Now when I try to use Gmail, Gtalk, or even just Google search, I get an error saying that it is impossible to connect to the server. However, by using a VPN [virtual private network
software, which is illegal to use], I am still able to access them. Everyone in Iran knows Gmail is the most secure email service, and that we should avoid Yahoo! Mail or others because they are not as safe. Many Iranians use Gtalk to share things like news, rumours, and photos with their friends. So this has made people quite angry, especially those who are less tech-savvy and don’t know yet how to use a VPN or a proxy server
However, this ban will just push them to learn. Still, using VPNs and other such software slows down your Internet, meaning pages load more slowly and it’s much harder to share large files like photos and videos. The Iranian government is making it more difficult for millions of people to use the Internet for business, research, or their own personal interests. However, the government’s main fear is people using the Internet for social or political change [like Iranians did to organise street protests in 2009]. It’s like we are living in a big jail cell.