In some countries, it is enough just to sign up for a free or commercial VPN service run by an individual, organisation or company you trust. Some VPN services rely on functionality that is built into the Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS operating systems. Others require that you install and configure the OpenVPNsoftware. In some cases, your provider will offer a customised installer that handles everything for you.
The only problem with this approach is that basic VPNs rarely have built-in blocking resistance features. As a result, once your VPN service is blocked, you may have to find a new one. Below are two secure, private, free, open-source VPN options from the Riseup Collective.
If you have a Riseup email account, you can use it to proxy through Riseup’s VPN Red service. To do so, you will need to install and configure an OpenVPN client for Windows, Mac or Linux. (On Android, you can use the OpenVPN for Android app, but you will have to configure it manually.)
If you do not have a Riseup account, but you know someone who does, you can ask them for an invite code and use it to create a new account.
BITMASK AND VPN BLACK
Bitmask is a FOSS VPN client similar to OpenVPN but with additional security features. It works with Riseup’s VPN Black service, for which you can create an account without an invite code.