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.
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.