The other day at one of the IT forums I came across a post that describes ways to save with VPN and other systems that replace location.
The pricing policy of some services is really different, depending on the country. For example, this is particularly actively used by some airlines, the cost of tickets in which when ordering from the USA and India can differ by up to 10%.
But it is more interesting for me not to save money, but to get access to services that are blocked in a particular country due to political differences and other subjective reasons.
Even Yandex is blocked in Ukraine
In May 2017, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki were officially blocked in Ukraine, as well as Mail.ru and Yandex. They promised that they would open access to services in 2020 and called it expanded sanctions.
So the country’s leadership tried to squeeze foreign companies, but the local residents most of all felt the negative effect of this.
For example, when the maps and the Yandex navigator stopped working, it was impossible to quickly get from one place to another – only these services adequately showed the location of traffic jams, and it suddenly turned out to be inaccessible.
Later, Yandex built in blocking bypass without additional software, but many still do not know this, so the base for analyzing the situation on the roads has become empty and finding out the real state of affairs has become much more difficult.
Since I spend the most time in Ukraine, I regularly encounter problems at work that I simply cannot cope with without bypassing locks .
For example, in , we have decided to share photos and other data through the disk from Yandex, so I have to constantly connect VPNs and other tools.
What the Russian or Ukrainian networks do not show is clear from the Norwegian or Romanian. You become part of one of the last ones through a VPN, and your provider does not know where you are going from it.
To work around using Opera and TunnelBear
On iPhone and Mac, I trust two solutions to bypass blocking on the Internet: free Opera tools and paid TunnelBear.
Through VPN, you can bypass almost any restrictions, but you shouldn’t be thoughtlessly connecting to any such service. You will send all your traffic through it and open access to your information. Use only proven.
Opera offers a free mode that works quite slowly, but relatively confidently.
TunnelBear limits free use at around 500 megabytes, but offers a paid “plane.”
It turns out, when speed is not important for me, I connect Opera and download files from Yandex and perform other necessary manipulations. If you need to do something as quickly as possible, I use TunnelBear, which in this case has not yet failed.
TorBrowser is not suitable for this purpose.
TorBrowser broadcasts your internet connection through several other computers and routers. So he hides you from possible control and guarantees security and anonymity – at least in theory.
As of the beginning of 2015, the Tor network served more than 6 thousand special routers. Until 2018, their number has definitely grown, but I feel that the number of interested users has increased even more.
With the help of TorBrowser, you can really bypass most of the locks, but it will come out so slowly that the result will not make much sense.
Since the speed of the system does not suit me , for a simple bypass of locks I do not use it.
However, the browser app is installed on my Mac in case of important operations on unprotected networks. But this is not the topic of this discussion.
Bypassing locks in Ukraine is controversial
At the end of February 2018, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and Yandex were among the top 10 most popular websites that Ukrainians use – this was reported by guys from the audit company Factum Group.
Nevertheless, the researchers clarified that, in terms of monthly coverage, these Russian services are much lower – for example, VKontakte is only 9th, while others did not make it to the top 10 services at all.
They explain this by the fact that the Russian services have an audience, and it is very active. But here it is clearly not enough width – units actually use the services, while others simply abandoned them and, if possible, switched to analogues.
And it seems to me that the point here is not that someone did not understand the use of VPN. In fact, this is a fairly simple crutch , but it still prevents you from sitting in the same VKontakte or searching for information through Yandex.
Usually users are looking for substitutes.
Despite the fact that the blocking of any resources can really be circumvented, most users try to avoid difficulties and simply look for a replacement for services that are banned.
For example, instead of “VKontakte” in Ukraine, Facebook and Instagram have long been used, and Google services have become the only adequate option instead of Yandex solutions.
My observations show that only those who are associated with certain work resources really try to use VPN and other tools. For example, I specifically need files from the disk from Yandex, and someone can work on SMM in the same VKontakte.
As a result, it turns out that blocking by the state really influences our attitude to certain resources. They become difficult to use, and many cease to do so.
I do not see anything positive in this, but I cannot offer a real solution to the problem.