Do you live in or plan to travel to Sudan? Would you like to access everything the internet has to offer while you’re there? Unfortunately, that can be difficult, thanks to strict censorship and geo-blocking policies in place by the Sudanese government. In Sudan, alongside censored TV and news content, many things online are filtered or blocked completely. Social media is monitored, and critical comments about the government or security can have repercussions to the speaker.
And to compound on these restrictions, the three ISPs available throttle the internet speeds of users. But, the good news is that a good VPN can help you bypass these restrictions and speed your internet back up. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can find the best VPNs for Sudan, share some important details about each of our selections, and then expand on the internet situation in Sudan and how a VPN can help you.
- 1 How to pick out a great VPN from the crowded marketplace
- 2 The best VPNs for Sudan
- 3 Internet freedom in Sudan
- 4 How a VPN can help you in Sudan
- 5 A word of caution when using your VPN
- 6 Conclusion
How to pick out a great VPN from the crowded marketplace
There are a lot of things to consider when you’re doing research on the best VPNs for Sudan. Things like, what size network is good? What kind of encryption do you need, and how much? What are the differences between free and paid VPNs?
Let’s answer that last one right away: avoid free VPNs – they’re never “free.” Most companies offering free VPN services engage in unethical practices, like selling user data to third parties. This actually makes you less safe. A trustworthy paid VPN doesn’t sell – or even log – your data and has strong, secure encryption.
As for the rest of the questions you might have, we put together a list of things your VPN provider should have.
The anatomy of a good VPN provider
- Awesome security – A good VPN will have solid security protocols to keep you data safe and private from your ISP, the government, and hackers. 256-bit AES encryption is the best, and a zero-logging policy is a must.
- Speed –Being able to surf, stream, download, and torrent without buffering and lagging is another must. Each provider here also needed to include a strict no-throttling policy – if you’re trading ISP-driven throttling for VPN-driven throttling, what are you gaining?
- Network size –Each VPN we included in this guide needed to have a large, globally-spread network. Having more servers available to you allows you to find the best one for you needs and helps you get around censorships and geo-blocks.
- Device availability –This is especially important if you have multiple devices with different software operating systems. Being able to keep all your devices safe – no matter their OS – is important.
The best VPNs for Sudan
Here are our picks for the top VPNs for use in Sudan (or anywhere else in the world):
ExpressVPN is a large, widespread VPN provider. Their more-than 2,000 servers across 94 countries ensures that you’ll always have a server available to use. As one of the fastest providers on the market, they offer buffer-free streaming, fast downloads, and seamless browsing, as well as unlimited bandwidth, zero caps on speed, and no throttling. There’s also no restrictions on P2P networks or torrents.
And ExpressVPN gives you 256-bit AES encryption with 5 security protocols and VPN split tunneling. That means that not only can you adjust your security to beat the toughest blocks, you can also choose what data you’d like to send through your VPN – the applications are limited only by your mind. ExpressVPN also offers a solid zero-logging policy, DNS leak test, and automatic kill switch in case of accidental drop. If your connection to their server drops, so does your internet – preventing any split-second vulnerabilities from happening.
If you want to learn more about the best VPN for Sudan, check out our full ExpressVPN review.
This massive provider has a huge network: over 5,100 servers in 62 countries and growing! In part because of their size, NordVPN offers specialty servers for various use-cases. Onion over VPN, Anti-DDoS, Double VPN, P2P, Dedicated IP address, and Obfuscated servers – whether you want ultimate anonymity, to hide your use of a VPN, or otherwise, each has something that appeals to advanced users in Sudan.
NordVPN has one of the most complete zero-logging policies in the industry: no logs are kept on traffic, IP addresses, timestamps, bandwidth, or browsing history. If by some chance the government got ahold of your traffic, there’d be nothing to show that can connect your data to you. And with 256-bit AES encryption, that’s not likely to happen – it’s the best-of-the-best.
NordVPN offers software for just about every operating system, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. They have an attractive user interface and a graphical map makes choosing your server easy.
Learn more in our complete NordVPN review here.
CyberGhost is another reliable, easy-to-use option. They’re especially great for new VPN-users who are intimidated by complicated interfaces or advanced options. On launching their app, a colorful, simple display gives you several preset options, like choosing a VPN server or unblocking basic websites. By selecting one of these or their several others, you can have the best settings for that use-case applied instantly. And, you can click some toggles “on” for each of the profiles that give you extra protection that other VPNs just don’t – things like blocking malicious websites, ads, and online tracking, compressing your data, automatically redirecting HTTP to HTTPS, and even boosting your speed.
CyberGhost has an immaculate zero-logging policy, which logs only anonymous login events once per day on unusual users for monthly statistics – and there’s no way for that to be tracked back to you, as they don’t even keep ahold of your email address.
Learn more about this minimalist, reliable provider, check out our CyberGhost review.
While many VPNs have trouble unblocking streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, PrivateVPN has no problem. Then once you’re in, great connection speeds make streaming a breeze. PrivateVPN makes wide variety of devices and platforms are available for you, so you get safely and securely online no matter which of your devices you use.
PrivateVPN has also made ease-of-use a heavy focus. It has no extra, distracting frills and offers detailed instructions and walkthroughs to help you get online quickly. And once you’re installed, you’ll find a solid network of 100 servers in 56 countries – the smallest on the list, but reliable.
This provider has a strict zero-logging policy, preventing any of your information from being recorded and held against you, as well as a unique security option. Their default 128-bit AES encryption gives most people the right combination of security and speed, but if you want more, you can bump that up to 256-bits.
Learn more about this provider, including their software available in our full PrivateVPN review.
Internet freedom in Sudan
As of 2016, Sudan had about 10.9 million internet users – about 26% of the population. This is in part due to electricity shortages and high prices for internet access. That being said, Sudan has been listed by the OpenNet Initiative as engaging in substantial internet censorship around things like social media, political blogs and opinions, and news.
The Sudanese government openly acknowledges their censoring of content that they see as threatening public morality, ethics, and the general order — i.e, pornography, homosexual content, dating sites, sites that sell provocative attire, and anonymizing and proxy websites. Even YouTube is regularly blocked.
Despite constitutional law prohibiting interference with privacy, family, home, and communication, the Sudanese government routinely violates their own laws, with the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) reading the emails of citizens, and the National Telecommunications Corporation blocking web sites and proxies. Alongside monitoring all communication between citizens, security forces regularly target people suspected of political crimes for warrant-less searches.
Repercussions in Sudan
Popular online forums were blocked during anti-government demonstrations in 2012 and several bloggers were arrested, with suspicion that social media was used to track down and arrest protestors. As such, individuals engage in self-censorship on the social media that is allowed so as to not be arrested and interrogated.
The NISS has also attempted libel lawsuits against individuals who wrote stories critical of the current regime. Although these were ultimately rejected, they continue to pursue similar cases, claiming defamation. And journalists are still subject to arrest, harassment, intimidation and even violence due to their reporting, whether online or otherwise.
How a VPN can help you in Sudan
Get around censorship and geo-blocks
VPNs are extremely effective at getting around the firewalls that keep you from viewing content. If you want to watch videos on YouTube, Netflix, or any other popular streaming service, a VPN can help you do that.And if you want to view content that’s partially or completely inaccessible in Sudan (like the U.S. Netflix library), you can use a VPN to “move” your location virtually to that country – safely and securely.
Keep your data private and secure from surveillance
Alongside posting anonymously, if you want to prevent your internet use from being tracked, a VPN is the way to go. It works like this: normally, your ISP assigns you an IP address, which can then be used to track your data and traffic. When you use a VPN you get an IP address that’s located elsewhere from where you actually are; and, the VPN encrypts your data, so that anything your ISP sees appears as a jumbled, unreadable mess. If your ISP or government looks at this data, that’s all they’ll see – and what’s more, with an alternate IP address, it’ll be extremely difficult to trace it back to you.
ISPs around the world slow down internet speeds, and Sudan’s are no exception. This is usually done when service is higher than their resources can handle or when they identify that you’re doing something illegal (like download copyrighted content).But a good VPN hides your data from your ISP, so they can’t see what you’re doing and slow you down. If they can’t tell what you’re viewing, they can’t throttle your connection, because ISP throttling happens at port numbers. VPNs can send traffic through multiple different ports, so your ISP can’t slow you down without shutting you down completely.
A word of caution when using your VPN
Despite the advantages and benefits using a VPN can give you, they aren’t perfect. To name a few shortcomings, they don’t protect against viruses or malware, and your mobile devices can still be hacked.
But alongside those, there are ways for hackers or governmental agencies to track you down if they’re motivated enough. So if you are a journalist, whistleblower, or are doing something of a similar weight, you need some extra security. We advise using Tor in addition to a VPN for true security. It adds extra layers of encryption to your data, keeping you even safer.
If you want to be able to access content freely while in Sudan, you need a VPN. If you want to do so safely and privately – you need a VPN. If you want to avoid having your connection speeds choked down to a crawl – you need a VPN. Our guide here can help you make your choice based on the factors we laid out, so you can be up and running on the free internet in no time.
Have you experienced any of these issues in Sudan firsthand? Have you used a VPN to bypass them? Tell us your story below!