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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago RonNasty64

* and I can now watch YT at work (until they block this site).

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. It works well for me, my internet is slow and YouTube videos normally stutter.
I haven't looked around for other video sites, I think the main objective with this is to allow people to leave out the tracking aspect, and the no ads is a good thing too.

There may be others out there, this one was recommended by a friend.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 2 weeks ago Panzer PeerTube: https://joinpeertube.org/ view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Interesting, thanks Panzer. :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Maybe they won't block it. :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago nicholas1935

I tried to download Invidiuos, but couldn't determine what link to click on; so. I clicked on everything possible.
I still couldn't download it.
It sounds like something I would like to have.
Please help.
Thanx,
Nick M.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Hi Nick,

It's not a download, it's a web site, and the link is at the end of the article (it says Visit Invidious), here it is:

https://invidio.us/

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago Panzer You are welcome. view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago zep321

Thanks R, a great site! Added bonus, it works great with my favorite Downloader 4k video downloader. A keeper.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Great, it's good to know it works 4k video downloader. :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago Panzer I don't know about tracking, but these five offer you a clean interface for watching YT videos: https://freetubeapp.io/ http://omega.gg/MotionBox/ https://toogl.es http://www.viewpure.com/ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/df-tube-distraction-free/mjdep... view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Those are great sites, thanks for posting them.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 1 week ago Panzer You are welcome. view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 6 days ago Panzer Layluh allows you to watch videos and livestreams without distractions: https://www.layluh.com/ view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 10 months 6 days ago rhiannon

Thanks. It gives a bad link message if you enter a channel, but does fine on individual videos.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 3 weeks ago Panzer Tube - Minimalist YouTube: https://tube.qnzl.co/ view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks. That really is minimalist. :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 2 weeks ago Panzer https://rabbithols.github.io/BetterYoutubeHomepage/ view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks. :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 1 week ago Panzer You will also need this: Peertube Search - fast search index of public Peertube videos: https://peertube-search.com view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 1 week ago Panzer Embetty displays remote content like tweets or YouTube videos without compromising your privacy: https://github.com/heiseonline/embetty view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 1 week ago Panzer yt is an distraction-free youtube client. It is open source and doesn't collect your data: http://yt.dudzik.co/ view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Interesting, thank you. I hadn't seen that.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 4 days ago Panzer HookTube: https://hooktube.com/ view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 9 months 4 days ago rhiannon

Thanks Panzer, I'll add it to my list. :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 8 months 4 weeks ago Panzer https://brandnewtube.com view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 8 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Thank you! :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 8 months 3 weeks ago Panzer You are welcome. view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 8 months 2 weeks ago Panzer OpenVideo detects almost every video and can play it in its own video player - bypassing all ads without being detected: https://openvideofs.github.io/ view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 8 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

That looks interesting, I'll check it out. Thanks. :)

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 8 months 1 week ago Panzer Yotter allows you to follow and gather all the content from your favorite Twitter and YouTube accounts in a beautiful feed so you can stay up to date without compromising your privacy at all: https://github.com/pluja/Yotter view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 7 months 3 weeks ago Panzer Yout Player is the new way to watch playlists from YouTube on Desktop. No YouTube ads, simple to use, floating window: https://youtplayer.github.io view
Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 7 months 3 weeks ago tom4455

Doesn't using Tor-browser accomplish the same thing?

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I don't know. My internet connection is too slow to use Tor. The handful of times I've tried Tor it hasn't worked at all well.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google 5 months 2 weeks ago Panzer youtube-local is a browser-based client for watching Youtube anonymously and without the lag of the slow page used by Youtube: https://github.com/user234683/youtube-local view
Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago sicknero

Nice find Rob thanks : )

A couple of alternatives are streaming Youtube vids to a standalone media player such as VLC or Pot Player, or using the Pop Video add-on for Firefox which as the name suggests pops the video out into a separate dedicated window.

These have the advantage (for me anyway) that you can drag them around the desktop and resize them to play your vids in a corner of the screen while doing other stuff.

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago David Roper

Super Find

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago budchekov

Thanks Rob, quietube is similar. http://quietube.com/

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob..... I'm always on the lookout for something that makes youtube viewing a pleasure.
You've nailed it with this one !

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago bernardz Another advantage of using VLC as sicknero suggests is it plays better. Another alternative is hitting full screen in youtube view
Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago sicknero

That's true, YT videos do play more smoothly for me when streamed to a stand-alone player.

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago flashcraft

I use 'Magic Actions For Youtube'. It's a firefox or Chrome addon. It removes the ads on the sides and lets you darken the page background for a theater type effect. Pretty cool.

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago PiccPete

I have been using Adblock for YouTube Chrome Extension for quite a while now. VERY satisfied.
I have low vision, so I tend to go to full screen almost always. So background is irrelevant to me.

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago thaneshpr

If you are using Chrome, I highly recommend the extension: Youtube Options.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-options/bdokagampppgbn...

It gives you a detailed option so you can decide specifically which part(s) of Youtube you like to see and which parts to hide.

What's even better is that the setting will be imposed automatically for any youtube video you come across, you don't have to copy/paste links to a different website.

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago terrawarra

another great little tool for YouTube is the add-on known as "YouTube Centre"
available here for Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-center/gabnjlibfmlilpl...

We all know that the latest versions of YouTube have changed so that when you pause a video, it also pauses the buffering which is a pain if you need it to buffer due to slow internet or simply a slow PC.
By using the above add-on, and unchecking the "dash" box in settings, it will enable the buffering to continue when the video is paused

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago bernardz I use this addon for firefox to do it, you may find it useful https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/vlc-youtube-shortcut/?src... view
Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago sicknero

Nice, thanks.

Another alternative is SVPtube - http://www.svp-team.com/wiki/SVPtube. Although VLC handles streaming URLs quite well on the whole, other media players don't always.

SVPtube is a tiny portable prog that sits in your systray and when you copy a video stream URL to your clipboard, converts it to a format that can be used by any media player - Pot Player for instance. It can be set to autoplay copied URLs and has the advantage of not being tied to any particular browser. Works with various sites like Youtube and Vimeo.

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Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 7 years 2 months ago bernardz I must try it, I was wondering how you did it in Pot Player view
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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 10 months ago mehman

WOT is disable in Firefox 48 Beta 5 on my laptop. The reason being its not signed. Any workarounds/alternatives for this issue?

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 8 months ago Chakra

Could someone actually tell me what the My Wot privacy policy means? They say they don't collect personal information, but look what the classify as non personal information which they admit they do retain for whatever purposes.

Your Internet Protocol Address;
Your geographic location (e.g., France, Canada, etc.);
The type of device, operating system and browsers you use;
Date and time stamp;
Browsing usage, including visited web pages, clickstream data or web address accessed;
Browser identifier and user ID;

Now I understand, webfilters need information to create their list and all, but it seems that they collect your IP address and attach your browser history to it and say that they will give up the information if law enforcement ask for it. IP addresses and browser history is enough to convict people and My Wot knows everything b/c it is an addon that is always on. It is just unnecessary for them to collect that much information, heck if they stopped collecting ip addresses, and use the other stuff without the IP address collection, then it would be fine, and the product wouldn't suffer any bit at all. I don't trust it.

Privacy issues aside, I think the stuff written about the addon is mostly true, it works well enough for big to medium sites It also helps sometimes to prevent you to malicious imitation sites like bankofamerica123 or something odd that like. However small sites are often not classified correctly, I seen a lot of their top 100 reviewers put down ratings that have no connections to the website they are rating. For example, there could a be information website that does not sell anything at all implied or not implied, but one of the Top 100 reviewers will put in the description "scam, sell fake items," obvious cut and paste reviews for literally thousands of reviews per Top 100 reviewers.

There are a lot of "drive by reviews" like that for small sites, being small they either have to pony up thousands of dollars for the badge of trust or whatever they call it these days. With big and medium sites with reputations and PR muscle, there is enough pressure for Wot staff to override their member's careless ratings, but for everybody else...shrugs.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Please provide links to the erroneous small site ratings you refer to so viewers (and WOT staff) have some examples to relate to. MC - Site Manager. view
Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 6 months ago Sprintel

If this is true, wot probably needs to be removed from your recommended list.
http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/
"The data that Panorama bought from brokers contained more than ten billion web addresses. The data was not fully anonymized, as the team managed to identify people in various ways.

The web address, URL, for instance revealed user IDs, emails or names for instance. This was the case for PayPal (email), for Skype (user name) or an online check-in of an airline."

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 6 months ago Remah

The article does not say that WOT provided user IDs. Instead, the user IDs were derivable in the browsing history URLs.

Anonymization cannot work properly unless the browsing history provider knows which labels to remove from the URLs.  WOT doesn't appear to have this level of information so their is little chance that they can fully anonymize the URLs. That is why so many people are against any form of data sharing because there is more than one way to identify individual users.

One important reason that browsing histories are so easily exploited to identify individual users is that too many websites include the user ID or similarly identifiable label in their URLs. This is a convenient way for sites to work but I'd be much happier if they anonymized all their URLs. This site, for example, does use a user number but that resolves to my user name so my browsing history on this site will reveal my user ID, e.g. http://www.techsupportalert.com/user/##### resolves to http://www.techsupportalert.com/users/remah. This means that my user ID can also be determined with very little effort.

Personally, it doesn't bother me that my public user ID on sites like this can be gleaned from my browsing history. But it would bother me if that were the case for my bank or other sites where there is greater financial risk. Thankfully sites like my bank and PayPal are well aware of this security issue and do not reveal any identifiable information in any of the URLs that I use. It is a shame that all other sites don't do the same.

I'm not sure how the PayPal user IDs mentioned in the article were derived but it may be on third-party sites and not PayPal itself.

As for removing WOT from recommendations, I don't support this as I am not bothered by this issue.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 6 months ago Sprintel

If the decision is not to remove the addon, I believe techsupportalert at a minimum has thr obligation to disclose the privacy issues that have been on the news lately. Even chrome and firefox already removed this addon from their sites.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 5 months ago Prof. Jewell

Issues, or not, with WOT need to be carefully discussed in the review before the recommended label is reapplied.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 2 months ago Sea Mac

They are no longer operating - their assets have been sold! Their Browser Plugin is no longer available and is no longer supported.

https://www.mywot.com/en/forum/70818-to-the-wot-community

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3139814/software/web-of-trust-browser-ext...

https://steveshank.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?aid=679

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349328/web-of-trust-browser-extension-cannot-b...

In light of this, is Gizmo's still using this as their #1 choice for filter against "Bad Web Sites"?  C. Mc.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 2 months ago Remah

Wow - rehash stuff from last year and miss the discussion in the Forum here. Wow, wow - make factually incorrect claims that "They are no longer operating - their assets have been sold!" Seriously, where did this come from?

Perhaps you read the Wikipedia article which says that the company is liquidated since June 2016? It means the old company rather than the new company. Probably an ESOL wrote that misleading statement. Following the Wikipedia reference to the business registration information you'll see that it is still operating. Alternatively go to their website and see that support is continuing.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 2 months ago rolou

Installed WOT Chrome add-on to my Vivaldi browser today and it is working perfectly.
Firefox add-on not yet available.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 1 month ago eikelein

Why do you guys seemingly don't "care" about Google, Apple, Microsoft and practically all the other big players doing the same thing?

And mentioning "Panorama" is a dead give away for me. I am a German living in the US and Panorama is one of the IMHO worst leftist "Fake news" TV shows; IMHO very unreliable and sensationalist.

Please take the time to read the last article on pcejh [dot] com for a background opinion to this infantile situation.

And BTW, Google had WOT removed from their download page for extensions but shortly after WOT changed the wording of their EULA Google restored it again.

Mozilla being a European "institution" with heavy German influence just stubbornly refuses to do the same. Sad state of affairs for the average, non-geek home user.

And to the site.editors and everybody else who might be inclined: Thanks for not removing the info after "read the last article on"; there are NO sales pitches there at all.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob!

Incredible, but just yesterday I was trying to find something similar.
With your recommendation I don't need to keep trying!

Peter

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago David Roper

Very useful Article and website indeed. This month's best anywhere.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago Geekomatic

Thanks for that- I'll give it a shot. It seems like these sites pop-up & then quietly disappear after a while (are they legally forced to shut down I wonder?).

You might also have a look at tunlr.net. They let you assign their specific server IPs & it does similar to hola.

Cheers!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago SandyGray

Hola is great! It's actually a part of the torch browser now which is pretty cool because you can just use the regular torch browser and unblock and country!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago Oxa

This is probably a great site for those who don't live in the U.S., but it only unblocks U.S. sites, so it doesn't help Americans who want to watch BBC or CBC programming.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago JohnnyG

Your short article makes it sound like you can connect to any website that gives you the "not available in your country message". I was thrilled when I read it since I frequently get this message when trying to watch television from Portugal and the free Portugal proxies usually don't work, and when they do, they are slower than molasses.
The reality is that Hola only unblocks a few hand-picked websites. There are some scripts available to unblock other websites, but there's no way I can see to add a website that interests you. I even saw someone asking about the exact same website I want to see (RTP - Radio Televisão Portugal) and the Hola people answered "Proxies for Portugal are not available". Maybe I check out Hola again in a couple of years. Probably not.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago Grim107

I don't know what you're talking about. I live in the US and have been using Hola to unblock iPlayer for a while now. It works flawlessly.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago hedgehog5

JohnnyG.

If you go to the Facebook page for Hola Unblocker Scripts -- https://www.facebook.com/HolaUnblockerScripts?hc_location=stream
-- you can request a Holascript. Some clever folks at github will identify the stream and write a script, which you can add to your Hola client with one click (probably the windows app required for this; chrome extension not sufficient). They say they will write any script if it has 5 requests; it's free but they accept donations.

I agree BTW that Hulu's general 'country location' is pretty useless. I expect you are getting a Portugal flag, and er, that's it!

Atm Hola's bread and butter is iPlayer + Pandora + Hulu (tho' there are more reliable ways to get these vanilla flavours). But Hulu promises to become much more - essentially a client for home-made scripts for everyone - making geo-protected content a thing of the past. Hopefully scripts will become more democratic to access and user-friendly to create. (I am unable to join github for some reason; and making my own scripts is just too hard for me - I've tried!) So for now, the Facebook page is all there is.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago mrinmoyjk

Actually, Hola has proxies for 22 countries in the world. It will unblock any site (at least everywhere I've tried till now) from those 22 countries. The reason you are not able to unblock the particular site is that they don't have Portugal on their list till now.

To unblock any site in chrome, open the website, click the Hola button and select the required country from the drop down list.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago crip

Media Hint is another Firefox/Chrome addon that is good for U.S. sites. Just install and forget, til you want to see local media and wonder why you can't see it. Colin

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago godel

Their FAQ says:

"Install Hola on your PC, phone or tablet to make your Internet faster, to save data costs, and to be able to view sites that are otherwise censored. It works by sharing the idle resources of its users for the benefit of all. The more Hola users, the faster the Ineternet will be! Our ultimate goal is to make the Internet 10x faster."

So it's P2P? Sorry, but on my slow wireless internet I don't like to share.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago John Snow

Hola Unblocker it just proxy service. Very reiable I must admit. It's just configure proxy via pac script. If website is not on the "black list" - it sends then every packets directly to the website. But if it does - then it picks a proper proxy ( generally it looks like zagentXX.hola.org where XX is a number on the port 22222 ) and add an outcoming http header Proxy-Authorization because hola proxies need a user name and password. After that a proper connection is taken.

best regards,
John Snow

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago xcal

Does not work on IE 10. on Win 8 in Canada. When I installed it for IE, all my signed-in google sites get messed up and show 404. Works ok in Chrome though.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago xcal

I think it was the cookies that don't translate when you access your sites while Hola is on.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago DavidFB

Hola sounds like a nice simple solution.
If that doesn't work because you're not in one of the 22 countries, You might want to try the free DNSJumper. It changes your DNS settings on the fly. Change to a US (or whatever country) DNS and that may be all it takes - they'll assign you a local IP.

Impressively, this works from behind a router too.

(the tool also tests for your fastest DNS choice)

If the site is still being fussy, you can use the Tunlr DNS service which modifies your headers to more thoroughly seem from the US. Thats on the DNSJumper pick list.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

If you search the Add-on library for Firefox you will find Proxmate which accomplishes the same thing as Hola.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago JohnnyG

Thanks David. I've downloaded DNS Jumper and found some Portuguese DNS servers that work. Now I'm just waiting for Portuguese TV to give me the "not available in your area" message in order to try it out. Feels funny to be wanting them *not* to let me in. :)

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 9 months ago DGOD

What are the security implications for using proxy servers?

I would like to pay for digital goods via Paypal as the Americans seem to get much cheaper deals in some cases, yet I can't help but be concerned about "sharing" my data with a third party.

Thanks.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 8 months ago ixan

Useless to me. Doesn't unblock ANY of the UK tv sites. Not BBC iplayer, nor C4 etc. It seems only to unblock US sites.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 8 months ago Kennywee

I live in the Caribbean. Pandora and some other sites are blocked from broadcasting here. Unfortunately, this Hola thing doesn't do anything for me and ANY of the blocked sites I would like to look at or listen to whenever am in the US.

What a shame!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 8 months ago sicknero

If you're a Firefox user you might like to check out the "Mediahint" extension, it works well for me in East Europe for BBC and C4.

Oddly it doesn't fool C4 on Youtube, or the C5 site, but other than that it's very good. It's enabled by default though - I like to keep it disabled unless I'm actually using it.

Alternatively Expat Shield seems to work for all sites but I find it quite buggy and unstable.

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