July 2011 – You'll notice a lot of links that aren't working here on the site. It seems that in recent weeks, The Great Firewall has had some serious updates, and many of the VPNs featured/reviewed are blocked (at least the sites are). This may not be for the entire country, but at least here in Fujian, many have been blocked.
Securitales is a Web Based Service that is not blocked. A web based service is different from a VPN, but can also unblock sites in China. The advantage of a Web based service over a VPN is that you don't have to download anything onto your computer. It works on iPhone, iPad and other smart phones as well as laptop and desktop operating systems like Mac, Windows, and Linux.
The most important thing right now is that it's NOT BLOCKED.
Check out Securitales at www.securitales.com.
I don't know about you guys, but I can't access Gmail, or Google for that matter! I'm not going to say that the whole of China can't access Gmail, but I've got two internet access points here, one at the office, and one at home. Either both are on the fritz or China's at it again. I'm using Firefox at home, and anything I type into the Google search bar gets shot down with a "the server request is taking too long"..but this may be a problem with my personal computer – I've got more viruses than the average person. The school computer is generally virus free but I think they restored it from the 90's so that's nothing to get excited about either. Regardless, I'm SOOOOO glad that I have a vpn, because without it i'd have to start using Yahoo for searching.
That's the funny thing, is that I can't access my Gmail account, but Yahoo and Yahoo mail is not a problem. I started using it to search the other day, and didn't realize how slow Google actually was. Have you heard about "throttling"? It's where they limit bandwidth of an internet connection, in this case to make the site slow on purpose. China does this when they can't block a site completely, but want to discourage users from using the site. They used to do this with Wikipedia a few years ago, and they do this with Google and Google pages now. As a webmaster, I use things like Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. All blocked in China. Or slow to the point of being useless.