Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/162092/htg-explains-how-the-great-firewall-of-china-works/
The Great Firewall of China, officially known the Golden Shield project, employs a variety of tricks to censor China’s Internet and block access to various foreign websites. We’ll be looking at some of the technical tricks the firewall uses to censor China’s Internet.
I very sincerely thank God that I was born a little west of the darned place where you don't have proper internet...
I am one who live in china, and the f^cking wall indeed frustrates me everyday while using google (never use baidu, it is but a piece of sh!t), the "connection has time out" page will definitely pop up at any time. Fortunately, I got GAE and some other paid ssh servers cross the f^cking wall, otherwise I'd been suffocated to death.
kad+tor=a freeware to bypass gfw
Yes, it is frustrating to live in China because of massive censorship. There are few ways to get around it though, including VPN. Some of the knowhows I learned living in China for 4 years:
-Use proxy websites. There are tons.
-google.com.hk gets blocked often, so use google.ca or other country domains
-www.dogpile.com -> never got blocked
-youtubexia.com download youtube videos
Edit: found a great vpn for Mac users in China : spotflux. Kind of slow, but it works!
It's heartwarming to see ppl besting such oppressive systems.
I wonder if this article is being censored by the wall.
Swearing and keywords on Skype will also get your conversations logged for later examination: http://www.p2pnet.net/story/17199 - scary stuff.
When I was in China in 2008, I found that Wikipedia was blocked, as well (playing around with it) as various news sites.
But, I was able to download TOR and a Firefox plug-in for it, without any problem. So they are not really doing a thorough job, if it's that easy to get around.
I'm told that "most people" have enough stuff to read locally and don't put any effort into it. But I wonder if blocking things like You-Tube and Wikipedia will cause enough incentive that more people will try.
I wanted to share some videos with people who were visiting from China, and wrote up some advice posted at http://www.dlugosz.com/zeta/?p=88 .
Even when not blocked, running all the traffic through the central point causes noticeably poorer performance.
u can use EC2，to build your own VPN for free . by the way i use goagent too.
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