While a VPN is still legal in the United States and there is no reason to think that will change anytime soon, using a VPN in some countries is illegal. A few of the countries that have outlawed the use of a VPN are:
- North Korea
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
There are others as well that have restricted the use of a VPN in their country. Some countries have different reasons for the ban. An example is Oman and Singapour issued the ban due to social values, while China and Russia state the block is for National Security and to prevent access to government blocked sites.
China currently blocks many sites from being accessed within their country, a few of the top sites blocked are china are:
- Porn Hub and other pornographic sites
- All VPN sites
This block will also be done via the Internet Service Providers. This would mean it would be extremely difficult to become an outlaw for using a VPN in China. Once an ISP detects the use of a VPN, while it cannot see what you are browsing, it could disable your connection until the VPN has been disabled.
Not being able to encrypt your data gives anyone the ability to dive straight in to your browsing history and personal information.
Legal VPN Countries
There are many countries that still allow their citizens to protect their privacy. I will list a few countries below that still allow VPN usage as of August 2017. I highly recommend if you are in a country that allows the use of one to use IPVanish VPN and protect your privacy and data when online.
Here are a few countries below that allow the use of a VPN:
(Please check your laws even in the countries listed as restrictions or changes could have been made since this post.)
- United States
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- Czeck Republic
When possible, no matter where you reside VPN usage is recommended. More people now commit cyber attacks than every before. Also the use of free VPN’s is not recommended and less secure. My top pick is IPVanish VPN that never keeps any log of your history and is totally secure.