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michalng 03-05-2011 08:05 PM

Bypass the great firewall
 
Plan to travel China for a month plus with my laptop.

Understand that internet access there is mostly blocked. Googled and most solutions are for window users or vpn subscription.

Noticed that there are 2 alternatives:
1. Tor - Anyone tried Tor and knows the impact on bandwidth over there?
2. FoxyProxy - Know of any good/reliable proxies?


In Debian, are there any packages that can help get access to the "real" internet when in China?

MS3FGX 03-05-2011 08:36 PM

Do you have a server setup here in the US (or whatever your home country may be) that you can access while abroad? I would setup an SSH tunnel that would let you access all of your files at home and also proxy your Internet connection. But you will need to have a decent connection on the home machine to facilitate a proxy at decent speed.

You could use public proxies of course, but I have never had much luck with their performance, and privacy could be an issue there as well.

I haven't read up much on the use of Tor in China, so I can't comment there. Seems like that would be a relatively common practice though, so perhaps somebody here can chime in.

michalng 03-05-2011 08:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MS3FGX (Post 4280207)
Do you have a server setup here in the US (or whatever your home country may be) that you can access while abroad? ...

Hi MS3FGX,

thanks but do not have a server setup, else I would have tried openvpn :)

Dutch Master 03-05-2011 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MS3FGX (Post 4280207)
Do you have a server setup here in the US

Typically American IMO, assuming anyone on an English language forum comes from the States, whereas 95% of the worlds population actually doesn't :p Nothing personal, just an observation ;)

Given the capabilities of Tor, it's pretty likely the Chinese communist webcensors have blocked its use from the mainland. You may get a connection from the more capitalist part of the country, i.e. Hong Kong, but outside that area you're probably taking a risk. To prevent flagging yourself for some unwanted attention, play along, but write your sensitive remarks on your laptop and put them online after you get home.

Old Chinese proverb: Bamboo bends in the wind, but doesn't break... ;)

Note: I've never been to China, or anywhere else in Asia for that matter, but sometimes it's good to actually give a common sense reply :p

michalng 03-05-2011 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dutch Master (Post 4280224)
....To prevent flagging yourself for some unwanted attention, play along, but write your sensitive ... a common sense reply :p

That's something that I'm "afraid" of; a misunderstanding.

Wanted the internet access to keep in touch with the real world/internet, eg google, news, chat, not the 007 sort of things.

Comes to think of it, Foxyproxy would be better choice of the 2 (less misunderstanding?), provided someone here knows of some reliable proxy servers.

j1alu 03-08-2011 12:11 PM

You could try vtunnel.com:
http://freeproxies.org/
but the whole subject is a bit above me. What i can tell that vtunnel does work with reasonable speed.

anomie 03-08-2011 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michalng
thanks but do not have a server setup, else I would have tried openvpn :)

In general (nothing to do with China): if your safety and/or finances are at risk, you need to properly encrypt your communications. I wouldn't be playing around with the two-bit approach. If you need a server, there are inexpensive cloud solutions.

As for your specific situation (i.e. traveling to China): be careful. I don't know Chinese law, but it is incumbent upon you to understand what may get you into trouble when traveling to another country.


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