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Using Software To Unblock Sites To Connect With Friends And Family Overseas
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Using Software to Unblock Sites to Connect With Friends And Family Overseas

When you travel or work overseas, you may be surprised to find out that communicating with friends and family back home is not as easy as it's made out to be. From parts of the world like The US, Canada, The UK, Western Europe, Australia and other developed countries that have a stable internet infrastructure and fewer restrictions regarding content and communications over the internet, it's easy to forget that there are still parts of the world that look at the internet not as a means connecting people, but as an upgrade to distributing government propaganda. Many parts of The Middle East, Asia, Africa and some South American countries have seriously crippled versions of the internet we know. To keep in touch with family and friends back home, you may need some software to unblock sites.

One of the fastest growing and most widely known websites in the world is Facebook. Those that are familiar with Facebook, know how easy it is to post something on your wall for all your friends to read. With new features like video chat, and classic tools like "tagging", it's fast and fun to keep in touch with old friends, and hook up with new ones. "Be my Facebook friend" is a phrase I've heard countless times on my travels.

But Facebook is also one of the most notorious sites for getting blocked by communist and totalitarian governments. There's of course a whole pile of political agendas these government are trying to implement, and Facebook just throws a wrench in these plans. Earlier this year we saw how the citizens of Egypt were able to organize over Facebook and Twitter and rise up against their leaders. You bet China, Vietnam, Iran, and others were quick to take measures to prevent the same thing happening in their own countries. I won't go into the details of it, but I think it's sufficient to say that Facebook is blocked in more than just a few places around the world.

Other types of communication have also been shut down. Skype, Gmail, MSN, YouTube, Blogger, Blogspot, Vimeo, Wikipedia and other types of community/blogging/chatting/VOIP are blocked in various places.

So what about unblocking these sites? As far as fighting internet censorship goes, virtual private networks are going to be the most reliable software to unblock sites. Security features like SSL encryption (the same stuff used for online shopping), and VPN tunneling are used to ensure the reliability and stability while connecting to banned sites. Not only will you be able to unblock these sites, but by connecting to a virtual private network, you'll also be actively securing your IP from being traced by "Big Brother".

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