So why would anyone want such a thing, why would anyone need a German proxy server? The reason is that if you have access to such a server then you are able to change your computer to have a different IP address. This basically ensures that any website you visit will consider your location to be in Germany, and for many sites this makes a huge difference in what you can see.
Here’s a simple demonstration of how your IP address will affect what you see online. When I’m in the United Kingdom and using a British IP address, this is the version of Google that I see when I fire up a web browser.
Now I am going to use a program called Overplay to change my IP address to a German one, like this – simply by selecting one of the German based proxies from their list.
From this point I now appear to be somewhere in Germany, simply because of the IP address I have been assigned. You can see now if I start up my browser and go to Google it will redirect me to the German version of the search engine. This is because while I am connected to the German proxy server then all my traffic is routed through this server – Google doesn’t speak directly to my PC any more. The relative speeds to different countries will vary greatly depending on your location – you should use the fastest one available in the country you require.
It’s really that straight forward and in my opinion, having the ability to switch and mask your IP address is becoming more and more important. We’ve mentioned Overplay here, but there’s another extremely sophisticated program called Identity Cloaker which has a vast array of features including the ability to encrypt individual applications and even specific browsers. Here is a video uploaded to Youtube demonstrating how to use German Proxy Server
So Why Would I Want a German Proxy Address?
Which is great, but why would I specifically want the ability to switch to an address in a different country like this? Well the main reason is that many German based sites are only accessible to those people based in Germany itself. Many TV stations, big media channels like Zattoo, Das Erste, Arte or even Sky TV can only be viewed by people with a German IP address. It’s kind of like requiring you have a Berlin postal code, before allowing you access, it would never bother someone actually living in Germany.
However imagine you are a businessman from Berlin travelling abroad or perhaps a student studying in a different country – all your familiar home channels would be blocked to you by default. Perhaps you are an Expat living away from Germany and wanted to access the German DSF channel. There are loads of reasons and by using a proxy server like this then you can gain access from anywhere.
If you do need to get yourself a German IP address, I can definitely recommend the company Overplay, they have a huge range of different servers across the world all included in the same subscription – useful for watching different sites in the USA and UK for example. The software is very easy to use and the cost is much cheaper than most other proxy/VPN servers.
Updated – 19/11/2013