With Facebook periodically finding itself blocked in various countries and regions, Idcloak Technologies aims to provide Facebook users with a way around those measures, releasing a list of Internet-protocol port proxies that it claims will eliminate the compatibility issues often encountered when users attempt to access blocked sites via traditional proxy sites.
Idcloak Technologies Senior Tech Writer Gill-Chris Welles offered more details:
When a user takes an IP address and port number from the list and adds it to the network settings of their browser, all HTTP activity from that point forward is routed to a new global location. If that location is outside a user’s national borders, they will be able to bypass any censorship governing their country’s connections. There are already many proxy sites online, which run the unblocking through the page, but they fail to unblock sites like Facebook because of their complex coding. The advantage of IP proxies is that you don’t have those compatibility issues — all elements of Facebook work exactly as they should.
In Egypt and Tunisia, Facebook and Twitter were used to organize nine out of 10 protests during the Arab Spring uprisings. The efforts of government censors to block or track down activists would have succeeded if it weren’t for Facebook login proxy services that could effectively parse the site’s code. It feels good to be part of a legacy like that. And with the amount of choice that’s available nowadays in proxy technology, a censor would need to completely cut their country off from the Internet just to shut down one social media site. IP proxies, VPNs (virtual private networks), and proxy sites for Facebook all pretty much guarantee that a people’s voice will always be heard.
Readers: Have you ever had to resort to proxy sites or similar measures to access Facebook or other social networks?