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5 Best VPNs for Indonesia

Although the world’s third largest democracy, and rated ‘free’ by Freedom on the Net 2013, the internet, particularly relating to social aspects, is heavily monitored and filtered in Indonesia.
As the second largest Muslim country in the world, it is hardly surprising that ‘pornography’ (which is much more broadly defined than it would be in the West) and religious criticism (atheism is not accepted) are not permitted.

More worrying is article 27 of the Act on Electronic Information and Transaction 2008, a piece of legislation that has been widely denounced by human rights campaigners and journalists, and which criminalizes ‘anyone distributing and/or transmitting and/or creating access to defamatory electronic document and/or information with or without any intention ‘. Those found guilty face 6 years in prison and fine of 1 billion rupiah (approx. $101, 000).

In practice much of the censorship in Indonesia is self- regulated by ISP’s, and is consequently somewhat haphazard and inconsistent. In 2012, for example, ISP Moretel caused a Google blackout across South East Asia (including Singapore and Hong Kong) for few hours when it tried to block Google services inside Indonesia. In April this year (2013) customers of ISP Tekomsel found they could not access Vimeo for a number of days, probably because some of its content was deemed pornographic.

In 2010 the Indonesian government published the draft Regulation on Multimedia Content, which will require ISP’s to block or remove content that falls into the vaguely worded categories of ‘pornography, gambling, hate incitement, threats of violence, exposure of private information, intellectual property, false information, and content that degrades a person or group on the basis of a physical or nonphysical attribute, such as a disability.’

Fortunately public opposition to the proposed legislation has been fierce, and the draft was been put on a back-burner (for now).

Using VPN in Indonesia

One of the best ways to evade Indonesia’s rather heavy handed approach to censorship is to use a VPN service, which securely encrypts your data as it travels between your computer and a VPN server. This means that your ISP cannot see what you get up on the internet, and that any internet activity cannot be traced back to you.

Most international VPN providers with a South East Asia presence maintain servers in Hong Kong and/or Singapore. Hong Kong is very free when it comes to internet censorship, has relatively little accountability to international law, and has no mandatory data retention laws, which makes it an ideal location for a VPN server (see our article Data retention and VPN logging in Hong Kong for more details).

Singapore is much closer to Indonesia however, which means there is likely to be less lag. Singapore does suffer from a fair bit of censorship, and has strict internet regulations, but these are unlikely to affect non-domestic VPN users, and the data retention laws are minimal.

Taiwan is also a good choice of server location for now, but this may change in the near future.


Summary

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1

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4

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5

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Winner

Hide My Ass

  • PROS
  • Fast
  • Servers in 78 countries
  • Operates on all devices
  • Multiple VPN protocols
  • 256-bit OpenVPN
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • ‘Stealth’ servers in Hong Kong
  • No usage logs (but connection logs)
  • 2 simultaneous connections
  • Phenomenal customer support
  • CONS
  • Not the cheapest VPN

Hide My Ass is a great choice for Indonesian users as it is fast, and has servers scattered through South East Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan). Although we do have issue with HMA’s policy on keeping logs, we don’t feel this is of concern to internet users in Indonesia, as HMA is a UK company and is not likely to hands over logs to the Indonesian government. We also do not think that copyright enforcement bodies are likely to pursue individuals in SE Asia.

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2nd place

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN_Logo

  • PROS
  • Servers in Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Good VPN client
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • No logs
  • Android app
  • CONS
  • Reservations about no logs policy
  • P2P: no

If keeping logs worries you, then ExpressVPN is a much better choice as it doesn’t keep any (well, it does keep more that we really like, but doesn’t log you internet activity). It is also extremely fast, features a 30 day money back guarantee, and has servers located in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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3rd place

PureVPN

  • PROS
  • P2P: yes (on some servers)
  • ‘Up to’ 256-bit SSTP and OpenVPN encryption
  • 2 simultaneous connections
  • iOS app
  • Android app
  • 3 days money back guarantee
  • Servers in Singapore and Malaysia
  • CONS
  • Keeps logs (but based in Hong Kong)

PureVPN keeps logs, but as it is based in Hong Kong, this is likely not a huge threat, and unlike the rest of the providers listed here it does allow BitTorrent downloading (using selected servers). The iOS and Android apps are very nice, as is the ‘up to’ 265-bit OpenVPN encryption. In addition to servers in Singapore, PureVPN has some located in Malaysia, although thanks to new laws introduced last year this is not as ideal as it once was.

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4th place

IPVanish

  • PROS
  • Servers located in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia
  • Good VPN client
  • Great network speeds
  • CONS
  • Claims to keep no logs undermined by its actions
  • P2P: no

IPVanish offers a good, fast service, and has servers conveniently located in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). We were initially very enthusiastic about IPVanish thanks to their claim to keep no logs and use of shared of IP’s to make individual identification of users with any internet activity impossible. Very strange then to receive a disconnection threat from them within 48 hours of signing up to the service, due to alleged BitTorrent use. This makes us utterly distrust them. However, for users in Malaysia this is unlikely to matter, although using P2P is probably still a bad idea.

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5th place

VyprVPN

  • PROS
  • Fast
  • 160-bit and 256-bit OpenVPN encryption (Pro only)
  • Android app
  • iOS app
  • Servers in Hong Kong
  • 7 day money back guarantee
  • CONS
  • Keeps logs
  • P2P:no
  • Expensive

VyprVPN’s Pro package (we don’t recommend its cheaper but much more feature light plan) is a fully featured service that offers super-secure 160-bit and 256-bit OpenVPN encryption, Android and iOS apps, decent Windows and OSX desktop software, and has servers located in Kong Kong. The seven days money back guarantee is nice, and also a something of a blessing given the high cost of the service. The main downside with VyprVPN is that it keeps logs, but if you are located in Malaysia yadda, yadda…

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Conclusion

In a country that is basically very free and democratic, the Malaysian government’s tight control of the internet is likely to be frustrating to many. Fortunately, using a VPN service such as those listed above is an easy and convenient way to bypass such censorship, and to protect your identity when online.


And here’s the summary once more:

Summary

Rank Provider StartingPrice Grade Link

1

logo $11.52/month Read Review > Visit Site >

2

ExpressVPN_Logo $8.32/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

3

logo $9.95/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

4

logo $10/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

5

vyprvpn_logo $6.67/mo Read Review > Visit Site >

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4 responses to “5 Best VPNs for Indonesia

  1. What do you think about TunnelBear? I’m in Indonesia and currently using it because it offers 500 mb per month for free. It has servers in Singapore and Hongkong and Japan too.

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