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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
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:
Unfortunately, Skype and Viber are blocked in China. A good solution to unblock them – use VPN.
Politics, iPlayer and Porn
Millions of people are spending their evenings in such simple pleasures like reading news and politics websites, watching internet porn, and enjoying the latest episode of Game of Thrones and others films on iPlayer.
It is hard to believe but these things are not available in the Arab world. Internet censorship, as well as geographical restrictions on online content are terrible in this part of the wold.
But this is not the end on Internet – it is just another day on the internet with VPN solutions.
VPN or Virtual private networks, widespread only in the business sphere before, are very popular today among home Internet users in the Middle East: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, Iran.
Such networks establish a private, encrypted data connection, and allow users to sidestep local censorship rules while disguising their online identities.
For example, an internet user in Qatar or the UAE could use a VPN to access online pornography, avoiding blocks on sites imposed in many Arab countries. VPNs can also allow access to outlawed political sites, certain social media services and other blocked content.
For example, an internet user in Saudi Arabia could use a VPN service to watch TV shows on the BBC’s iPlayer service, which is only available in the UK and a handful of other countries.
Internet censorship is rife in the Middle East. Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia were ranked as the “top 10 most censored countries” in a 2012 report by the New York based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
“Iranian authorities maintain one of the world’s toughest internet censorship regimes, blocking
Yet could using a VPN land you in trouble?
In a market like the UAE, the law prohibits VPNs if they are used to commit or conceal a crime, legal experts say.
“Article 9 in the UAE’s Law No.5/2012 on Combatting Cyber Crimes makes it an offense to use ‘a fraudulent computer network protocol address by using a false address or a third party address’ for the purposes of committing or concealing a crime,” said Dino Wilkinson, partner at the Norton Rose Fulbright legal practice in Abu Dhabi.
Wilkinson said that it is highly unlikely the UAE law would be construed to pursue expatriates using VPNs to access online TV services.
“I am not aware of any particular enforcement actions being taken or contemplated by authorities on this type of benign personal use,” he said.
“I think there would be a bit of uproar among expats if they were stopped from watching Eastenders or the equivalent from their home countries.”
Great news for European citizens!
The new EU rules prevent “blocking and throttling” of Internet traffic, as well as paid prioritization, although net neutrality activists have argued the EU’s approach to paid prioritization has too broad a carveout for specialized services and opportunities to favor some traffic.
“The rules enshrine the principle of net neutrality into EU law: no blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services,” the EU said following the vote by the European Parliament. “All traffic will be treated equally. This means, for example, that there can be no paid prioritization of traffic in the internet access service,” it added.
The FCC’s rules also allow for specialized services, like facilities-based VoIP, health monitoring, etc., which it does not treat as Internet access, but it also reserves the right to disallow specialized services that is providing the functional equivalent of an access service and makes clear it does not want folks trying to evade the rules to create fast lanes for things like video services. The EU rules do not have similar language, which makes some activists concerned they could be used for such video fast lanes.
The EU’s language about specialized services in an FAQ about the decision appears to justify that concern.
“The rules will ensure that the constantly growing quality of the open internet access service will not be hampered by the provision of services such as IPTV or telemedicine which share the same infrastructure. These innovative services may only be offered where and if sufficient capacity for internet access remains available.” EU pointed out that that last part about capacity means that specialized services cannot result in the slowing of other general Internet services.
In a letter in advance of the vote, companies including Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, and Tumblr, pointed out what they said were major flaws in the proposal, including a carve-out for specialized services they say create Internet fast-lanes and allows zero-rating plans, in which carriers exclude some applications from a customer’s data usage totals.
Also criticizing the EU plan were Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and the Future of Music Coalition, the same groups that fought for the Title II-based approach to net neutrality rules the FCC adopted.
“Apparently Silicon Valley interests are disappointed that the European Parliament did not ban the “specialized services” that Europe may need to create a European Digital Single Market to compete with Silicon Valley,” said Scott Cleland, president, Precursor LLC, and chairman of NetCompetiton, which advocates for an open Internet free of government overregulation (NetCompetition is supported by ISPs including members of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and CTIA).
The EU also voted to end roaming charges by 2017–the net neutrality rules take effect now.
Both are part of a broader EU telecom law reform, with plans for better EU-level spectrum coordination.
“[This Week’s] vote is the final result of intense efforts to put an end to roaming charges in the European Union and to safeguard the open internet,” said European Commission VP Andrus Ansip.
Internet restrictions is Pakistan are very strict. Lots of websites are blocked due to censure. Government of the country control all information sending and receiving via the Internet. In 2012 Pakistan made nationwide content-filtering service that blocks all sites that can harm national safety, that contains porn or anti religious materials, social networks and many others.
How to access blocked sites in Pakistan and stay safe and anonymous?
There are many different ways to resolve this problem. Let’s review the most popular and easy solutions.
Use Proxy service
Many people believe that using proxy to access blocked sites in Pakistan is the simplest way. Using proxy is really simple but this solution is not very safe and besides that most of free proxy solutions are banned in Pakistan.
Can this help?
It this safe and secure?
Use https instead of http
This solution can help you to open some blocked sites but of course it does not work for all blocked content.
Use browser extension
There are many extensions for some well known browsers like Chrome and Firefox which can help you to mask your IP address and so you can try to avoid Internet filtering in Pakistan.
Does it work ?
There are many software solutions which mask your IP address and in such way help to access blocked content. However using unknown software is always dangerous because you cannot be sure what this software can do on your computer.
Using unblocking software is not safe for your privacy!
Use mobile applications
If you are using mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, Android devices you can try to install mobile vpn application like Spider VPN for example.
Use wayback machine
Several years ago in works great but I am not sure it works now. However you can try. Probable this can help you.
Try Translation services
Sometime translation services like Google translate can help to bypass Internet limits when you try to translate banned page to another service. This might help to unblock websites.
There are some smart DNS service which help to hide IP address and so go pass on-line restrictions and unblock sites in Pakistan
Use websites – unblockers
Sites unblockers can help sometimes. Unfortunately most of them are blocked in Pakistan.
This can work sometimes.
Use VPN Service
And the last but not the least is using VPN. This is the safest and securest solution you can use to unblock sites in Pakistan.
VPN service hides you IP address and also encrypts all your traffic. Under the vpn you are anonymous and can access any site you want.
Can this help? Is it safe?
Yes! This works in 100% of cases and it is 100% secure.
Try Sahzrad today and feel Internet freedom by yourself.
How to unblock websites in Pakistan more options.
Millions of people cannot imagine their life without Internet today. We connect to global network from anywhere: homes, schools, offices, cafés, hotels, bus stops and even public beaches.
How safe is this?
Have you ever think about your network security and privacy?
This is question is especially actual if you are using unsafe public Wi-Fi zones.
In some countries like UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and others Gulf countries your online privacy is not only a question of your wishes to be anonymous. This could be question of your freedom.
That is why you should not risk and rely on doubtful services.
VPN service is really a perfect solution to make you protected in the Internet. But VPN service providers can be different.
What items you should consider to select the best vpn providers for your needs?
2. Data logs
Many providers have log files on their services and store this information. This means that they can review your Internet activity anytime! And see what you are doing on-line.
3. Collecting your IP Address
Some vpn providers collect your IP Address. Ask – why do they do that???
To tell the truth – some vpn provider can store your sensitive data for very long time – even longer than your Internet service provider.
What privacy are you talking about in this case???
A VPN service you can rely must wipe all data logs regularly. The best is within hours of them being created. In such case any requests for the data cannot be fulfilled.
What questions do you need to ask?
So if you are going to use a VPN service what questions should you ask in order to determine whether or not they take privacy seriously. Here’s a few suggestions.
How long do they retain logs?
The best if VPN does not keep log files over 24 hours.
Where the VPN service registered in?
Knowing what country the VPN is registered in will let you research the country’s laws pertaining to online privacy.
What kind of personal data VPN service retains?
It is great to know if your VPN provider can link your account to a real identity.
Spider VPN guarantees you
100% safety and security
with our premium personal VPN solution!
Without a doubt, the use of mobile networks is here to say. In fact, the design of mobile phones continues to get better as mobile phone manufacturers invest a lot just to be ahead in the competition. But whether we like it or not, there are a lot of security risks while you are enjoying the advantages of this latest communication technology.
So far, the biggest security risk in mobile networks is loss of privacy and stealing of personal information, especially when you are browsing the Internet in a public Wi-Fi zone. No matter how secure your operating software is, you are still not totally safe. Smartphones may have security features against robbers, but not against hackers and online thieves.
To give you a better idea, imagine exposing yourself in a crowd of total strangers such as train station or coffee shop. Once you visit a website or make an online transaction, it’s like telling them all your personal details. As compared to using broadband network, your data via Wi-Fi is being transferred via wireless connection. Everyone is using the same network.
The problem arises when a third party tries to intercept your data. And because the network system is not capable of detecting interceptors, your online activities are exposed. As an additional problem, you and everyone in that area don’t have any idea that your data can be stolen. This is why you should use a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
As the name suggests, VPN allows users to use a public network privately. It hides your real IP address by assigning a temporary IP address while you are using the network. But unlike other ways to browse the web anonymously, VPN traffic is highly encrypted. This means that no third party can easily intercept your data and you are now secured.
In case you are not yet aware, many business owners use VPN to protect their vital information. They allow their employees to access their data while working in remote areas using Wi-Fi. But if you also plan to use VPN, you should know which type of VPN is applicable for your needs. You don’t want to spend money for something you will not use.
And although you can use a free VPN, don’t expect the same quality of service you can get from the premium ones. First of all, free VPNs also need money to maintain their service and they get it via advertisements while you are using their service. You should not also expect a free VPN to have a stable and fast connection, as well as great customer service.
Again, the use of smartphone is now becoming a part of our daily lives. It is also a necessity for faster communication and searching for information. On the other hand, online safety should not be taken for granted. So far, VPN is still the best way to secure your data. Just like the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.”
Anti-Cyber Crime Law is not new. It works in Kingdom since 26 March 2007.
Let’s consider the types of violations people can do without even knowing that.
Here is the original Anti-Cyber Crime Law on Saudi Arabia government website. http://www.citc.gov.sa/English/RulesandSystems/CITCSyste/Documents/LA_004_%20E_%20Anti-Cyber%20Crime%20Law.pdf
The main goals of this law is really clear:
- Enhancement of information security.
- Protection of rights pertaining to the legitimate use of computers and information networks.
- Protection of public Interest, morals, and common values.
- Protection of national economy.
For the next cyber crimes person can expect such punishment as imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine not exceeding live hundred thousand riyals:
- Spying on, interception or reception of data transmitted through an information network or a computer without legitimate authorization.
- Unlawful access to computers with the intention to threaten or blackmail any person to compel him to take or refrain from taking an action, be it lawful or unlawful.
- Unlawful access to a web site, or hacking a web site with the intention to change its design, destroy or modify it, or occupy its URL.
- Invasion of privacy through the misuse of camera-equipped mobile phones and the like.
- Defamation and infliction of damage upon others through the use of various information technology devices.
The following crimes are punished by Imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding two million :
- Acquisition of movable property or bonds for oneself or others or signing such bonds through fraud or use of false name or identity.
- Illegally accessing bank or credit data, or data pertaining to ownership of securities with the intention of obtaining data, information, funds or services offered.
Some of the next violations will lead to imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years and a fine not exceeding three million riyals or to either punishment:
- Unlawful access to computers with the intention to delete, erase, destroy, leak, damage, alter or redistribute private data
- Causing the information network to halt or breakdown, or destroying, deleting, leaking or altering existing or stored programs or data.
- Obstruction of access to, distortion, and causing the breakdown of services by any means.
The most important part for usual Internet users!
- Production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers.
- The construction or publicizing of a website on the information network or computer to promote or facilitate human trafficking.
- The preparation, publication, and promotion of material for pornographic or gambling sites which violates public morals.
Can lead to five years imprisonment and a fine three million riyals!
Be careful and think before writing or sharing post is social networks!
We wrote about a man who was deported from the country for such cyber crime.
The crimes below are considered as the most willful violations:
- The construction or publicizing of a website on the information network or on a computer for terrorist organizations to facilitate communication with leaders or members of such organizations, finance them, promote their ideologies, publicize methods of making incendiary devices or explosives, or any other means used in terrorist activities.
- Unlawful access to a web site or an information system directly, or through the information network or any computer with the Intention of obtaining data jeopardizing the internal or external security of the State or its national economy.
They are punished by 10 year imprisonment and a fine not exceeding five million riyals.
So now you can understand how serious in Internet censure in Saudi Arabia and how important is caring about your on-line security and privacy!
From Sahrzad’s Blog: http://sahrzad.net/blog/anti-cyber-crime-law-n-saudi-arabia/
This story must be interesting and instructive for all expatriates in Saudi Arabia. We have already written that Facebook and Twitter are monitored in KSA, and today we want to ask you be very careful talking via messagers like Whatsapp.
Please think twice before writing something about Saudi Arabia in social media or on some forums because all your posts can be monitored.
Do not write anything against Islam, against government and, of course, porn and gambling related messages are strictly prohibited.
Below is the real story from one person who was deported from Saudi Arabia for sending porn pictures via Internet.
Real story from Deported Man
“I was deported from KSA very recently March 9, 2015 after I was jailed for 1 month, because I was arrested by Muttawas as I was chatting on the social media with an Arab gay and tried to meet the person. I had finger prints in the police station and one policeman told me that I will be banned in all Gulf countries for five years.
Arab gay in mobile application called whatsapp from a long time. He said he wants to meet me, I refused many times but he insisted to meet me. When it continued for a long time, I finally accepted to meet him because he was insisting so much. When I went to the meeting place in the street he called me in my mobile and while I was talking to him, 2 muttawas came from my back and arrested me. They brought me to the police station. After 2 weeks in jail they
told me that I will be deported to Philippines. I was detained in the police station for 1 month and 1 week then my kafeel came and released me and deported me after 5 days.
While inside the jail I found out that the person I was chatting is the muttawa, he changed his voice to deceive me. There were many saudis inside the jail who were arrested in the same manner that I was arrested but we were chatting in different apps (whatsapp, badoo, who’s here, twitter, instagram). I sent him some adult jokes, porn clips
and pics which they used against me.
to general public and my fellow expatriates is stop using any social media and meet up any anonymous person from the internet. My boss told me that I was terminated by the company because I am gay based on the police report.”
I do understand that Islam disallows such things but, on my opinion, every person must decide this by himself, espessially if he is expat in the country.
Everybody must respect country’s laws, but the laws must respect human rights.
Always use secure Internet connection while you are in Saudi Arabia.
VPN (Virtual private network) is the best solution:
- It is Safe
- It is secure
- It is 100% anonymous
- VPN is the only way for being safe on-line in KSA!
Today communications are probable the most important thing for most people. We like talking to our friends and family every day. Particularly we realize importance of intercommunications when distance separates us. Travelling to different countries we need to stay in touch with our close.
Today we have lots of tools for communion at our disposal, such as: mobile phones, internet, voice and messaging services.
Viber is one of the favorite service for millions people all around the world. It lets people talk to each other independently whether they are in the neighbor rooms or in the opposite parts of the world. This is really fantastic and great opportunity to us!
Unfortunately in many countries especially in the Middle East Viber is blocked. Among them we can count KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Oman, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Qatar, Pakistan and others places.
Saudi Arabia is well known for its Internet censorship and it blocks not only Viber but lots of different sites likewise. It worth to say that VoIP services are also blocked in the kingdom.
So is it possible to unblock Viber in KSA?
Yes! And it is easier you can think. All you need to this is VPN Service. VPN is a Virtual Private network which can change your IP so you can get an access to any desired website or service.
How to unblock Viber in Saudi Arabia?
To use Viber in Saudi you can use our Spider VPN application.
For faster speed we can recommend using Europe service because they are closer to you.
We often get such questions about using vpn in Saudi Arabia.
Is VPN legal in Saudi Arabia?
Yes. VPN is a special technology which is used by make companies for security reasons.
- VPN guarantee you safety and security in the Internet.
- It protects your data in public Wi-Fi zones
- VPN lets you access any website without blocked and restrictions.