I love posting photos, checking out new merchandise on business pages and playing games on Facebook just like a lot of people all over the world. But without the use of a VPN service, I can’t get on Facebook in Vietnam. I travel a lot for my business and Facebook is blocked in Vietnam by the government. I am so happy that I have a VPN or virtual private network connection so I can get on Facebook as much as I want when I have to come here. But, until I showed them how, my friends had no idea what to do about this.
Vietnam blocks Facebook in 2009
Before the ban, I could chat with all my friends who lived in Vietnam and they could chat back all the time. But about two years ago, that ended and I had to help my friends to get on Facebook in Vietnam. They told me that they had to use things like proxies at first, and then they tried changing DNS computer settings. But then that didn’t work, and all that was left was to sign up to a VPN service provider so they could get on Facebook and other blocked websites in Vietnam
I don’t know why Vietnam bans Facebook, I mean, we just want to chat and post photos, but they seem to think it is bad somehow. I think they're afraid of people organizing and fighting the government like they did in Egypt this year. Vietnam joined China and some of the other countries that banned or restricted people using the Internet on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other blogging / social networking sites.
I wanted to help my buddies get on Facebook in Vietnam so I did some investigating and checked up on these virtual private networks or VPN service, and whether they really worked over there. They do.
This is how virtual private networks work
A VPN can imitate the IP addresses of countries that don’t ban or block Facebook and if my buddies signed up for one then they would be able to get on Facebook in Vietnam. By rerouting your traffic to a "middle-man" server outside of Vietnam, both the banned site you access and your Vietnamese internet service provider will be blind to your actual IP address.
So, I helped them the next time I was there on business and now they can get on Facebook once again!
Of the VPN service provides I've used and/or researched since Facebook was blocked in 2009, there are two that really stand out in my mind.
1. 12VPN is a great service for people who have never used a VPN before. Everything is installed automatically, there's a 7 day money back guarantee, and for only $79 a year, you get ten different servers in The USA (with a chance to upgrade to World VPN with servers all around the world). You can switch servers any time, and for FREE. If you've done your research, you'll know that $79 USD is one of the cheaper prices for a quality VPN service. Some may charge as low as $3 USD a month, bu they usually limit your bandwidth which makes downloading and streaming video virtually impossible.
2. The other great service I recommend is Hide My Ass. For $78 you get servers from around the world and thousands of continuously changing IP addresses, meaning ultimate anonymity. The've got a very user-friendly VPN interface and installation, and tons of support. They've also got 1-month and 6-month plans available, so someone in Vietnam short term would want to go with these guys.
Remember: Mobile devices will take PPTP or L2TP VPN. Your laptop, while it can use these protocols, should probably go with SSL/OpenVPN, especially because the Vietnamese government seems to be blocking more sites recently. Basically, SSL/OpenVPN is the most secure VPN protocol, and not even China has been able block it. Both of the above services provide these VPN protocols and there is not price difference with regards to which VPN protocol you choose.