Blocked from Mastercard.com in Russia? This Hack Works Every timeLast Updated by Gray Williams on June 28, 2019
When the Soviet Union broke apart in the late 1980s, the new version of Russia was ready to embrace capitalism the US, and all things Western.
The honeymoon appears over for US credit cards Visa and Mastercard, however, as Russia is set to sever ties due harsher sanctions enacted by the US Congress.
The blocking of these sites and services will wreak havoc for international customers of Mastercard in Russia for part or all of the year. No longer will they be able to pay their bills, or even access their accounts inside Russia’s borders.
Fortunately, a relatively easy solution exists in using a VPN for Russia. Short for virtual private network, these software clients are capable of working around censorship issues.
Internet censorship in Russia
Since 2012, Russia’s government has had a thorough policy concerning censorship based on its own moral and ethical decisions.
Sites block include those harboring pornography, drug uses, suicide, those that break Russian data retention or surveillance laws, but also those that goes against Russia’s religious, political, and economic ideals.
This has included parts of Wikipedia, all sorts of election coverage and propaganda, Bitcoin, Reddit, LinkedIn, DailyMotion, and Telegram.
Once mostly used by corporations and conspiracy theorists, the use of VPNs has grown enormously in the past five years.
Here are a few statistics on the entry to chew on as you look for your own VPN to use with Mastercard in China.
- 25% of all Internet users connect via VPN at least once a month.
- 50% of users connect with a VPN to access restricted content.
- 31% of users connect with a VPN to maintain anonymity.
- 35% of people ages 16-24 use a VPN at least once a month.
- 33% of people ages 25-34 use a VPN at least once a month.
- The country with the most VPN usage is Indonesia at 38% of Internet users.
Step-by-step Guide to using a VPN in Russia
In order to access mastercard.com in Russia, it is best to download your VPN client of choice before entering the country. Some VPN websites are blocked by the Russian government.
Best VPNs for Russia
Not all VPNs have the capability to work well in Russia. For instance, VPNs for the USA require much less security protocol and redundancies as the US does not practice censorship as Russia choose to.
IPVanish VPN is based in the US, but is a solid VPN regardless, with more than 1,000 servers spanning 60 countries. It’s also one of the oldest VPNs on the planet, founded in 1999.
It has very strong security protocol including 256-bit AES encryption, a kill switch, and both IP and DNS leak protection. You can run up to five devices through a single license with IPVanish, and it has unlimited server switching as well as a 7-day money-back guarantee.
PrivateVPN powers its connection with a strict no-logs policy and impressive 2048-bit encryption. It adds to the party with an automatic kill switch and built-in leak protection.
It’s a great VPN for torrents as it has P2P functionality as well as port forwarding.
ExpressVPN has very few downsides apart from a high price and the ability to connect five devices to one license. Otherwise it’s the fastest VPN around thanks to servers in 94 countries.
It’s not all a speed game, as it adds in lots of solid security functions including a kill switch – known here as a Network Lock – a strict no-logs policy, and DNS and IP leak protection.