Sunday, June 14, 2015

iOS 9 helps the Chinese to overcome the "Great Chinese firewall"

The new version of the mobile platform iOS 9 implemented a large number of useful improvements, including the energy saving mode, a "smart" assistant Proactive and improved maps. But users in China especially appreciated feature that little discussion in the media and thematic platforms. Read more after the jump.

iOS 9 brought new opportunities in the process of implementation of the protocol developers of virtual private networks (VPN). While for most people the innovation of little value for the Chinese people - a true gift.

The fact is that in the beginning, the Government of China has improved filtration system data to isolate the stronger the Chinese segment of the Internet from the rest of the world. Strengthening Internet filters, often called "the great Chinese firewall" difficult users access to US services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google using the technology of virtual private networks.

Before that owners of the iPhone and iPad could use VPN, the Western view online resources, in February, and this technology has stopped working. The Chinese government has implemented blocking technology VPN-traffic due to technology-depth analysis of network packets. The country is steadily moving toward the goal to build an alternative online environment that is easier to control. Filters, on the one hand, do not let material critical of the government, on the other hand - shield local Internet companies from strong foreign competitors. At the same time Beijing leadership seeks to tighten control over operating in the country by US IT-companies.

Apple for its part, has done everything possible to help the people of China to bypass the firewall. VPN-providers add an additional layer of encryption to hide the traffic, and Apple has implemented a special method of its implementation, called Network Extension Points.

As the founder of Hong Kong-based Pay4Bugs Larry Salibra developers VPN-services used to circumvent the "Golden Shield" got in the face of iOS 9 "first-class support." "Until Apple iOS 9 only supports a few well-known standards of VPN, they are easy to detect and block the great Chinese firewall" - he said.

This innovation will help dissidents Chinese to circumvent censorship and access to the entire volume of information on the web. While Apple, most likely, has made changes in the first place for its corporate clients.

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