3 reasons to use a Hong Kong IP address
The combination of strict regulations governing the degree of Internet freedom in China is named the Great Firewall. Probably, you know that there is a big difference between mainland China and Hong Kong in terms of web surfing. In this article we’ll see what advantages having a Hong Kong IP address offers to Internet users and how to obtain it.
Get access to local content: websites, TV, streaming and banking services
If you’re trying to watch TVB or ATV (the only two free-to-air television broadcasting companies in Hong Kong), ViuTV, HBO Asia or sign in to a Hong Kong banking app, the access might be blocked. These cases are examples of geo-restrictions – a method used by content providers to block access to their websites, platforms or, more generally, services. Oftentimes, the access to content is granted to persona grata. These would be people who connect to the Internet from the country where the specific service originates from or where it’s officially available.
But there is a trick. Most streaming services check whether the user’s IP address is located within the ‘whitelisted’ area and then allow them to access the platform. Using a VPN, you can choose the server where from to connect to the Internet. Say, you want to get access to Hong Kong services – choose a server located there and your IP will be changed to the one from this region. Now it will seem that you are in this region, not subject to mainland Chinese regulations and able to access desired content from anywhere in the world.
Protect your Internet traffic from tracking and threats
AdGuard VPN adheres to the strict no-logging policy standards. It means we will never collect or sell your logs – be sure you are safe with us. Also, we use advanced encryption to protect your traffic, so you can browse the web securely without worrying that your ISP, a third party or anybody else’s prying might track what you do online. And don’t you forget that by using VPN you hide your real IP address, which is an important aspect of privacy.
Choose both fast and secure connection
Some VPNs put the users towards the choice of having either fast or safe connection. With AdGuard VPN, you won’t have to decide between speed and security — take both! And thanks to unlimited bandwidth, you can browse the Internet as much as you want without slowing down the connection speed. Work, play, watch, read, chat, repeat.
How to connect to a Hong Kong VPN server in 3 steps
On a computer
Step 2. Install AdGuard VPN for Chrome or Firefox.
Step 3. Enable VPN in your browser and choose the Hong Kong server among the locations. Voila!
On a mobile device
Step 2. Install AdGuard VPN for Android or AdGuard VPN for iOS.
Step 3. Click the Connect button choose the Hong Kong server among the locations. Voila!
Is VPN legal in Hong Kong?
There are countries which exercise tight control over information and prohibit using a VPN. These include China, North Korea, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Amman, Myanmar, Belorussia and partly Russia. Luckily, Hong Kong is not subject to mainland Chinese regulations, including the Great Firewall, so there is freedom of access to media and information. And yes, VPN is legal in this region.
How do I get a Hong Kong VPN?
To get a Hong Kong VPN, you need to install AdGuard VPN browser extension (for Chrome
) or app for Android
, enable VPN and connect to a VPN server located in Hong Kong. That’s it!
Should I leave my VPN on all the time?
No, you shouldn’t. Use it in situations when your connection might be non-secure or when you want to access restricted content.
Can I get in trouble for using a VPN?
Well, if you are engaged in illicit drug trafficking, financial fraud, money-laundering or any other illegal activity, then abusing VPN for these purposes is likely to get you in trouble. But if you follow the laws of your country and simply want to stay anonymous and bypass geo-blocking, nothing bad is going to happen to you.