When using a VPN to access the internet, you will often come across issues that prevent you from accessing some websites that you normally have no problems accessing when not behind a VPN. One of the most frustrating examples of this is Expedia.com. What is the reason behind this particular issue? Let’s take a closer look.
Can’t Access The Website When Located In Canada
If you are based in Canada, you may encounter problems accessing websites like Expedia.com when using a VPN. The reason behind this is pretty self-explanatory. Most websites that you visit via your browser are blocked in Canada. Some websites, such as YouTube, are entirely blocked. This is due to copyright issues as well as concerns over child safety. In most cases, you can unblock websites such as Expedia.com by using a different browser or by turning off your VPN. You shouldn’t have these problems when using a VPN to access the US version of Expedia.com, as the site will be unblocked in most cases.
The same reason why you can’t access Expedia.com when using a VPN in Canada applies when you are based in another country. Just make sure that you either turn off your VPN or use a different browser to access the site. You will have similar issues when trying to access YouTube from a different country as well.
No Access To Specific Websites When In Estonia
VPNs are great tools to protect your privacy and security while browsing the internet. However, there are some websites that are blocked when using a VPN in Estonia. This is mainly due to copyright issues. What if you want to watch a specific movie on YouTube? You will not be able to do so as YouTube is blocked in Estonia. The only way to unblock YouTube is to turn off your VPN or use a different browser to access the site. The same restrictions apply to other blocked websites. This is more of a nuisance than anything else, but it’s still a reason why you may want to avoid using a VPN in Estonia if you are looking for access to specific websites.
The good thing is that you are not completely cut off from the rest of the world when using a VPN in Estonia. You will still be able to access Google, which is generally accessible from anywhere. Just remember to either turn off your VPN or use a different browser to access these websites.
Blocked In China
Using a VPN to access the internet in China is generally a good idea. However, there are certain websites that you may want to avoid. The reason behind this is simple. Cyber-security laws in China require companies to place a “cyber-trap” on their websites. If a hacker steals website or account credentials, the website owner is required by law to install this “cyber-trap” and block the website for a period of time. Most VPNs are not designed for commercial use and don’t hide your identity or traffic from websites that you visit. As a result, you will find it hard to access some websites in China when using a VPN.
There are ways to work around this issue by using special software. For example, you can use the VPN to connect to a different country and access the targeted website via a different server. This way, you don’t reveal your actual location and the website will not be blocked by the cyber-security law. Some VPNs do allow you to choose a country to connect to, so you can choose a server in Hong Kong and access sites like Twitter and YouTube.
Access To Some Sites But Not All
If you are using a VPN to access the internet, you may encounter issues with some websites but not others. The reason behind this is simply that some websites are more secure than others. When you use the internet, your data is transmitted in the clear. Any website that you visit has the opportunity to see your personal identifiable information, such as your IP address. In most cases, this is not a problem, as most websites have no issue seeing your IP address. However, if you are trying to access a site that does not want their IP address shown, you may run into trouble. This is mainly due to copyright issues. Just remember that most websites see no problem with your IP address, so you should not have any issues in this regard.
If you want to access a particular site via a secure connection, you should look into getting a VPN that is designed for security. Just remember to either turn off your VPN or use a different browser to access the site if it is blocked.
Hopefully, these questions are now answered. Remember, if you are located in Canada and want access to YouTube, you can use a different browser or turn off your VPN to get around this issue. For other countries, you may want to avoid using a VPN due to the restrictions that come with it.