ELT International provides links to resources, references, and materials for international scholars. If you can’t access any of our content that is based outside your home country, a good VPN (virtual private network) will solve the problem. A VPN works by routing your computer through a server in the country of your choice. You can route through servers in the U.S., for instance, to access content on Amazon.com. A VPN allows you complete access to content for downloading, streaming, and purchasing. (Note that some sellers may also require you to have a payment method based in the country you are accessing.)
If you use a VPN, that service needs to be trustworthy. Don’t go with the cheapest service or with a service that doesn’t have a history of good service.
The service also needs to be fast and reliable, and it needs to have a number of servers in the countries you want to access.
StrongVPN provides online chat and Skype support 24/7. It has many servers in the most popular countries and it never overloads servers.
I worked in India and needed it to access my U.S. content. I vacationed in Mexico and used it there. And, even when I’m back in the U.S., I still use it to protect my privacy whenever I need to use public connections. I use it for banking, purchasing, streaming, and downloading.
In all the time I’ve used it, it has never failed me. I recommend it to my friends and colleagues. I even bought an account for my workplace in India so faculty could use it. Finally, I recommend it to my readers here, so that they can take advantage of all the resources offered or recommended on ELT International.
My students, teacher-trainees, and readers all know that I am very focused on getting learners access to information. I believe that it’s my job to get people access to the information they need in order to meet their own goals. Part of that access is clearly based in getting the most out of technology.