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According to Wikipedia Internet censorship is control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the Internet. The legal issues are similar to offline censorship. One difference is that national borders are more permeable online: residents of a country that bans certain information can find it on websites hosted outside the country. A government can try to prevent its citizens from viewing these even if it has no control over the websites themselves. Countries that exercise this kind of censorship include Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Most recently in July 2009, social networking site Facebook was banned in China. After microblogging service Twitter was already inaccessible during the last few days, Facebook now seems to be the latest victim of Chinas moves related to the recent incidents in its north western province. The recent bans and the blocking of Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and even hickups with Google products and MSN are a major pain for companies and individuals working in China. Previous blocks of Western Web 2.0 services that were banned in China were sometimes only temporary but this time we are afraid the block will be permanent.

How to still access and unblock Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and other blocked websites from China:

The only reliable way to access blocked websites like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and many more is by using a professional VPN service (SSL not PPTP).  We have tested several commercial VPN solutions and found WiTopia Personal VPN ( the best deal.  Their .99 / year personalVPNa,¢ – SSL (openVPN) has the best performance and is more reliable than the PPTP version, as PPTP is commonly blocked in China. We are even expecting that PPTP will be entirely disabled soon and only available again after individual companies specifically register for it. If you want to get connected to the rest of the world again its the only way – go for it!

Comparison of private VPN solutions to access and unblock Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and many other websites from China:

Other options apart from WiTopia include Strong VPN with the USD 75/year Lite PPTP product or SmallVPN.

Finally even if you are based in a Country not actively engaged in Internet censorship such as the United States you should consider using a personal VPN service: You dont want your ISP or network owner to be able to monitor or control your online activities.

Often there is no evil intent, but there have been many cases, even in the United States, where individual privacy and access to the free Internet have been blatantly and willfully disregarded. You want to hide your IP address so you can protect your identity and location.

  • S says:

    Has anyone used Spyder Site Builder. Thier Customer Support?
    I am building my first website and have been checking out several webhosting sites that include webuilders. I signed up for hostgator but cannot seem to be able to get a site up and running there – it is too complicated for a novice like me. I have used the trial of Spyder Site Builder and it seems easy to use. But I would like to know if thier webhosting is up and running most of the time and how is thier customer service.

    Thank you – I appreciate any help you can offer…

    September 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm
    • skylark says:

      Hmm.. instead of shifting to a new host, I’d suggest that you stick to Hostgator and spend some more time with the site builder. You should be able to get the hang of it soon. These site builders are built to be usable by most of the public and that definitely includes novices. Maybe you could get a friend or a relative to look into it too. If you get stuck at some technical issue, remember that you can always contact Hostgator support and they might be able to help you out.

      Of course, this is only a suggestion. I just wanted to tell you that you did a good thing by signing up with Hostgator instead of some very bad web host. I don’t know about the Spyder web hosting that you talk about, so I can’t give you the opinion on that one.

      All the best!

      September 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm
  • imisidro says:

    Your options are:

    – buy a website design software such as Dreamweaver or Microsoft Expressions, and import your website and all its pages. You can now freely edit your site without the hassle and rigidity of an online site builder

    – use Notepad and edit the HTML code of the site. This is free, however, the problem is that you need to be knowledgeable about site coding. Using an online site builder tells me that this is not an option for you given your lack of skills in website creation

    Then get an FTP software such as the free Filezilla and upload your new page to Hostgator servers and make the changes live on the web

    September 29, 2011 at 2:06 am
  • Kristal D says:

    How can I build a social forum website?
    I have found a few sites that offer premade sites, I am trying to build a site of adult nature with profiles, forums, polls, ect. and my question is what is a good site builder website, and a what site should i use to host and buy a domain name from, is hostgator good?

    September 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    • J.J.'s Advice / Avis de J.J. says:

      You could go to web development school for 3 years to learn the basics of building a website, and then you might be ready to even consider starting your own “social forum website”…

      September 30, 2011 at 12:54 am

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