How to get secure email and internet in closed countries
In many parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa internet usage can be monitored and many sites are blocked (like Skype, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and blogs). So what if I’m moving to a ‘closed’ country, how can I continue to communicate with those back home about my work? What can we do to get around these barriers? How can I continue to enjoy freedom to use whatever site or internet service I want?
For those of you moving to a ‘closed’ country or even going to one on a short term trip one thing you may want to consider getting is a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel that protects your information from being intercepted. It also makes it so that you can access blocked websites. It’s been a very useful tool for me.
If you’re thinking of doing mission’s work in a ‘closed’ country or just going for a short time here are some VPN providers. Prices vary on their products, but you can get a VPN for as low as $6USD a month.
- Witopia - www.witopia.net.
- Astrill - www.astrill.com.
There are also options for getting secure email. I started using www.psmail.net recently and have found it to be a good solution. It costs $40USD a year.
By Anonymous YWAMer.