The internet used to be one big happy family, where we could all go to the same websites and see exactly the same. However this is not the case anymore and many web sites block or restrict access based on your location – here’s how you can use a Turkish proxy to access web sites restricted to people in Turkey only.
You might not think there are many sites which only allow access from Turkey like this but you may be surprised, many Turkish banks, TV stations, online newspapers and YouTube videos are accessible only if you have a Turkish IP address. Of course there’s only two ways this can happen –
- You’re in Turkey
- Using a Turkish Proxy or VPN to hide your real address
Now you can find free proxy servers online, but you’ll be struggling to find a Turkish one that isn’t going to infect your PC with malware and allow the administrator to run off with your account details if you try and log in to anything. So you’ll be left with one of the paid VPN or proxy providers, although there’s not many that supply a Turkish server.
The one I use is called Overplay and they have been around for many years. Here’s the interface of the connection program –
All you do is scroll down the list and select the desired country, in this case Turkey then press connect. From this point in all your traffic will be encrypted and routed through the Turkish server and you will appear to be connecting from Istanbul (where the server is located).
You can see from this screen shot now when I visit Google I actually get redirected to the Turkish version –
When you have finished you merely select deselect, or if you need to access content in another country then connect through a different server. For example if you’re in Turkey and want to access the BBC Iplayer you would choose a UK server. If you needed to access some American only sites like Hulu then choose one of the US servers.
It can be a challenge finding Turkish proxies to use however, you won’t find any free ones and some sites charge a lot of money for them. Fortunately for anyone looking for specific proxies like ones from Turkey, then Overplay have the biggest proxy/VPN server network anywhere and they only a charge a small subscription fee to cover all their servers which you can cancel at any time instantly.
I can thoroughly recommend them – Overplay VPN Service.
Edit – after recent events in Turkey from Erdogan thought this might be relevent – Turkish Block Twitter.