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Change IP Address to United Kingdom

As I sit here relaxing in the Turkish sun whilst reading of the political madness that is overtaking my home country – why on earth would I need to change my IP address to a British one.  No I don’t crave more Jeremy Corbin quotes or robotic soundbites from Theresa May to reassure me when I look at my UK based pension fund.  

No I want to change my IP address to the United Kingdom because it’s Wimbledon fortnight.  

I forget every year,  for some reason Wimbledon doesn’t get much coverage in downtown Antalya.   Then I’ll spot some little post or Tweet like this one about an old bloke who nicked a towel from some kid who was thrown it  – https://t.co/9THaBBBOwQ he’s going to regret that as it spirals around the world’s press! However it made me remember we’re in to Wimbledon and the holder is British, how crazy sounding is that.

So I have to watch Wimbledon, I’ve found it on an Arabic channel – but frankly it’s not quite the same. You need Sue Barker at the very minimum and now both John McEnroe and Boris are part of the experience too, and poor Boris of course needs the money now too.

Nope it has to be the BBC, the host broadcaster of Wimbledon for me and so necessitates the scramble to hide my location and link up with a UK IP address. For that’s what you need to do, all the coverage is there, every match streamed live across the BBC channels. All of which are streamed live on the BBC site and archived on the BBC iPLayer site waiting for you to watch them. I have now learnt my past lessons of trying to find ways to stream Wimbledon down a free VPN because frankly there’s no such thing.

So here we go a video for you dear reader, how to watch the BBC live from whatever exotic (or not) location you find yourself in.

Free yourself from the commercial tyranny of the BBC Web Media division and bloody well enjoy it online wherever you are. For the cheapskates like myself, the suggested 10 day trial is now enough to cover the end of the Championship as long as the rain doesn’t appear. Remember when you’re connected, as long as you pick a UK based server then you’ll have a UK IP address irrespective of your real location. The sultry tones of Sue can be drifting down your speakers before you know it, even for the technically challenged. Yes you’re using a VPN tunnel to change your IP address to the United Kingdom but if you can click install and then select the UK flag then you’re good to go. It’s not that hard honestly.

Good luck to Andy Murray. Here’s the . and of course you can extend it for BBC access indefinitely if you wish.

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Change IP Address Sweden – SVT Play

Sweden is a wonderful place to live, with a great reputation across the world in all sorts of positive areas.   They have one of the most environmentally friendly outlooks in the world and are known as a very welcoming and friendly people.    In the technology world they are often thought of as the home of the now defunct infamous digital content index – The Pirate Bay.

There’s a reason that Sweden was a logical place for such a repository to be established there because it has a proud history of protecting people’s privacy.  In fact Sweden was the first country to enact a comprehensive statute designed to protect the privacy of personal data, the 1973 Data Act.    There were already personal freedoms relating to these issues in the Swedish constitution, they are among the world’s trailblazers in protecting personal data.

Change IP Address to Sweden

So Sweden is a great place which has comprehensive laws to protect your privacy, which is great if you’re in Sweden but how can others benefit from this protection?  Well one answer is to invest in a VPN service which has servers based in Sweden.  This will allow you to route your internet traffic through the country and effectively have a Swedish IP address.

It’s great for privacy and security, plus useful for all those millions of Swedish expats across the world.  Using a Swedish VPN means that they will be able to access resources based in their home country like SVT Play irrespective of their actual location.

It’s actually the on-demand service run by Sveriges Television and is one of the most popular websites in Sweden. However the site is also geoblocked meaning that no-one outside the country can get access to it. However the technology works on your IP address so that means that if you change your IP address to a Swedish one then you’ll be able to access from anywhere.

The best way to do this, is through a VPN service that has servers based in Sweden. A few of the main VPN companies have these, although they do vary in quality. The service we usually use is called Identity Cloaker and has several Swedish servers available to use as part of their standard package.

Here you can see the Swedish servers in the Identity Cloaker software, this is the PC version which sits in your taskbar.  The concept is simple you simply choose the country you wish your IP address to be located in – selecting one of the Stockholm servers will give you an IP address originating in Sweden.  This will allow you to bypass the SVT Play restrictions and watch their site as normal.

The benefit of these sort of services is that your location will no longer restrict what you can do online.  If you want to watch the BBC then choose a UK based server, for Hulu or US Netflix just pick one in the US – for Irish sites choose one of these.  It’s incredibly liberating especially if you’re in somewhere remote where access to the world’s biggest media sites is not normally possible.

The VPN completely hides both your location and your real IP address.  If you use a Swedish VPN server you’re also protected to some extent by the strong Swedish privacy laws as the server is physically located in Swedish data centre.   If you’re particularly concerned about privacy then it’s generally best to use a European service perhaps in France for example to be covered under the EU’s strong privacy laws.  However it should be noted that Identity Cloaker delete all log information anyway.

If you are trying to access geo-blocked websites then you’ll have to select a server in the country that has access.  Remember though, there will be some latency if you connect to servers on the other side of the planet however this is usually negligible.

You can test it out here – IDC, for a few Euros.

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Get a Czech IP Address

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 rather ironic that most of the websites are more useful to the traveller when they are away from home anyway, you can find a list of Czech allocated addresses here.

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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.   Unfortunately the free route is pretty much closed now, even if you could find a CZ proxy site then it wouldn’t be much use.  Almost all websites which block based on location now can detect any simple proxy and block it automatically, they might possibly work with sites for YouTube region blocks.

How to get Czech IP Address – the Solution

You have to use either a VPN or SSH service to bypass these blocks nowadays, and it must be configured securely.   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, you browse with Czech ip – your web 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.

The best VPN services however have lots of uses to anyone who travels a lot.  You can switch through servers whenever you need don’t just use a Czech web proxy there’s loads of other media sites to explore.   Try the great sites in the US by switching to a US address, French TV has some great channels too if you speak the language.  Some of the world’s best online TV stations come from the UK in the form of the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 – just choose a UK server instead of Ceske proxy.

There’s really no reason to limit yourself, fight back against all the regional restrictions – you’ll be amazed what you find.  For example there’s lots of premium soccer games like the Premiership and Seria A broadcast from free in countries like India – just pick the right server to unlock.

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 while switching to a Czech IP address. 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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Change IP Address to Italy – Using Italian VPN

Most of the really popular region locked content is based on USA and UK servers, so people are usually searching for British and US IP addresses.  However in just about every country you’ll find popular web sites which are restricted to the domestic market.   For example in Italy there’s a fantastic broadcaster called RAI who broadcast most of their material on a website called RaiPlay which has several channels.

Unfortunately, as mentioned Rai is limited to the domestic market only so unless  you have an Italian IP address then you’re not going to get access.  Fortunately most of the good vpn service providers now cover a decent variety of servers and usually Italy is included.   So a quick connection to a VPN server based in Rome is all you need to access RaiPlay and the other Italian only broadcasters.

Here’s a quick video demonstrating how you can watch Rai streaming Estoro – here

So as you can see the initial attempt fails because the Rai Play web sites looks up the origin of the IP address and sees it’s from the UK.  When the VPN is connected however this actually causes you to change IP Address Italy and  because the server is based in Rome you’ll find that you get full access because of the Italian IP address.

The software demonstrated links through to many European countries and so you don’t need to particularly specify your requirements.  It’s a simple matter to switch from a US server to VPN Italia with a click of the button and then on to a French IP address afterwards.  As long as the VPN server is configured correctly it should be virtually undetectable, so your identity is protected as is your location.

Most of the European countries have servers based in them including the Rome based ones for use as an Italian VPN, there are strict privacy controls that protect your data enshrined in European laws.  You should be careful while using servers in other countries though where there is little protection.  For example although Russian servers are often used by computer hackers to hide their identity in many cases they’d be safer using  a well regulated VPN services based in Europe,

So if you’re looking for an Italian IP address then you should have a reasonable amount of choice with the larger VPN providers.

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The Role of DNS in Region Locking

It might seem quite strange to think that the Domain Name System, actually plays a role in filtering and region locking however it is actually true. In fact DNS has been used extensively on both sides of the battle both for blocking access and bypassing content filtering. It’s most extensive use is historically as a very blunt weapon to block access to websites.

Many countries still use DNS poisoning/spoofing in order to block access temporarily to specific sites. Turkey for example still periodically uses DNS to stop people accessing social media sites, supposedly in the ‘national interest’. It’s quite simple to do, you just modify the DNS records of the sites at the major ISPs in the country. So instead of Facebook resolving to the true IP address it is routed through to a government server instead. It’s a simple method and fairly effective although easily bypassed by using a trusted DNS server instead of the modified ones.

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However on the other side of the coin, perhaps more surprisingly you’ll find DNS used to bypass region blocks.  What happens is that you use ‘Smart DNS’ servers to effectively make decisions to route traffic.   For example many people use a Smart DNS Netflix system to enable access to different regions of the Netflix media sites.   All the server does is route the connection through the appropriate country before accessing the Netflix website.  SO if you want to use American Netflix you’ll be routed through a US based server – through a British one for UK Netflix and so on.

The advantages of using DNS in this situation is that you only route when absolutely necessary unlike a VPN.  The other significant bonus is that it’s simple to modify DNS settings on any device, without the requirement of installing software on the client.  This means you can use Smart DNS on TVs, Tablets, games consoles and media streamers simply by accessing the network settings and specifying the modified DNS servers.

Further Reading

Return of US DNS Netflix, Techno Press, 2015

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How to Change IP Address to USA for Netflix

For our American readers this might seem a bit confusing, after all Netflix now operates in over 160 countries now and the number is rising all the time.   So why would anyone need to get a US IP address for Netflix when they can probably already access it in their own country.

The problem is that although the Netflix subscription is pretty much global and indeed is roughly the same cost all over  the world, the service is far from equal.   In fact in some cases it’s not even close, the UK version of Netflix for example is often thought to be one of the better localized versions (which it is) but it doesn’t come close to the US version for quantity and quality of content.  So the logical question is can I use my Netflix account overseas?  Yes and you can even switch it to different versions without travelling.

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However if you change IP to USA and connect with an American IP address to Netflix then you will currently have access to some 6300+ movies and films. Switching back to the UK version and there’s about 3700, a huge drop just from using a different IP address for Netflix!  These figures change all the time as licenses expire but you get the picture, get US IP address for Netflix and you’ll at least double the amount of movies you have access to. Compared to some of the more local versions of Netflix then this disparity is even greater – for example check out the comparisons with Australian Netflix or Canadian and you’ll find it’s much worse.

The simple reality is that licensing all these movies costs big money and because of the antiquated way much of these rights are handled – Netflix has to pay on a per country basis which means that the bigger markets get all the best films – i.e the US version of Netflix.   Which is why if you’re sitting there watching some small rather underwhelming version of Netflix you’re likely to feel a little jealous.

The Benefit of Using a US IP Address for Netflix

Is in fact, quite simple, if you change IP to USA then irrespective of your location – you’ll get redirected to the US version of Netflix complete with it’s massive movie catalogue.  Indeed you can change your IP address for Netflix streaming from different countries.  However before you rush off and pay for a cheap proxy or VPN to hide your real IP address then you need to be aware of another twist in the story. The vast majority of proxies and VPNs that are perfectly capable of supplying a US IP address will be blocked by the media giant. IN fact there’s hardly any of them that work anymore. Here’s one that does work – in fact one of the few ways to change IP to USA that actually still works with Netflix.

Proxies have been blocked for some time, Netflix is capable of detecting all of these automatically – see here Using a Proxy for Netflix.   The other popular solution was using DNS to hide your location, you may have seen American netflix DNS codes listed all over the place.  These don’t work any more but you’ll still see them listed in old articles on how to watch Netflix from other countries.  The solution was good, special DNS servers routed connections through proxies when you resolved the Netflix servers.

VPNs were the solution for some time, in fact before Netflix went global millions used them across the globe to access the media site. Unfortunately Netflix have started a crackdown against the VPN services too – in a slightly sneaky way by blocking any address that originates from a commercial service (all IP addresses are classified either commercial or residential).

This has caused havoc for the many users who use this method and effectively 99% of the VPN providers cannot be used to access Netflix anymore. Fortunately there is a solution and although Netflix block VPN services has almost been 100% effective the ban is not completely total.

A select few of the VPN providers like IDC have been able to bypass this block by incorporating residential classed IP addresses into their infrastructure which are not able to be blocked. However this solution is difficult to implement and expensive so it’s likely not many VPN companies will implement these solutions.

Further Reading:

James Hamilton, BBC Block VPN Services, Waber Press, 2016

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Netflix Block VPN Services

There are literally millions of people who use Netflix through a VPN service, yet over the last few weeks they’ve had real problems. Although these people obviously have to subscribe to Netflix, they use VPNs to hide their location and gain access to different version of the Netflix library. The reason is simple, although the subscription cost is similar wherever you are, the US version of Netflix has much more content that the other locales – if you use a US based IP address then you’ll be able to access that version irrespective of your actual location.

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Unfortunately not any more, recently Netflix block VPN services across the board using a new technique not used previously. Many of the online media giants try and block people using VPN and proxy services to access their content, with mostly mixed results. This is because it’s virtually impossible to completely detect the presence of a VPN, so the usual tactics involving manually locating these services and their addresses, or monitoring for multiple connections on single addresses – then adding them to a block list. It’s very time consuming and resource intensive, also it’s easily countered by simply rotating the addresses used on the servers.

So How do Netflix Block VPN Services Now?

It’s pretty sneaky but devastatingly effective as people have found out. It’s all to do with the classification of IP addresses and being able to detect them automatically. As well as being classified by location IP addresses are also tagged with another label – residential or commercial. This is an important piece of information that Netflix have used, instead of trying to identifying individual connections, they have merely blocked any commercial IP address from connecting.

Virtually every VPN server resides in a data center somewhere and hence will be tagged as a commercial IP address. The residential addresses are mostly assigned by ISPs directly to individual users and are allowed to connect without restriction.   The resultant effect – Netflix block VPN services virtually across the board and lots of very unhappy subscribers.

Any VPN/Proxies Still Working?

There are a couple of services still working but not many,  there are not many residential VPN services that may change as the service providers change.   The solution is to ensure that any connection used to stream content from Netflix comes from a residential IP address and not a commercial one.   The problem though is that these IP addresses are much harder to come by than the commercial ones, they also cost significantly more to run servers on due to the bandwidth requirements – at time of writing there is for instance only one US DNS Netflix solution which is working.

One provider that has instigated a novel solution is Identity Cloaker who have designed a system where only traffic routed for the Netflix servers is rerouted through a bank of residential IP addresses.   They already have a very low key approach to accessing media sites, they never advertise the functionality, currently it’s one of the very few VPN services still working with Netflix.

Try The IDC Here

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Browsing with a French IP Address

Your IP address can seem to be located in any country you like if you have the resources to change it. For example to access many sites based in France you must have a French network address or you’ll simply be blocked or filtered. It follows that anyone might easily acquire a French IP address by using a VPN to hide your location. The simplest solution to access French resources is to receive a VPN that supplies a French IP Address. All that really needs to be done in order to bypass the region locking during registration or access is always to utilize a web proxy or VPN from France.

Another of the fastest methods to hide your IP address is with a proxy site. You’ll get significant browsing speeds along with a high degree of anonymity. It is probably the top choice in regards to hide your real IP address, but they’re not free. The actual fact is the fact that if a site is absolutely intent on blocking all and every non-local visitor, they will be able to do this. However an increasing problem is that proxies now can be detected relatively easily and can be blocked automatically.

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Using French IP Addresses

You’re learning English and urge to surf the Internet as though you are located in the uk. You’re learning French and urge to surf the Internet as though you are located in France. Very wide selection of entrepreneurial and company uses. Therefore, if somebody would be to access any neighborhood French chat program from outside of France he will need to obtain a French IP address as a way to achieve that. The important dilemma of web proxies may be the speed that is considerably low. However it is an excellent site and has every one of the top US and European shows in addition to some French stuff.

If you’re searching for a comparison of VPN providers within the French language, you are going to find Meilleur VPN an outstanding website. VPN will usually provide you with a lot of choices to choose IP from. The main aspect is to pick out a provider who offers a huge variety of available servers. There are plenty of VPN providers all over the world. It is a hassle to get legitimate services and take lots of effort on your own part. In my experience Identity Cloaker is the first out of many VPN providers available on the market, for a good service and the top value for the money.


There are a couple of simple and simple steps which you want to follow as a way to receive a French IP address. You need to select the server that is nearest to you. If you’re located somewhere outside France and you’re in need of the French IP address it can readily be arranged. The further away you’re from the remotely located server the increased impact to performance you’ll start to see. To be able to possess the French IP a massive part of this may be unavoidable.

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Why Do I Block My IP Address

Although I’ve worked in IT for many years, for much of that time managing IP addresses wasn’t really that much more than an admin task to be completed. In my earlier career many corporate network administrators didn’t really trust or use DHCP and assigning IP addresses individually was typically very common.

This led to a huge lead in time for assigning anything new on the network, you couldn’t just plug a PC onto the network and it would work – no forms needed to be filled in and requests for IP allocation had to take place, often from a huge IP address spreadsheet. Nowadays this wouldn’t really work, there are so many devices on most networks that managing the addresses manually would take forever.

When the internet arrived in the early 90s of course, IP addresses became much more important – simply because each and every device needs a unique address to communicate. Suddenly the IP address took on a whole new significance, it was now your unique identifier and it could be used to monitor how long you spent online, what you downloaded and web sites you visited.

Not only that but your address is recorded in all sorts of places and people to customise, monitor and effectively control your online activities. Take for example something as simple as visiting Google and searching for something – have you ever noticed how your web results display local results? This is because Google is recording your location and using that information to tailor your search results. Of course this is useful but your address will also be used to block access or filter content too.

So it’s not surprising that some people get unnerved by this surveillance and use devices like I use in this video – How to Block my IP address

Of course using a system like this whilst stopping your address being logged will also have other effects. For example if you’re hiding behind a US IP address and are based in France you’ll get redirected on that basis. It can be a pain being directed to US sites by default, when you really want the French version. So it’s best to try and use a VPN server in the same country unless you want it to bypass geoblocked sites like BBC and Hulu.

These are among the many thousands of major media sites which will block access based on your location. However switching countries can in this circumstance work to your advantage, use a UK one to watch the BBC online, a US one to access Hulu and etc.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 France for just a few Euros.

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