Is VPN Effective to Unblock Websites in Kuwait?

In case you are not yet aware, Kuwait has been implementing very strict Internet censorship policies over the years. Facebook and Twitter are allowed in the country, but the government has already made some drastic actions against some individuals. This includes Twitter users Nasser al-Ansary and Hamad al-Naqiin in 2012, as well as Hamed Al-Khaledi and Iyad al-Harbi in 2013. All of them were sentenced to prison for allegedly posting some insulting tweets to certain high ranking officials.

Besides criticizing local officials, no one is allowed to visit pornographic sites and those with gay and lesbian content. In some cases, posts about other religions other than Islam are also being blocked even if they are offensive. YouTube was blocked in the country from September 2008 to July 2009 due to several videos that was declared as “offensive to Muslims.” Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is considered illegal in Kuwait. Some expats have been deported after they were caught using the system.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Communication is very powerful in regulating the activities of local ISPs, but you can still unblock restricted sites in the country using VPN . Unlike other methods, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is very effective and reliable. This is why more and more people in Kuwait as well as in other Arab countries use this technology. In addition, paid VPN services are safe, fast, and affordable. There are also free VPNs, but most of them have limited services and do not provide excellent customer support.

With a trusted premium VPN, you can also do some online business transactions in Kuwait without worrying about identity theft. The Kuwait Internet police (as well as hackers) may still see you in a VPN server, but they will not know what you are doing. Business owners can even allow their staff to browse sensitive information on their website even if they are in public areas or at home. In doing so, concerns can immediately be attended that can lead to more sales and profit.

VPN assigns a new IP address for you, allowing you to browse the Internet anonymously. Your real IP address and geo-location are hidden, while your web traffic is encrypted. This means that no third party can track your online activities, even if you are in a Wi-Fi zone area. If an ISP decided to block you, your VPN provider can easily provide you another IP address. But then, not all VPNs are capable of doing that efficiently. You should therefore be very smart and careful before you get one.