There are many U.S. based streaming video
providers that simply DO NOT allow their content to be
accessed by folks living outside the borders of the gold old
U.S. of A. When you try to log on, you are greeted
with screens like the one's shown below.
Now you are probably asking yourself, why can't you get
streaming video and television shows from the U.S. on your
Well the answer is very simple... every time you log on to
the internet with your
PC, your internet service provider identifies you with a
unique number. The IP Address identifies who you are and
from where you are accessing the internet. For
a more complete (albeit boring) explanation of what an IP
Therefore, when you log on to a site like Netflix
or Hulu, they are able to see immediately whether or not you
IN or OUT of the United States. And if you are OUT...
then you are screwed!
If you want to go out on the street and not be
noticed or recognized, you simply change your appearance.
You can wear a wig, change your makeup, wear dark glasses or
even put on a mask. The same technique is employed if
you want to surf the internet and not be recognized.
You need to make your computer look like someone else.
That's where a VPN or proxy server comes into play. For a
very detailed explanation of what these things are, look
A proxy server, for the sake of this
discussion, will make your PC appear as if it resides in a
different location. Accessing a proxy server before
you begin surfing the net will generate a new IP address
based on where the proxy server is located.
What You Pay For
Being a financially conservative kinda guy,
why pay for something when you can get it for free, right?
Well, the old adage, you get what you pay for" now comes
into play. If you begin searching on the internet for
"FREE PROXY SERVER", you will find a plethora of products
out there that do work... somewhat. But be careful,
many of these products are not what they appear to be.
They mask themselves as proxy server solutions but in
reality they are little more than a scam designed to
capture your personal information. Next thing you
know, you will be on everybody's SPAM ME FOR LIFE email list.
In addition, after trying several of these so called "free
proxy server solutions", I have determined that the
technology used in development was sub par.
In some cases it actually caused my (already slow internet
connection) to slow down even more.
So after much trial and error, I finally
found a "pay service" called
provided me the anonymity I needed but also did so without
slowing down my PC. In addition, because it was a pay
service ($5.99/month), I did not have to navigate through a
barrage of mind numbing ads and deceptive log on processes. GoTrusted also provides added security when using your PC
over public Wi-Fi networks.
Launching GoTrusted establishes a secure "tunnel" from
which my PC
accesses the internet. It cloaks my PC with a new identity.
Each time I log on to my proxy server, my PC appears to be
running from servers inside the United States. Now I
am now finally able to stream my video. I can catch up on the
real news of the day as I watch Jon Stewart's Daily Show as
well as do all my electronic banking with no fear that
someone is snooping on my activities. Isn't technology great!
OK... I have my proxy server up and running.
Now what? I want to run my NetFlix, Hulu, CBS, NBC,
ABC, Comedy Central or even (God forbid) FOX News. How
do I do it? The answer is quite simple... the same way
as if you were physically in the United States. You
see... as far as the content providers are concerned, you
ARE in the United States.
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