Top 5 VPNs for Indonesia

The images that the word Indonesia casts in
most of our minds is of beautiful beaches, lush green islands, appetizing seafood,
and a lot more things which one can hope for on an ideal vacation.


Even though one can find all the things mentioned above quite easily in
Indonesia, one of the most difficult
things to find in this country is unrestricted internet.

The country consists of thousands of
islands made from volcanic eruptions. These islands make up for some of the
most popular tourist destinations around the world such as Bali.

The country does not possess a strong infrastructure for telecommunication services because of its difficult topography. Still, the country is amongst the top ten countries when it comes to the sheer number of internet dwellers.

This number is increasing at a rapid rate
in the country with more and more people joining the online community.

However, the government restrictions and
censorships along with the unsafe cyberspace in the country appear to be the
biggest hurdle for people to enjoy an open internet where they can express
their views freely.

VPNs seem to be one of the best tools to
overcome this hurdle. One can use VPN services to get through the various
restrictions imposed by the government. VPNs are also the best options to
increase the safety of the user’s privacy
and data on the internet.

Let us have a look at some of the VPNs
which are most suitable for use in this country.

The top VPNs for Indonesia

1. CyberGhost

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CyberGhost has got servers in more than 55 countries around the globe. A good part of these servers is in Asia which makes this VPN service one of the top contenders for a VPN to use in Indonesia.

The servers can be sorted according to the use such as streaming and torrenting, which makes it easier for the user to find a server most suited to his/her needs.

The speed on CyberGhost is not supposed to
be an issue as it gives impressive speeds for most of its servers.

2. NordVPN

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More than 5000 servers in more than 62 countries says a lot for itself. This monstrous server network of NordVPN is more than capable of dealing with any regional restriction on the internet. The user will have more than enough options when it comes to finding a server nearby.

There is no dearth of Asian servers in this Network.

The no-logs policy, having Panama as the
jurisdiction country, and usability along with the Tor service are some of the
features which indicate that there is no need to worry about the privacy on the
service.

3. HideMyAss!

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HideMyAss! has made it into this list because this VPN service has a server located in more than 190 countries of the world.

The service provides specialized servers for various activities such as streaming, and it has also got three different modes which make it easy for the user to access content from around the globe.

The high-level encryption and the secure
protocol keep the user safe from any threat on the internet.

4. VyprVPN

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Out of the more than 60 countries where VyprVPN has got a server, 20 countries are present in Asia. This healthy share of server locations for the Asian countries qualifies VyprVPN as one of the services with the best server network in Asia.

Another feature which pushes VyprVPN to the top tier is the internet speed on the service. The user can stream high-quality content with ease on the network or even indulge in online gaming.

It also offers four protocols to the user
which gives more adaptability to the user while connected to the network.

5. ExpressVPN

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There are not many VPN services which have better all-around abilities than ExpressVPN.

It is a task in itself to find a flaw in this VPN service. There are 94 countries which have an ExpressVPN server, and it is needless to say that it takes care of the Asian region as well.

The speed is often lightning fast on this service, and the broad platform support on the service ensures that all of the
user’s devices have the VPN cover.

The Extreme Internet Censorship in Indonesia

Let us try to get into the details of the
situations which demand for the use of
VPNs in the country.

The online censorship in Indonesia started
with the aim to stop the flow of indecent content in the cyberspace of the
country.

The earlier emphasis was on banning the
websites which deliver pornographic and obscene content. This move was much appreciated by the citizens of this
Islamic majority country.

The government made laws which were focused on banning all the negative content served to the users in the
country. The aim was to keep only the positive content on the internet, and
therefore it is locally known as Internet
Positif (Positive Internet) in the country.

The government created a list of all the URLs
which, according to the government, were serving negative content, and directed the ISPs to block the access to
these websites.

This move helped the government in banning
a lot of the negative content, but the internet is virtually limitless, and therefore,
there were still a lot of the websites serving indecent content to the users.

The government then came up with the
concept of self-censorship. This called
for ISPs to ban websites themselves if they view the content shown on the website as negative in any way.

The citizens were also accepted to report inappropriate websites so that they can be banned across the country.

However, the Indonesian lawmakers did a
poor job while defining the negative
content. Sooner, certain groups including the government itself started taking
unfair advantage of this loose definition to get rid of any website which
publishes content against them.

A lot of the websites including the ones of
media houses were banned for publishing
content which criticizes the government or its policies.

The abuse of the law was not limited to the
political realm. Sooner, religion also
got involved. Indonesia is a populous Islamic
country, so it was only a matter of time when all the content incoherent with
the Islamic principles was deemed as negative content.

Individuals involved in such cases would
often face heavy fines and imprisonment
along with the usual mental and sometimes physical abuse.

This was only the beginning of strangling of online freedom in the
country.

The government then strengthened the
censorship laws even further. They made some amendments in the law which require OTT (over the top) services
to have local servers within the country to be able to provide the services to
the citizens.

The OTT services include a lot of the
services ranging from social media platforms to instant messaging services. The
government also mentioned that they might
monitor these servers to keep a check on these
servers for criminal investigations.

Again, the loose definition of OTT services
and the clause to monitor servers for criminal investigations made way for the
government to control a major part of the internet in the country.

This can be seen as a direct blow
to online freedom in the country.

Numerous cases of the banning of popular social media services such
as Reddit and Vimeo are not new in the country.

A lot of cases turned in favor of the
services when referred to the courts, but this should be an indication of the
extent of the government’s intervention
in the online freedom of the citizens.

The government has now even started to
invest heavily in their quest to gain control on the internet.

The beginning of the year 2018 saw the
government invest USD 14 million to get a new Internet Censorship system.

This advanced system finds inappropriate websites and bans them from the
country’s cyberspace. The introduction of this mechanism has led to an
exponential rise in the number of banned websites
in the country.

Most of the banned websites do contain
objectionable content, but there are a lot of
others which seem to have been wrongfully banned.

How VPNs can help

This censorship laws in Indonesia seem to be
going along the lines of some of the most
repressive countries in the world when it comes to online freedom, such as China.

However, the extent of censorship in this
country is limited to the banning of websites.

The bans affect a wide variety of websites
and applications which deliver content related to free political views, free
religious views, sites representing the LGBT community, etc.

VPNs can easily bypass the restrictions
imposed by the government and provide the user with access to these websites.

When a person uses a VPN service, all the
internet traffic is first encrypted, and then directed through the VPN servers
under a secure protocol.

The encryption prevents the ISP (internet
service provider) to determine the content inside the user’s internet traffic.
Since the ISP can’t make out what website is the user visiting there is no
ground for the ISP to block the content.

As this encrypted traffic reaches one of
the VPN servers, it is decrypted and then sent to its original intended
location.

The response or the content from the
destination website again reaches the VPN server where it is encrypted. This
encrypted response is then transmitted to
the user’s device where it is decrypted once again for the user to see the
content.

During this whole exchange of information,
the ISP can read neither the requests
generated by the user nor the responses
sent from the destination website.

The transmission of encrypted information through
secure protocols reduces the chances of
any third-party intervention.

Even though it will be tough to make any
sense of the encrypted information, the protocols ensure that none of the metadata of the user leaks as well.

Now it is not just the government
restrictions which the user may need to fight to get access to the online
content. Sometimes, the service providers don’t allow users from certain parts of the world to access their content.

The VPNs can again help the user in getting
through such restrictions. The VPN server will help mask the user’s original IP
address, and the service will not be able to make out the location of the user.

The only thing that the user needs to take
care of is that he/she needs to choose an appropriate server location. It means
that the VPN server should not be in one of those countries where the service
is not available.

Identifying the ideal VPNs for Indonesia

We now know about the problem at hand, and
also know that a VPN can solve the problems. But there are a lot of VPN
services available out there, and it can
be an intimidating task to find out the best service for Indonesia.

We have already made a few recommendations
at the beginning of this article. However, even we would like you to know more
about the VPNs and thus make an informed
decision when it comes to choosing VPN services.

Let us briefly go through all the things
that need to be kept in mind while choosing a VPN service to be used in
Indonesia.

We know that the servers present in this
country are not very safe as they may be
subjected to government monitoring at any time.

So, using the servers located within the
country will not be a very smart idea if online
privacy is one of the concerns of the user.

One should look for a VPN service with a
lot of servers in the neighboring countries of Indonesia.

The proximity of the server location will make sure that the speeds
don’t suffer a lot because of the large
distance between the user and the VPN server.

When we talk of a lot of servers in the neighboring countries, we mean only those
countries which support an open internet.
There is no point in choosing a service
which has a lot of servers in a country such as China.

Indonesia has a poor image when it comes to
cybersecurity in the country. Cyber attacks
are quite common in the country and
affect a lot of accounts around the world.

Security on the VPN service should be among
the top-most goals that the user needs to achieve by subscribing to a VPN
service.

Protocol and the encryption are among the key ingredients for a secure VPN service.

AES 256-bit encryption is one of the best
encryptions available. It is virtually impossible to get through this
encryption without the key. It is also used in a lot of military operations around the world to ensure the safety of
transmitted information.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to
protocols. Some VPN services even have their proprietary protocols. Security
and speed vary over different protocols, and the user will have to pick one
with the best balance between the two attributes. OpenVPN is often deemed to be
the protocol which has the best balance.

The Internet kill switch can be one of the considerations when checking a VPN
service from the security point of view. It will help the user prevent any data leak because of the poor VPN connection.

Majority of internet
users in Indonesia browse the web through a cellular network. It will be a good
idea to subscribe to VPN service which provides top-notch service with mobile
applications as well.

There are some other qualities which are
not very relevant to the Indonesian case, but these should always be considered while choosing a VPN service.

The service should not be based in one of
the 14-Eyes countries and should maintain a strict no-logs policy. This is to safekeep
the user’s privacy.

There can be no negotiations with the
internet speed these days. The average internet speed in Indonesia is already
very less. The user should look for a service which does not compromise much with the internet speed.

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