Sunday, January 08, 2006

How To Beat Government Internet Censorship

Many people in the world, particularly those living in China and certain parts of the Middle East, have restricted internet access or have their rights to free speech stopped by government censors. There are, however, many organisations who can help these people beat such oppressive systems and here are links to their websites ( bold-typed words are hyperlinks):

Peacefire - Peacefire is a "people for young people's freedom of speech" organization, not a "young people for freedom of speech" organization. In other words, you can join at any age if you are against censorship for students and people under 18 in general. Peacefire used to be more of a "teens only" group, but we realized that there was no point in excluding what any potential members had to offer, simply based on their age.

Anonymizer - Anonymizer is the leading provider of Internet privacy and security solutions for consumers, corporations, organizations, and government agencies. The company provides safe and secure Web experiences to millions of global Internet users. Its Web site is home to the world's most popular Internet privacy service, Anonymous Surfing™, which defends users from the most prevalent Internet privacy and security threats. Anonymizer identity protection solutions have been used to protect billions of Web pages without a single security breech since the company's inception in 1995.

Unipeak - The Internet was not designed with web security or user privacy protection in mind.
Each time you visit a web page, you leave personal information exposing yourself to:
  • Online consumer monitoring and profiling
  • Adware, Spyware, Trojan worms & Web bugs.
  • Online eavesdropping
  • Identity theft and online fraud
  • Intrusive marketing and advertising

Unipeak’s job is to protect your privacy by

  • Filter out unwanted advertising such as banners and popups.
  • Defeat advertiser tracking and harmful web software
  • Encrypt your computer's IP address so that you are untraceable
  • Provide a secure domain for you to access your e-mail in public locations
  • Connect securely to insecure websites.
  • Prevent monitoring of network traffic.
  • Route around networking problems.

Anonymouse - Many mice surf the web under the illusion that their actions are private and anonymous. Unfortunately, it isn't so. Every time you visit a site for a piece of cheese, you leave a calling card that reveals where you're coming from, what kind of computer you have, and other details. And many cats keep logs of all your visits, so that they can catch you! This service allows you to surf the web without revealing any personal information. It is fast, it is easy, and it is free!

Proxyweb - While surfing the Internet you leave a record of your IP address, operating system and browser type, web pages last visited, and save numerous cookies, java scripts, adware, spyware, trojans and viruses to your hard drive. Malicious web site owners, hackers, identity thieves, spammers, etc. can use this information to probe your PC for security holes and possibly gain unauthorized access. By using an anonymous proxy server its IP address is visible while yours is kept private.

Guardster - Guardster offers various services to let you use the Internet anonymously and securely. From our popular free web proxy service, to our secure SSH tunnel proxy, we have a variety of services to suit your needs.

Webwarper - WebWarper is a free Web service that:
  1. Saves traffic in 2-3 times: textual part of all pages is compressed using gzip
  2. Provides antivirus protection!
  3. Assures anonymity: your IP address becomes invisible for most cases
  4. Accelerates your access to sites

The Cloak - provides

  • HTTP and HTTPS anonymous proxy: hide your identity from the sites you visit
  • Encrypted connection: hide your surfing from local snooping
  • Remote cookies: keep cookies at our site, and delete them after each session
  • User configurable content filtration: selectively remove Javascript, Java, and active content
  • FREE anonymous browsing

Stupid Censorship - a service which will remove all cookies (except certain proxy cookies), remove all scripts (recommended for anonymity), remove ads, hide referrer information and will show a URL entry form.

Please note, all descriptions are from the service providers themselves. Users are advised to read through the website FAQ's where possible.

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