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WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter working in parts of Kashmir despite govt ban

Internet users in the valley are able to bypass the ban with the help of VPN services

Khalid Anzar  |  New Delhi 

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In view of the current unrest in the valley, the government of Jammu and banned 22 networking sites and mobile applications, including WhatsApp, and

However, the ban, which was imposed to curb the misuse of these services by and anti-social elements to fan trouble,has failed to restrict access to networks by internet users in the state. With the help of (VPN) services, internet users are able to bypass the ban and access blocked websites and mobile applications.

What is and how it works?

"extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across the may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network." Source: Wikipedia

"helps provide a secure mechanism for encrypting and encapsulating private network traffic and moving it through an intermediate network. Data is encrypted for confidentiality, and packets that might be intercepted on the shared or public network are indecipherable without the correct encryption keys. Data is also encapsulated, or wrapped, with an IP header containing routing information." Source: Microsoft

In simple terms, is a service that masks the user’s internet identity – Internet Protocol (IP) address – and therefore allows access to channels, websites and applications that are otherwise blocked on a particular network.

Such services are often being used to access information on official private networks (office) at public places (cafeteria, airport etc) but the same services can also be used to bypass the country’s internet law to access websites, applications and content channels that are otherwise impossible to access.

Now, that services are available in abundance for computers and for mobile devices, it becomes comparatively difficult for the government to put restriction on web-based services. Such services can easily be accessed by anyone who has knowledge of internet and

When it comes to tracking, the user on network can access all the information without any fear of being traced back as the information is exchanged between servers is encrypted. The activities can be monitored but the root of the activities cannot be easily traced considering the fact that most premium providers offer end-to-end encryption of information.