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A Virtual Private Network Vs A Proxy For Facebook In China
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A Virtual Private Network Vs A Proxy for Facebook In China

There are some good and bad things about a proxy for Facebook in China. Proxies are one of the most popular ways to unblock sites in China, and since 2009 when Facebook was officially blocked by the Chinese government, proxies and Facebook seem to go hand in hand. As China blocked more sites with "The Golden Shield" or more infamously knows "Great Firewall", the need for Internet censorship bypassing tools for both Chinese and foreigners living in China grows. Proxies can be use for both entertainment and for business, so there is a high demand for them here.

Advantages of using a web based proxy for Facebook in China

  • Can unblock sites other than Facebook
  • Helps you to be anonymous on the Internet
  • Can be used on mobile devices
  • Can be used on more than one device (per subscription)
  • No installation and no traces

Of these advantages, a web based proxy for Facebook in China offer two main differences from virtual private networks, another popular way to access blocked sites. One is that you can use them on your Phone and tablet. VPNs for iPhone and Android phones are blocked in China because they're structured differently that VPNs for PC and Mac. If you want to unblock sites on your iPhone or iPad, you're going to need a proxy.

The other thing is that you can use it on many devices. Because a web based proxy is accessed from your browser and doesn't have to be installed on your computer, that means you don't have be limited to your own laptop or desktop at home. You can use it on anyone's computer, including school and work, and no one will know.

Disadvantages of using a web based proxy for Facebook in China

  • Can't access some sites (usually site that block proxies, ie Hulu, Netflix)
  • Can't choose IP address location
  • Only secures web-browsing
  • Less secure than VPN

VPNs are more secure in both how the make you anonymous on the Internet, and how anonymous they make you. For the most part, a proxy for Facebook in China will be sufficient. But for those looking for extra layers of protection, especially those worried about Chinese hackers in Gmail, or someone who uses public wifi a lot, a VPN provides impenetrable protection.

VPNs also secure your whole computer, as opposed to just sites you're browsing. That means that software and applications running on your computer that connect to the Internet will also be using the VPN's IP address.

You've also got a choice. With many VPN services you'll be able to change locations in the world and see which server location is fastest for you. It may be that users in The South of China might have better connections to a HK server, but someone in Beijing might have better connection speed from a server on The East Coast of The USA.


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