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Although the internet is often portrayed as a single global system, in practice it's not really anything of the sort. Because it's relatively easy to identify someone's approximate location by means of their IP address, and because it's very easy for a web site operator to find the IP address of a visitor, many sites deliberately block users from specific countries.

This is generally done for marketing or legal reasons. For example, look at the BBC News pages from a computer in the UK and you'll see news that's mostly aimed at a British audience. Look at the same page from the USA and you'll see a different selection of stories.

In many cases you can choose which version of a site you want to see. But in some cases you're prohibited from doing so. For example, a video clip that's only licenced for display in Europe won't be viewable by someone in the USA.

Needless to say, it's possible to work around these inconveniences. You simply need to subscribe to a proxy service. You then log into the proxy server, type in the details of the site you want to visit, and the proxy server requests the information on your behalf. Because the proxy is based in the country whose information you want to view, there's no problem.

Hide My Ass proxy service windowOne major proxy service company, HMA, lets you choose from proxy servers in some 75 countries. If you don't want to pay the monthly fee, however, you can still access proxies in the UK, USA and the Netherlands, which gives you a pretty good chance of accessing the information you need. Just enter the country you want to appear to be coming from, and the URL of the site you want to visit, and the system does the rest.

So next time you get an error message saying that the content you want to see isn't available in your region, try surfing to https://www.hidemyass.com/proxy and take it from there. Just make sure you select UK, USA or Netherlands from the list, in order to access the free service.

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Proxies have been less than bulletproof for awhile. Now with the latest SSL3 exploit it has once again come to light that the NSA has been able to break 1024 for awhile (at least since before 2012) and the DH key exchange exploit made 66% of the VPN servers ripe for de-crypting, if not in real time using precompiled computations then at their leisure since they can/do certainly have more than enough capability to store it now and break it later. At least it appears that regular scumbags can break 512, 768 takes an academic skilled team and 1024 takes a Nation (backed) State of jerkwads to break and the NSA has been capable of this for a minimum of 3 to 5 years so who knows where they are at now you can't REALLY count on any connection being secure, especially when the lag time is 3-5 years or more from when they do something and we start hearing about it or by chance discover it. People feel confident about TOR and VPN's. You know 100% for a fact they are capturing every single packet you send, it can't be very long until they figure out how to break every encryption, after all, we're paying them lots of good tax dollars to do it.

I am afraid, there is a technical detail, with the "WebRTC" leak, even with a VPN, it is possible to detect your real IP Address. Chrome and Opera are specially vulnerable to this issue and there is no patch or solution in sight, the current addons for Chrome do not work.
Try it here : http://ipleak.net/
Firefox can be fixed with an addon or by editing the internal settings

I tried to use the UK link and was promptly bounced back to the free version. Too bad, it looked promising, but I will have to find another service.

A while back, I gave a previous version of ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy a try and found it useful to be able to listen to geo-restricted BBC and CBC streams from the U.S. -- http://proxy.chris-pc.com/ (as it is ad-supported, be mindful during installation; current version: 6.0, released 2015.04.15).

I needed this service just a few minutes after I read the article. I tried to use the service in the US to log onto a site from the UK, but as soon as I selected United Kingdom a link appeared that said "Back to free version" and it wouldn't let me use the service. - Jon

No joke. https://www.hidemyass.com/ I've used it in the past. It worked OK as a Firefox add-on, but I prefer to use the TOR browser https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en (4.5.1 is latest). TOR is free and now built in to Firefox ESR. It is however kind of slow to load (at least on my notebook). TOR does come with a number of security features including NoScript, HTTPS Everywhere. There is more on TOR at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anonymous-surfing-service.htm

So, how is this different from any run-of-the-mill VPN/Proxy service?

"hidemyass", huh?? Is this an April 1 article??

Seriously, THANK YOU for this and ALL the very helpful, interesting, educational, and exceptional articles!!