You may wonder why I’m writing about Poland and worrying about where to find a proxy server in Poland. Well although I have no real need to access Polish websites, I happen to know a few people who live near me that do.
In years gone by the internet was pretty open, I rarely remembered ever getting blocked access to a website. But things have changed now and there are lots of filters, blocks applied all over the place. In the last few days I was blocked from accessing Hulu in the USA, my banking site and a funny video clip on YouTube because ‘it was not accessible in my region’.
Fortunately for those of us who get cross about these sorts of things – there are now loads of tools and services which can bypass these blocks which use VPNs and proxy servers. It’s easy to find one if you want standard countries like US and the UK but they can be difficult to find for smaller countries.
Using a Polish Proxy
For example my friend comes from Krakow but now has settled in the UK. But much of his family are still in Poland and he often finds himself connecting back to Polish websites. Unfortunately increasingly he gets blocked because his location (or IP address) is outside Poland. Last week it was a one his favorite TV sites which had launched online and a bank based in Krakow that had an online service. It’s exactly the same reason you can’t access Hulu from the UK or some of the cracking shows on Canadian TV that are online.
The technology is called Geotargeting and the easiest way you can see this demonstrated is simply by using Google. So here’s what I get if I go to Google –
Google checks my IP address when I connect, cross references with a database of IP Address/Country and sees I’m in the UK so delivers the British version of Google. It’s obviously very useful as obviously the local version of the search giant is the one I need, after all the US version of Google would return American based results.
But unfortunately this technology is also used to lock me out of many web sites and applications that are not UK based. SO I can’t watch Simpsons on Hulu, listen to music on Pandora or anything that is restricted to other countries.
Anyway I’ll show how I can change my IP address to a Polish one as a quick example. All I need to do is connect to a Polish server and tunnel my connection through that. This will then fool the web site into thinking that’s my location. There are lots of services which can do this but one I use often is called Overplay
Here’s the software working, I just select the country I need and then press connect. In this case I want to get an IP address from Poland so I select a Polish proxy server from the list. I then just put in the username and password and I’m connected – that’s all there is to it – takes about 10 seconds.
Here’s the connection screen, then you just minimize it to the task bar and carry on as normal. However while this is connected all my requests are being routed through the server in Krakow, and that’s where I’ll appear to be from.
Now you can see that if I visit Google, this time I’ll be given the Polish version because my IP address is listed from Krakow. If I change connections I’ll be given a different version Of course this isn’t particularly useful when in the UK, after all I want to use the local version of Google for the best results. But if I wanted to access a Polish media site or online banking then it would be very useful.
Here’s another option demonstrated in this video about accessing TVN player.
As you can see it’s quite simple, connect to a Polish VPN online and you will get Polish IP address registered when you connect to any server. It’s exceptionally useful for accessing sites like TVN which restrict access outside Poland. Unfortunately there are no free alternatives any more as all the main sites block access to the simple free Polish proxy sites that used to work. Also there are no free Polish VPN servers available unless you have access to a company or educational based service through work or college.
There is an advantage though of using these paid services and it’s an important one. The very best VPN services don’t just offer you a couple of servers but also access to large networks of VPN servers all across the world. This means that not only can you maintain your privacy using the built in encryption but you can completely unlock your internet connection. Switch countries at will and access websites all across the internet which are normally region locked.
If I changed to a US server I could use all the American sites even on my Ipad, change to Canadian server and watch Canadian TV and so on. They’re well worth checking out as you get all the servers included in the subscription – helpful support too – click here – for the . Trial