Monthly Archives: January 2016

Netflix in Indonesia – how to unblock in 3 simple steps

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Yesterday, January 28, Netflix was blocked in Indonesia by state telco Telkom.

Earlie this month US-based Netflix launched in Indonesia  as part of 130-country simultaneous roll-out. A spokesperson from the streaming company told the Wall St Journal that it did not need said permit as it is not a traditional broadcaster, but an internet broadcaster.

Netflix goes worldwide – do you still need VPN?

One expert said the setback had been “inevitable”.

Telekom Indonesia said Netflix needed to work with it to ensure objectionable content was removed.

“The issue is about the permit. They don’t follow the rules. They also display violence and adult content,” the firm’s consumer director Dian Rachmawan told the Jakarta Post newspaper.

“We must [block it] before things get more complicated and create a serious issue.”

The country’s government said that it was not behind the move.

“Other internet service providers are still allowing Netflix access. So, it is a pure corporate decision,” said communications minister Rudiantara.

“[But] it will be difficult for Netflix. You can see for yourself on how much content there is [in Netflix] that must be censored.”

Today Indonesia is one of the most populated nations in Asia with about 250 million people living on islands.

Netflix has not disclosed how it intends to address the issue.

“We’ve seen these reports too and are looking into it. No further comment.” a spokesman told the BBC.

How to unblock Netflix in Indonesia

While the problem is not resolved there is only one solution that can help:

using VPN service to change your IP address to USA (where Netflix is allowed).

So to access Netflix in Indonesia you need:

  1. Get VPN
  2. Setup VPN Connection from your device
  3. Enjoy Netflix videos!

How to Watch Netflix and Hulu in the Middle East

How to Watch US TV Using VPN While You Are Abroad

 

 

Viber VPN: using in the Middle East

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Today we decided to discuss the most popular questions about using VPN for Viber in the Middle East.

Why use VPN for Viber in the Middle East?

Popular worldwide messenger Viber is blocked in the Middle East: in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and others places.

It is blocked like many others VoIP services. Viber is not available if you are trying to use it from UAE IP address (or other country where it is blocked)

VPN helps to mask your real IP address and so get access to your favorite services.

What is VPN for Viber?

VPN is a virtual private network. This is secure encrypted tunnel between your device and vpn server. VPN hides your IP Address making your anonymous and safe in the global network.

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How to use VPN for Viber?

VPN is simple in use. You can setup vpn connection on your iOS or Android device.

How to use Viber VPN in Android

To make a new vpn connection on your device with Android OS you need to follow the next instructions.

To create new vpn tunnel

    1. Click Settings icon

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    1. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

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    1. Tap Add VPN Networkhow to setup VPN in android
    2. Input connection name (Sahrzad VPN), select the type of your VPN connection – PPTP VPN, input VPN server address from your account data.Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.how to setup VPN in android
    3. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
      Save it and tap Connect

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For connection to vpn server:

  1. Select Home > Menu > Settings
  2. Tap Wireless & networks
  3. Tap VPN settings
  4. The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
  5. Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
  6. A dialog box will open asking for your credentials, enter them and click connect

When you are connected to VPN, you will see an ongoing notification in the Status bar on your Android device. If you are disconnected, you will receive a notification and an option to go back to the VPN settings section.

Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

Source: http://sahrzad.net/vpnsetupandroid.php

How to use VPN for Viber in iOS

To make a new vpn connection in your iOS device you need to do the next:

1. Go to Settings > General > VPN
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2.  Click Add VPN Configuration

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3. Choose PPTP VPN and enter you VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail

Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols)

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4. Save your VPN configuration. Once you have created VPN connection you can switch it ON and OFF on the main settings screen

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Once you have created vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

When your vpn connection is established you can use Viber from any country.

VPN for Viber in Dubai

Unblock Viber in UAE Dubai with Sahrzad

Which VPN is safe to use in UAE in 2016

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We often get questions like:

Is it safe to use VPN in UAE?
Which VPN is safe to use in UAE?
How to select a good vpn provider in UAE?

VPN safety is based on tunnelling protocols and encryption techniques.

The VPN security model provides:

  • Confidentiality such that even if the network traffic is sniffed at the packet level (see network sniffer and Deep packet inspection), an attacker would only see encrypted data
  • Sender authentication to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the VPN
  • Message integrity to detect any instances of tampering with transmitted messages

Read more in Wikipedia

Some virtual networks may not use encryption to protect the privacy of data. While VPNs often provide security, an unencrypted overlay network does not neatly fit within the secure or trusted categorization. So selecting a reliable vpn service provider pay attention if they provide encryption.

Log files

Another question of security and safety:

Does VPN provider keep log files?

The best for your security if vpn service does not store your log files. This means nobody knows what you are doing online and so no one can supervise your Internet activity.

We tested only the most reliable and secure services with the main features:

  1. Help to Unblock All sites
  2. Safe, secure, and reliable
  3. Protect your privacy

Provide good service with:

  1. No speed limits
  2. No bandwidth
  3. No log files

 

Sahrzad VPN
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1 week $3.99
1 month $9,99
3 months $27.99
6 months $53.99
1 year $89,99
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VPN Account
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1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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 Spider VPN (for Android)
1 week $3
1 month $5
3 months $10
6 months $15
1 year $29.99
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VPN Privacy
1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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Shared from Sahrzad’s Blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/which-vpn-is-safe-to-use-in-uae/

Instant messengers in China 2016

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In our modern world communications are extremely important. And instant messengers are very popular today all over the world.

So what are the most popular Instant messengers in China?

Let’s ask Google Trends and compare world’s leaders.

First let’s compare

  • Skype
  • Whatsapp
  • Viber
  • Momo
  • Wechat
  • Line

Among these services Skype, Whatapp and Wechat are leaders but…

Let’s add another Chinese messenger and you will be surprised!


As you can see QQ is number 1 in China!

As for now (January 2016) the next messengers are not blocked in China:

  • QQ
  • Wechat
  • Momo
  • Weixin
  • Whatsapp
  • Youni

Unfortunately, Skype and Viber are blocked in China. A good solution to unblock them – use VPN.

VPN for Israel: Why use it

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Israel is currently not included in the list of the so-called Enemies of the Internet. In fact, there is no single evidence showing that anyone in the country is not allowed to use the Internet. So far, around 55 percent of the households in Israel have access to the Internet, using various devices. But still, it’s better to use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to protect your privacy. Actually, there are many ways to browse the web anonymously but VPN is so far the best option.

As political unrest continues to exist in Israel, the Israeli government is now thinking of implementing Internet censorship to block online anti-Semitism posts especially on social media. In addition, several Facebook groups have been created to expose alleged war crimes. As of posting, there are more than 40 Internet service providers (ISP) in the country, but there are only three Internet infrastructure providers – Bezeq, Hot and a new company, IBC.

For the record, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are allowed in Israel. Nevertheless, there are several important websites that are blocked in Israel. This includes political sites from both the leftist and rightist groups. So you are plan to visit Israel and you want to be aware on current issues, you will need a VPN. But the question is, why VPN? Why not proxy servers, browser extensions, or any major anonymization service company?

In terms of purpose, VPN is similar to other methods. All of them allow users to hide their real IP address and location, by providing a temporary IP address. Therefore, you can browse the web as if you are outside Israel but actually you are. However, the main difference between VPN and the others is how you are protected. Unlike other services, VPN traffic is highly encrypted and therefore, your data is very unlikely to be intercepted by any third party.

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In addition, VPN connection is relatively faster than the others. This means that you can enjoy video streaming, online games, and Voice over IP (VoIP) services such as Skype without any hassle. VPN also offer lower operating costs because the variables are lesser as compared to traditional ways of communication. No wonder, a lot of business enterprise use VPN so their employees can still work remotely without worrying of exposing sensitive data to hackers.

For your choice of security, there are several types of VPN tunneling protocols – Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), and Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP). Each of them has different levels of encryption, and choosing which of them is the best depends on your needs. And yes, VPN is also available on various electronic devices including smartphones, whether you are using Android, iOs, or Windows.

For the record, VPN is not illegal in Israel,. But it doesn’t mean you choose any VPN service provider. Free VPN services are very tempting, but the paid ones are definitely a better option. First, you don’t want ridiculous ads appearing while you are using your VPN. Second, most of them keep logs of your activities. Last but not the least, the service is not really that reliable.

From: http://vpn-account.com/new/why-use-vpn-service-in-israel/

How to Bypass Great Chinese Firewall: simple solutions

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Updated: June 2016

These days, there are various ways to unblock restricted sites where ever you are. However,  it becomes difficult when you are in a country like China, where Internet censorship is very strict. Therefore, it is very important that you understand each method before you even try them. From there, you can easily choose the best way to unblock sites in China.

But first, China’s Great Firewall (GFW) is powerful enough in blocking sites related to pornography, gambling, violence and other unsafe topics. The Chinese government also blocks social sites such as Facebook, and Google products including Gmail and YouTube. Below are some tips on how to browse the web anonymously, along with their limitations.

Unblock sites using your browser

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 Browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have proxy extensions or add-ons that actually allow you to unblock restricted sites. They are easy to set-up, no registration required, and most of them are free. Once you activate it, you can now browse the web anonymously and can visit any blocked website. But because we are talking about China, expect that you can easily be detected. Nevertheless, they may work well in other countries.

Proxy servers

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A proxy server simply acts as a middleman between your computer and the web. The traffic passes through this server, allowing you to browse the web using its IP address. It receives request of Internet connection, finds the requested web page, and forward it to the user without sending a request to the Internet. Generally speaking, proxy servers are easy to use.  However, you are not totally safe because traffic is not encrypted and can easily be intercepted.

TOR browser

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 Tor, also known as the Onion Router, is free software that allows you to browse the web anonymously. This anonymization service works by sending your traffic to several nodes or relays, which are being operated by volunteers. However, you should understand that Tor only encrypts your anonymity to hide your real IP address and location, and not your web traffic. So if you use Tor in China, there’s really no assurance that your connection will be consistent.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

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 Theoretically speaking, VPN works almost the same as the other methods mentioned above. With VPN, your real IP address is hidden along with your geo location. But the best advantage of using VPN is that your web traffic is highly encrypted, thus giving you a more secured Internet connection if you are in China. VPN is also virtually faster than the others, but of course, it depends of the service provider. Paid VPNs are obviously better than the free ones.

Conclusion

The best way to unblock sites in China

Here’s the painful truth. There is really no guarantee that you can always unblock sites in China, including WhatsApp, Line, Viber, Skype and otehrs. In fact, GFW have also blocked many VPNs in the past, and some of them are still blocked until today. This is why you have be very careful in choosing your VPN service provider. But so far, nothing beats VPN in terms of speed, reliability, and security. In fact, more and more travelers prefer using VPN over the rest, especially when they need to go to China.

 

March 2016 updates:

All the following solutions works in China. Below are vpn providers that we tested in 2016 and they work in China:

Sahrzad VPN
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1 week $3.99
1 month $9.99
3 months $27.99
6 months $53.99
1 year $89.99
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VPN Account
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1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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 Spider VPN (for Android)The Cheapest!
1 week $3
1 month $5
3 months $10
6 months $15
1 year $29.99
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VPN Privacy
1 week $3.5
1 month $10
3 months $28
6 months $52
1 year $98
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How to Watch Netflix and Hulu in the Middle East

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Without a doubt, Netflix and Hulu are two of the best streaming giant services the world can offer. Both of them offers great features such as user friendly interface and affordable membership fees. But while you are wondering which of the two platforms is better than the other, you should also understand that Netflix and Hulu are blocked in the Middle East.

As of posting, Netflix is available North and South America, Australia, Japan, New  Zealand, and some parts of Europe, while Hulu is only available in the US. In October

2015, there were reports that Netflix has plans to extend their services to the Middle East. For the meantime, here are some tips on how to watch Netflix and Hulu if you are or will go to the Middle East.

Proxy servers

A proxy server is a free application or computer system that acts as your middleman while browsing the web. Once you are connected to the system, it then sends a request to the web page you want to visit using its IP address. But although proxies are very to use and your real IP address and location are hidden, traffic is not encrypted which means you are not totally safe. In addition, connection is very slow and is not suitable for gaming and video streaming.

Hola

Hola, being a web browser extension or add­on, is very popular among Netflix and Hulu users. It is readily available for download for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and works well on Android and iOs devices. Although the current subscription fee is $5 a month, you can also choose its free service. But in May 2015, Hola was heavily criticized after free users realized that their bandwidth was being sold to other users via its sister company, Luminati.

Tor

Tor, which has an original project name of The Onion Router, is also famous for being an effective anonymization service. Just like its competitors, Tor allows you to browse the web anonymously by providing you a new IP address, and therefore hiding your real IP address and geo­location. However, many Tor users outside the US complain its speed and audio quality when they use the service for video streaming, especially for Netflix and Hulu.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

VPN runs using with almost on the same principle as the ones mentioned above, but definitely in a more secured manner. Once you are connection on a VPN server, your web traffic is highly encrypted that any third party can hardly intercept. VPN services are also proven very effective in video streaming because of its fast connection. There are also free services, but paid VPNs are much better, especially in terms of security and customer service.

Conclusion

Internet censorship in the Arab nations is very strict, with most of its countries belong to the so called “Enemies of the Internet.” So if you want to fully enjoy Netflix and Hulu during your stay in Middle East, using a VPN is so far the best option. Just make sure you choose a reliable VPN service provider, and you don’t do illegal activities online.

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