How can a VPN help combat censorship?
In countries like Turkey, people suffer from censorship, and the need for VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) is very real. It stems from both the pandemic forcing people to start mass-working from home and more and more countries threatening their citizens’ right to online privacy.
There are quite a few ways that these privacy tools can help retain freedom of speech and combat unjust laws.
- Unblocking websites – a good VPN will unblock the vast majority of sites blocked by government orders, allowing people to access and share otherwise unavailable information.
- Hiding IP – these tools also hide people’s original IP addresses, increasing their privacy.
- Obscuring browsing history – usually, all browsing information goes straight via the ISP; however, a VPN creates a secure, encrypted tunnel, therefore, rendering that data invisible to both the Internet Service Provider and the government.
Turkey is far from the first country to impose restrictions on its citizens. One of the worst offenders of digital privacy is China, and after it once again threatened Hong Kong’s authority, we noticed a huge surge in VPN sales.