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How do you open up blocked sites in UAE?

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The United Arab Emirates, like several countries around the world, blocks websites so that people inside the country cannot access certain content. While this is a form of censorship, it can be circumvented by the use of tools. The most popular tool to use is a virtual private network, or VPN. While there are other methods to circumvent censorship, such as web proxies, VPNs provide a simple way to access an uncensored Internet.

  1. Choose a VPN Provider

    There are several VPN services available that vary in price and the volume of data allowed. Some of the most popular services are HotSpotShield and ProXPN. HotSpotShield offers a free solution with a limited data volume. To find the service that works best for you, complete a free trial with multiple services.

  2. Install the VPN Client

    While it is certainly possible to create a VPN connection without downloading any software, companies like HotSpotShield require customers to download their proprietary applications. Download the installer from your chosen company's website, and by following the onscreen prompts, install the utility. Pay attention to any toolbars that may be included with the installation file. You are under no obligation to install them if you don't want them, and the product works either way. If you choose a provider other than HotSpotShield, check the support pages for instructions to that specific product.

  3. Connect to the VPN

    After installation, a small red shield appears in the task bar. This shield is the VPN client. Right click this icon, and click connect. After establishing a connection, the shield turns green. Note that using a VPN may go against local regulations, so make sure to check with local authorities.


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