You may have heard, or even experienced, that at some places your Internet experience is limited. Like you can’t access Facebook or YouTube. Heck, there are even countries that ban the use of certain chat and VoIP clients like Skype.
We’re not entirely sure why they’re doing this, but it is just a part of reality we all live in. Luckily, you (all of us) can do something about it. But first, let’s see who the culprits are, shall we?
Who’s imposing content filtering?
It’s not just one party to blame — those imposing content filters include:
- Schools and universities – which would rather see their students focus on the task at hand (studying) than cyberschmoozing on Facebook. Or, God forbid, watching some nasty (adult) content.
- Workplaces – similarly, these guys (cause it’s usually guys setting up these content filters) think you should watch at spreadsheets for a whole day rather than joining some Twitter conversations.
- High-censorship countries – in which leaders don’t want to know that something against them has been posted on the Internet. So they turn to censorship by banning access to select sites and services to their constituents.
We disagree with all of that and think unrestricted access to the Internet should be the right of all of us. And, as we’ve mentioned above, you could do something about it.
What can you do to bypass content filtering?
Some basic content filters could be bypassed with a free proxy service. In many cases, it will get the job done — in schools and universities and perhaps in some workplaces.
The situation is very different in high-censorship countries where you can hardly “get away” with a proxy. You’ll need a better tool for the task, and that tool is VPN.
Get a rock-solid VPN, connect to a foreign server (say in the U.S. or Europe) and you’re good to go. Get access to the whole of the Internet with no limits of any kind.
A VPN has more to offer…
Aside from letting you bypass content filters, a good VPN will also keep you anonymous online. As far as the website/service you’re accessing knows, your IP address is actually the one from a VPN server you’re connected to. This will also prevent Facebook and Google trackers from keeping up with you across the world wide web.
But that’s not all; with a VPN, you get to securely use public Wi-Fi hotspots, which use could compromise your personal information (without using a VPN, that is).
Plus, you’ll be able to access all the various video streaming services that could otherwise be outside of your reach. We’re talking about services like US Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu and so on.
Nevertheless, we at VPNreports put a big premium on privacy and think that should be the number one reason for getting a VPN. But you can get it for any reason you deem worthy. It’s your money after all.
Start by checking our list of Best of the Best VPNs and see if one of the services there fits your needs. We’re sure it does. 😉