If you’ve lived in China a while, you start to think of the Great Firewall as simply a fact of life: a cultural quirk sometimes and a major pain the ass others. But if this latest YouTube/blog/Wikipedia ban’s got you flummoxed (and you’re too cheap/poor to get a VPN), check out some of our favourite free ways to get up and over the Great Firewall.
- Find a good proxy page. Coobai and G-Proxy are good for most sites, but if you’re itching to hit up YouTube, give Coolkidsonly or YouTube Proxy a try. Just plug in the address and continue surfing.
- GLadder. ONLY FOR FIREFOX USERS. Install it in your browser and click the little ladder button to turn it on. Works off a customizable site list, so you won’t be redirected through a proxy when you try to reach non-banned sites.
- Anchorfree. It has some pop-ups, adds an ad banner to every page and it’ll sometimes redirect you without warning, but for the most part, it’s easy and painfree. Download, install and you’re up and running.
- TOR (The Onion Router). At times a little clumsy and slow, but completely ad-free. Again, all you have to do is download and install.
- GAppProxy. Google comes to the rescue once again. This isn’t the most straightforward fix, but it’s reliable and hassle-free once you figure it out. Download the GAppProxy here, then follow these instructions to build yourself a proxy server on the Google App Engine.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to get back to finishing this awesome list.