Most Internet users have hit the “I’m not talking with you” brick wall built by video distributors, YouTube, game makers or other content creators who take delight in preventing surfers in specific countries from enjoying their content. How many headaches and sleepless nights have you had because you’re unable to appreciate the song your long distance girlfriend or boyfriend has sent you?
Get your own back!
It’s easy. You can watch all the videos, play all the games and enjoy any other geographically restricted content by using a VPN!
Wow! What’s that? I hear your gasps. They are deafening.
Before I explain it, I want to know whether you have ever had to ask a friend to speak to someone who has stopped speaking with you?
For example, three friends named Bill, Simon and Nigella are having a night out but Bill and Nigella have a lover’s tiff and stop speaking. It’s Nigella’s turn to buy drinks but Bill wont tell her what he wants. Being a reasonable gal, she asks Simon to ask Bill what he wants to drink. Simon asks Bill then Simon tells Nigella the answer.
Think of VPN as your best friend and all will seem easier to follow. VPN is like Simon in the example. It is a server that communicates between your computer and the server you want it to speak with.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. You need one whenever access to online content is restricted. It tricks the server that wont speak with your computer into treating you’re computer as though it is in a country where it will speak with it. It’s as easy to use as it is to explain:
- you register with a VPN supplier
- you install the VPN software
- you connect to the Internet using your VPN connection
Here is where it gets clever, you connect to a server in the country you want to pretend you are in; this is the middleman VPN server. The VPN server connects to the server you want to connect to then all communication between you and the server you want to connect to is exchanged by the go between VPN server. The computer that wont speak with you will never know you tricked it!
….to try ;)
And the trial never expires! :-)
I use USA IP. I do get a free pass for adding their link here and I do highly recommend them.
I used USA IP when a girlfriend in the USA wanted me to watch TV with her. I still use them now when I want to collect special game offers or when I want to read the news without worrying about censorship and embargoes. I also use them for testing search result placements of my websites – they vary from country to country. I used to pay for their VPN service. Set up is fast, customer support is fantastic and quick.
Use VPN and you might be surprised at the differences between the real google.com and your country’s version of Google.
The free trial from USA IP works in 15 minute segments. It disconnects every 15 minutes; and 15 minutes is plenty of time to test a website’s listing in Google or to watch a YouTube video or even to collect an exclusive-to- the-USA FarmVille offer.
So whenever you find yourself hitting one of these brick walls,
- This content is not available in your location.
- This offer is only open to US residents.
Or asking one of these questions,
- How do I access blocked videos?
- How do I watch TV in the USA, Germany or the UK?
- How do I read the news from another country that’s not available here?
- How do I trick a server into letting me access restricted content?
- How do ensure my Internet connection is secure and encrypted?
Virtual Private Networking is much more complicated than I have explained it above. A more detailed explanation is available at Wikipedia.
This post is dedicated to my friend Margi who asked me this very question!