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If you’re living in Qatar, then the odds are that you’ve come up against barriers that stop you from using the internet in the way that you would like to. This can be especially frustrating if you’re an expat living in Qatar who is used to the more laissez-fare approach to the internet taken in other countries. The reason for these restrictions is that the Qatari government blocks sites that it does not want residents of the country to be able to access. This includes a number of media sites as well as sites from countries such as Saudi Arabia which do not enjoy diplomatic relations with Qatar at the time of writing.
If these problems are stopping you from using the internet in the way that you would like to, then you’ll be pleased to know that a solution is at hand. That solution is a VPN service. These build a secure tunnel between your computer and the website that you are trying to access. That tunnel not only protects your data against government snooping and any other type of attempted access but also means that it’s possible to make your connection appear as though it originates in a country other than Qatar. This means that not only will you have access to the whole internet without the restrictions put in place by the Qatari government, but you’ll also have access to online streaming services such as the BBC iPlayer in the UK or Hulu in the US.
If you’ve never used a VPN service before then choosing the one that is right for your needs can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve put together this page of VPNs that are particularly suited to internet users in Qatar who want to get around some of the restrictions of living in the region.
As well as allowing you to access content that would otherwise be blocked, there are other advantages that come from using a VPN. Most of these are security related. All of the VPN services that we cover on this page offer 256-bit, high-grade encryption to their users. In simple terms, this means that it is not possible for the Qatari government, your ISP or anyone else to look at your traffic and find out about the websites that you are viewing or anything else that is happening with your internet connection. Some of the VPN services that we will look at also come with more advanced security features such as a kill switch and IP address scrambling, we’ll get into more detail about what these actually mean in practice later on.
The first thing that we have looked at when considering whether or not a VPN deserves to be on our list. The first thing we have considered is how easy it is to get to grips with the VPN and start using the service. All of the VPNs on this page offer easy to set up software that manages your VPN connection and allows you to select a server to connect to. There may be more advanced parts to the service and you may have the option of manually configuring the service or flashing your router to set up the VPN there but if you’re looking for an easy to use option then you can rest assured that we have you covered.
Then, we have looked at the range of countries offered by the VPN service. All of the VPNs mentioned on this page have thousands of servers located across at least 50 countries. This means that it is possible to use almost every major streaming media service on the planet using the services. We have also checked to make sure that the connection speed offered by the company’s servers is fast and that you won’t have any buffering or latency issues when you are watching HD content or playing online games using the VPN.
Next, we have taken a look at the security features that are on offer. These do vary slightly but you can rest assured that all of the services mentioned on this page offer a high level of security that will protect your data from any prying eyes that might try to get to it.
This is one of the most popular and best established VPN services that is operating today. By choosing ExpressVPN, you’ll be going with a well known name with a reputation for providing a speedy and efficient service. It’s not the cheapest service out there and more technically minded users may be comfortable with choosing a cheaper option in order to save a little bit of money. However, if you are new to the world of VPNs and feel a little nervous about getting your system up and running with one, then we’d highly recommend that you consider ExpressVPN or a similar level of product.
Setting up ExpressVPN is simple thanks to the wide range of software available for several different platforms. They company behind ExpressVPM offers applications that support Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS, so there is almost certain to be software that is compatible with the system you want to use. In the event that you want to use ExpressVPN with a Smart TV, smart speaker or other system that does not allow you to install software, you also have the option of flashing the software on your VPN so that it supports the ExpressVPN service. This is a fairly technical process and we’d only suggest that people who are comfortable with computer systems try it out. Your router could stop working if the process doesn’t work properly and you will almost certainly void your warranty in the process of flashing the software. On the other hand, ExpressVPN does have a 24-hour support service that can help you if any problems do arise and you’ll be able to protect all of your internet traffic with ExpressVPN without the need to install software on each individual device.
The range of servers and country supported by ExpressVPN is one of the services’s biggest selling points. There are thousands of servers located in almost 90 countries worldwide. In our experience, connection speeds supported by the server are very strong and there is very little slowdown compared to using your internet connection without VPN protection. Streaming HD and SD video from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime is easy .
Security is also very strong with ExpressVPN. As well as high-grade encryption, the service also offers a kill switch if you decide to use its software on your system. This means that in the unlikely event that the connection between your computer and the ExpressVPN server goes down for any reason, your internet connection will automatically antically be disabled until the connection is restored. This means that there is no chance that any of your personal information will be sent outside the security of the VPN.
Pricing is the one area where ExpressVPN falls down slightly in comparison to its rivals. The service is a little on the pricey end and the discounts available are not as generous as for some of its rivals. The standard price is $12.95 a month but this can be discounted by as much as 35% if you are willing to pay for several years of service in advance. A wide range of payment methods are available but it is not currently possible to subscribe using a cryptocurrency such a Bitcoin. This won’t be a problem for the vast majority of users but does mean that it is not possible to totally hide your identity as there will be a transactional record of you purchasing the ExpressVPN service.
NordVPN is another VPN service that is very fully featured. While it doesn’t offer quite as wide a range of servers as ExpressVPN, it is cheaper, especially if you are willing to commit to three years of service in advance. It also comes with a wide range of easy to use security features that make it a great choice for users who are concerned about the safety and security of their personal data.
Getting started with NordVPN is a simple matter of downloading the software and installing it on your computer or smartphone. All major operating systems are supported and the software is lightweight and runs constantly in the background. No coding or in-depth computer knowledge is required to get started. There is a wide choice of servers available covering almost 90 countries, meaning that you are very unlikely to have any problems finding a server that allows you to stream the content you want.
The security offered by NordVPN is another very significant plus point. Not only is all data sent via the service protected by 256-bit military grade encryption that is almost impossible to crack, but NordVPN also takes its internal security seriously as well. It does this by operating a ‘no logs’ policy. This means that even though the company operates in a jurisdiction where it would be almost impossible for the Qatari government to find out about its customers activity, there is no risk of this happening as the company does not keep any records of its customers’ connections or browsing patterns. The one downside from a security pointy of view is that the company does not allow customers to pay for their subscriptions using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. If you’re concerned about this undermining your privacy, we’d suggest that you pay for the service using a prepaid debit card that you purchase using cash. These are easily available in a number of countries around the world.
On a month-to-month basis, NordVPN is not the cheapest of VPN providers with subscriptions coming in at $11.95 per month. If you’re able to play for longer periods of service in advance though, then the service comes into its own. Discounts for this type of purchase can be as high as 75%, reducing the effective monthly cost of NordVPN to $3.95. If you’re worried about committing that much money upfront, remember that you will have the option to cancel and receive a full refund at any point during your first 30 days of using the service thanks to NordVPN’s 30-day money back guarantee. If you decide that it isn’t working for you at any point in the first month, just get in touch with the live chat support service and let them know that you want to cancel.
Like the other services that we have mentioned here, HideMyAss is a fully-featured VPN service that offers lightweight software so that customers can easily manage their VPN connection without advanced technical knowledge. The service is much cheaper on a month-to-month basis than the other two that we have looked at so far but is not as fully featured and has some technical issues that don’t impact the bigger players. Read on for more details.
The main drawback of HideMyAss is that not all servers are compatible with the big streaming sites. This is because many of them do not implement the type of IP scrambling technology that is required to stop websites like Netflix from blocking their connections. Put simply, this means that you may have to try many servers in order to get a working connection to Netflix or the BBC iPlayer. Once you do get your connection up and running however, streaming speeds are generally good and most of the company’s servers can handle enough throughput to allow you to watch SD, HD and even 4k content without experiencing any buffering issues.
HideMyAss security is generally pretty good with one significant downside. You will have access to the strong encryption and kill switch type technology that you would expect but the serious drawback of HMA is that it does not implement the same no logs policy that other operators do. This shouldn’t be a problem for the vast majority of users but if you are particularly worried about protecting your privacy, then you may want to look elsewhere for a better VPN service.
If you’ve not used a VPN service before and want to work out whether it is right for you or not, then HMA may be a good place to start thanks to its free trial offer. Unlike some either companies which take your money in advance and then offer you the chance of a refund once you have decided it isn’t for you, HMA does not take any money until you have been using the service for 30 days. You can cancel online without the need to contact support. This is probably for the best as the support team at HMA has a pretty poor reputation for taking a long time to respond to customer enquiries.
As the name would suggest, this is a VPN option for those who are particularly keen to cover up their tracks when they are browsing the internet. However, this isn’t the only reason for choosing CyberGhost as it also offers a wide range of servers that make it easy to stream content from countries all over the world.
The biggest plus of the CyberGhost service from a security point of view compared to the other that we have looked at is that it accepts payments in Bitcoin. This is important if you are looking to use a VPN service with total anonymity as it means that there will be no record at your bank that you have paid for a particular VPN service. On top of this, CyberGhost offers all of the security features that you would expect including kill switches and scrambling of IP addresses.
Connection speeds are fairly fast although not the fastest that we have ever seen. Users also have the peace of mind of knowing that CyberGhost owns all of its own servers. This means that it is in total control of every location that your data passes through and that its server network is generally very robust. It does have the side effect of slightly slowing down the pace at which the company is able to expand so you should be aware of this if you want to see new servers added regularly.
CyberGhost is a bit of a niche choice compared to some of the other VPN providers that were have looked at on this page. However, it could be perfect for certain types of user and is well worth including on your shortlist.
We’re sure that one of the VPNs that we have covered on this page will be perfect. Whether you’re looking for a VPN ion Qatar that will protect your information from prying eyes or just want to be able to stream all of the programmes that you used to watch at home, there is a huge choice of available services which means that there is a great option for almost every internet users. We hope you enjoy using the internet with a VPN and having access to a whole new world of content and privacy.