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Proxy For Facebook & Youtube In China 2012 2013
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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 these blocks in China by using a proxy, but you need to know which ones work. I first came to China in 2007 when some sites were blocked because of their political content, but many of the then-emerging social networks were not yet banned. Now it seems like a lot of foreign political websites have been unblocked (BBC, Wikipedia, FOX, etc), but YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and some other networks you've never heard of are banned.

Also back in 2007, there were tons of proxies available. Though they never really worked that well, you could still browse forums and find new ones as they either changed URLs, disappeared, or became blocked.

In 2011 China laid the 'smack-down' on proxies, and there are very few left. Most of the smaller proxies passed around by word of mouth have been blocked. I used one called secure tunnel, there was one called Freegate, and Hotspot Shield (which may or may not be a VPN) are now blocked in the country. They have not returned.

Others however, have a more dynamic personality, and though they've been blocked periodically, have updated their website, changed their encryption, and continued to market in China.

And that's the key point.

To get a proxy service that's going to battle the GFW on a monthly basis, you're going to have to pay for it.

I know that no one wants to pay for it. If you want to go on a "Facebook diet", that's fine with me. But you're certainly not going to find a working, free, reliable, fast proxy.

One such proxy that's successfully operated in China for many years with out issue is called SecuriTales. Because they're not marketed as a 'proxy' per se, and because they've got a dynamic set of decoy websites that disguise your online activity as web based games like Farmville or basketball, they've flown under the radar and are able to avoid censorship in China. In fact, they've got a huge network of private servers around the world, so if one gets blocked, another comes up. If that gets blocked, the previous one is up and running with new IPs, new configuration, and is ready for round two.

SecuriTales is also Flash compatible, so you can get YouTube in China, even through the proxy server. Many typical web based proxies do not allow you to play video. Some other proxies that I've had luck with in China are Hide My IP, Proxy Bonanza, and My Proxy. As you can see, another advantage SecuriTales has is that their name has nothing to do with anonymity, proxies, or changing IP.


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