Accessing Facebook, Google, Instagram and more, in China
You may have heard of the Great Fire Wall in China, which is a government initiative to block various western social media and websites. Fear not, with the simple download of a VPN, you can still easily access all your favorite sites and apps while in China
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network is a connection method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. Virtual Private Networks are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data. However, using a personal VPN is increasingly becoming more popular as more interactions that were previously face-to-face transition to the Internet.
Privacy is increased with a Virtual Private Network because the user’s initial IP address is replaced with one from the Virtual Private Network provider. Subscribers can obtain an IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. For instance, you may live in San Francisco, but with a Virtual Private Network, you can appear to live in Amsterdam, New York, or any number of gateway cities.
Why you need a VPN in China
As mentioned above, the government blocks certain western media websites and apps. But since while using VPN you appear to be accessing from a different location – and not China – you are able to easily access all your favorite websites and apps while teaching ESL abroad in China
Tips to using a VPN in China
- Every time you use turn your VPN on, try to switch between locations. If you use one certain location too often, it tends to begin having a hard time connecting. so switch it daily.
- Have more than one VPN. sometimes one VPN service will be experiencing some trouble connecting. Usually if you have 2 or 3, at least one will connect at all times.
- Use paid VPNs. Most VPN services run between $7-15 per month. There are free ones, but they come with less security and you can never be sure what they are doing with your data. It’s best to hold at least one paid version.