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Tips For Overcoming Online Internet Borders in Africa

Tips For Overcoming Online Internet Borders in Africa

Some African countries have been on headlines in regards to internet censorship and other related internet access policies. Even this 2019 Statista report on the degree of internet freedom in selected African countries is proof that countries like Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda among others are yet to enjoy full internet freedom. 

The reasons given by some of the governments involved is that it is for the countries' benefit (curbing immorality due to online pornographic content, the spread of fake news, terrorism, etc.), which makes sense, but some governments also do the same to facilitate their hidden agendas, especially political based agendas.

Besides the blame on governments, other factors may weigh in such as some service providers from different countries, say Netflix for example, blocking some regions from accessing certain online content. Universities and colleges may also block some sites to encourage productivity among students, and the same case for employers. So, given all these factors, how should you overcome them in Africa and enjoy internet freedom? There are several ways and they include:

Using VPNs

Sounds familiar? If not, this is how you can benefit from using a VPN. A VPN to start with, does not know any geographical boundaries. This means you can access any geo-blocked sites while using them. There are many of them in the market, and you don't have to pay for them as most of them are free. 

They hide your identity and location, making sure that you remain anonymous online. A country like China has however blacklisted a number of VPNs, but there are a few that you can count on as listed on this site https://www.vpntesting.com/vpn-in-china/ that will enable you to bypass China's restrictions.

Go Incognito

Tips For Overcoming Online Internet Borders in Africa

Yes, it is possible to bypass geo-blocked sites by browsing in incognito mode on your browser. You, however, need to use the prefix http:// instead of the usual https:// for better results.

Web-Based Proxies Will Help

You can use online anti-tracking browsers or proxies to overcome the censorship challenge. A browser like Tor or Hide My Ass will hide your online activities and prevent you from being tracked down by the sites you are seeking access to. These browsers work more like VPNs in making sure that you are not being spied on.

Google Translate at Your Rescue

You probably didn't know this but translating languages is not the only thing you can do with Google translate. You can use it to access any website, anywhere in the world as it does not operate with any third parties that could give away your IP address or identity. 

Use a Site's IP

With every website URL is an underlying IP address. Using a site's IP address instead of their URL works magic in accessing blocked sites. Most authorities are not keen on blocking website's IP addresses because they mainly focus on URLs and that is how you outdo them.

Conclusion

These are just a few among many ways you can overcome online borders while in Africa. Should you decide to try out VPNs for the same, this safe VPN with kill switch and obfuscated p2p server may do the trick for you.

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