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Posts tagged ‘germany’

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A German Proxy Server – How to Get One

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.

UK IP

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.

german proxy

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 proxy available in the country you require.

German Address

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

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Germany Most Spied Upon Country in Europe

Over the years, many of us have laughed and poured scorn on the rise of the surveillance societies.  We have made fun of those countries like North Korea, Iran and Thailand who go to great lengths to monitor and intercept communications made over the internet.    How we giggled at the stupid Chinese internet police who appear on posters in internet cafes reminding people that they’re being watched and telling citizens how to report suspicious or subversive behaviour online.

Chinese Internet Police

EU nations regularly criticize countries like Turkey about their levels of content filtering and human rights issues like accessing the internet.

Yet lately the revelations from Edward Snowden are starting to reveal a much broader scope of surveillance particular in North America and Europe.  The Western democracies of course have strict privacy and data protection laws to protect their citizens from intrusive monitoring, however intelligence agencies like the NSA and GCHQ have discovered a  route around this – they simply ignore legislation and ‘Carry on Spying’.

The latest revelation is that in the NSA spying table, Germany actually come in pretty highly.  The figures come in at an amazing half a billion German telephone calls, emails, web and text messages recorded every month by the American Intelligence services.

This level of surveillance means that the US monitors German citizens on a similar level to China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.  A huge invasion of privacy on a country which is not only and ally but has some of the most strict data protection and privacy laws in the world.  This legislation however seems to count for pretty much nothing if you’re a secret service wanting to keep tabs on electronic communication.

Just as the revelations have revealed that the UK intelligence service have set up a surveillance section based in the middle east, the level of snooping that is being conducted by projects like Prism and Tempora is literally breathtaking.

Of course all this surveillance is justified using terms like national security and terrorism.  The huge loss of privacy is therefore deemed a ‘price worth paying’, although the results and effectiveness of this mass surveillance is never identified.

Many advocate international laws being put in place to try and protect people’s privacy, yet it looks unlikely that even these would ever be respected by  the NSA, GCHQ and the other security services across the globe.  Their attitude would seem to match something the Stasi would have come up with to deal with electronic communications.  It seems wrong on many levels that the NSA feels it has the wholesale right to spy on the German citizens simply to protect itself.