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Unblock Websites On Android! Proxy Versus VPN
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Unblock Websites on Android! Proxy Versus VPN

If you want to unblock websites on Android, there are a couple of things to consider.

  • 1. Why are these sites blocked?
  • 2. Are they blocked all the time or temporarily
  • 3. How often do you need to unblock them
  • 4. What's more important, time or money?

Here are some details.

Sometimes sites are blocked because of internet censorship. Not just China and Iran engage in the censoring of the internet, and even Western nations known for internet freedom have some sites which are blocked by a country firewall. If your country is blocking the website, you need a VPN to unblock it.

Sometime sites are blocked because their web server is blocking you. This might be because of geo restriction, like Netflix and Hulu aren't available outside the USA. BBC iPlayer is blocked outside The UK and each country has some sites that block foreign IPs. If this is the case, use a VPN. If you've been blocked from a forum or website because you had a flame war with someone, or you're accessing the site from a location notorious for spam, then a simple proxy will work.

If you're looking for a temporarily unblock a site because you're accessing the site form a place you normally don't access it from, a proxy may be faster than signing up for a VPN service. This depends on how familiar you are with web based proxies and open proxies, but these work with your browser, and don't take much experience to figure out. In fact, there's no installation necessary. If this is a frequent problem, and you need a permanent solution, use a VPN. VPNs will provide you with a secure, reliable, and always accessible connection to private IP addresses to unblock most websites.

As I mentioned, proxies are free, or at least cheaper. Open proxies and web based proxies are accessible from your web browser. Be sure to know who is running the proxy though - it should be from a reliable source. When you're signed into a proxy server, it's possible for misconfigured proxies to put your data at risk for being hacked and stolen, or you might be handing it directly over to the criminal.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a fan of VPNs. They're reliable, fast, and you don't have to mess with browsing around for up to date proxy servers. They have a wide variety of VPN server locations, encrypt your traffic, and though they'll cost you a few more dollars per month, if you consider the time and safety you risk while using untrusted proxy sources, it's not worth it.

The type of VPN you install will depend on your version of Android. Version 2.3 or before is usually pretty simple, and you can use PPTP or L2TP. After that, setup may get a bit complicated, but VPN services will offer instructions to guide you. Once the VPN is installed, you can choose a server location that will allow you to unblock websites. You may need a foreign IP to access geo restricted sites, or a private local IP to get on that site you've been trolling.

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