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USA Proxy Server – American Proxy Sites

Why do people look for USA Proxy and VPN servers? Well there’s a variety of reasons and now many people use programs like this,  just to  hide their identity online.  Sometimes specifically for privacy reasons or often they simply need a US IP address to bypass internet blocks based on location.

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For example if you are having a holiday in Turkey, don’t presume you can access all the same web sites that you do from the US.

Many sites particularly media sites restrict access to US visitors, blocking any IP addresses from outside the country. In addition you’ll also find that countries like Turkey heavily filter the internet too, often restricting sites like Twitter and Facebook to anyone inside the country.

So on the whole privacy and freedom – these are why many of us use either a US proxy or VPN everyday. So what’s the difference between these two technologies and which one should I use. Both perform basically the same function and can give you US IP addresses but in very different ways, which ultimately will define which is best for you.

Proxy Servers

A proxy is a computer that acts as an intermediary between you an the websites you visit. When you use a proxy, the traffic will appear to come from it’s IP address not yours. This is why people will use a US proxy to access US only resources, a UK proxy to access the BBC and so on.

The two main types of proxies are as follows:

  • HTTP proxies – designed to work for web pages i.e HTTP
  • Socks Proxies – no specific protocol, handles all traffic.

A few years ago, proxies were pretty  much all you needed to access most sites and you could find free ones all over the internet.  Nowadays though most media sites can detect and block the use of proxies and there are many security issues with them too.  They can still work for a few sites, a proxy based in the UK will still allow you to access the majority of the BBC iPlayer application for example (need a VPN to download from the site though).

VPN Servers

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and in some ways they perform a similar function to proxies.  A VPN creates a secure, encrypted tunnel between your client and a host VPN server.  This allows a new level of privacy as even your ISP cannot see what you do online other than your connected to a secure VPN server.   The main advantages are that the VPN provides a much higher level of privacy masking pretty much everything you do online from everyone. They are more resource intensive though and quite costly to run and support, which is why you won’t find any free ones online.  Filtered on IP Location

The encryption layer does involve a slight overhead which can slow your connection down slightly.  However the better ones like Identity Cloaker compress the data as it’s being transported so can actually slightly speed up your browsing through some VPN servers.

VPNs are much safer to use and if you have access to a VPN in the right country you should be able to access  any restricted site.  So to be clear you’ll need to use a US VPN or proxy for sites like ABC, HBO and Hulu, but a UK one for BBC, ITV and UK TV sites.  Most of the major providers will provide a network of servers across the globe but you should check if you have a specific requirement.

Here’s my two recommendations –  both offer full VPNs, fast servers and access to many different countries in the basic subscription.  Although both supply software to connect, you can set up the VPNs manually on most other devices like tablets, smart phones and even routers.

Identity Cloaker is definitely, primarily a security product but offers both proxy and VPN modes for accessing BBC Iplayer, Hulu and all media sites.  They have loads of  US proxy servers and even more UK based ones  so if you want to watch the BBC Iplayer service then it’s probably your best option. They do have lots of servers in the France, Germany, Australia, Canada and throughout Europe as well though.  They also don’t automatically renew your subscription either which I like.

Overplay is another great little company, I like their connection software which is easy to use.  Lots of US servers included in the standard subscription. They also have the widest selection of servers although perhaps many won’t use most of them.  If you need a server in somewhere unusual they are most likely to have them.  The support staff know their stuff and are very helpful.

UPDATE 08/2016

Netflix have implemented a new system for blocking VPNs and it’s worked very well.  The vast majority of VPNs no longer work, however Identity Cloaker has updated their software to bypass the latest block.  So if you want access to US Netflix, you should choose Identity Cloaker, if any other VPNs now work please post a comment.

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Need a USA Proxy Server for a US IP Address?

Here’s a question that many people want the answer to – How can I obtain a US IP address?   Well hopefully this post will help. If you don’t want an explanation about USA proxy sites and simply want to buy a US IP address at a very low cost – then try this service – here, for a few bucks a month you can have a host of secure, fast US IP addresses plus Canadian, UK, Australian and lots of other countries at your fingertips.

Many web sites determine what you see based on your location, so for example if you want to watch Hulu – you need to be in the USA.  Access is controlled by location so it doesn’t matter if you’re a US citizen, if you’re trying to access Hulu from a hotel in Rome then you’re Italian and you’ll get blocked.  This is why changing your real IP address is becoming a much more common requirement, simply because that loads of the best websites restrict access depending on the location of your computer.

So for example anyone outside America may get blocked from a US banking site,  and you’d certainly be blocked from accessing US-only sites like Hulu or Pandora.

More and more sites are restricting access based on location, it’s often due to licensing issues.  Another reason is economic, many websites operate price discrimination (basically charging different prices to different people to maximise their profits), they obviously don’t like consumers finding the cheaper options!

So if you wanted to access a US only site and you’re outside the US, then you need to acquire a US IP Address.  Then you could buy from a US only site or watch something like Hulu or Pandora irrespective of your location.  Better still you could get much better value, for example the Americans Netflix is way better value than any other version.  Now your IP address is assigned to you by your ISP when you initially connect, there’s no way to change this without losing internet access.

However although you can’t change your IP address  –  you can hide your true address and present another one.  You do this by connecting via either a VPN or a proxy site, both of these will obscure your real IP address. They both operate in similar ways, the proxy server routes all your web traffic via itself and simply forwards all data in both directions. The VPN is actually a secure, encrypted tunnel which routes all traffic from your computer through the VPN server.  Both have strengths and weaknesses.  In reality a VPN is more difficult to detect by remote web sites, although this can involve a slight overhead on speed in some situations.

Which one you choose is really dependent on what your requirements are – a VPN gives you security and more access to remote sites. But if you just wanted to access something like the BBC or maybe to watch Canadian TV in the US then a proxy server is enough.

 

So perhaps we want to watch some shows on Hulu but we are based in Europe,  for this particular channel a proxy won’t work as Hulu is able to detect them – so we need a VPN service.  Unfortunately there are no free VPN services available unless you can access one through your employer or college.  Many multinational companies have VPN/Remote access services to allow employees to access their home location.  It’s worth checking this out although you should ask your IT department for clearance . Or you could make your own by installing a VPN service on a rented server or a friends US based computer.

But an easier option is to just select a VPN service which allows access to a wide variety of  servers especially if you want to use it with an iPad or mobile device, check this post – Watching BBC Iplayer on Ipad in US.  These services are all pretty low cost now and the best ones include servers all across the world.  Here’s some things to check out when looking for a decent service :-

  • Firstly check that the company have some method to allow easy connection. The decent companies have custom connection software to allow you to connect/disconnect easily.
  • Make sure your subscription allows access to multiple servers in different countries included.
  • Speed is essential if you’re going to use the service for watching video or any streaming media – try to choose a trial account first to test this.
  • Be careful you don’t get locked into renewing accounts – use a payment system like Paypal if you can which you can cancel easily.

Unfortunately although there is now lots of choice, many of these services don’t have the knowledge and infrastructure to support high speed access.  Avoid anything that seems too cheap or sponsored by advertisements, always test first with a short subscription or trial.

I basically use two different services which offer both proxy and VPN functionality at a decent price.  Basically these will give you access to a network of  US IP Addresses plus loads of different nationalities at a click of a button

Identity Cloaker is primarily a security product but offers both proxy and VPN modes for accessing BBC Iplayer, Hulu and all media sites.  They have loads of  US and even more UK based servers so if you want to watch the BBC Iplayer service then it’s probably your best option. They do have lots of servers in the France, Germany, Australia, Canada and throughout Europe as well though.  They also don’t automatically renew your subscription either which I like.

Overplay is another great little company, I like their connection software which is easy to use.  Lots of US servers included in the standard subscription. They also have the widest selection of servers although perhaps many won’t use most of them.  If you need a server in somewhere unusual they are most likely to have them.  The support staff know their stuff and are very helpful.

Both these companies allow Paypal and are easy to cancel when you need. They also had the fastest servers out of the ones I looked at. Don’t worry that they don’t openly advertise the bypassing functionality for sites like Hulu, BBC, ABC etc – it’s deliberate, the services which openly promote this get closed down eventually.  In fact Identity Cloaker is now one of the very few VPN services which will still allow access to Netflix in 2016.