Internet censorship has been in the limelight for the past few weeks, due to the SOPA & PIPA bills originated in US and ACTA from Europe. What’s the reason behind those bills and what political tensions are ensuing such change is just another debate. However, according to Wikipedia, “Internet censorship is the control or suppression of publishing of, or access to information on the internet”. A lot of times, when visiting a website, or specially when browsing on YouTube, instead of the website or the video itself, we see a message saying that the particular item is not available in our country. Suddenly you turn extremely furious, and if the video was of something great importance to you, it looks like it ruined your day. What is most annoying about seeing that message is that there is no explanation as to why the particular content is blocked. Both religious and political aspects for that matter, can cause the blockage. Finding out the reason is probably something beyond your control, but what you can still do is actually visit the website or watch the video using tools such as SecurityKiss and TunnelBear, which grant you access in one way or the other. Another addition to the family is UnoTelly, a portable application for Windows that allows you to access a lot of blocked website, including Hulu, Netflix, ABC, Fox, CBS etc. More details on UnoTelly up ahead.
It should be noted that you are required to register with the service before you can download the application. However, the registration is completely free and won’t cost you a single dime.
One you’re done with the registration process, you are able to download the application. The downloaded app is an EXE file and as stated earlier, its portable. Once opened, you will see its simple looking GUI sporting a white background. Click Start to enable the blocked websites. The STATUS would let you know about the current state of the program. You can always hit Stop to halt the process, should you need to block the sites again.
The service has 3 packages available to choose from; 1 free and 2 paid. Each package has a different set of websites included that will be available once you get it, with the free version only offering basic channels. The complete list of websites available in each package can be viewed on the product page. UnoTelly works on Windows Vista and Windows 7.