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Archive for May, 2017

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Change IP Address to the Czech Republic

For Czech citizens who travel a lot, getting a Czech IP address really makes sense. For example many websites based in the Czech republic are inaccessible as soon as you travel outside the country. The growth of regional only websites has grown in the Czech Republic just like the rest of the world. Access is restricted for a variety of reasons, media sites like Czech TV channels do so because of copyright issues, whereas many organisations like online banking block access to prevent remote fraud. It’s ironic that most of the websites are more useful to the traveller when they are away from home anyway.

There is a solution to this, when travelling you can hide your real location by connecting through a secure VPN server. If you enable this virtual connection when you logon, then you can effectively change your IP address to the Czech Republic as long as the server is based there
There are many VPN services which are available online nowadays, however most of them do not provide servers in the Czech Republic. Most have servers in places like the US and UK, for accessing popular media sites in those countries.

Some services however do provide a wider selection of countries to their subscribers. Most of these are the more established services who have built up a larger infrastructure One of the oldest companies in this sector are called Identity Cloaker who are actually based in Prague and therefore have some of the fastest VPN servers that provide a Czech IP address.

You can see the software in action here –

Although the connections illustrated in this video show the user changing to a UK IP address, for a Czech IP address you simply select one of the servers based in the Czech Republic. Because Identity Cloaker is based in Prague, the Czech servers are actually some of the fastest and they run very quickly indeed.

Remember when you’re connected to the Czech VPN server, all your browsing and internet experience will be the same as if you were actually there. If you need to get actual local results you should turn off the VPN connection or select the country that you are in. Although using a Czech republic IP address is useful for travellers, security is also important. Ensure that you always enable the VPN before accessing any secure site like email or online banking through a public wifi access point. These connections are notoriously insecure and many of these connections in places like Hotels and airports are monitored by identity thieves who look for login credentials to steal.

When the VPN is enabled all your data is encrypted and protected from prying eyes, ensuring you can safely use secure sites. Identity Cloaker is available in a ten day trial which is perfect for occasional trips although the year subscription is cheaper overall.

Test out the IDC Trial for just a few Euros

 

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UK IP Address in Hong Kong

For a British citizen who’s spending some time working in Hong Kong there were two priorities.  Firstly to find somewhere to stay that didn’t cost half my salary and the second was to work out a way to get a UK IP address in Hong Kong.    The first was solved thanks to a tip off from a local friend, who’d have thought living on a boat would be the solution, the second issue was solved quickly afterwards.

It’s probably an issue that lots of expats face, the issue that although virtually everything on UK television is broadcast online if you’re outside the UK you can’t see it.  When you connect through to the BBC website for example, you’ll discover a different version if you’re in Hong Kong. All you’ll get is the International version, which has none of the live TV or the archived programmes in BBC iPlayer.

This is what it looks like – you’ll see a shop link, advertisements and no sign of the BBC iPlayer link at all.

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That’s because the BBC site looks up your IP address when you first connect, and has routed you through to this international version instead. You can go directly to the BBC iPlayer web page, but that will do you know good because it also checks before you try and play any video too.  So is that it?  No Match of the Day, no BBC News, no dark detective dramas to while away a humid Hong Kong evening.

Fortunately not, if you ask virtually anyone in the same situation you’ll soon discover the solution – it’s called a VPN.   This stands for Virtual Private Network and it is the simplest way to obtain a UK IP address in Hong Kong.  Just sign up for a service, most come with some little piece of software to enable it to work.  Make sure you connect on to a British Server and when you visit any UK TV website it will see the IP address of the server not your own.   Here’s one in action to watch the BBC –

As you can see your location is actually irrelevant, the important factor is the location of the VPN server you are connecting too. This is the simplest way to get a British IP address and it enables access to all the main UK TV stations. What’s more a VPN is needed if you are ever in mainland China to access loads of websites which are routinely blocked by the state.

There’s nothing wrong with using a VPN in China, literally millions of people do this however it’s best to be discrete. In Hong Kong though it’s fine, most expats will use them routinely. It’s also useful for accessing normal UK websites such as online banking which may be restricted abroad, also using online betting sites can be difficult outside the UK too. None of these are an issue when you use a UK VPN to give you a British IP address. Hell you can even watch the UK version of Netflix instead of being routed to a Hong Kong version of the site!  Try . it’s been used in China for over ten years.

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