Posted: 28 Sep 2010 05:17 AM PDT
In non-technical terms, a VPN (virtual private network) is a piece of software that routes your connection through servers in another location, thus making it appear to the target website that you're located in the same place as that gateway server.
FBVPN's servers are located in the United States, and you'll be able to access any website, just as you would from the US. This includes websites like Hulu which are sometimes limited only to users in the States.
While proxy websites can help users around some of the blockages, most proxy websites cannot properly display websites like Facebook that use a lot of scripts. The advantages to VPNs are not limited to circumventing blocks on websites either. VPNs secure your communications, especially important if you are using public WiFi, as unencrypted hotspots leave your computer very vulnerable. No matter what country you're in, it's always a good idea to use a VPN when using public WiFi.
The problem with many VPN services is speed – bouncing your signals through another set of servers can significantly slow your internet. FBVPN offers speedy connections – there are no long waits while YouTube videos load at a snail's pace. Service is also very reliable; once you're connected to the gateway server you stay that way – there aren't the frequent dropped connections which make some of the low end VPNs essentially unusable.
Another advantage to FBVPN is that it can be installed on any operating system, without any additional software. This keeps your computer from being bogged down by extra programs, and makes it extremely easy to use on multiple devices (you can use FBVPN on multiple computers or phones, but not on more than one machine at once). FBVPN can be used on computers running Linux, Windows and Mac OS. It can also be used on iPhones, iPads and smartphones running Android.
Unlike some VPNs which require you to buy 6 months or a year of service at a time, FBVPN allows you to purchase just one month of service (5 USD) or three months (15 USD) – ideal for travelers who don't need a VPN year-round. You receive a discount if you purchase FBVPN for longer periods of time. 30 USD gets you 7 months of FBVPN service (6 months plus one month free). For 60 USD you get 14 months (12 months plus 2 free months).
Whether you're traveling in China, or are here for the long term, FBVPN will come in handy, helping you over the Great Firewall, allowing you to update your blog, access all your favorite sites, and stay in touch with family and friends.
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