It’s easy to surf blocked sites. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are usually blocked at work and school. There are entire countries that block sites like Wikipedia, The BBC, CNN, and other international news sites. Hulu, ITV, CBC, SBS (*USA, *UK, *Canada, *Australia) all block their services to non-local IP addresses, and they’re not alone. Most TV and movie sites are restricted based on IP address. Music and Movies are as well, with Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and other movie/music streaming sites allowing limited access based on which country you’re in.
Should you let you government decide what you can and can’t see? What if you have a subscription to these streaming services and are going abroad – why should they block your access?
Take back control of the internet, and surf any blocked site, on any network, in any country in the world.
This is what proxies and virtual private networks are for. Though they produce similar results, these are two different tools, and should be used in different situations.
For example, if I was going to unblock a site at work or school, I would use a proxy. A web based proxy requires no installation, and can be accessed from my email inbox, so I won’t leave any trace of my invisible surfing session. I can use a proxy on my phone and computer. This means I could use the company computer to browse and stream video, or I could use my own phone*. It could be Facebook and Twitter. It could be streaming video on YouTube. No one will ever know.
Check out an awesome web based proxy service at https://www.securitales.com/secure
*If you use your own phone to surf the internet on company/school wifi, the network admins can still monitor and spy on your traffic. Though they don’t own your phone, they do own the wifi. This is why it’s important to hide your IP on these and other public access networks.
However, if I were hiding from the government or didn’t want my ISP in my business, I would use a virtual private network (VPN). The security is THAT much better. If I were sending emails about my work on a network I didn’t own or trust, I would use a VPN. For streaming Hulu and Netflix (and other TV sites), proxies don’t work, so a VPN is the way to go. Spotify? A proxy won’t cover programs and software, so a VPN is you answer. In fact, I usually use these rules.
So hopefully I covered everything, and you now know what you’re looking for. Here are some recommended services. I’ve tried these out, so I personally guarantee that they work. Actually, all come with at least a 7 day money-back-guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose by trying something out.
If your goal is unblocking sites, Hide My Ass is the VPN service to go with for the long term. You pay just $6.55 per month, and you get your choice for PPTP, L2TP, or OpenVPN, which means you can use the service on your phone and/or computer. Download and setup is fast and easy, and there’s a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee. They’ve also got the most comprehensive IP and VPN server database of any other VPN service.
If you’re looking for a short term solution, SwitchVPN offers 1 month accounts for just $.5.95, which is half of the price for a 1 month account with HMA. There are a variety of VPN server locations and VPN protocols available. You’ll have to choose your options to get the cheap price though. For access to all their servers, and multiple VPN protocols as well as some other features you’ll have to pay more – about $12 dollars a month. IF this is what you’re looking for, I’d go with Hide My Ass instead. 5 day money back guarantee.
This service has a 3 day trial account for $2.50. This would be suitable if you find yourself in need of a quick solution, but don’t want (or need) to pay for the full month. They’ve also got some other decent options like SSTP VPN for Vista/Win 7, and their standard plan is only $74 for a year, which is damn cheap. They also have dedicated IP addresses available.