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Using Proxies to Market on Instagram

If you’d got into some serious marketing on Instagram two or three years ago, chances are you’d have made quite a bit of money.  As long as you’d done it right, as we all know it’s also very, very easy to waste time and money on any sort of online marketing.  Yet those who really cracked it made serious amounts of money, running literally thousands of accounts with even more followers.  Briefly there it was the online money making paradise, yes Instagram was that great – huge number of users and very little policing of online marketers.

 

Of course, that changed pretty much as soon as I started with the platform!  After noticing that none of the people under 30 seemed to be using Facebook anymore, I discovered one of the sites they were using was Instagram.   It started out as a photo  sharing site and has developed into a fully fledged social network. What’s more it’s perfect for promoting businesses, products and services through images and videos.   There’s no real surprise that it was briefly a real gold mine for online entrepreneurs.

Indeed it still is to some extent but there’s one aspect which has got much, much harder for Instagram marketers – the ability to grow your accounts.  To be more specific, it’s really the ability to artificially both grow accounts and manage multiple Instagram profiles too.   It was very simple, there were only the most basic IP address checks which were easily circumvented.  Plenty of people I know were managed dozens of really large accounts with very little thought and effort with regards hiding their tracks.

That’s all changed now and you have to be very, very careful if you’re trying to build multiple accounts on Instagram now.  Using a basic multi-homed proxy server with a couple of IP addresses isn’t going to hack it anymore.    Instagram have seriously upped their game to block marketing companies and agencies who operate any sort of self promotion on their platform.  There are several aspects now to Instagram marketing but probably the most crucial is which proxies you use.

For most purposes proxies with basic off the shelf datacentre IP addresses are not going to work anymore.   This is unfortunate as they are the easiest and cheapest to obtain.  Most marketers now who use Instagram on any scale,  use proxies with residential addresses and you still have to be careful.   Loading up an Instagram Bot Free trial with a fifty accounts and using a couple of residential IP addresses isn’t going to work either.  You may get away with it for a little while, following and liking other peoples photos but if you try posting you’ll get actions blocks and your account banned very quickly.

The ratios change all the time, but current testing seems to suggest that anything above a one to one ratio isn’t going to work out well.  That means that one residential IP address per one Instagram account, which is unfortunately quite an expensive resource.   If you’re going to use any sort of Bot or Instagram marketing tool like Jarvee for instance then you’ll need to load up the software with proxies before you start.   It’s especially important when posting or creating accounts, and aggressive spamming on Instagram doesn’t work in any circumstances any more.

There are other considerations when choosing the right proxies and it’s worth just being aware of them.  Some people are tempted to use rotating proxies because they help lower the cost of buying large amounts of residential IP addresses.   The  problem with this is that it does’t look natural especially if the addresses are registered in vastly different locales.  Imagine that you post an item on a European IP address, two minutes later your account follows a few people while connected via a New York based address – does that look natural to you? It’s unlikely to work, also you have to be careful that these IP addresses are not shared concurrently with thousands of users.  The problem is that it would be likely that some of them would be using Instagram too – which would be a huge red flag on your accounts.

It’s debatable now if all the time, effort and expense is really worth it on Instagram at the moment.   Some marketers have figured out options that make it feasible, some for example are only using 4G IP addresses which seem to be much more forgiving.  There is a certain expectation that mobile users IP addresses will change more often which is of course the case.  Again finding an inexpensive source of these addresses is difficult though so you need high value Instagram accounts.

The reality is that Instagram know they can’t stop all marketers without actually blocking real users.  However what their intention is to to make it so difficult and expensive that few people bother, which seems to be happening.

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Rotating Private Proxies

Anonymity can mean different things to different people.  In a perfect world, we’d all have some simple method to protect our privacy online, unfortunately it takes knowledge and finances  for complete anonymity.  The reality is that few of us have the time or the resources to dedicate to the  effort.   For a reasonable level of privacy of course, a decent VPN which can encrypt your connection and hide your location is a pretty good compromise.   However this still only protects a single identity and there is the possibility of tracing your connection with enough effort and resources.

Yet there are now affordable ways of protecting your connection even more plus giving you the ability to enable multiple digital identities if required.   It’s not quite the same as owning your own network of super fast, highly secure proxies for  your private use only but it’s not far off.   Here we explain the concept of using a network of rotating private proxies, for more in depth information – http://residentialip.net/choosing-the-best-rotating-proxies/

The fundamental problem of course with using a proxy is that just like us, the default is to have a single IP address. Which means that although we’re adding an extra step, there’s still a potential link from a single proxy to  our device.  For people who need multiple identities or need to ensure their link is completely secure then this is clearly unsuitable.

Rotating Private Proxies

Some of the best VPN providers have circumvented this by using software to rotate their connections through different servers.  This makes you connection much more secure and it makes your ISP logs look much more natural too.  If  you use a single VPN or proxy then even if your logs are encrypted, all data will be transferred between two specific network locations – it’s pretty easy to spot a VPN or proxy is being used.

The next step in the quest to enable individuals to operate through multiple individual accounts requires ltos of IP addresses and potentially loads of servers too.  This get’s costly but there is a method which can eliminate much of this cost.

So how do you create a network that can offer multiple identities without thousands of servers and IP addresses.  This is what’s needed for example if you’re doing certain tasks online and need to scale them up.  For example many entrepreneurs use proxies to post multiple adverts, create and manage multiple social network accounts and other simple tasks.  Yet there are lots of requirements in order to do this, which include making the connections look completely natural.

Many of the websites they are using look out for abnormal behavior and as such it is important that these proxies are configured to prevent detection.   Most websites don’t like the use of proxies simply because it puts a protective barrier between themselves and their customers/users.

There are several ways in which websites will look for these multiple identities:

  • Queries from suspicious locations
  • Multiple queries from same addresses
  • Duplicate enquiries from identical web browsers

Now we’ve established that to have hundred of uniquely configured proxies with an individual IP address assigned is going to cost a awful lot of money.  So actually what people use is a small number of proxies which have the ability to switch between configurations and IP addresses automatically.  This essentially allows a pool of identities to be accessible remotely from a single proxy server, which obviously drastically reduces the price.

These proxies can be configured with all sorts of identities from all sorts of location all of which can be allocated automatically,  For example they can be configured with pools of IP addresses from different country, one minute they would be configured with an Irish IP address and then the next with a UK one – switching the identity seamlessly.

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How Can You Watch the BBC Abroad

The BBC’s website is one of the most popular destinations on the entire web.  It’s not really surprising as the BBC is renowned for producing world class television programmes and you can watch all of it online.  Most programmes are streamed live and also stored on the huge BBC iPlayer archive, most of it for about 30 days but often a little longer.

IN fact for many people the BBC is all they need for their television, as there’s so much to choose from.  There are about 12 channels online covering everything from current affairs, drama to comedy and even kids programmes.  All of this is broadcast without any advertising breaks whatsoever although you will see some trailers for other BBC programmes before each one starts.

Millions of course watch the BBC both on their TV sets and online in the UK, but it’s when you try and watch from somewhere else that the disappointment begins.  Due to a variety of reasons, the BBC doesn’t allow you to watch any of their programmes from outside the UK.  It sounds stupid, after all the internet wasn’t supposed to have an geographical boundaries but it’s true.

As soon as you visit the BBC website, your IP address is checked. This is the unique internet number which is assigned to you when you connect to the web.  If it’s registered in any other country than the UK then you’ll get redirected to the ‘International’ version of the UK web site.  This is pretty good, but it has none of the TV and radio streaming at all.  If you do bulldoze your way directly to the BBC iPlayer site, then you’ll just get blocked every time you try and stream a programme.

However the simple fact is that millions of people do get access to the BBC from all over the world and they have been doing so for years.   It just takes a little tweak to hide your real location, covered in the following section.

Bypassing the BBC UK IP Restrictions

So what’s the secret? How do you watch the BBC abroad, well it’s actually quite easy and can be done by virtually anyone. Probably the easiest way to explain it is by watching this video.

It’s basically a technical version of hide and seek, all you have to do is hide your real location and pretend that you’re in the United Kingdom. It’s possible by two main methods currently, firstly by connecting via a VPN server based in the UK. This means that the BBC never sees your real address only the IP address of the UK server.

The other method is to use something called Smart DNS which is demonstrated in the video. It works in a similar way but instead of routing your entire internet connection through the VPN server, only a small proportion of your traffic is changed. This has the huge advantage of hiding your real location but then streaming the video directly to your client. Not only is this much cheaper for the provider as the bandwidth used is much less. It’s also much quicker as there’s no extra step your traffic has to take, the impact a VPN can have on your internet speed can be significant.

Well there it is, that’s all you need to do. It does cost money, which many online seem horrified by the concept of. However if you think that someone needs to pay for, support and maintain the servers involved. Plus they need to finance the bandwidth used and keep the servers running properly doesn’t seem unreasonable. After all wouldn’t it seem a little strange for someone to spend all that money and effort to provide it all for free. Why should anyone go to all that trouble for complete strangers to download stuff for free.

Most of the Smart DNS services are pretty cheap anyway, mainly because of the points mentioned above. However you will pay slightly more for a VPN simply because of the bandwidth that it uses, which obviously has a cost assigned to it.

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Irish IP Address for RTE and TV3

The internet has enabled lots of people who are far from home to keep in touch with their local news, events and culture. If you’re thousands of miles from home and in a country where you can’t speak the language that link can help a lot if you’re missing home.

Irish IP address

Of course, you can access local newspapers and websites but there’s no substitute for watching the local news, sport and gossip on the TV. Nowadays most of the media and TV sites are available online, many of them even broadcast live on the internet as well as on terrestrial TV. However there is a problem that many ExPats face when trying to watch their home TV stations online from abroad – most are simply inaccessible.

Switch to an Irish IP Address

Take for example the two main Irish TV stations – TV3 and RTE. Both have extensive web sites and broadcast many of their shows both live and ‘on demand’, you can effectively turn your browser into a TV set and watch from anywhere you like. Except there is a problem, as both RTE and TV3 operate the same restrictions as many of the media giants – you can watch only in the country of broadcast, you can’t even watch RTE player in UK a mile across the water.  In fact you’ll even need proxy server Northern Ireland because it will also be restricted from accessing programs in the Republic.

Although you can access the web sites of TV3 and RTE when you try and watch any of the shows you are redirected to the ‘international versions’ of their web sites – these normally offer a few clips of their main content but little else. If you try and access the Irish version of the media player pages from outside Ireland you’ll simply get blocked or redirected back.

How Can I Watch Irish TV in UK or Anywhere

Fortunately there is a solution for all those people who want to watch RTE and TV3 from outside the Republic Of Ireland – you just hide your real location online using an Ireland web proxy. The simple fact is that all these websites do to determine whether you can access is to check the origin of your IP address. If you have and Irish address then you can watch TV3 Online everything on the site without restriction.

This is how you can use an irish proxy to watch any of the Irish TV channels online.

It’s very easy to use, in the example above you just use the software to relay your connection through a server based in Ireland. Then when you visit say the RTE web site it will see an Irish IP address (from the proxy server) and not your real one – the end result is that you’ll have full access to the site.  So yes, you’ll be able to watch RTE in UK and what’s more you can watch Irish TV anywhere too!  It even works the opposite way so BBC Ireland is possible too from outside the UK.

Not surprisingly these services have become incredibly popular over the last few years and many consider them an essential purchase. Most of the popular services like Identity Cloaker and IP Vanish have servers in many different countries including an Irish ip address list meaning you can use them to unlock content all over the world.

There are some points to remember though if you’re looking to purchase one of these services – remember most of the media sites actively try and block these working. Mostly Irish proxy servers won’t work any more, they are simple to detect and are usually blocked – you’ll need a RTE player VPN or SSH tunnel like the ones on this site.  It’s also worth mentioning that unfortunately you won’t find a free Irish VPN simply because they are expensive to run,  you can find an Ireland proxy online for no charge but they don’t work on most media sites anymore.  There’s no problem using it on different devices either, as long as the service allows it like Identity Cloaker you can use an Irish VPN for iPad access too.

If you are particularly interested in a certain channel try and access through a trial account first, some media channels have been adding other restrictions other than requiring an Irish IP address and you’re best to test first.   At the time of writing an Ireland IP address will get access to all Irish TV channels though quite a few US and Canadian web sites now also require your Cable ID in addition to verifying your location.

You can get access here –
IDC IRELAND for just a few Euros.

 

 

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Buying Private Proxies for Instagram

Over the last few years Instagram has become extremely popular and in many ways has developed beyond it’s origins.  In 2010 when it launched, Instagram was seen pretty much as a simple photo uploading site.  Now with a hi-def camera in virtually every phone, the introductions of hashtags – Instagram has developed into one of the most popular social media sites on the planet.

 

Private Proxies for Instagram

It’s definitely easy to use, however  a crucial part of it’s success is it’s easy integration with other social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.   Initially the home of mainly photographers, it’s now full of all sorts of creative people like Bloggers, stylists, designers and artists who use the platform to promote their work.  There are also plenty of internet marketers and digital entrepreneurs who use the platform too in a variety of ways to sell products and advertising.

To make money from Instagram, as with all social platforms, the key metric is followers.  Successful Instagram accounts can have many thousands of followers all eager to view new content.  Owners of these accounts can easily sell products and even recommend others in return for commission or a direct sponsorship payment.   Instagram are fairly chilled about using their platform to promote goods, services or affiliate products however they actively stop people creating and running multiple accounts.

As mentioned, you need followers and likes to create a successful Instagram account and that can take a long time the traditional way.  Fortunately you can help this process along, by developing multiple accounts concurrently and using software to help promote them directly.  However if you try any of this from a single internet connection, your accounts won’t last long and will get blocked and even deleted by Instagram.  So if you want to run multiple Instagram accounts, and most people making money have lots of them, you need to hide your tracks.

Buying Private Proxies for Instagram

Instagram basically wants one user to have one account, so if you need more you’re going to have to play clever. They have many methods of detecting this perceived misuse of their platform, however the primary one is via IP addresses. If you try and manage multiple accounts from the same address you’ll quickly be in trouble, which is where fast private proxies come in.

A proxy is an intermediary server that sits between your computer and any website you visit including Instagram. When you connect through a proxy you hide your IP address completely and if it’s set up properly each proxy provides a complete new digital identity. Instagram marketers will typically have a large bank of these proxies available in order to promote multiple accounts.

In addition to managing multiple Instagram accounts, using proxies allows you another advantage the ability to use automation tools to promote those accounts. Here’s a selection of some of the most popular –

  • Massplanner – One of the most successful tools for building followers for your account.
  • FollowLiker – The Instagram version allows promotion and management of your Instagram account.
  • Followadder – Builds users, followers, adds automated likes and even schedules postings.

This is not a complete list, there are many more tools and bots which can automate the various aspects of Instagram promotion. However use any of these without a bank of proxies to hide your IP address and you will definitely risk your accounts being deleted.   Remember you must use a proxy for Instagram bot or software.   It’s not a luxury for rich marketers if you use any of these tools without using private proxies for instagram promotion like these, then you’re going to lose your accounts.

Indeed most successful marketers will invest heavily in proxies specifically designated for use with Instagram. There’s no point using generic or free proxies as they won’t work for a variety of reasons. However the main reason, is simply that people will already be using them for Instagram anyway so they will also put your account at risk.

Here’s the prerequisites for buying proxies for Instagram –

  • Dedicated – Only used by you.
  • Residential Addresses – most proxies are from commercial IP address ranges, these raise a huge red flag to Instagram as normal home users don’t use these addresses.
  • Instagram enabled – many proxies have addresses which are already blocked by Instagram, they’re useless.
  • Region – the proxy addresses should be registered in ‘safe’ regions such as Europe or USA or they could be flagged.

Most experts recommend having one proxy available for two different Instagram accounts.  So if you’re running 10 accounts you’d need access to 5 private proxy servers which are rotated as required.  The best providers will take care of this rotation through backconnect rotating proxies, though you can do it manually or through the software configuration of most tools.   Ultimately though, skimping on proxies will almost certainly cost you in the long run, so if you’re serious about making money on Instagram and want to protect your accounts make sure you use proper dedicated Instagram proxies.

Our recommendation is below,  specialised, dedicated proxies on their own hardware. You’ll find the best Instagram proxies listed under the dedicated servers section

Click here to try Storm

 

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What is a Residential Proxy and Why Would I Need one?

Many of us use proxies, in fact if you have internet access at work or college it’s almost guaranteed.  A proxy server is an intermediate server that sits between a client and website or application, forwarding and receiving data.  The primary function in a corporate network is to provide a central gateway for accessing things like internet access.  If all web requests are relayed through a single point it’s much easier to protect and administer than hundreds of individual connections.

Out in the internet though proxies have more distinct roles,  primarily being used to provide anonymity and bypass the various online filters and blocks that are increasingly common.   The basic idea is that if you route your internet requests through a proxy server then the site you visit has no record of your IP address. Furthermore any regional blocks which are applied, such as media sites like the BBC, can be bypassed by using a proxy in the required country.

residential proxy

Proxies are also used for supporting all sorts of automated software which people use all the time.  Programs which do research, internet marketing tools and a whole host of other automated programs which require multiple connections.  The problem is that if you use these tools with a single IP address it will usually get blocked or blacklisted very quickly hence the need for proxies.

What’s Different about a Residential Proxy?

There’s actually only one significant difference between an ordinary proxy and a residential one and that’s the IP addresses it is assigned. Your standard proxy will be allocated IP addresses from a commercial or educational range, especially if it’s based in a datacentre or educational centre. However these ranges are very often blocked by commercial websites automatically. For example in 2016, Netflix started to block access to all non-residential IP addresses in attempt to stop people switching between the different versions by using proxies and VPNs.

All IP addresses are classified in this way, and residential addresses are normally only allocated by ISPs to home users. So a residential proxy is basically a normal proxy server which has been allocated residential IP addresses. This is the reason they are generally much rarer and can cost quite a lot as the addresses are extremely difficult to obtain.  The advantage is that residential proxies are very difficult to detect and are unlikely to be blocked if used properly.

Indeed, the only way a residential proxy is normally blocked is if an individual address is overused.  Normally you buy residential IPs in large blocks as one or two is not going to get you very far with any sort of automation.

They are very much in demand, and it can be quite difficult to find residential proxies for sale. Mainly because there are so many different uses although if you’re just after one address to use to access something like Netflix then you’ll be better off with one of the residential VPNs which are available.  If you’re running things like Sneaker or Ticket Bots, SEO tools, Social media posters or research programs then you’re going to need a block of addresses to rotate through automatically.   The safest method to protect these expensive IP addresses though is to use them through a backconnect proxy which rotates through different servers and configurations automatically.

If you’re looking for a decent source of these residential rotating proxies then there’s actually only a limited choice.  One of the main options you might find is something called the Illuminati network, be careful with this as these ‘proxies’ are merely computers where people have installed a free version of a VPN system called Hola. Many of these individuals have simply not read the terms and conditions and will be unaware that their bandwidth is being resold!   There are a couple of more legitimate residential IP provider companies however.

The company who has the largest residential address network run on their own hardware is below, they know exactly how to create a residential proxy and how to keep them safe. Whatever your budget or requirements for private residential proxies you should find something to suit your need with them Most importantly they have a 48 hour refund guarantee if you want to try them out, they do honor it.

Click here to try Storm

 

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How to Change IP Address to Russian

There are lots of reasons why people choose to change their IP address to Russian ones, but it’s usually to do with maximising your privacy when online. The other main reason is to access content or media which are only available in the Russian Federation. Obviously, the standard way of getting access to a Russian IP address is to connect to the internet from a Russian ISP. However there is another way that you can change your address by routing your internet connection via a server based in Russia.
change IP address to Russian

How to Change IP Address to Russian One.

It’s actually impossible to change your real IP address to a Russian one without moving to the country or having access to your own ISP. However there is an easy option, all you need to do is route your internet connection to a server based in Russia.  The following video shows you how it can be done –

As you can see the program makes a virtual private network connection to a server based in Russia. From this point your real IP address and location is completely hidden and any website will only register the address of the server. Anyone checking your location will see that you are connecting from Moscow, which is where the server is based.

Remember all the websites will no longer see your real location, they will register your location as being from Russia.   This will have some effect on your browsing, for instance if you visit Google you will be redirected to the Russian version.  When you type in a query, you will be given responses that are targeted around a Russian web surfer.  When you disconnect the VPN connection however you will return to your default settings.   You can of course change IP address to another country free of charge as they are all included in the same subscription.  However some VPN providers charge per country so you should check that before subscribing.

Most VPN service providers don’t really support Russian connections so it can be difficult to choose the best Russian VPN.  Identity Cloaker is a serious security company however so their Russians servers are both fast and extremely secure.  They also have the benefit of storing no logs whatsoever in order to comply with European privacy guidelines, these are subject to change though so it’s best to check.

One of the other common reasons that people use a Russian VPN online is to buy goods and services at a cheaper price.  For example if you connect to the games retailer Steam through a Russian VPN online then you’ll see much cheaper prices for games than a US or UK connection would  receive.  You do need to be careful doing this though as there may be restrictions on how you can play these games after purchasing too.

If you want to try out a fast, secure Russian VPN provider then try Identity Cloaker

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Indian IP Proxy Online – Star Sports

A couple of years ago it was relatively straight forward to bypass most of the region blocks that existed on the internet.  Not many web sites bothered, and those that did could easily be bypassed by using a simple proxy which you could usually find online for nothing.  Unfortunately those days have pretty much gone now, the game has changed and region restrictions have become more widespread and sophisticated.  It can be tough to keep up as people search through outdated information on websites and forums, only today I got a request asking for help in accessing the Indian IP TV channel – Star Sports.   The problem was they were asking for help to find an Indian IP Proxy online to access it.

In the good old days, this would be a perfectly legitimate request but alas no longer.  If you’re looking to bypass any sorts of online filters, forget about using proxies they no longer work certainly with any of the major media sites.   That’s not to say you can’t bypass them any longer, and indeed millions of people access these media sites outside the origin country – it’s just you have to use slightly different tools. The proxy may be dead but the principle of hiding your real IP address in order to access region locked sites certainly isn’t.

Forget the Indian IP Proxy – You Need an Indian VPN

So just to recap, all these blocks simply work by looking up the country that the IP address you use is registered in. Which is why if you’re logged in from the US you will get blocked at Indian only web sites, this is the message you’ll commonly receive.

Indian IP Proxy Online

The website, in this case Hotstar detects that you are not connecting from India and will block you.  It’s exactly the same as all the major media sites which block access from outside their own domestic market.

However although proxies can now be detected automatically, we still are able to use a VPN server.  As long as this server is based in the correct location, you can hide your real IP address and access whichever content you like.  In the following video we use an Indian VPN server to watch Hotstar in Europe.

As you can see, all you need to do is to connect to the Indian VPN server before accessing the site and everything will work ok. The only IP address that will be visible will be that of the server, which will allow you to bypass any region blocks.

The only problem with using this method for accessing Indian sites is that it’s quite difficult to find a VPN service which has servers based in India within their basic subscription. However there are a couple, the one demonstrated in the video is called Overplay and they’ve been around for many years.

We’ve just found a better service than Overplay if you need an Indian IP proxy and what’s even better there’s a free trial available too. So to access any Indian restricted site or indeed media sites across the world like the BBC iPLayer, Hulu and HBO then try out the link below.

Click to visit the Smart DNS site here.

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How to Use a UK VPN Connection

In the early days of the internet, if you wanted a little privacy, to hide your location or simply to change your IP address then the answer was simple – use a proxy server.  They were all over the web, indeed they were very easy to find listed on all sorts of websites some of which were even updated hourly.  Actually,  you can still find them if you search, literally thousands of them appear every day in locations across the world.    Although there’s still lots about, unfortunately they’re now of little use for accessing region blocked websites. The problem is that the vast majority of sites can detect proxies now and they’re normally blocked automatically. More importantly they’re often highly insecure and many of them are used to capture and steal personal information such as passwords and email credentials.

No longer can you take two minutes to find a proxy server based in the UK, check a little box in your browser, hide your IP address and then access the BBC website from anywhere in the world.  As soon as you try and connect to the BBC for example using a proxy, it will be detected and your access restricted.

UK VPN connection

The same goes for all the other large media sites across the internet, all now can detect and block the use of proxies.  The BBC was the last major media company to instigate this block following the example of companies like ABC, Hulu, Netflix and many others.  The reality is now proxies are pretty much useless for accessing any sort of content restricted by your geographic area.

Fortunately there is another method of hiding your location and accessing sites like the BBC from anywhere – you simply need to use a UK VPN connection.   This stands for virtual private network and is secure, encrypted connection to a remote server similar to a proxy.

Will a UK VPN Connection Allow Access to the BBC?

Yes! Well if you use the right VPN service then it’s true you can still access sites like the BBC from anywhere in the world. Here’s a brief video of one such program in action:

As you can see the VPN service allows you to hide your IP address and display whichever country you need. In this example we select a UK VPN connection in order to access the BBC iPlayer website. However you can easily pick another country, such as USA for sites like Netflix and Hulu.

When you connect to any web site, your real IP address is hidden and the only one detected is that of the VPN server.  Which is why the best VPN services have large infrastructures with many servers spread across lots of different countries.  This allows flexibility and the ability to access blocked content in different countries across the world.

It’s important you use a UK VPN connection for access to the UK restricted sites as this is the only method where you can keep your real location hidden.  The connection between the VPN server and your computer is encrypted and no data can be accessed.  It’s also virtually impossible for the web server to detect the use of a VPN connection unlike a simple proxy.

Unfortunately unlike the proxies which were often accessible for nothing, you’ll need to buy VPN access as they are extremely expensive to run.  In order to work efficiently they need low contention rates, fast, available bandwidth and trained support staff to configure and maintain the servers.  Obviously no one is going to finance and supply a UK VPN online for free so they’ll all have a subscription fee applied to them.

They’re not expensive though and you can get access to a fast VPN service like IDC relatively cheaply. With it you can bypass restrictions whenever you need, and access content from all over the world not just from the UK. They’re are lots more of these service with names like Express VPN or nordvpn which you can try out too.   Be careful that you make sure they’re working before you purchase a large subscription though as there was a clampdown in 2017 and many reported that BBC VPN not working, there are plenty unaffected though,

However for speed and security, plus a huge range of servers available for an inexpensive subscription try Identity Cloaker/

Here’s a link to the trial which you can try for a few Euros. We think you’ll be impressed.

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IP Cloaker – True Privacy

As more of our lives move online, then digital privacy becomes a much more important issue. It’s an often overlooked issue, yet the dangers are very real indeed. Particularly in the case of young people who are often far too open with personal details than they should be on various social media sites.

However it’s not just younger people many of us are guilty of oversharing particularly on sites like Facebook where there is virtually no anonymity. After all I wonder how many people are aware that by sharing their holiday details online not only are they increasing their risk of their home being burgled but also possibly invalidating their home insurance. That’s right, announcing to all and sundry that your house is empty could possibly invoke a clause in most insurance policies that you ‘take reasonable care’ in securing your property.

IP Cloaker

This sort of stuff though is fairly easy to control, just think twice about posting personal information and remember that anything you do post is probably accessible to the world. However there is another side of online privacy which we have virtually no control over and why you should consider using an IP cloaker when you’re online.

Of course, I’m referring to your unique identifier online, your IP (Internet Protocol) address. That little number which is allocated to you when you connect to the internet and is then used to track, monitor, filter and block your online access.

Unfortunately you must have an IP address or the internet simply won’t work. Yet having a unique number assigned to your connection means that you have virtually no privacy. At your ISP a series of logs exist which basically list everything you do online, every web site you visit, video you download or message you send. These have been expanded over the years and in response to the Government’s Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

Now you might be a little more pragmatic than me, and perhaps consider that it’s ok for the Government to have access to your entire internet history – after all we have nothing to hide. However it’s not just them, marketing companies and web sites track your visits customizing your browsing and stuffing adverts wherever you go. Cyber criminals and hackers monitor your connection especially when you use unknown and highly insecure Wifi access points in cafes, hotels and other public location.

Why People Use an IP Cloaker

However forget about all these, there is one main reason that people use some sort of IP cloaker and this is to avoid the blocks and filters that are all over the internet. Ranging from the sort of filtering enacted on a country level to individual websites who restrict access based on location (which is determined from your IP address). Almost everyone has encountered this from when you’ve clicked on a YouTube video to be told – sorry not available in your country.

Worse still when you sit down to enjoy your favorite TV channel online and discover you’re in the wrong country. For me I can still remember missing ‘Match of the Day’ on a Saturday night just because I was stuck in a hotel on a Belgium Industrial estate and hence BBC iPlayer no longer worked.

It’s this region locking that drives people mostly to use IP cloaking programs because you can simply bypass all these restrictions. Personally for me it means when I’m travelling I can access every single UK TV station online simply by hiding my real location and pretending I’m in the UK. Others will connect to US, French or Canadian servers in order to access the websites they want and so on – here’s an example of how an IP cloaker works.

As you can see if you use the right sort of VPN service then you can change your IP address location at will. So as long as you know which country is required you can switch to that location when desired. As previously mentioned,  for me it’s to switch to a UK IP address whenever I’m travelling, although I also use US and Canadian servers to change my Netflix locale too.

It’s not only restricted to computers and laptops either, you can use this particular VPN service on mobile devices too like tablets and smart phone.  You’ll need to set up the VPN connections individually but they only take a few minutes each and you can then use the associated media apps when connected as well.   Just create the VPN connection to the required server enter your Identity Cloaker username and password and then enable it when you need it.  If you need extra security you can enable the IP address changer to switch automatically every few minutes, which makes your connection even more secure.

It’s pretty straight forward to bypass most of these blocks although in the last few years there have been some complications.  Some media companies have started to try and block access from these VPN services – because obviously an IP address cloaker switches control back to the user.  So although a properly configured VPN cannot be detected, companies like the BBC have been identifying them by looking at IP addresses with too many concurrent connections on them.   It does mean that many VPN services don’t now work with BBC iPlayer although the bigger companies like Identity Cloaker are still fine.

This crackdown does mean that unfortunately none of the free methods work anymore, either because they are not configured securely or the number of connections on each server means they are easy to identify and block.  So I’m afraid you won’t be able to watch BBC iPlayer abroad free anymore for example.

If you are particularly interested in a certain channel or media site then make sure you either ask the company first or try a trial account, many media channels have been adding other restrictions and it changes all the time.   At the time of writing for example Netflix will only allow specific connections from residential IP addresses and only a couple of VPN services like Identity Cloaker have these.

You can get access here – IDC for just a few Euros.

 

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