Best is always a subjective term, but in this case, the best VPN for Indonesia is one that has access points either within the country or nearby. The government there has issued, and enforced an Internet crackdown and banned, or restricted many of that nations Internet sites to nonresidents. The crux of the matter is the economic opportunity that the Indonesian Government see in the Internet while worrying about how the Internet and access to Information might impact the people of Indonesia. This means pornography and antireligious/Islamic content is closely monitored by the government which moderately restricts Internet usage. Yet there is much that Indonesia has to offer the Internet community, and as such, the desire to visit Indonesian sites is high.
Methods of Blocking Incoming and Outgoing Traffic in Indonesia:
The government of Indonesia uses partnerships between itself and Internet Service Providers, Internet cafes, and other public access points. These partnerships are one of the main points of Internet censorship by the Indonesian Government. Firewalls are set to reject specific sites, as well as locations. The location of an ISP and other information is shared by an Internet Service Provider as part of normal Internet operations. When an Indonesian firewall encounters a non-Indonesian IP Address, access to the site can be and usually is blocked.
How To Get Around Firewalls That Block Foreign IP Addresses:
To get around firewalls, the information that is shared by an Internet Service Provider must match the information from local Internet Service Providers. To achieve that feat, Internet users must use a VPN or Virtual Private Network with a server in the host country. In this case, a Virtual Private Network would need to have servers in Indonesia or in cities that are close to Indonesia.
What To Look For In A VPN:
Internet users who want to visit blocked sites from Indonesia should use as VPN service.
One such service, Hidemyass.com offers 60 IP address from within Indonesia and 248 IP Addresses from Singapore with an additional 60 IP Addresses from Malaysia. Total opportunities to bypass Indonesian firewalls and access blocked sites equal 368 local IP Addresses. Using a VPN service masks the original IP Address from your home country and substitutes an Indonesian IP address which fools the firewall into thinking that you are local.
Number of IP Addresses:
That is important because when choosing a VPN, Internet users should consider the number of available IP Addresses within the countries that they may want to visit via the Internet. Higher numbers of IP Addresses mean that the VPN recognizes an Internet community’s need to visit a specific country. More IP Addresses mean that more people can visit with less of a wait time.
VPN’s are sometimes free, but many times the services that you need are found under a paid subscription. Many VPN’s offer one time usage fees or monthly subscriptions. The value of each is dependent upon how you use the Internet. If you visit other countries via the Internet on a regular basis, than you may want to consider a monthly service plan. If you only visit other countries occasionally, via the Internet, than the one time fee may be more economical for you. Consider your usage, and then choose a good plan that meets your needs.
One of the things that people undervalue when choosing a VPN, and especially a VPN for Indonesia is the anonymity factor. A great VPN service will offer a new IP Address to you each time you log in. This means that each time you visit the same site it is behind the anonymous mask of a new IP Address. This helps to eliminate tracking or banning of specific IP addresses.
A great service will offer users unlimited bandwidth. People who use the Internet should not be restricted to how much data they can upload or download. This is especially true for business usages but equally important for the private sector. Few things are as frustrating as missing the end of a movie that is cut off because you have reached the limitation of bandwidth.
Consider a money back guarantee before signing up for a monthly subscription. Make sure the service is going to work as you need it to work before committing to a monthly service plan.
In closing, regardless of why one would want to view restricted sites, there are methods available to Internet users that will allow them to bypass firewalls and geographic restrictions. The Internet was meant to be free and as such users should be free from censorship. It is my hope that this article has provided Internet users the means to search, view