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Ban on a website? Here’s how you can beat it

The recent ban on porn by the government of India sparked countless arguments over a citizen’s right. India banned more than 800 websites. The country also backs China which wants to ban pornographic content websites.

According to a Reuters’ report, PORNHUB, a site which is included in the ban list, states that last year India ranked fifth for daily visitors. Although due to widespread criticism, the ban has been lifted, it certainly has triggered a lot of reactions and hinted at the rise of internet service providers in India.

The latest reform by the government anticipated a rise in the use of proxy servers and virtual private networks (VPNs) in order to access portals for adult content. In this regard, India ought to look up to China for the security measures it adopted to control the viewing of pornographic content in the country. As being proved with time, restricting adult content in India does not bring in any control but shores up the efforts to make use of VPN or other technical mechanism to view the content.

Indian government can try to keep up with proxies and block them too but as proxies change on a daily basis and there are always plenty of running proxies to choose from, blocking all of them will be almost implausible.

There are numerous other techniques which help one browse through restricted content: one of them is a THOR anonymity network. Thor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

In India, we do not have any laws which prevent the use of VPN and proxies. The use of proxies and VPNs is very simple but they do come with their own set of tribulations. These services have access to all the browsing data and may push adware and other forms of malwares into one’s system.

We can find a lot of sites on the internet which assist us with the information on the available VPNs, they come with information to determine as to which services are safe to use. Proxies are faster than VPNs because they’re unencrypted and focus on website traffic alone, leaving other programs unaffected. VPN services are usually a costlier affair, but they are one of the safest ways to use the internet, without leaving a track.

Privacy is a subjective and temporary concept. Individuals share a lot of information on the internet or online space; what matters is whatever is shared is voluntary and in one’s control.