Flickr – the best online photo management and sharing platform
Flickr (stylized as flickr) is a well known image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community that was created as a start-up project in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.
In addition to being a popular website for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers to host images that they post in blogs and social media. As of late, Flickr is hosting more than 6 billion media files. Impressive!
Censorship of Flickr
Almost certainly the Iranian government blocked access to Flickr’s media database as the country readies a closed domestic Internet system. Also, Iran’s government deputy minister said the country is making this switch as part of cyber-security measures, according to some media reports.
However, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) believes the ban stems from the highly controversial anti-Islamic film that was posted on YouTube, and later re-posted and shared on Flickr.
Real reasons behind this ban remain unclear.
How to bypass the censorship of Flickr
A virtual private network (shortened to VPN) will make this process rather easy. You may have heard about this term if you’re living in a country that censors the Internet. VPN will establish a secure tunnel between your computer and server in some foreign country of your choice, bypassing your local Internet Service Provider and Iranian’s censorship.
VPN will allow you to stay in touch with your friends and family, share your pictures freely and check out what everyone else is up to. Most of us don’t care about politics (but do political parties really care about you?) but we certainly don’t want to be censored.
Regain your freedom
Here are the steps:
- Sign-up for a VPN account and download the software needed to establish a secure connection,
- Run the app and select any VPN server from the list,
- Click the “Connect” button and wait a few seconds.
That’s all. Once connected, you can go check the Flickr. And not only Flickr. VPN will unblock any service which is currently being censored in United States or anywhere in the world.
The best VPN service for Flickr
Due to the fact that bypassing the Internet censorship requires great number of different IP addresses, there is only one VPN service provider that offers this kind of quantity at a fair cost and that is Hidemyass (click to learn more about the Hidemyass).
If you have some other tips on how to unblock the Flickr and other Internet services in Iran, feel free to post them in the comments section below. I’m open to any questions you might have.
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