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Attention Expats! Proxy For China For 2012 2013
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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 changes in how China's firewall is filtering websites, news, and online chatter, life goes on for most of us.

So if you're new to China, or haven't yet experience this level of restriction on your email and other web services, you may want to look into getting a proxy for China.

Though proxies have gotten some criticism in recent years due to lack of reliability and compatibility with flash and other streaming services, proxies are still a great choice for people in China, looking to bypass internet censorship from the GFW.

Here are some things to consider about proxies in China.

1. Proxies are web based

This point is often overlooked, but this is one main advantage of using a proxy. You don't need to install anything, which makes using the proxy easy and flexible. You can access the proxy server through any browser, which means you can use the same service on your phone, computer, and even at work or on public computers. For example, if you use the internet in a "Wang Ba" (Internet Bar) without your own laptop, you could access the proxies website and log into the secure server. You could do the same on both Android and iPhone, and tablet version of these OS. Not only is remove the hassle of finding compatible software for your operating system, but it also saves you money by removing the need for multiple subscriptions.

2. Proxies are cheaper

Though fewer features means sometimes you're unable to access Hulu, Netflix, or YouTube through the proxy servers, it also means that it's cheaper. Other services like VPN software pretty much do it all, but they'll cost you more than $10 per month for a single month of service, and maybe $80 to $100+ dollars a year, even with discounts.

With proxies you can often land one for $3 to $8 per month, depending on how long you sign up for.

3. Some proxies are flash compatible

Not all proxies are stripped of all the cool features, and many services are working on providing flash compatible, or Hulu/Netflix compatible proxies to people in China. Not all, but some can access YouTube and other streaming sites. Many of these proxies also include 128-bit or 256-bit encryption, which is the same security and privacy you'll get with a more advanced VPN.

So although there has been a steady decline of proxy use among the expat communities here, proxies for China are still a pretty good choice for bypassing internet censorship and unblocking your favorite sites. Keep up with your friends on Facebook, chat on Gmail, access Google Drive, and tweet, follow your favorite tweeters, or access Wikipedia and international news sites in their uncensored form.


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