Over recent months it has become evident that the continued crack down on websites which are deemed unacceptable in Turkey will be a feature that looks as if it isn’t going away any time soon. It all started back in February 2014 when the Turkish government introduced new restrictions on internet use which not only included the requirement to store all users web activity for 2 years but also included the ability to block any website in just 4 hours without actually needing to go through any court process which would be a requirement in any other civilized country.
This tale has taken a new twist in the past few days and due to leaking of wire tapped recordings via social media and other sites the Turkish Prime Minister ordered the complete blocking of Twitter and more than likely other social media sites in the coming days.
Twitter and social media sites in general have been widely used in various countries suffering repression to keep citizens informed of the truth surrounding the government and what is going on around them in their own country plus a variety of other good uses. When residents of countries can’t trust what is shown to them on TV or state media, social media has taken over in a way that gives back the power to the people allowing the free flowing of critical information.
With the recent blocking in what should be classed as a civilized country it restricts that free movement of information and if you know people in Turkey or are in Turkey yourself then it is imperative that you either start using or inform your friends and relatives of the importance of making use of a Virtual Private Network.
A Virtual Private Network will not only encrypt what you do and access on the internet but it will also enable you to route your internet connection through a third party company who offer servers outside of Turkey. What this allows you to do is access websites that are blocked in Turkey such as Twitter with very little effort. There are many companies who provide VPN services around the world all which have a variety of prices and offers. For accessing Twitter in Turkey or any sites which become blocked in future it generally doesn’t matter which VPN provider you sign up to. In general signing up to one which has servers in countries closest to you will be advantageous for speed purposes.
The comparison guide of our website lists over 20 good VPN providers, most of which will be suitable for accessing Twitter and other social media sites in Turkey . A VPN has the added advantage of also being able to encrypt your data so that even with your ISP recording your web activity all they will see is encrypted data and not what you are actually doing online.
I would recommend using the VPN provider IPVanish as they offer a large amount of nearby countries to connect to.
I would also recommend making use of OpenVPN due to the increased encryption it provides, this is offered by nearly all providers listed on our comparison table. For those who are concerned that it may be possible for the Turkish government to do a kind of deep packet inspection to discover that you are making use of OpenVPN you may wish to consider VyprVPN who recently launched a proprietary VPN service known as Chameleon. With this being an in house VPN connection it has so far been able to circumvent even the strictest of government firewalls such as found in the likes of China and Iran and would be ideal for Turkish users moving forward who are concerned about their ability to access certain blocked sites in the future.
If any Turkish users have questions about the services we welcome comments in this article and are ready to assist.