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Using A Web Based Proxy To Unblock Facebook In China On Ipad And Iphone
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Since March of this year the topic of how to unblock Facebook in China on iPad and iPhone has been one frequent discussion among expats and native Chinese living in China. The reason is that in March 2011, PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols were blocked. For us, it means that we can't unblock Facebook in China on iPad and iPhone with a virtual private network.

I personally prefer to use VPNs on my iPad and iPhone because it's kind of a "turn it on and leave it" type software. The VPN is downloaded onto your iPhone or iPad, and once you turn it on, you use your iPad as you normally would. The only difference is that your Chinese IP address is invisible and you're assigned a new IP address outside of China. Because you're entire phone is using this IP, software and applications are also using this secure, anonymous IP address. It's safer, it's more reliable, and it's just easier.

However, for iPad and iPhone, you have to use PPTP or L2TP. SSL/OpenVPN, the VPN protocol which is still available in China cannot be installed on mobile devices. Ok, well, as with many electronics, there are ways around this rule, but this generally involves "jailbreaking" you iPhone or iPad, which can cause software issues and even void your warranty. For the inexperienced user, it's unwise to do this.

So we've got to work with what we've got, and web based proxies are what people are now using to unblock Facebook in China on iPad and iPhone. I know I just talked-up VPNs in the past couple paragraphs, so you might be hesitant to use a web based proxy. Don't be! Web based proxies are also a great way to unblock sites on your phone.

It's true that they only secure your web browser, as opposed to a VPN which secures your entire phone. But there are also many cools things about a web based proxy. For one, you can use one subscription on for you laptop and you phone. There's nothing to install, so wherever you can access the Internet, you can access the secure browser.

This also means that you can access blocked sites at work, at school, at home, and public computers You can even send the link to your friend and let him or her use it. Just remember that you can't have two users sign into the web based proxy at the same time, so if you provide them with the link, they might prevent you from using it yourself!

Whether or not we'll be able to use PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols in the future is still unclear, but with the continual advancement of The GFW, it looks like we'll be depending on proxies to unblock Facebook in China on iPad and iPhone for a while.


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