This Article is About
proxy
bbc iplayer
open proxies
private ip addresses
internet censorship
vpn service
internet freedom
proxy server
frequent problem
netflix
hulu
permanent solution
android
Unblock Websites On Android! Proxy Versus VPN
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

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.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Proxy for Facebook & Youtube In China 2012 2013
2012 is coming to and end, and the world hasn't blown up as the Mayans predicted. Wallstreet is still running the ticker tape, the Eiffel Tower is still standing, and Facebook is still blocked in China. The world continues as normal. Also, just as usual, it's possible to get around…
By:  in  Internet and Businesses Online   Nov 17, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Attention Expats! Proxy for China For 2012 2013
With this year marking some significant changes in the leadership of the Chinese government, internet filters have been turned on full throttle, and it seems like nothing has been getting past them. I haven't seen this much censorship since rumors of the "Jasmine Revolution" in 2011. But regardless of temporary…
By:  in  News and Society  >  International   Nov 16, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Problems And Solutions for Getting A Proxy for Youtube In China
Finding a proxy for Youtube in China comes with a unique set of challenges. Not only are you fighting Internet censorship in China, which is a quickly changing system that keeps you guessing, but you've also got to consider that not every proxy will live up to its claims. First…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Apr 11, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

You Cannot Watch Hulu With A Proxy
Sorry, but the magic days where you could watch Hulu with free proxies like Hot spot shield are over! If you're just joining the club and figuring out that Hulu is cool, great. If you're not in America, then there's a bit of a problem. Hulu is limited to viewers…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Apr 13, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Access Youtube In China With A Proxy
Being able to access Youtube in China with a proxy is, for the most part, the same as unblocking any other sites in China. It can be done with a proxy. However, accessing Youtube in China with a proxy comes with one special need - speed. Because Youtube is a…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Personal Tech   Aug 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Do You Want A Proxy for China? Read This First!
Despite there being many proxies blocked, many users are still looking for a proxy for China.  These are popular for a number of reasons, and although some users are now converting to VPNs, there are still  quite a number of proxy users in China. What's a proxy? A proxy is…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Oct 12, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

How To Browse the Web Anonymously
For many people like myself, it is essential to find ways to browse the web anonymously. I don’t do anything illegal online, but nevertheless, I don’t want my online activity watched by other people, and I don’t want to risk getting in trouble for something that had nothing to do…
By: Roderick B in  Computers and Technology   Apr 29, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

About Streaming the Bbc Iplayer Outside The Uk on Android, Mac, Windows, And Ios
The BBC iPlayer has been expanding its service to other countries and is now available in 11 counties in Europe. Canada, The US, and Australia are sure to be somewhere in the next stop for this popular UK TV streaming service, but that still leaves a lot of British TV…
By:  in  News and Society  >  International   Jul 04, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

VPN for Fiji
It is not difficult to install the VPN for Fiji and it is well worth the effort. There are various benefits that you receive when you use the private IP address from this source. Although the types of benefits depend on the new IP location that you choose, there are…
By: Sunny Walters in  Computers and Technology   Oct 24, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

Vpn Ip Address to Change Your IP And Be Anonymous Online
There are several ways to change your IP on the internet, and one of these is to use a VPN IP address. Virtual private networks are designed to do a couple of things. One, they can hide your real IP while you surf and do other activity on the internet.…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Dec 18, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Cheap Vpns - Are the Better Than Expensive Ones?
I've used a variety of VPN services over the years, and they've come at a variety of prices. As with anything you purchase online, there's always the question of how to get the most for your money. "If I buy a cheap VPN, will it be worse than a higher…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Nov 24, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

VPN for Guam
There are various reasons to use the VPN for Guam whether you use the internet for serious purposes or not. There are already a lot of others who have installed the virtual private network on their systems including those that are own businesses, who travel a lot and who just…
By: Sunny Walters in  Computers and Technology   Oct 25, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

Watch Iplayer From Abroad on Android, Ios, Mac, And Windows
For those that are familiar with the BBC iPlayer and frequently use it, it can be a real pain when you find out that you can't watch iPlayer from abroad. Though the site blocks non-UK IP addresses, there is a way to change your IP address. You can use a…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 02, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

Watch Uk Tv Abroad on Smartphones & Computers
As an American that travels a lot, I know that it can be relaxing to chill out to some American TV shows while abroad. It seems kind of silly - to go overseas and then want to watch American TV. But for expats who've been away from their home country…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 10, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Watch German Tv Online In The Us And The Uk With A German Ip Address
Hulu's making a killing with American audiences, and has quickly become the second most watched video site in The USA, second to YouTube. BBC iPlayer, ITV, Demand 5, and Channel 4 also provide free or paid online television streaming from The UK - TV shows, Reality TV, and Sports all…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Dec 08, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Article Views: 2376    Report this Article