Updated 21 May, 2013, 3:43 pm IST
How to - Access the blocked web
| by Francis D'sa
How to: Unrestricted web access on your Android.
Most of the times you end up with a restricted Internet connection, be it at home, office, college or hotspots. Internet service providers and network administrators are working hard on trying their best to keep you from accessing censored and restricted websites. However, if you are using an Android handset, you can get around it with ease. All you need are two apps, and you are ready to go. The app is a VPN service, which helps you browse through restricted websites using someone else’s unblocked Internet route. Let's begin. Head on to Google Play (Market) on your phone and download the two apps—‘DroidVPN’ and ‘TUN.Ko Installer’. Both are free and should take you less than a minute to get them installed. Once installed, start the Tun.Ko Installer app and select your phone (which is automatically detected and listed) and hit the install button.
TUN.ko, another app that helps you gain unblocked access
You should get the message stating ‘Tun module successfully installed’ on your screen. Some handsets might not be featured on the installer app, and you may get messages that it is incompatible. Simply Google your handset model number, and you might find someone who has compiled the file and hosted it online. Download the file and place/copy it to the root folder on your SD card. Now that you have all requirements in place, all you need to do is start the DroidVPN app, and you will be prompted to enter your username and password. You can register yourself for free by clicking the menu button and clicking on the create account link. The app will open the Internet browser and take you to the respective website for registration. Fill in the required details and your password will be available on the e-mail address that you provide. Use these credentials on the app, click on the ‘Start’ button, and DroidVPN will connect to its servers. You’re done—hit the home button to send the app running in the background. Now you are free to use your browser, torrent client or whichever app you want to use and gain unrestricted access.
VPN apps for Android
There are a few websites that are not allowed to be viewed either outside their operating country or certain countries. For example, www.pandora.com only works in the U.S and some other countries and their services are not accessible in India. To access these websites, VPN utilities, such as Hotspot Shield or Tor are best alternatives that allow you to access these websites. Registration on these websites can also be done using U.S zip codes, which can be obtained from Google. We launched Hotspot Shield, accessed the website, registered ourselves with a U.S-based zip code and create a free account. Now we can stream or download videos and music without any issues. www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer is also another example website that is not allowed in India, and you need to be in UK to access it. www.hulu.com, www.netflix.com, www.vevo.com, www.abc.go.com and many more are examples that have their services (from their end) blocked to Indian viewers. Using VPN clients are the best means. You can also use DroidVPN on your Android handhelds to gain access without any difficulty.
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