Introducing an Elite Proxy Switcher

For utmost security, simply connecting to a single proxy or VPN just isn’t enough. For a start it will be completely evident from your ISP logs that you’re using a proxy server and where it is located. Imagine instead of the logs containing lots of different locations and remote IP addresses, you’ll just have one in use all the time. Of course it’s better than using nothing at all particularly if the connection is encrypted, but it’s no where near as secure as using an elite proxy switcher program.

So what exactly is a proxy switcher and how does it work? Well the idea is to distribute your internet connection through a variety of servers all across the world. This minimizes the ‘proxy fingerprint’, meaning it’s not obvious from your logs that a proxy is being used. Also it’s much more difficult to track (in fact virtually impossible) if your connection is switching every few minutes. Here’s a quick introduction into using secure proxies, using my favorite security program Identity Cloaker.

As you can see, all proxies are not created equally in fact many you may stumble across online are inherently unsafe simply because they are so badly configured. However when the proxies are configured correctly, rotating your connection through multiple servers and hence switching your IP address every few minutes makes you connection extremely secure.

Here’s the settings for rotating in Identity Cloaker:

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You have the the following options of proxy switching:

  • Particular country – if you are searching or using a geo-restricted site, then you have the option of only switching between proxies in a specific country.
  • Nearest Place – this is the best option if you’re concerned primarily about speed, servers will be selected based on their proximity to your current location.
  • Any country – the most secure option, means that your connection can be routed through any of the servers distributed across the world.

All the above options add an extra layer of privacy, however using ‘any country’ option is probably the best for ultra security. It’s also worth considering the countries that the various proxies are located in, for instance german proxies would offer the protection of the strong EU and German privacy regulations.

 

 

Access TV3 Player Using an Irish Proxy Server

Anyone who’s spent any time in Ireland and come to love some of the domestic TV channels there will be very impressed with the updated 3 Player application. 3 Player is the on demand video service which is provided by Ireland’s TV3 broadcaster. It provides access to the vast majority of programmes broadcast on both TV3 and 3E, both within the Republic of Ireland. There are a few limitations, many films and licensed shows from other broadcasters are not usually available but it is always worth checking.

The service is a few years old now, and was launched in October 2011, which replaced the original TV3 Catch up Service. I must admit I never had much luck with the TV3 Catch up player which always seemed to crash or stutter when watching any programmes irrespective of how fast my internet connection was.

3 Player is much better and well worth checking out, it is basically a catch up service which usually holds shows for 28 days after they’re broadcast. Don’t rely on this though as sometimes they can be slightly less than this, lots of shows from ITV the UK commercial broadcaster are only one for seven days for example. 3 Player is unusual though that it includes pretty much everything broadcast for free although there are quite lengthy commercials.

The main issue for anyone outside the Republic is that you’ll get blocked when you try and access anything because of your location. What you need to do is hide your real location by using an Irish proxy server like this video demonstrates –

This method simply bounces your connection through a server located in Ireland which hides your real IP address and allows you to watch the shows as if you has an Irish IP address. It does require a subscription to Identity Cloaker, although this does give access to lots more servers across the globe and it will allow you access to other Irish restricted services like RTE player.

It is worth mentioning that a simple web based Irish proxy won’t work with these services anymore as they are normally blocked. You’ll need to ensure the server is secure and ideally the connection encrypted otherwise your location will be detected especially if the proxy/vpn server is not configured correctly.

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How to Access RTE Player – Ireland’s National Broadcaster

If there’s one thing I love about national broadcasters, it’s that normally they have little or no advertising on their sites.  The joy of watching a one hour detective drama without four or five ad breaks is something that many of us miss when we travel abroad.  It’s one reason why these companies are worth bookmarking when you come across them, particularly when so many shows are networked across all these different companies.

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I first started using RTE player a few years ago after watching some news stories about the Dublin property boom.  I wanted to try and dissuade a good friend for spending a huge amount of money on a tiny little house on the outskirts of Dublin.   That’s a different story, however I noticed that RTE had lots of my favorite shows which I watched from my then location of Raleigh in North Carolina.

Unfortunately as is normal with most online media companies and broadcasters, the vast majority of their content is only accessible from their home country.  In the US it means that we can access some of the biggest sites of course like Hulu, HBO and ABC etc but we do get blocked from some great sites like the BBC and RTE.

The restriction is based on your IP address, the network ID that is assigned to you when you connect to the internet.  They are all grouped by physical location and your location can therefore be determined from this address.   There are two versions of RTE Player – a domestic one and an international one,  you can only access the domestic one from Ireland and the international version has very little stuff available on it.  If you try and get to the domestic site of RTE player from outside Ireland you’ll get this message.

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Basically saying you can’t access RTE Player unless you’re based somewhere in Ireland.  All that’s happening is that when you visit the site it checks your IP address and where it’s located.  Fortunately it’s fairly simple to fool this procedure and gain access to the full RTE site by simply hiding your real IP address and using one based in Ireland.

This can be done by routing through an intermediary server which is based in Ireland.  You used to be able to use what’s called a proxy server but these are now detected and blocked, so you’ll need something a little bit more secure like a VPN service such as this Irish one here called Identity Cloaker – watch this video.

So using this service, when you visit the RTE player website – the only IP address visible is that of the Identity Cloaker one which as long as you select one of those based in Ireland (think they’re all in Dublin) will allow you access to the complete RTE player website and all the shows to download or stream.

Try it out, it’s very easy to use and you can also use it on smart TVs, phones, tablets and other devices too.  It means you can access any site wherever you are, I also use it to watch Game of Thrones on HBO when I’m travelling with my work.

Using a Poland Proxy to Watch TVN Player

Do you need to access a Polish only TV site? Where I live in the UK there’s a large Polish community, which was established in the second world war. Consequently I have lots of Polish friends and acquaintances, who live nearby. Wherever you go you’ll see specialized satellite dishes on houses which people use to access TV stations in Poland. However most of these stations are also available online also. Unfortunately there is a problem, just like the majority of media sites – most stations are only accessible online when you’re in the same country. So if you try and access TVN Player, a popular Polish TV station over the internet you’ll get blocked.

Using a Polish Proxy Server

Anyway it’s quite simple to circumvent this problem if you have the right tools! Here’s a video showing the process of bypassing TVN Player’s blocks by using a Polish proxy server.

What happens is that instead of the website seeing a British IP address when you use a Poland proxy server then you will have a Polish IP address instead. When you switch off the application you’ll revert to the UK (or whichever country you’re connecting from)

There’s much more to this tool, simply because it offers much more than access to a single Polish proxy site.  There are servers located all over the world so you can use any of these wherever you are, it opens up a lot more than just TVN player or the other major Polish sites.   You can use it to access lots of US only content, plus when travelling switch to a UK server to access the BBC and other UK TV channels.

As you can see it only takes seconds to switch your location using Identity Cloaker, which effectively frees up the internet from filters, blocks and restrictions. If you do use it, remember to turn on the encryption when using any unknown connection such as a hotel, airport or cafe wireless connection. It’s especially important when connecting to important sites like banking,paypal and webmail for example.

The servers are very fast and use a compression algorithm so it’s unlikely you’ll see much of a performance impact. If you do, try turning off the encryption as it does add a slight overhead and it’s not that important when you’re streaming video for security.

Further Reading
http://www.proxyusa.com/polish-proxy-server

Can You Find Good, Free Proxy Online

It’s of course a recurring them on the internet, many people are concerned with security, privacy and internet filtering so spend a lot of time searching for solutions.  However inexplicably people seem to think they can find these solutions in a free proxy online.   Just think about it to provide a free proxy – you need to create the following:

  • A high powered server connected to the internet.
  • Support people to keep it both secure and online.
  • Someone to pay all the bandwidth costs (a lot!) of the server
  • Allow everyone to use it for nothing.

Why would anyone would do this?  Why would they pay huge amounts of money, spend their own time – simply for thousands of strangers to bypass internet blocks, surf porn at school or simply mess around on Facebook at work.  Of course there is no logical reason that they would, and in fact even the free proxy servers are not in fact free?  Just watch this video for a quick intro.

The price you pay for using free proxies or VPNs is one of the following:

  • Some form of adware or advertisements injected into your browsing.
  • Risk of Nastier stuff like spyware or trojans or the proxy itself stealing your personal information.

People don’t like to believe it, because obviously they want to use something for free.    Ultimately it’s for every one to decide for themselves, but you should certainly be very careful using any free resources which take control of all the information you transmit online (which is what a proxy does).   The reality is that for bypassing region blocks, then using any sort of proxy no longer works – using a free proxy means you’ll get all the risk and no benefit.

Quick IP Address Changer

Sometimes you don’t care what IP address you have as long as it’s different, a quick IP address changer is all you need. Many people who run websites and online businesses need to check things like rankings online using various tools. Unfortunately these tools usually need to make multiple requests to the search engines in order to work. There are some very professional research tools like Market Samurai, which have their own built in proxy servers which allow the tool to switch between different IP addresses when making these queries.

However these are invariably the exception rather than the rule, and mostly you have to try and switch your addresses yourself. Most people then usually plod down the proxies route either free ones scraped using a simple tool, or a subscription that gives you a few proxies to use privately. The free ones are more trouble than they’re worth. You can scrape a list of a few hundred supposedly working, fast proxies then ten minutes later 20% of them stop working, another 20% slow to a crawl, a few hours later and you’ve got to start all over again. Believe me life is too short to spend it searching for these, using them provides little benefit and it you think they genuinely keep you anonymous then you’re mistaken – read this blog – http://www.anonymous-proxies.org/

The private ones also can be hard work simply because you don’t have enough of them – invariably you need hundreds of proxies to run these programs like SEO checkers for any length of time. But buying hundreds of proxies can get very expensive and you’ll quickly burn these out with some of the SEO tools especially ones designed to be run 24/7.

A Quick IP Address Changer

So What you need is something that can quickly and simply rotate the IP addresses at your disposal. This means that you can still use fast proxies and you don’t need so many IP addresses to allow these programs to function. Here’s the feature in Identity Cloaker that allows you to do this –

IP Address Switcher

This is extremely useful, it means that you can switch between IP address every minute you like which allows all these tools and queries to work perfectly. The change happens in the background and used on a windows server, a VPS or a desktop computer there will be no interruption.  But of course the option you choose is dependent on your requirements – this video explains some others ;

The decision is also dependent on locations, which can usually affect the price and availability of any proxies. The US and the UK are probably the cheapest, where as places like South Africa and Australia tend to be more expensive simply because bandwidth costs are very much higher that mainland Europe. So we can see what is the best proxy program is not an easy question to answer, which is very much reliant on what you’re looking for.

Rotating Your IP Address

When you connect to the internet, using anything from a smart TV to a Laptop – you will be assigned an IP address. This is your unique identifier online, this address in the format – 192.168.1.1 is directly linked to your device.

For most of us at home, this address is assigned by the ISP we connect with and as such there is no way of changing it. This address is recorded by most web sites you visit for a variety of reasons and is in effect your digital ID. Much worst for those concerned with online privacy, at your ISP every single thing you do online is recorded in logs along with this address. Which means that for all of us there is a complete record of every website we visit, every movie we watch, video we download and email we send stored on servers hosted by whomever you pay your internet fee to.

However although it is impossible for most of us to actually change our IP address, at least the public facing one we use online. It is possible to hide our IP address and gain some elements of privacy online by the following methods:

  • Hide your real IP address from web sites you visit
  • Encrypt Your connection to ensure your online activity is kept private.

These two steps are essential and are detailed in the following video entitled IP Anonymizer which you can watch here or directly on YouTube.

Your real IP address is effectively hidden via the network of proxy servers distributed across the world, all the web sites record this address and not yours which is not visible to them.

The encryption is required to prevent interception of data, and also ensures that although logs will still exist at your ISP – they will not be readable. The encryption will ensure that the only information that will be visible in the logs is the connections made to the proxies – nothing else will be legible.

Choosing a VPN Service

When I first looked for a VPN (virtual private network) service online about 8 or 9 years ago, there wasn’t much to choose from. There were only a couple of services available, and to be honest they weren’t very good. In fact I never really used either for very long, they were slow, always breaking and not really worth the bother. As was usual in those days it was easier to set something up for yourself either using a rented server or through your home PC. VPNs were common enough but normally linked to a company or academic server, if you worked for a large company and travelled to any extent you’d almost certainly use a VPN to download documents or access the company email account.

These days both the demand and the choice available have grown exponentially. Over the years, those one or two providers have multiplied and now there are literally thousands of companies providing VPN/Proxy services usually on a subscription basis. Unfortunately the quality has not increased, the vast majority of these VPN providers are little more than an IT guy with a website and a dedicated server hosted somewhere obscure. This is fine if the only users are him and a dozen customers, but if you start taking in lots of new customers – you need some serious infrastructure and knowledge to cope with it – which normally doesn’t happen!

This is the sad reality, that the vast majority of these services are hopeless – something you’ll probably be aware of if you’ve tried any number of them. There’s normally two real issues with these servers – firstly they are badly set up and configured, the other is they’re overloaded. Both are serious issues for variety of reasons.

It’s important to remember that when you use a VPN or a proxy, you are in fact trusting the provider with all your web traffic. Your connection consists of an encrypted tunnel (well hopefully) back to the VPN server down which all your web and application traffic will flow. It’s therefore essential that this server is secure and well configured in order to protect your data there’s more to this than just something to change your ip address – read this.

The other issue is of course – speed, it wasn’t such a problem years ago but nowadays most of our online activity consists of video, multimedia and hi resolution images – browsing the web on a slow connection is a painful experience. It is of course why many people use VPNs in order to access content on sites like BBC iPlayer, ITV player or Hulu which are normally restricted to their home countries. This is a useful demonstration of how a high speed VPN should work.

The video demonstrates that the VPN connection has virtually no effect on the speed of the internet connection. It should be noted that in that video the user is based in the UK and using a UK VPN but it’s still a worthwhile check. The speed will almost certainly diminish slightly when routed through a US, Australian or German proxy server for example, but should still be reasonably fast. As alawyas the only true test is the one you run your self, so if you subscribe to Identity Cloaker or another VPN solution then make sure you test it using a short term trial/subscription first.

Turkish Implement Twitter Block

The Turkish block of Twitter this week, is such ill conceived madness that it sometimes is hard to comprehend that these guys are politicians who are supposed to understand people.  When they follow the example of dictators like Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and decide the best way to stop people saying bad things about you it to try and stop them talking completely – true genius.

It’s not even as if Turkey has the first idea about how to block access, they’ve been actively filtering the internet for years now and there still using the baby/first steps blocking  technique.  Look around certain places in Istanbul and Izmir for example and you’ll see posters of Erdogan with DNS server addresses pasted all over them.  That’s how the country is blocking the site by rerouting DNS requests, so by switching to another of the many millions of DNS servers available across the planet you can bypass the blocks.

In fact  there are many ways to completely sidestep these restrictions and when you’re Prime Minister has threatened to crush the social networking sites and demonstrate the power of the Turkish Republic, you really need to come up with something better than a very amateurish attempt like this.  In fact it’s looking like Twitter use in Turkey is rocketing after the ban has been implemented – circa 17,000 Tweets from Turkey every minute at time of writing.  I’m afraid it doesn’t make Erdogan look strong or powerful, more like clueless and inept.

Here’s one the many ways you can bypass the Turkish ban on Twitter –

The more the numbers spiral out of control, the more ineffective both the ban looks and also how powerless the leader who implemented it appears.  It also adds your name to the list of others who have attempted to do the same,  hugely successful leaders in places like Iran, Iraz, Egypt, Syria and North Korea.  Of course when we say leaders, the list is actually one of dictators, democratically elected people don’t generally try and repress free speech.  It is widely expected that the Prime Minister is intending to continue his tirade against these sites, so you may need a Facebook unblocker in Turkey as well soon.

The block will only really affect people who don’t use Twitter anyway, and have no real desire to use one of the workaround or use a Turkish Proxy.  Although human nature being what it is, probably many will suddenly sign on to see what they’re not supposed to see.  Many think this could be the beginning of the end for Erdogan, not only has he attempted to repress talk of corruption but he’s done it badly – making himself look completely impotent and powerless in the process.   He also is starting to look as guilty of hell with his rantings of moral outrage at the evil forces of erm Twitter and Facebook.  A great country, with fantastic friendly people for the moment stuck with a dodgy, shifty leader – they deserve better.  Especially  Berkin Elvan, the young boy killed by the Turkish security services firing on protesters, whilst he went to buy bread.

From a Russian (Proxy) With Love

I’d noticed that my favorite security program Identity Cloaker has recently introduced a range of Russian proxies for us all to use. So just to clarify when you’re using these servers your IP address is listed as being from Russia, and any web site which looks up your location (which the majority do) will be told you’re based in Moscow.

So why do people want to route their traffic through Russia? Well for a start remember if you do use these servers, there are going to be some implications – for instance many spammers, hackers and other dodgy characters route their traffic through Russia. Because of this some web sites, forums and secure sites will often block access to Russian IP addresses, so accessibility isn’t going to be a great reason for using them.

My son pointed one great advantage, in that one of the games sites he uses is called Steam and charges different prices according to your location. It turns out that games purchased from places like Russia and South America are much cheaper than those from the US or Europe for example. So in theory you could connect up with your Russian IP address, buy the game and download it hence saving yourself some cash. I haven’t tried this though and I don’t know if you’d get your license key revoked or anything like that.

Anyway here’s the servers in action in this video announcing the Russian proxy

Other attractions are obviously the security, anyone who is concerned about privacy may prefer to route their connection through Russia safe from the democratic nations spying and internet monitoring programmes like PRISM. Although I’d steer clear of free Russian proxies because of the high risk of criminal usage and issues.