Tim Asked for Explanation of VPN for Travelers, Especially Needed for China


Gadget

Tim Asked for Explanation of VPN for Travelers, Especially Needed for China


AlwaysRt

I have been in Hong Kong long enough to be irritated by the blocked video and news issue. Also there is the SUPER aggravating results shown in Chinese and prices shown in Hong Kong Dollars instead of US Dollars. I have used Speedify to get around this, it is free up to 1GB bandwidth/month and also (I think the primary use) will connect to multiple internet connections to increase your speed (I have only used the VPN part). For me it has been easy, it works, and I get no spam emails about anything.


DebV

At the bottom of the screen, You Tube has: "Choose your content location --- This changes the videos and channels shown to you. It won't change the language of the site."

You can choose a different content location = country. Could this help to avoid certain videos being blocked or censored in certain countries?


AlwaysRt

That may change the regional results given but blocked videos in your location will still be blocked. An example (I'm not verifying all these exact sites again but trying to remember when I had a problem before getting speedify) of sites blocked are, abc, cbs, discovery channel, netflix, amazon video on demand, and some youtube videos.


DebV

Rt, could the blocking of sites have more to do with bandwidth issues where they suck up too much and overload the system especially with all their embedded commercial ads and unwanted videos? I feel like the Internet is pretty much hosed in the corporate grip and control. Their websites are just as annoying as television with all of its commercials.


AlwaysRt

Just posted a screen shot of the error you get, not a bandwidth issue but over simplified digital rights. You have 100percent ability to stream video - unless you travel. Then you are banned because your location is more important than you are, I don't have a clue why.


DebV

RT, must be corporate commy engineering subtle fascist herding. You're outside the fence.


Ed76

In many countries in Asia you can't get access because they are worried about people copying. China doesn't have consistent copyright protection and whether or not you agree, the copyright ownsers are trying to cover their asses. When I was in Cambodia I couldn't even get an iTunes accont, even with a US credit card and address. The IP told them I was in a "no no" zone.


AlwaysRt

Yes Ed, however if I have the technical ability and desire to set up a download/copy/distribution site, getting around my regional ip address identifier is about as hard as drinking with a straw. They end up blocking legitimate customers and slow down the copyright thieves about 1/100th of a second.


Ed76

That's absolutely true. I was just pointing out their logic, not defending the practice or suggesting it works. Like most prohibitions it only stops law abiding people from doing things.


Bob the Squid

BTW, although the location spoofing aspect of a VPN is useful, it's really just a byproduct. The real benefit of a VPN is that your connection to the internet is completely encrypted between your device and your trusted VPN provider. This means that no one is able to snoop on your activity while you're connected to the internet on a hotel, cafe, or other public wifi.

Even in 2016 someone with just limited technical proficiency can discover quite a bit about you just by looking at unencrypted traffic on a public network. A best practice would be never to never connect to a public or untrusted network without a VPN.


DebV

VPN 101 class:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4P4BjjXghQ

Does anyone know about or had experience with hidemyass.com?


omac97

DebV,
Good Youtube video, but technology has changed/improve since 2011. Keep in mind that Information Assurance (IA) advances every 18 to 22 months like other IT fields. You can give ExpressVPN https://www.expressvpn.com a try they have a 30 day money back guarantee. Please do the research before you pay for a service which you may not need. I would not recommend a free service, full of ads, collects some data (log files), they have to get paid somehow so they will most likely collect some of your data to sell.
Please review http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/vpn-vs-proxy-service,4087.html and http://www.thrivenetworks.com/blog/2011/07/28/the-pros-and-cons-of-using-a-virtual-private-network/ and like Andy recommends check the info on Wikipedia,


Log In or Join to leave a comment