In the wake of recent events in Egypt and Tunisia more and more governments from that region of the world feels threatened by possible uprisings. In order to achieve as big control over its citizens as possible all ways of communications are monitored (if allowed). Learn about the blogger jailed in Siria.
The ban on Facebook and Youtube removed
According to Mashable site Syrian regime has removed a four-year ban on social sites like Facebook and Youtube. It would seem it is safe now to access them and say and share what you think (bear in mind that sites like Facebook have been used to coordinate and prepare protests (date, time, place or just “LIKE” clicks on posts against local regimes)).
But … blogger arrested
On the other hand, Syrian security court has arrested and jailed for five years a 19-year-old blogger on charges of revealing information to a foreign country. As Human Rights Watch reports all might have been done because of one poem she wrote and published that was critic towards freedom of speech in Syria. This is why we fell that although you can access Facebook without any restrictions all your internet activity is very closely watched.
If you do live in Syria (or know anyone living in countries with the regime like in Syria) please, be warned. Nothing you do over the internet is anonymous for your local authorities if you do not use precautions (e-mails, blog entries (even if the blog is on a server in a different, free country), forum comments, etc… all can be traced back directly to you through your IP address.
Minimize risks: use a VPN service
In order to minimize risks involved we suggest to use good and reliable VPN service. You will be able to find some recommendations on our site (HideMyAss, ExpressVPN, ibVPN, NordVPN, PureVPN). Please bear in mind that in most cases free services or proxy servers found over the internet not only cannot be treated as safe and secure in regard of your privacy but quite often are set up by people that will try to scam you.
If you do not mind lower browsing speed one of the options to consider is TOR network. You can find more information about VPN services in our older posts.