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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Why would you want to do this I might hear you ask.  Well it’s mainly due to a practice called geotargeting and it’s extremely annoying.  You’ve probably come across it before – perhaps you’ve clicked on a particularly interesting video on Youtube, you click to play but just get a message about ’this video is not available in your area’.  Rubbish eh.  But there’s more – loads of web sites do it.  When I’m abroad I’ve been blocked from my online bank account as I’m in a different country, can’t access Hulu or Pandora on holiday as their US only.  Literally more and more incidents being blocked or filtered from websites I use to access without problem.

 

 

Now a VPN is a Virtual Private Network and it’s just a little tunnel between you and another computer.  So for example I could set up a VPN to a USA server, or an Australian proxy, check this out.  The beauty is that I now appear to be in the location of the VPN server not my actual physical location – so I can connect to  the country I need to access a particular website.

I’m actually quite lucky as the company I work for has lots of VPNs all across the world.  This means I am able to access the one I need at any given time.  The ones I use most are the UK one for BBC Iplayer (blocked outside UK) and the US one for when I’m travelling.  I really wish the web sites wouldn’t do this – it just seems against the spirit of the internet.  However as usual money making seems to have overtaken ideals once again.