Unblock Twitter in Turkey with VPN Securely

Unblock Twitter in Turkey

You have probably heard about the Turkish government blocking access to Twitter by now.
The news is everywhere including here, here.

But rather than focusing on the problem, lets just focus on the solution which is to Unblock Twitter in Turkey. Let’s get it back.

A VPN is obvious, and any VPN Provider will get you access. But there are more considerations.

1) speed of access
2) security
3) mobile access
4) payment methods

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So taking each in turn lets start with speed of access.

Just because you are connected to a vpn to Unblock Twitter in Turkey, you don’t want your entire net experience to resemble dial up speeds. A vpn will almost always reduce your speed, so the best thing you can do is access the most appropriate server nearest to your location. Now some countries in the vicinity of Turkey have ir own censorship so lets avoid those and go for some easy choices. Romania is a good one as is Moldova. They also have no data retention legislation. Bonus.

They are fairly close (in server terms) so you will get decent speeds. When you consider I stream HD content from the USA to my UK living room with ease, your everyday net access will be just fine.

Astrill has multiple servers in these countries. It also allows access using all common protocols including L2tp and Openvpn.

IPVanish also has servers in these countries and EarthVPN also has servers in Romania.

Any of the above will get you good speeds and reliable access. There are other providers here and you can always Google “VPN Provider” for a huge list!

Security

By security I am referring to protocol type and encryption. The main protocol considered the defacto standard is openvpn. Similarly L2Tp is widely considered to be the better option for circumventing institutional censorship. Whichever provider you sign up with, ensure that this is available and that it is usable on your device and/or router if that’s your preference. All the providers mentioned above have both OpenVPN and L2TP  availability.

Now all vpn traffic is encrypted but when it comes to government blocks I’d be a lot more comfortable with a strong hardware solution rather than software, especially if there is censorship that is likely to continue in some form or another for a long period of time.  If you want to Unblock Twitter in Turkey, my guess is you know there will be some censorship for the foreseeable future so a hardware solution may be more convenient.

That’s why I personally use a dd-wrt enabled router. As I mentioned in my Astrill review, they have an applet you can install which allows you router to route all, some or none of your devices through the vpn. Similarly you can filter some, all or no websites.  For simplicities sake you could just filter Twitter if you wanted.

It also can be set to start automatically so no forgetting to activate it. But the main reason is 256 bit encryption. That’s right 256. If you are going to hide, do it like a boss!

Some of you may want this but not want to set it up yourself, thats cool. FlashRouters sell pre configured ones WITH your choice of VPN provider ready!! Good times.

Mobile access

You can’t get away from it, you probably use twitter on a phone or tablet.  You can still use VPN over WiFi (you can’t do it over 3G or other mobile data types). Wifi is everywhere so this isn’t such a big deal.  Its easiest if you find a providers that supplies its own VPN client.

Both Astrill and IPVanish tick this box with their own apps tailored to their services. You can see some examples in both the Astrill Review and the IPVanish review here.

Earth VPN does not have its own app, but there is a well established app called OpenVPN on Android and iOS, I have used it myself and it is simple to set up but does have a couple of extra steps.  EarthVPN has a tutorial on their site though so it won’t give you too much trouble.

So these three providers are looking pretty good for the job so far.

The last point I wanted to discuss was payment methods so here we go.

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Payment Method

So, you are ready to Unblock Twitter in Turkey, but lets face it, there is no point trying to hide from the government if you are just going to use your personal bank account or credit card to do it.

Whilst the Turkish Government may not make the effort to track individual purchases to vpn providers, if they can be bothered to block Twitter in the first place, you would surely rather not take the risk.

Enter BitCoin.  You probably heard of it, its a crypto currency and its in the news for one reason or another, good or bad, everyday.  If you use it you can hide proper. Simple.  Now I am not going to explain BitCoin here, its outside my domain, but in a nutshell, you set up an online wallet (or wallets preferably), you Buy bit coins using an exchange, you put said coins into your wallet.  You spend them at participating merchants.

VPN providers are starting to embrace this and the wave of privacy demand across the western world, but there is no denying that it benefits our eastern cousins who are more susceptible to censorship.

Astrill accept BitCoin, as does EarthVPN so you can rest assure that your transaction with them will be hidden from prying eyes.  IPVanish do not offer BitCoin but they do accept Paypal. If you have a Paypal account, or know someone outside the country with one (likely!) then it may be better to get them to sign up for you. I would suggest that is the easiest way. One other provider definitely worth mentioning is Private Internet Access. Not only do they accept BitCoin, but they also accept many many gift cards allowing you to pay anonymously as easy as possible. They have absolutely no logs and are very well priced at deals from only $3.33 per month.

So there we have it.  Its not so much using a VPN that guarantees privacy its how you use it and how you pay for it.  Follow the steps above and you should be back Tweeting in no time.

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