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How to Access Blocked sites in UAE in Android?

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Internet filtering in UAE is a serious problem for many people living and visiting this wonderful country. A great number of websites are blocked by the government due to some reasons.

You cannot surf gambling or adult sites while you are in the United Arab Emirates. Any web resources which criticize politics or religion are strictly prohibited. You can find out long lists of sites banned in UAE.

Are there any solutions to avoid these filters?

Sure there are!

And there are many ways to open blocked sites in the Middle East. But today I want to point only the most reliable and safe solution for surfing blocked sites and this is VPN solution.

Via secured encrypted tunnel (which VPN is) you can open any site you need safe and easy. At the same time you can be sure that nobody can monitor what kind of sites you are visiting.

All the traffic is coded inside Virtual Private Network (VPN) so your anonymity is guaranteed while you are using VPN.

Today you can access blocked content even from your Android device. There are many vpn applications available on play market but we strongly recommend you to be careful installing such programs to your device. Of course, most of them will provide you a secure vpn service but also such applications can harm your device or your private info. Do you know for sure what this application do with your data? Especially if this is free vpn application?

The best way to be safe and secure is to setup vpn connection on your device using standard options. VPN is a system feature in any Android gadget so actually you do not need any application to use VPN in UAE.

Follow this simple guide and setup vpn in Android in a few moments!

How to setup VPN in Android

To create new vpn tunnel
1. Click Settings icon

2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

3. Tap Add VPN Network

4. 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.

5. Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect
For connection to vpn server:
Select Home > Menu > Settings
Tap Wireless & networks
Tap VPN settings
The VPN connections you have added are present in the list
Tap the VPN you wish to connect to (Sahrzad VPN)
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.

After creating your vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

See detailed guide here.

Pros and Cons of Open VPN Technology

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If you want to browse the Internet anonymously and simply being secured online, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is without a doubt the best choice. As compared to other methods, VPN offers encrypted web traffic which protects you from undesirable third party. However, there are many types of VPN, and Open VPN is only one of them.

In layman’s term, Open VPN is an open source software application that provides secured virtual connection between two computers at different locations. To achieve secured connection, it uses the OpenSSL encryption library along with other strong security features. Despite being fairly new, it is one of the most preferred VPN protocol.

But before you decide to use it to secure your Internet connection, below are some of the major advantages and disadvantages of Open VPN.

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Pros of Open VPN:

 Strong encryption

Open VPN is known for having a strong encryption, which is considerably better against the NSA (National Security Agency). The OpenSSL encryption library supports a number of cryptographic algorithms including the AES which is known for almost no weakness at all.

 Highly reliable

 Besides being secured, Open VPN is highly reliable, thanks to its capability of allowing for repair or reconfiguration even if the network is down. This means that no drop of packets which means no data will be lost once there is a corruption during the communication.

Works with DD-WRT routers

 This is a great advantage if you want to run your local network on a single VPN account. To be able to achieve this, you will need a DD-WRT supporting router. Thiif done correctly, this free Linux-based firmware upgrade allows you to share a single VPN connection.

 Great community support

 This is pretty obvious because of the extreme popularity of Open VPN. And because it is an open source application, it can be easily be modified. This is why you can easily get support from other users around the globe. And yes, it is very much applicable to mobile phones.

We can recommend a great Open VPN for Android – Spider VPN.

 Cons of Open VPN

 Software required

You will need third party software before you can use Open VPN. You will need it for the authentication of the VPN server. If you are not a techie guy, this might be a problem to you. Although it is pretty easy to install, you might find it complicated to use if you are a beginner.

Possibility of High Latency

In terms of Internet, latency is the time delay of the response in the network, and is therefore a waste of time and can be annoying if you playing online games. And because of the high load in Open VPN, you might encounter this problem depending on your location of your access.

There are other disadvantages of Open VPN, but they are considerably minor. For example, it is quite slower than PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) and L2TP/IPSec. Some user also note that Open VPN for desktop computers is better than for mobile devices. However, if you are really concern with security and reliability, then you should choose Open VPN.

 

Original: http://sahrzad.net/blog/pros-and-cons-of-open-vpn-technology/

How to Unblock Websites on Android Devices Best Tips 2015

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Without a doubt, the number of smartphone users will continue to increase as time goes by. But still, there are tons of restricted websites, no matter what kind of  device you are using. There are actually different ways to unblock websites; but so far, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is still the best way.

First of all, many offices and schools block websites not only to remove all the distractions at work, but also to control young students from inappropriate content. There are also some countries, particularly in the Middle East that implement very strict Internet censorship. But sometimes, you need to access some restricted websites.

Just like proxy sites, VPN will assign a new IP address for you, hiding your real IP address and geo-location as well. Therefore, you can now browse the Internet anonymously. But with VPN, your data is well-protected because of encryption. This means that almost no third party can intercept your web traffic, even if you are using your smartphone in a public Wi-Fi zone.

If you are an Android device user, there are tons of VPN apps at Google Play Store to choose from. You can easily download the one you like, and the procedures are very easy to follow.  In fact, it can be done within a few minutes only. You will be given choices of web browser and country of origin. And yes, you can choose any country available in the list.

In case you don’t know, Android has a built-in VPN client – PPTP, L2TP/IPsec VPN and Open VPN security protocols. However, PPTP is not stable and least secured. On the other hand, PPTP and L2TP/IPsec VPN are both complicated and may require you to download third party software. This is why you can choose external VPNs.

But while using VPN for Android devices is pretty easy, the hardest part is how to choose which of them are the most applicable to you. To start with, identify the activities you will do while using a VPN. If you will play online games, you will need a tougher VPN to minimize lagging (or the slow response from the server) which is very annoying.

There are also VPNs that offer unlimited bandwidth which are very tempting. However,  you might need to pay additional cost for the bandwidth that you will not use. Avoid also the VPN service providers that keep logs; this can be dangerous because you are not totally secured and the Internet police in strict countries might find you.

You might also be tempted in using free VPNs instead of the paid ones. Obviously, you can save money from using these free services. But if you are really serious in using VPN, investing a small amount money is a better choice. With a paid VPN, you will not be distracted by tons of ridiculous advertisements that will appear everywhere.

In addition, you can be sure of faster response from their customer service and technical support them, simply because you paid for them. Many premium VPN service providers offer various types of security protocols as compared to the free ones. Not to mention, paid VPNs offer faster Internet connection because free VPNs are not obliged to invest in bandwidth.

From Sahrzad’s Blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/how-to-unblock-websites-on-android-devices-best-tips-2015/

How to open blocked sites in Android tablet or mobile phone

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Problem of Internet censure became more and more topical in many places in the world. Especially in the Middle East. Locals and tourists cannot open blocked sites and use such services like Skype and Viber. And these blocks turn to real problem.

Today we will discuss how to unblock sites on Android so far as in 2015 Android has the largest installed base of all operating systems with over 1.5 billion end users. This is more than Windows, iOS and Mac OS X devices combined.

Top solutions to access blocked sites on Android

Among the most popular solutions to access restricted websites on Android device are :

VPN Application vs VPN Service

VPN Application pros and cons

+ fast and easy in use

+ free to install

+ no technical knowledge are required

– Obsession Advertisins

– Possible Hidden security risks

– Covered payments

– Implicit functions.

VPN Service pros and cons

+ no additions installs needed

+ only Android OS features are used

+ no hidden payments

+ no advertising

+ affordable price

+ no implicit functions

+ 100% safe and secure

– You need to buy vpn account

– You need to create vpn connection by yourself.

Described below must help you to decide what is the best choice for you.

To help you to make a decision we share a simple step by step guide how to setup vpn connection in your Android device without any special applications.

You can be sure that this is absolutely safe!

VPN setup guide for Android device

To make a new vpn tunnel on Android device:

1. Click Settings icon

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2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

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3. Tap Add VPN Network

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4. 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.

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5.  Input your Username and password that you received from VPN account service in e-mail.
Save it and tap Connect.

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.

Also we are happy to offer you special 30% discount code for Sahrzad visitors!

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Please note that this is a time limited offer! Only till August 1st!

Don’t miss your chance to stay secure and private online and access any blocked website wherever you are!

(it is valid for 6 months and 1 year subscriptions)

 

From Sahrzad’s blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/how-to-open-blocked-sites-in-android-planshet-or-mobile-phone/

How to setup VPN in MAC OS

You can use Spider vpn on different devices with MAC Operational System.

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

1. Click the Apple logo, and select System Preferences

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2. Click on the Network icon under Internet & Network

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3. If you see a locked padlock in the bottom left, click on it. Otherwise skip to step 5.

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4. Enter your password in the dialog box

5. Click on the little + icon just above the padlock

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6. Select VPN From the interface drop down.

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7. Select PPTP From the VPN Type drop down

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8. Enter the name Sahrzad and click Create

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9. Enter the Server Address that Sahrzad sent you, and your username.
Server address must be exactly as in your account data (without http://, www or any other symbols)
Also check the box that says Show VPN status in menu bar

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10. Click on the Authentication Settings button, and enter your password

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11. Click Advanced button and tick ‘Send all traffic over VPN connection’.

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12. Click Apply button to save all the changes.

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13. In the top right of your screen, click the token icon that looks like this. From that, a menu will drop down. Click on the Connect link for your company name. This will initiate the VPN connection.

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14. If all is well, after a few seconds you will be connected, and a timer will start showing you how long you have been connected

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How to setup vpn in Windows 8

You can use Spider VPN on your PC with Windows 8 Operational System.

To setup vpn connection in Windows 8 please follow the next instructions:

1. Display the Charms bar, click Search, and then click Settings.

2. Type VPN into the Search box.

3. Click the Set Up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection button in the Search results pane.

4. The VPN Connection wizard appears. Enter the following information:

  1. * VPN server address from your account data that you received from Spider vpn into Internet Address text box. Please be carefully – don’t use any additional symbols like spaces, http://, www, / …etc in the server address.
  2. * Destination Name. It’s just a name of your connection. For example it can be “Spider VPN”.

5. Click Create.

VPN tunnel is created and Windows 8 displays it under the Networks heading in the Charms bar. Click on it to connect.

How to setup vpn in iOS – iPhone, iPad, iPad mini – simple guide with pictures

You can use Spider VPN on your iPhone, ipad or other iOS device.

To create a new vpn connection in yourgadget with iOS you need to follow the next steps:

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 Spider VPN account data. You will receive your VPN server, username and password in the e-mail from our service.
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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After you made vpn connection you can switch it on and off on the main settings screen.

How to Setup VPN in Android

   To setup vpn in your Android device you can simple download our Spider VPN application for Android.
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Also you can setup vpn connection using Android OS settings.

To create new vpn conenction in your Android device you need to do the next:

    1. Click Settings icon

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    2. Select Wireless & Networks and tap on VPN

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    3. Tap Add VPN Network

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      4. Input connection name (Spider 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.

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        5.   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 (Spider 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.

    How to Setup VPN in Windows 7

    To setup a new vpn connection in Windows 7 you need to do these simple steps.
    1. Go to your desktop.
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    2. Once at your desktop click on your Start menu button, and select the Network tab.

    3. Once the Control Panel window appears click the “Network and Internet” icon

    4. When the Network and Internet window appears, please click on the “Set up a new connection or network” link
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    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the window and highlight the “Connect to a workplace” icon (highlighted by the red rectangle), then click the next button
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    6. Picture 1, this window will show when you have no existing connections to other networks. Double click the icon that says “Use my internet connection (VPN)”
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    Picture 2, this window will appear if you have an existing connection to other networks, don’t worry this will not affect your ability to connect to the W&J network, leave the “no, create a new connection” balloon selected and click the next icon in the bottom right of the window.
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    7. A window should appear, in the “Internet Address” bar type vpn server address In the “Destination Name” bar, you may name the network anything you like, type “VPN Connection” The balloon highlighted by the yellow box can be turned on or off depending on how many people use your computer, I have clicked mine on because I am the only user on my computer. If you choose to turn this on a Windows Security window will appear, when it appears please click the “allow” area or the “continue” button. Then click the balloon next to the text “Do not connect now, just set it up so I can connect later” Then click the “next” button in the bottom right of the window.
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    8. In this window type in your username and password. We would suggest leaving the “remember my password” balloon for security reasons. Then click the “create” button in the bottom right of the window.
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    9. On the next window please refrain from clicking the connect now icon, please close the window and pull up “Connect to” window (if you click the start button again and look one tab beneath the “networks” tab you will see the “Connect to” shortcut).
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    10. Please on the “Connect to a network” link in the Network and Internet window, and a small window should appear in the bottom right of your screen (looking something like the second picture of this step) In the window, which appears after you click the “Connect to a network” link, please right click the connection we just crated and selected the properties option.
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    11. Please match the options tab with the picture below, to make sure everything is in the correct set-up. Once everything looks identical please click on the Security tab at the top of the window
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    12. Again please make sure that your window looks the same as the one in the picture below.
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    13. Now click on the networking tab at the top of the window. Please match up the window to look the same as the one shown. Then click the “ok” button on the bottom of the window.
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    14. Please either right click on the connection and select connect or double click on the network that we have been working on, to connect to it.
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    15. A window will appear that again asks you for your username and password. Once you have entered those two items, you may click the “connect” button in the bottom left of the window.
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    You are now connected to the VPN server through a secure VPN connection. If you are getting connection errors, or getting disconnected constantly from the vpn, please contact us via the support email and we will do our best to troubleshoot your issue