How to Access Facebook in China

There is an excellent service I have used lately to access Facebook in China. You can find it at www.securitales.com and I warmly recommend it. Let me tell you more about it and how I got to use it.

A lot was already written about the connection problems Internet users are facing in China. Having most of the free world internet is blocked is quite frustrating especially for Facebook addicts.  So what can you do? In one word, the answer is Proxy.

A proxy is a server that allows internet users to use it as a bridge, to connect from China to Facebook or from one place to the other and override obstacles that prevent the regular way of connection. This means that if your mom does not allow you to talk to your best friend because she thinks he is a bad influence, you can pass messages to that friend through another guy that lives next door and ask him to pass the message and send you the response.

Back to the Internet world, a Facebook proxy server is a server that allows you to access Facebook from China although Facebook is blocked, by sending all the messages to Facebook through that server and getting all the responses from Facebook as if you were connected directly.

There are thousands of sites that claim they can help you access Facebook in China, for free and all they do is make you click on more and more ads, getting you nowhere. I have tried it myself and I got nowhere, until I found www.securitales.com

The thing that made me trust Securitales from the first minute is that they did not ask me for my details or anything else on their free trial. All they said was try our server for a few minutes before you signup and make sure we can solve your problem and let you get to Facebook in China before you signup. I really like this approach and I think every service provider should do that.

Then, when I decided to sign up, I saw that they have 30 days money back guarantee policy. This means they are not afraid that you will leave, probably because they know that people will be happy with their service.  I wonder if the fact that I’m in China now changes anything in their math.

Just before I signed up, I looked at their contact details. Those guys have an office in Delaware, USA. It is not just a website that belongs to nobody.

The last thing that made me trust them is their payment options. If they offer Paypal, Credit Card, Pay by phone and wire transfer, it means that they are serious guys. If they weren’t serious, no bank would have allowed them to do wire transfer.

I think that anyone who signs up with a company that offers a free trial and a money back guarantee should feel OK with these guys. All I wanted to do was to access Facebook in China.  And it works awesome.

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How To Access Twitter In Turkey

Many of us travel to Turkey on business. Recently, I have asked myself, and done extensive research to find out if I can access Twitter in Turkey. I have come to the conclusion that Twitter is censored in Turkey. If you write something that the government does not like, they will block your Twitter account. Now, I personally use the Twitter social media platform for work purposes, however, do I really want to take that chance that I may be censored? My Twitter account can get banned? No, I don’t. Which is why I chose to use this proxy service http://www.proxy-center.com to access my social media accounts for the duration of my visit in Turkey. I don’t want to have the extra worry of not knowing whether or not my activity on Facebook and Twitter are being monitored by the Turkish government.

What I did was I simply signed up for a proxy service, for my peace of mind.
I will explain exactly what a proxy is and you can decide if you would like to access Twitter through this service as well.

Basically, a proxy is a service which changes the location of where you sign into different websites. There are free proxies, and secure proxies. A free proxy is usually not secure, and gets blocked very quickly. Secure proxies are more difficult to locate, and keep your information secure. I would rather pay for a secure service, and know that the chances of it getting blocked are very slim. As well, when you pay for a service, the good customer service which comes along with it are well worth the low cost.

I prefer using proxies as opposed to a VPN since a VPN requires downloading software to your computer. Many people have work computers, and trust me, you do not want to accidentally download a virus to your computer. Whether a work or personal computer, it would not be a good thing downloading viruses onto your computer… Yes, it happens. You don’t know who the person is that you are downloading this software from, and I personally wouldn’t take that chance. With a proxy, you are given a login URL and you sign in, and from there you just sign into the websites that are censored and blocked. Easy.

This is not the first time I am traveling to a country with internet censorship, and so I have done much research in the past, and know which proxies work, and are worth signing up to. For the low cost of approximately $6 per month, I find that it is definitely worth it.

I do not want to get into a situation in Turkey where I cannot access Twitter and Facebook, so I am going well prepared and ready. Either way, I don’t want my accounts being “watched” and monitored. Who does? No one I know…

So go ahead, find the best proxy to access Twitter in Turkey! Even better, you can try this service out for free before you sign up, just go to http://www.proxy-center.com and click on the free trial!

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Facebook Access In China – What Works and What Doesn’t

Once upon a time, in a land far (Far East) away, people could access Facebook.

Then it all changed. In 2009, the Chinese government banned Facebook. Goodbye, zài jiàn.

Slamming the door on Facebook appalled thousands if not millions of people who live in or visit China, and rely on Facebook to keep in touch with all their friends and share their Chinese adventures. Maybe you’re one of them.

But if you are, all is not lost. There are still ways to have Facebook access in China.

First, here’s what doesn’t work:

1) Writing a letter of complaint to the Chinese government. Bad move. I’m sure you can see why – especially if you put your name and address on it.

2) The Tor Network. This is a network run by volunteers to give users a way to surf anonymously – and it used to work. But China has gotten better and better at blocking it.

3) Free proxies. Not across the board, but in general the free stuff doesn’t have the kind of programming power behind it that will deal well with the complicated technology of Facebook. So you can try to find one, but it’s usually a waste of time.

Okay, I know you’re waiting for what DOES work to get Facebook access in China.

1) Certain paid proxies. One example I’ve used recently for Facebook access is Proxy Center. They have all the things to look for in a good proxy, so whether you’re using them or you want to try something else, here’s the list of things to look for:

a) Free trial – and hopefully you should actually be able to try it and check that it will work where you are and for what you want to do before they tell you to hand over any of your personal info.

b) Secure. Make sure there is an https:// in front of any page you ever find yourself on while using the site or the service.

c) Good support. They should be prompt and deal with any issues that come up. I had an issue come up when using the Proxy Center service, and they worked with me until they solved it.

d) It actually works. Yeah, that sounds obvious, but Facebook is tricky. Check that you can do all the things that are important to you – so that you don’t start paying and suddenly find out that you can’t access Farmville. Luckily Proxy Center is Farmville-friendly. :)

2) VPNs. If you decide to go with a VPN for Facebook access in China, it should have all the same qualities as a good proxy. I haven’t used VPNs – I’m happy with Proxy Center, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you want to check them out, there’s plenty of info out there – just really make sure that they have a free trial, they’re secure, they have good support, and they do what you want them to do.

You know what works, you know what doesn’t – now go and get Facebook access in China!

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How to Access YouTube in China

Ever have a vacation gone bad?

Imagine (or maybe you don’t have to imagine this, because you’ve experienced it) going on vacation and having a great time in Beijing – and you get off the plane, check into your hotel, open your laptop or iPad to watch the YouTube video of your brother’s extreme ski trip that he said he was going to post – and it’s BLOCKED! The government has decided that it’s dangerous for you to watch your brother ski??!!

You want a vacation, but you don’t want one off the grid – so now the pressing question (even before “Where can I get some really good beer?”) is: How do I access YouTube in China?! Just want you need right now, huh? Finding a way to unblock YouTube….

There are a few options to consider, and I’ll outline the pros and cons for you – and then tell you what worked for me.

VPN

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It’s basically a way of putting your whole computer in different place – virtually. So if you have a VPN, your computer acts like it’s in the United States, or Canada, or England – or wherever the VPN is hosted. And so if YouTube isn’t blocked in the USA (thank heavens) – then it won’t be blocked on your computer, even if you happen to physically be in China.

Pros –

  • If it’s a decent VPN, it will work to access YouTube in China, Facebook, Twitter – whatever you want.
  • It’s secure (i.e. no spying on what you’re sending).
  • The entire computer and all programs that use internet access will work as if they are in another location.

Cons –

  • You have to install something on your computer – which can slow the computer down, especially if you have a Mac.
  • It will only work on the device you installed it on.
  • In China, it often won’t work for mobile devices.

Proxies

A proxy is basically a website which will let you type in the site you want to see, and then instead of you accessing the site directly through your browser, you access it through this site as an intermediary. So if the proxy is located in a different location than you, it will show you the site the way you can see it in that location. So if your proxy is located in France, when you view YouTube through the proxy, it will act as if you are viewing YouTube in France.

Pros –

  • Nothing to install.
  • Can access it off any device.

Cons –

  • They often don’t work well for social media because the technology is complicated (Ajax, streaming video, etc.) – so if your goal is to access and unblock YouTube videos in China, it might not work.
  • China keeps blocking them one by one.
  • They only work for your browser, not other programs – say, Skype.
  • Usually not secure.

One other option, which I’ve used and can recommend – is a type of “web-based VPN” called Proxy Center.

It is a proxy – meaning it’s effectively putting your browser somewhere else, and you don’t have to install anything on your computer – but it’s secure and whoever is responsible for the programming knows how to handle complicated technologies. YouTube worked perfectly, and I could share the important stuff with my friends on Facebook.

One big plus is that Proxy Center has a free trial, which doesn’t require ANY personal info to start (no email, no credit card) – so you can SEE that it’s going to work before you commit to anything.

So… VPN, proxy, the “web-based VPN” of Proxy Center – check them out and hopefully one will work for you to access YouTube in China – and get your vacation off to a better start.

Good luck!

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