How to use a VPN to get around social media blocks

How to use a VPN to get around social media blocks

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

17 March 2016

We use social media for many different reasons. Most of us use it to connect with friends and family, but even if we don’t know it, we also use it to spread information, to consume media and to keep up to date with what’s happening in “real life”.

So what happens, then, when your ability to access social media is taken away?

In the last few years, a number of governments around the world have blocked their citizens’ access to social media after politically-charged events or attacks, using a myriad of excuses as to why services like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp should not be used. This stops the spread of information and goes against what the internet is meant for: Open communication.

Of course, it’s not just governments that block social media sites. Your workplace, your school or college or even your favourite cafe might block access to certain sites, meaning that you can’t use the internet freely. This doesn’t sit well with us—and this is why we’re happy to help our users get around such blocks.

Using SurfEasy VPN to bypass social media restrictions

SurfEasy VPN has 13 different regions to choose from, meaning that when the app is on and you’re connected to the web, you can choose to “borrow” an IP address from any of these countries. This makes it seem, to the internet, that you’re physically located in that country. Social media blocks work by reading your IP address and denying access to services if you’re located in a particular country. If your IP address is from another country, you’ll be allowed to access that service.

For instance, if you’re in Turkey and you can’t access Twitter, simply start up SurfEasy VPN on your device,  click on the drop down Regions menu and connect to the UK, Brazil, Japan or Norway—whatever country you want to virtually visit. The web will be fooled into thinking you’re in that area, and you’ll be able to access Twitter again.

It’s that simple.

Whether permanent or temporary, bans on access to social media work against free communication and limit the spread of information. Don’t be restricted in your use of the web; register for SurfEasy today and get your freedom back.

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