Internet censorship in the Middle East

When it comes to censorship in the Middle East, many countries differ in their policies. As a whole, the Middle East is comprised of roughly 22 countries, but this number is subjective (many define the Middle East by geographic standards, and others define it by religious/cultural standards). Spanning from Asia to North Africa with a population of over300 million, the Middle East is constantly growing. However, it is safe to say that the region has become increasingly censored since the turn of the century. In May 1999, every country in the region, minus Libya and Iraq, had some form of international connectivity.

More and more Internet connections are being filtered, from public Wi-Fi and workplace connection filtering to ISP and country-level censorship. However, there are still ways to get around this filtering and view blocked websites, and unlock applications such as VOIP and others.

The best workaround for smart phones is using a VPN services to bypass the local ISP firewalls and Proxies.

How it Works: Connect to a VPN and all traffic coming from your Smart Phone will be redirected over that VPN. In other words, if you’re connected to a VPN located in Iceland, all your network traffic will be redirected to Iceland before it emerges. Replies will be send to the server in Iceland, which will forward them back to you. This all happens over an encrypted connection. All your ISP, network operator, or even your country’s government can see is that you’re making an encrypted VPN connection and sending data over the connection. If they want to block you, they’d have to block VPN connections.

We’ve done a lot of research on VPN providers, and VPN45 has the best combination of security, advanced features, and ease of use. They have servers in many countries, they provide decently fast speeds, and decent prices.

They have apps for every platform including Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry.

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