It was a painful experience to the Turkish business community when the government blocked Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox. Most of these digital traders relied on the apps to monitortransactions.
They, therefore, waited for local firms to provide a remedy. Waiting would hurt these businesses further.However, you don’t have to halt transactions because of network censorship.
Using the knowledge of a VPN is a quick fix to continue using these apps despite the block. Let me explain.
First, you need to have a basic understanding of VPN.
1) What Is VPN?
Virtual Private Network(VPN) is a way of shielding your network traffic.I’ll use an example to make it clearer.
Let’s assume a hawk flies in the air. It makes it impossible for a chicken to move from house A to house B in a homestead. If it walks in the open air, the hawk will see, grab, and eat it.
The chicken insists on moving to house B. However, it decides to use an underground tunnel joining the two houses.
Back to VPN definition.
In the story of the chicken, there are five main participants in the scene. The point of origin (house A), target(chicken), the path between houses A and B, and the threat (hawk).
Technologically, the origin is the client.It is where your files are located. The path is the transfer protocol. The chicken is the data we want to move along the path. The hawk is the spying authority, in this case, the Turkish government Firewall.
The destination is the server. The client and the server communicate through a protocol known as Internet Protocol (IP) address. Turkey can block external IP addresses from accessing its LAN (Local Area Network).
LAN is a network of computers(internet) within a large area like a country. A VPN hides your IP address, making it possible to bypass a blocked network. In the chicken story, the underground tunnel makes it impossible for the spying authority (hawk) to see the chicken.
Hence, the chicken can reach the blocked destination and returns unnoticed. That’s the power of a VPN! To use a VPN, you need to buy the service. Initially, you can use a free VPN trial for 30 days.
A VPN breaks rules of network censorship. Consequently, the Turkish government would not see the country of origin of a particular IP address. This would allow you to continue using Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive in Turkey. However, there is a catch:
Due to technological advancements, a VPN can be blocked. Firewalls use Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to scan the type and destination of each packet of data over a network.
The server, ISP(Internet Service Provider), can then sieve the components of internet traffic. Examples of these components are web browsers, VPN, and YouTube.
Having realized that networks (ISPs) are blocking the VPN, the VPN providers now use advanced shielding technology called SteathVPN.
2) How Does SteathVPNOperate?
The SteathVPN technology disguises VPN traffic as normal web traffic. This stops the Turkish government from blocking the VPN traffic from traversing its network.
To do this, the VPN obscures the firewall. Hence, it allows the blocked apps access to the Turkish network. That’s how you end up using Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive in Turkey, despite the network censorship.
3) How Do you Acquire Latest VPN Technology?
Approach a trusted VPN provider to serve you. Wondering what I mean by ‘trusted’? When you browse the internet through a VPN, a third party should not access your private information.
The third-party includes advertisers who are hungry for your data— to enable them to make better promotional decisions. Meaning the only body with a gateway to your private information is the VPN provider.
Some of these VPN providers leak your data to third parties. You are highly exposed to this risk if you give preference to most of the free VPNs on the web.
Go for premium VPNs. This is because most of them take the utmost responsibility while managing your data.
4) Final Thoughts
Although the Turkish government blocked the IPs of Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive, there’s a way out. Apply your knowledge of VPN to rejuvenate your business missions. Luckily, you don’t have to be a computer science graduate to bypass the network censorship.
Religiously apply the guidelines from this article, and enjoy your apps! When in doubt, seek guidance from trusted VPN providers (as outlined in this article).