Have you ever heard of the Great Wall of China? No, not the iconic man-made Wall that can be seen from outer space. The one that is also known as the Golden Shield Project, which is essentially a great firewall that Internet users in China have had to climb over every time they need to bypass internet restrictions in the country.
China is the most populous nation in the world, so any restrictions on the Internet by its government is surely going to have some serious ramifications on the websites that are affected. Chinese people cannot access some Internet websites because their governed does not allow them.
They have had to give up their digital rights as their government continues to crack down on each website they believe a propaganda or videos or media content that might cause unrest in the country, or might not be appropriate at all.
So what constitutes as bad websites or is seen as a violation of the web surfing code? Well if all websites seen to be bad by the Chinese government were all to be put in a list, then we need some time to list all of them, but some notable ones are Facebook and Twitter. Yes, I know right, how do they survive?
Thankfully there are ways for Chinese people to circumvent and dodge these restrictions if they feel the need to use Facebook, or they simply want to watch a video on YouTube. And for any other people who will travel to China, and get some restrictions on their devices, well here are some notable tools to bypass internet restrictions in China.
Methods to Bypass Internet Restrictions China
These are safe and sound methods that do not need to be changed in any way to be used. They are simple, efficient, and effective.
- VPN – this is one of the best methods to use to bypass any Internet restrictions in any country. VPNs act as a middle man for your connection which means you can choose from where you want your middle man to be from. And one other advantage is that the connection is highly encrypted, so there is no chance of any snooping by the government authorities. VPNs are highly recommended.
- Proxy – these are solid and proven methods which are also used to bypass some regulations. It is used for certain websites because in some cases they can be detected and be blocked. It has a basic function and has redirection of websites easily. You simply have to copy and paste the address of the site you want to visit, and that’s all.
- Tor network – known as The Onion Router. This is a browser that virtually makes everything you do online anonymous. Think Incognito mode of the Chrome browser coupled with a VPN also and double that safety. It is used by people who want to do sensitive information on the Internet and is highly efficient. One problem though is that the connection speed is slow, so unless it is highly important, you can use other methods.
- DNS – one of the easiest methods to use on this list. It has an immediate response, so that’s good. However, DNS servers are mostly blocked also so they might not give the best results all the time. But in China, if you can redirect traffic sent to the SmartDNS server, then you are okay.
- SSH Tunnel – this is also a secure network and allows you to filter any of your communication so you can send it via a different and safe network. It is slow at times but is reliable, and has good encryption.
So which of the five do you choose? My best option and my recommendation to you are the Virtual Private Network. Experience and studies show that it is the preferred tool for use by most people in restrictive countries and regimes. Therefore, it’s bound to work in China.
With all that in mind, you have to remember to be always cautious on the Internet in all you do. Use of these methods does not imply the government will not see what you post on public forums so be cautious and safe when it comes to that.