Rather annoying not being able to access from within a large HK banks network
I would certainly use this site more if it wasn't blocked all the time.
But I guess they want to keep it from growing to popular.
It's similar to other HK business like HSBC that makes it very hard to be a customer, which creates an exclusivity when you manage to get it working. It could maybe be an idea to take this even further by for example require a certified copy that proves you are the beneficial owner of the IP address.
My office seems to be blocked - which is probably a good thing for my productivity... If I were less lazy, I'd send a ticket, but, meh
For those unfamiliar with the concept of Virtual Private Network, a VPN is an encrypted tunnel (like a secure hose) between the user and an exit point (also acting as an entry point to received packets) beyond which the data packets travel "naked" i.e. very easy to intercept, log and analyze.
Established VPN providers tend to have several separate servers in each of the countries they operate in. If one server/IP address gets Shri's knickers in a twist, the Geo user may simply switch to using another server which might not be blocked.
A VPN user could also choose any number of locations either in Asia (generally lower latency), Europe or the USA... anywhere where the VPN service manages servers.
Many VPN providers also allow their customers to use several different devices under a single account. Your desktop, laptop, mobile, tablet and router could all have their separate tunnel exits in different locations, often for less than 10 USD per month.
HK residents should look for a VPN provider with excellent reputation (in terms of security and privacy policies and technology) and a choice of servers located in Hong Kong as well as across the globe.
To mention just one such trustworthy operator are the founders of ProtonMail, the secure email service which journalists used to communicate with Edward Snowden.
One of those journalists, Glenn Greenwald, gave a great TED Talk presentation Why Privacy Matters (20:41) which every sentient primate should watch and internalize.
ProtonMail founder Andy Yen is originally from Hong Kong I believe. He also gave a great TED Talk "Think your email's private? Think again".
Their more recent VPN service, ProtonVPN, lists several gigabit servers in Hong Kong.
One could subscribe to more than one VPN service or, with a little effort and technical nous, a more advanced user could operate an entirely homegrown personal VPN tunnel e.g. between one's home router and the travelling gear.
I travel often to Vietnam and sometimes to China and have fallen foul of these rules. Shri has explained his reasoning and has whitelisted my Vietnam IP a couple of times for me. On balance I would rather have forum with less spam and other crap and a slight amount of inconvenience to myself. At the end of the day it's his business and we don't pay for it.
We have tried this - but as long as even reputable VPN providers keep handing out free trial accounts to dodgy people, it becomes harder and harder to have to retroactively police the site.Perhaps instead of permanent blocks Shri could try temporary blocking?