How to Access YouTube in China

Ever have a vacation gone bad?

Imagine (or maybe you don’t have to imagine this, because you’ve experienced it) going on vacation and having a great time in Beijing – and you get off the plane, check into your hotel, open your laptop or iPad to watch the YouTube video of your brother’s extreme ski trip that he said he was going to post – and it’s BLOCKED! The government has decided that it’s dangerous for you to watch your brother ski??!!

Before reading this whole boring post, the answer to your problems is a beautiful website called https://anysitenow.net that helped me access Youtube while I was traveling in China. It was super easy to use and most important, it had a free trial that I used to make sure this shit really works.

So back to my story 🙂 You want a vacation, but you don’t want one off the grid – so now the pressing question (even before “Where can I get some really good beer?”) is: How do I access YouTube in China?! Just want you need right now, huh? Finding a way to unblock YouTube….

There are a few options to consider, and I’ll outline the pros and cons for you – and then tell you what worked for me.

VPN

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It’s basically a way of putting your whole computer in different place – virtually. So if you have a VPN, your computer acts like it’s in the United States, or Canada, or England – or wherever the VPN is hosted. And so if YouTube isn’t blocked in the USA (thank heavens) – then it won’t be blocked on your computer, even if you happen to physically be in China.

Pros –

  • If it’s a decent VPN, it will work to access YouTube in China, Facebook, Twitter – whatever you want.
  • It’s secure (i.e. no spying on what you’re sending).
  • The entire computer and all programs that use internet access will work as if they are in another location.

Cons –

  • You have to install something on your computer – which can slow the computer down, especially if you have a Mac.
  • It will only work on the device you installed it on.
  • In China, it often won’t work for mobile devices.

Proxies

A proxy is basically a website which will let you type in the site you want to see, and then instead of you accessing the site directly through your browser, you access it through this site as an intermediary. So if the proxy is located in a different location than you, it will show you the site the way you can see it in that location. So if your proxy is located in France, when you view YouTube through the proxy, it will act as if you are viewing YouTube in France.

Pros –

  • Nothing to install.
  • Can access it off any device.

Cons –

  • They often don’t work well for social media because the technology is complicated (Ajax, streaming video, etc.) – so if your goal is to access and unblock YouTube videos in China, it might not work.
  • China keeps blocking them one by one.
  • They only work for your browser, not other programs – say, Skype.
  • Usually not secure.

One other option, which I’ve used and can recommend – is a type of “web-based VPN” called Proxy Center.

It is a proxy – meaning it’s effectively putting your browser somewhere else, and you don’t have to install anything on your computer – but it’s secure and whoever is responsible for the programming knows how to handle complicated technologies. YouTube worked perfectly, and I could share the important stuff with my friends on Facebook.

One big plus is that Proxy Center has a free trial, which doesn’t require ANY personal info to start (no email, no credit card) – so you can SEE that it’s going to work before you commit to anything.

So… VPN, proxy, the “web-based VPN” of Proxy Center – check them out and hopefully one will work for you to access YouTube in China – and get your vacation off to a better start.

Good luck!

How To Access Twitter In Turkey

Many of us travel to Turkey on business. Recently, I have asked myself, and done extensive research to find out if I can access Twitter in Turkey. I have come to the conclusion that Twitter is censored in Turkey. If you write something that the government does not like, they will block your Twitter account. Now, I personally use the Twitter social media platform for work purposes, however, do I really want to take that chance that I may be censored? My Twitter account can get banned? No, I don’t. Which is why I chose to use this proxy service http://www.proxy-center.com to access my social media accounts for the duration of my visit in Turkey. I don’t want to have the extra worry of not knowing whether or not my activity on Facebook and Twitter are being monitored by the Turkish government.

What I did was I simply signed up for a proxy service, for my peace of mind.
I will explain exactly what a proxy is and you can decide if you would like to access Twitter through this service as well.

Basically, a proxy is a service which changes the location of where you sign into different websites. There are free proxies, and secure proxies. A free proxy is usually not secure, and gets blocked very quickly. Secure proxies are more difficult to locate, and keep your information secure. I would rather pay for a secure service, and know that the chances of it getting blocked are very slim. As well, when you pay for a service, the good customer service which comes along with it are well worth the low cost.

I prefer using proxies as opposed to a VPN since a VPN requires downloading software to your computer. Many people have work computers, and trust me, you do not want to accidentally download a virus to your computer. Whether a work or personal computer, it would not be a good thing downloading viruses onto your computer… Yes, it happens. You don’t know who the person is that you are downloading this software from, and I personally wouldn’t take that chance. With a proxy, you are given a login URL and you sign in, and from there you just sign into the websites that are censored and blocked. Easy.

This is not the first time I am traveling to a country with internet censorship, and so I have done much research in the past, and know which proxies work, and are worth signing up to. For the low cost of approximately $6 per month, I find that it is definitely worth it.

I do not want to get into a situation in Turkey where I cannot access Twitter and Facebook, so I am going well prepared and ready. Either way, I don’t want my accounts being “watched” and monitored. Who does? No one I know…

So go ahead, find the best proxy to access Twitter in Turkey! Even better, you can try this service out for free before you sign up, just go to http://www.proxy-center.com and click on the free trial!