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Russian president Vladmir Putin has just signed a law that bans VPNs, proxies, or any other internet tools that may provide access to websites banned in Russia, or allow people to browse the web anonymously. The law will come into effect starting November 1, according to a Reuters report.


The law has already been approved by the Russian Duma, or the lower house of parliament. Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Duma, said the law is only intended to block access to ‘unlawful’ content.

Or so the law says, but with a presidential election coming in March 2018, it’s entirely likely that the law is there to prevent dissent or from giving Russian citizens access to articles that are critical of the current president.

Chat apps are also required to identify users with their phone numbers starting January 1, 2018. This means that attaching your phone number to your Facebook account is no longer just an option; it will be required by law.

It looks like Russia has beaten China to the punch when it comes to restricting communications and controlling the flow of information. China’s government is already requiring telcos to block personal VPNs, but the blocking process has a February 1, 2018 deadline, instead of a complete enforcement starting date.


While we’re on the subject of China, Gizmodo cites a TechCrunch report that Apple has complied with the country’s wishes to have an impervious Great Firewall, and has removed all major VPN apps from the China App Store. Just goes to show that when Western companies are made to choose between championing freedom of speech and making money off the Chinese market, it’s not really surprising that money does indeed do the talking.


China’s government has told telcos to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks (VPNs) by February 1. According to sources to Bloomberg, state-run telcos like China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have been ordered to bar people from using VPNs – tools perceived as a loophole around the Great Firewall.


China’s access to the internet is an extremely restricted one, heavily censored with the intent of suppressing dissent. Plugging holes in the Great Firewall is in line with President Xi Jinping’s ‘cyber sovereignty’ campaign.


Businesses and corporations are reportedly exempt from this if they keep their VPN use internal, but they will have to lease lines with access to the internet as is known by the rest of the world, with their usage of such services registered for the record.


So while corporations can still access the free internet, it’s no dice for individuals, especially those who do not work for any corporation with corporate VPNs.



Opera has just announced that the latest developer version of its browser will feature an integrated VPN client that’s completely free and unlimited to use.

Opera said that the decision behind this move was to improve the security of its users. By using the VPN, users can shield their browsing habits and data from snoopers when using public Wi-Fi. Using a VPN will also mask users’ IP address and allow users to bypass website restrictions, such as accessing content that they are normally unable to from their office or country.

To enable this feature, simply go to the “Settings” on Windows or “Preferences” on Mac, and turn on VPN in the “Privacy & security” tab.

Take note though, this new VPN feature is available only in latest developer version of Opera. That said, Opera plans to offer it on the public release version of their browser app in the near future.

To download the latest developer version of Opera, click here.