In this review, I will explain how to bypass Internet censorship in Indonesia (mostly targeting porn websites) by using a VPN service (Virtual Private Network). I will also give you tips on how to watch Netflix in Indonesia.

Note: The VPNs I recommend here also work well for China, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, etc. 

Most porn and torrent websites are blocked in Indonesia. This includes all the most famous ones like XVideos, YouPorn, PornHub, XHamster, KickAss Torrents and The Pirate Bay. It is also not possible to visit some forums like Reddit or InternationalSexGuide. Same thing with the hook-up website Adult Friend Finder.

Some regular websites have also been banned like Vimeo. Tumblr was shut down for 24 hours earlier this year as well.

Another problem internet users are facing in Indonesia is the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions Act. This vague set of laws can make you the target of a defamation suit for exposing your views online. You are not allowed, for instance, of suggesting that someone might be corrupt.

Because of this law, posting a comment on Facebook, Twitter or Path in Indonesia can land you in jail. This is what happened to Alexander Aan or Florence Sihombing.

I have been using a VPN for over 2 years already. It allows me to visit any websites I want on the internet without anyone knowing about it. It is 100% legal, secure and safe. In fact, according to this 2015 study, Indonesia is the country with the most VPN users in the world: 23% of its Internet users have one installed.

The cost is cheap (less than 4$ per month on an annual plan) and it works great. If you travel a lot in Asia, it is also very useful in heavily-censored countries like Vietnam or China.

Since VPN companies usually give you a free trial from a few days up to 1 month, I tested at least 10 of them to make sure I was choosing the best. There are so many different companies that you could probably get a free VPN for at least a year just by changing provider once in a while. The prices are really reasonable, though, so once you've found one that works well, it's really easier to just pay.

Here are my top 3 recommendations for best VPNs in Indonesia (I used the 3 of them and they worked great):

Express VPN - The VPN I'm Currently Using: Super-Fast and Secure.
I saw a 1-month free trial by Express VPN and I decided to try it. One of the reasons I changed was that they had servers in Myanmar and Laos where I was traveling. Both countries censor Internet heavily, from porn to peer-to peer sites, and they have a reputation to spy on web users.

Express VPN advertises itself as the fastest VPN in the world and based on the ones I've tried before, this is true so far. I've used it to stream Netflix or to download torrents and I feel I can use my provider's maximum speed. They also encrypt all communications with the AES-256 standard, which is currently used by the US Government to protect its classified information. Finally, they do not keep any log of your web activity, including the sites you visited and your IP address.

I have extended my trial period with a 12-month plan that costs about 100$. That's a bit more expensive than the competition, but it is worth it in my opinion.

You can check by yourself if you subscribe to their free trial by clicking on this link: 1-Month Free Express VPN.

Pricing:
1 Month = 12.95$
6-Month Plan = 9.99$ per month
12-Month Plan = 8.32 per month
If Express VPN is too expensive for you, here are more excellent VPNs that I have tried and that I can recommend:

Golden Frog - Vypr VPN - Most Powerful VPN with 3 months FREE (Annual Plan)
I found that Golden Frog's Vypr VPN was one of the most powerful and easy VPNs to use. I had it while traveling to China and I never felt the government's restrictions. Actually, they are the only ones that managed to bypass the recent crackdown on VPN thanks to their Chameleon technology.

They have a server in Jakarta and a strong presence in the rest of Asia too. The support is excellent (ask any question and they will answer you within a few minutes). It's no wonder it was recommended by the New York Times, The Verge and LifeHacker.

The best thing about VyprVPN is that the annual plan is actually very cheap! It will cost you only 3,75$ per month, which is nothing for the privilege of being able to surf the web freely and anonymously.

You can purchase it using your credit card, with Alipay or with PayPal. It can be used on up to 5 devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, TV, etc).

NEW! You can get 3 months free by opening this link: Promo Deal for Vypr VPN - Indonesia

Pricing of Basic Plan:
3.75$ per month (billed annually)
9.75$ per month (billed monthly)

Pricing of Premium Plan:
5$ per month (billed annually)
12.95$ per month (billed monthly)

Update April 2017: Vypr has been unblocked by Netflix. You can now use it to watch Netflix US.

NordVPN - Awesome VPN, perfect for watching Netflix and downloading movies
Nord VPN is often considered one of the best on the market because of their super-fast servers (they have over 1,000 of them all over the world!). If you watch a lot of videos or download movies through torrents/peer-to-peer network, I strongly recommend it. They also have a great support team that will resolve any issue you may have within a few hours.

If you are looking for a VPN that allows you to watch US Netflix, this is your an excellent choice too. Just choose an American server, and it will be as if you were there.

In terms of privacy, they have a no-log policy and they use a military grade, double encryption key to protect your communication for spies.

Nord VPN is the recommended choice of PC Mag, Forbes and the Huffington Post.

To try their services for free, you can just visit the following link: Nord VPN - 30-Day Money Back Guaranteed.

Pricing:
5.75$ per month with 1-year plan
7$ per month with 6-month plan
11.95$ per month without plan

Hide My Ass VPN
Hide My Ass was the first VPN I used and it is a very popular option, especially if you are looking for a simple and user-friendly interface.

After paying, all you need is to download the application on your phone or on your computer, and then the instructions are very clear to follow.

Their website is an interesting read as well for those who still don't understand exactly how a VPN works and how it can help you protect your privacy.

Pricing:
6.56$ per month with 1-year plan
8.33$ per month with 6-month plan
11.52$ per month without plan

How Do You Access Porn/Blocked Websites in Indonesia? Do You Use A VPN As Well?
There are a lot of new VPN providers entering the market every month. If you are using a different VPN in Indonesia or if you have another way to visit porn/blocked websites in Indonesia, please leave a comment below to share your experience!

24 comments to '' Best VPNs in Indonesia- How to Access Blocked Websites "

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  1. what about just using the opera browser with the built in free vpn? is that any good. I'm in aus now so can't really tell. i usually use HMA

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    1. Free VPNs are slower. It's ok if you are traveling a few days in Indonesia but if you live here, just pay 25$ and get Ivacy for one year.

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  2. For my mobile phone I use an app called "Betternet" which is a free download on iphone or android stores. Great app and even works in China too on the much tougher Great Firewall of China. If you're using your phone as a Wifi hotspot to your laptop this will enable you to view banned sites on your laptop too.

    For my laptop I use a Chrome browser extension called "Zenmate" which is also free and works fine in Indonesia on local Wifi networks but didn't work for me in China when using the Wifi there. You can select different locations around the world on Zenmate including the USA which may be helpful if you are online shopping and want to get to US shopping sites which are blocked for international users. The also have a Firefox browser add-on as well.

    If you're just on holiday in Indonesia for a couple of weeks I wouldn't bother with the paid VPN's. The two options I just mentioned work great and I use them all the time during my frequent travels to Indonesia.

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    1. Hi, thanks for your recommendation... I tried ZenMate following your advice and they give a free premium account for 7 days... it works very well and it's really easy to install...after a week though they will cut down the speed... the price for a yearly plan is around 7$ a month then... it's good for people who don't need a lot of speed I guess (= those who don't watch porn haha)

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  3. I've been using alternative DNS (Don't use the Google ones) and it's fine. Try and find any public Singaporean DNS and use that.

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  4. I use Ivacy VPN and I'm really happy with it. I didn't try any other options but I don't see how they could be better considering I pay only 25$ for one year. I was using some free VPNs before that but they limit the speed so you cannot watch any videos without interruption. Unless you really cannot afford a few dollars per month, go for Ivacy really.

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  5. Alternative DNSs have been blocked (if you are on Speedy or some other providers) you can use https://dnscrypt.org/ for free and that will get you around most blocks.

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  6. Opera offer free vpn in their latest dev version, also you don't need to use vpn if you only wanted to access adult website, just use Dnscrypt which will force your computer to stop using the isp dns, which will allow you to access any site that are blocked

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    1. The free VPN of Opera does not allow for P2P nor watching netflix... only 5 servers locations... and your internet connection is not totally encrypted therefore not entirely protected... It is an ok solution though for people who don't want to spend any money on a VPN...

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  7. has anyone tried routing through the tor network?

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  8. Yes ! Me ! I don't need any vpn, i just use tor network and i can access to any website

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  9. Maybe you can just respect the rule of our government and not watch porn in Indonesia? Do you know that there is a reason those websites are blocked by our government? By unlocking them and by helping people to do so, you illustrate the complete disregard foreigners have for our laws.

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    1. I wrote the message on October 15. I still use tor and I think it's one of the perfect way to surf on the web anonymously. @ msg of 30 november : give me any serious reasons to lock websites. I don't know why are youbso afraid. Jkt is the SEA's main city where the foreign's behavior is the most decent. Be lucky instead 😉

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    2. Do you agree with all laws made by the Gov't? Should the gov't be able to determine personal behavior done in my own house away from the public? we know Indonesia has one of the most corrupt government in the world, so not everything they do and say is for our personal benefit.

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  10. Until recently, I was only relying on free VPNs because I didn't want to pay 50$ for a yearly subscription... i used Ola and a few other.. they do the job fine if you are not into watching porn or downloading torrent (limited speed)... I got an offer from one of the VPNs listed above for 3$ per month thanks to a coupon... the total bill for 2 years was 72$ and i never regretted the switch from a free to a paid VPN... you cannot compare the level of service you get once you are an actual client... they help you set it up, you can choose an unlimited number of servers to connect to, the speed limits disappear, your data is not sold to external companies, etc... the more you use a good VPN, the more you get addicted to the freedom it gives you...

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  11. PIA Private Internet Access. One of the few VPN providers that don't keep logs, therefore can't be forced to hand over any info.

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  12. hard to believe that 23% in Indo use VPN, as for sure the large majority of the population can not and do not want to afford to pay 60$ a year for such thing (I don't want to pay that either, but then again, I live in another country in Asia where not that much content is blocked)

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    1. 23% of Indonesian users, I imagine it only includes broadband users so mostly rich people...

      My Indonesian friends who have lower budgets use free VPN or just proxy extensions... but if you've tried a paid VPN honestly you can see the difference... It's not only about being able to access blocked content, but also making sure nobody can spy on your internet activities...

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  13. So many Anonymous here.

    And the sample is a kickasstorrent page with list of The Act of Killing torrent.

    Do you all make the film, because there are so many Anonymouses in the credit title.

    Anyone has seen the film? And the second one from the diptych, The Look of Silence?

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    1. Well, they uploaded both movies on YouTube recently. So I won't bother downloading the movie.

      Even though I gotta go undercover when i tried to screen up the movie via LCD projector for my fellow classmates. Only the front seated kids got interested to it BTW. XD

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  14. Good news, Netflix is no longer blocked in Indonesia... That means you don't need a VPN to watch it (unless you want to watch the american version)

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  15. What would you recommend is the best VPN for watching porn in Indonesia? Sorry to be blunt, but let's be honest here, that's the only reason I need one.

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    1. The ones recommended above are a good start don't you think? I would say go for a 12-month plan for Vypr VPN, that's really cheap and worth it

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