freedom of speech, freedom of getting information you need.

Internet censorship is limitation of our freedom.

This is a violation of one of the basic human rights – freedom of information.

Why people from Australia can access some websites but people from UAE cannot?

What if I am a voyager?

And I used to start my morning from surfing some of my favorite sites?

I cannot do this is UAE? Why?

And there are lots of such questions about this problem.

UAE is among Internet emenies

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) include United Arab Emirates in the list of Internet enemiesThat means that UAE is one of the countries with the most severe and strict on-line filtering and monitoring.

Myth 1 about Internet censorship in UAE

Popular phrase:

My Dubai’s Internet provider blocks my favorite Internet websites.

1. Telecom companies in UAE (Etisalat and Du) are responsible for Internet filters in Dubai, Abi Dhabi and others emirates.

This is NOT TRUE

Why?

Internet in United Arab Emirates is controlled and supervised by Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) not any of Internet service provides (ISP).

This organization was established in 2003 under UAE Federal Law and it is responsible for Internet filtering in UAE.

 

The main categories of prohibited content in UAE

  1. Internet Content that violates the ethics and morals of the UAE including Nudity and Dating.
  2. Internet sites that have material which expresses hate to religions.
  3. Websites that is not inline with UAE Laws.
  4. Sites that allow or assist users to access Blocked Content.
  5. Internet Content that directly or indirectly constitute a risk on UAE internet users such as Phishing websites, Hacking tools & Spywares.
  6. Gambling websites
  7. Sites containing any information about purchasing, manufacturing, promoting and using illegal drugs.

 

Myth #2 About Internet Censorship in UAE

2. It is impossible to open any blocked site

IT IS NOT TRUE

Despite severe Internet restrictions in UAE there are various methods to avoid Internet restrictions, such as:

– Proxy sites

– Google cache

– VPN Services

– Translation services

And others.

There different ways to open blocked sites.

Myth #3 About Internet Censorship in UAE

3. Skype is blocked in UAE

According to TRA there is not ban on Skype in UAE however VoIP through Skype still unauthorized in UAE.


So it is hard to say if this myth is true or not.

Some people can use Skype in UAE while others cannot.

 

Myth #4 About Internet Censorship in UAE

4. You can use Viber in UAE

The same thing that with Skype. Generally speaking, Viber is blocked in UAE as the others VoIP services.

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Myth #5 About Internet Censorship in UAE

5. You can write what you want on your blogs and social networking pages even from UAE

It is strange to realize that this is not true.

You don’t have absolute freedom of speech in United Arab Emirates.

As you read before there are several categories of prohibited topics, such as gambling, adult, against religious topics and others which you cannot discuss.

Myth #6 About Internet Censorship in UAE

6. Nothing bad will happen if authorities find out that you are spreading prohibited info in the Internet.

Not true.

And it is not worth to try. Of course, all depends on the violation – if it is serious.

If it is in political or conflict/security areas you can even be arrested. So it is better to avoid such thing if you are using insecure Internet connection and do not mask your IP address.

Myth #7 About Internet Censorship in UAE

7. It is not safe to use vpn

Well, vpn connection is absolutely safe and secure. All the traffic sent via vpn is encrypted and nobody can check what you are doing on-line under the vpn connection.

Also vpn masks real IP address and makes it impossible to track.

BUT! Many vpn service providers keep log files and if you are doing something illegal they can easily find out this.

Also, they will provide your real IP if police asks…

So VPN is not the way for some seriously illegal actions.

Myth #8 About Internet Censorship in UAE

8. It is dangerous to use vpn in public wi-fi

NO


VPN is a great tool for keeping your privacy and security in public wi-fi zones.

It let to protect personal and business data from being intercepted.

VPN makes your wi-fi connection secure and safe.

So of course, it is better to use vpn in Public wi-fi.

 

Myth #9 About Internet Censorship in UAE

9. You can be caught even if you are using vpn

YES and NO


It depends on your vpn service provider. Some of that keep log fines others – not.

Some of that will keep your info private, others will not.

Myth #10 About Internet Censorship in UAE

10. Internet censorship is a myth.


Unfortunately, IT IS NOT TRUE!

On-line limits in United Arab Emirates are present. Internet censorship exists. So it is not a myth but a reality.

Final conclusion

To summarize all above I must say that Internet censorship in UAE exists and it serious. However there are some ways that might help to avoid on-line restrictions and access blocked sites.

It is all up to you to decide if you will use these methods or not.

 

Source: http://sahrzad.net/blog/10-myth-about-internet-censorship-in-uae/

Bypassing Barracuda web filter with Sahrzad VPN

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Barracuda web filter is a serious problem for many people today. Lots of Internet users desire to avoid this limitation. Some of them succeed using proxy sites, but usually this helps only for a short time. Mostly the proxies are blocked very fast. As a result – web users are frustrated and helpless. But you will not face such things with VPN (Virtual Private Network). If you decide to try this solution, it is better to realize how it works and how vpn can help you to unblock restricted sites and avoid on-line filtering. Also it is significant to find out more about these Barracuda filters.

The Barracuda web filter was created by Barracuda Networks, American online security company which was founded in 2003 by Dean Drako, along with Michael Perone and Zach Levow. After introducing its first product called Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall, several products appeared as well. Among them email archivers, backup software, and web filters.

Our times, there are several Barracuda web filter models available in the Internet, with the aim to protect Internet users by blocking websites and other web contents. These products are very effective as malware protection for many businesses. The filters are used in great number of different organization to block an access to some kind of sites especially adult sites. Barracuda blocks websites based on their URL pattern, domain, or content category.

But by using a reliable VPN, like Sahrzad VPN, you can easily bypass Barracuda web filter. You can now continuously visit all restricted sites even if you are in your office or school. VPN can be used on various devices such as PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, as well as Android devices. Some VPNs are free, but it is always better to use a paid VPN because you can be sure of a higher quality of service and better customer service, too.
VPN technology connects two individual private networks to a public network such as the Internet. The VPN tunnel encrypts all the traffic and hides your real IP address and geo-location, allowing you to surf websites anonymously. Once you sign-up with your VPN account, the VPN server will assign a new IP address for you. In some cases, you may have a new IP address every time you connect online. With VPN, you can also unblock sites that are blocked in your country.

In such way, Sahrzad VPN ( http://sahrzad.net ) can help you bypass Barracuda web filter. This is easy and secure.

From Sahrzad Blog