Without a doubt, Skype is the most popular voice-over-IP (VoIP) service provider in the world today. After its initial release back in August 2003, more features were introduced that attracted more users. As of January 2013, there are over 50 million simultaneous Skype users online. But for some various reasons, Skype was blocked in many areas in the Middle East and some other countries around the around. Many governments said they did not ban Skype, but many internet service providers blocked Skype because it is a direct competitor and therefore ruins their business.
There are actually a lot of ways to unblock Skype in the Middle East or anywhere you are. But so far, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the most effective method. In fact, VPN is the best way to unblock restricted sites globally. But in fairness, you can also use other methods such as proxy sites. However, most business and schools also block these proxies. You can use them only temporarily but you will soon be blocked. The same thing will happen, no matter which proxy site you will use. With a reliable VPN, you will not encounter this problem, and you can therefore enjoy Skype whenever you want.
But before you try any VPN service provider, you should first know how VPN works. VPNs are designed to allow computers to safely send and receive data across shared or public networks such as the Internet. If you are in an office, computers within the building are interconnected using WAN (Wide Area Network). VPN works the same, but has a wider scope and much safer. This is because VPN is also similar to a firewall, which protects the data on your computer. Web traffic in VPN is encrypted, allowing you to hide your IP address and geo-location when you visit any website, including Skype.
This is also why a lot of businesses trust VPNs and allow their employees to work remotely using their computers. Another great advantage of VPNs is that it is very effective in protecting your identity and data even if you are using mobile devices in a Wifi hotspot. This means no third party can intercept your online activities; even high profile hackers cannot steal your identity. Different VPNs offer different kinds of services or security protocols. But beware; not all VPNs are the same. Some of them offer limited services and less secured features. So, make sure you know how to check them carefully.
There are free VPN services and there are premium ones. At first glance, the free ones look better than paid VPNs because you don’t need to invest money. But remember, countries in the Middle East are investing huge amount of money to block sites. Do you a think a free VPN provider will help you unblock them just like that? Do you think free services are sufficient to give you the high quality you can get from as the paid ones? How can you be sure that you will receive excellent customer support if you don’t pay them? So, if you really want a sure way to unblock Skype in the Middle East, choose a paid VPN.