To fully take advantage of the Internet in various countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, knowing how to bypass Etisalat’s proxy server is a must. Many Americans, Brits, and other citizens of the West visit or work in the UAE alone, not to mention the other countries in the region. If you are one of these individuals and plan on being in the UAE soon, now is a good time to familiarize yourself with Etisalat and how to evade its blocks and filters.
What is Etisalat?
Etisalat is the branded name of the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation. Although based in the UAE, Etisalat is a rather large force in global communications. The company serves 18 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. They are the 15th largest mobile provider in the world with more than 135 million customers. The company is tasked with providing Internet and mobile phone service, and also with serving as an Internet “hub” for other telecommunications companies in the Middle East. In other words, they’re pretty much the only game in town.
The purpose of the Etisalat proxy server
Etisalat is most familiar to Internet users, especially those in the UAE, because of its proxy servers and its ability to restrict or censor Internet content. If you listen to the company line about why certain websites are restricted—namely those involving pornography, dating, or gambling—they will tell you that Etisalat works with Muslim countries in an effort to protect children from harmful content. Score one for very good intentions. The problem is that, like any platform which can be used to restrict Internet access, some harmless sites get caught up in the crossfire. Political motivations also enter into the equation when websites appear that are critical of the State. Whatever the reason, just know this. A primary purpose of the Etisalat proxy server is to control what can and cannot be accessed on the Internet.
One popular website that monitors blocks enforced by Etisalat states that Etisalat’s hobby is to block as many websites as possible and to continue doing so until only www.etisalat.com remains, at which point they will block it, too, and eliminate the Internet. Of course, this is a joke, but website restrictions for UAE expats aren’t a laughing matter at all. Many of these people depend upon blocked sites for news and even an affordable means of communicating with their family back at home.
Bypassing the Etisalat proxy
The first thing you will notice if you Google “how to bypass Etisalat proxy server” is that a lot of outdated websites will come up. In our research we encountered one at the top of the search rankings that dates back to 2000. Most of these older sites recommend using an online proxy server to bypass the Etisalat one. While this may have worked reasonably well in 2000, most proxy servers today are pretty ineffective. They just don’t offer the speed necessary to use services like Skype or stream media. In addition, many of them are riddled with security issues such as the presence of spyware and other tracking mechanisms which defeat the purpose of using them to begin with. So, what’s the answer today?
VPN, or Virtual Private Network, technology has been a game changer for those who want to maintain their Internet freedom and restore access to restricted websites in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East. The key word in VPN is private. Whenever you use a VPN from VPNaccounts.com, you don’t have to worry about logs being kept on your Internet traffic. You use the VPN server how you see fit (with only minimal exceptions such as peer-to-peer file sharing sites in some cases), to access what you want when you want without restrictions.
Using a VPN from VPNaccounts.com to bypass Etisalat is the most reliable method. First and foremost, you won’t notice much, if any, difference in speed from your standard connection. That means you’ll be able to use all of the media services that you need. Second, your VPN travels with you wherever you go. Once it is configured in your system as a network connection—and you don’t need to download anything—you can use it anywhere you have Internet access. Web-based proxy servers can crash, and they often do, leaving you unprotected. Our VPN’s are dependable and well-maintained.
The affordability of our VPN’s makes them even more attractive. The daily cost of VPN service when you purchase a block of one year is way less than the cost of a soda at your local market. The one thing you need to be aware of is the importance of purchasing your VPN before you arrive in an Etisalat-controlled region. Some people have reported that VPN provider websites are among the growing number of sites blocked by Etisalat.