Not many people actually know what web based proxies are – and to tell you the truth, until recently, I couldn't tell you what one was either. However, with recent updates to the way The Great Firewall censors our Internet activity here, web based proxies in China have become extremely important to unblocking sites.
Well, if you own an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you already know that you can't install a virtual private network on it. These tablet computers and smart phones usually require that you install a PPTP or L2TP VPN. But these protocols were blocked in China in March 2011.
This is where the web based proxy in China come in.
The key is the "web based" part. It's just what it sounds like. You unblock sites in China by first connecting to a web site with a secure browser. There is nothing installed on your computer, and this website can be accessed from anywhere that can browse the Internet. Your Mac or PC, your work or school computer, and most importantly, your phone or tablet computer.
Have you ever noticed that when you purchase stuff online, a little lock appears next to the URL you're currently on? And next to that there's no longer an http:// prefix, but an https://. This is the URL prefix for secure or private connections. Connection that you need permission to access.
Web based proxies in China make use of this private connection, and you'll notice that the blocked URL you type into the secure browser will always be preceded by the https://
So, aside from the versatility of proxies, why else would you want them as opposed to a VPN?
Well, seeing as there's no installation necessary, you can access them easily and without a trace. When your boss is out of the office, you can open the secure link from your email and check out what's happening on Facebook. If you've got a few minutes before class and have nothing to do, you can open up the web based proxy browser and watch a Youtube video.
When you're done, close the browser, and no one will notice a difference.
And a web based proxy in China is usually cheaper than a VPN is going to cost you. Securitales, the web based proxy I use in China is only $6 a month. And I'll let you in on a secret (really, I don't mention this in all of my posts), if you sign up for the FREE TRIAL first, and then sign up for the paid service when the free trial is over, you get a 25% discount.
You can check it out at www.securitales.com
You can unblock any site in China, and there's nothing to lose by taking advantage of the free trial.