There’s quite a few articles on this site about how you can hide your real IP address and use one from a different country. However most of these are based from the perspective of a computer or laptop, on these devices it’s much easier to buy IP spoofing software specifically designed to accomplish this task. However many of us now, browse the web, watch movies on other devices too – ranging from tablets, smartphones and smart TVs on wi fi or from home. So here’s a quick introduction on how you can spoof a UK IP address or any other location. This shows you how to hide your IP address on an iPad the same software can be used on virtually any device though to hide your IP address.
Why Do People Want to Spoof Their IP Address Anyway
First of all it’s important to realise a few things about IP addresses and the function they perform.
Everything online must have one – that’s every computer, phone, laptop, smart TV even an internet enabled toaster. Without one you won’t be able to connect to anything, send emails, watch videos or do anything at all online.
Every Address is Unique and Traceable – each IP address is completely unique, you’re not sharing it with millions of people across the world. That address can be tracked back to your exact location, either your home if it’s through an ISP or to whichever device is enabling your connection. So the only bit of privacy you can hope for is using a shared Wifi connection when it can only be traced back directly to the source IP.
Addresses are used to monitor, control, block and filter – yes, unfortunately there are extensive attempts to control access to the internet and the vast majority of them are based on this network address. So for example only British registered addresses can watch the BBC online, American addresses can watch ABC and NBC and so on. The vast majority of online media and entertainment sites for instance restrict access to their domestic markets based on the location of these IP addresses.
So the majority of reasons why people want to spoof their IP address is firstly either privacy – so that everything they do online can’t be linked and traced back directly to them. The second is that they don’t want to be blocked and filtered from their favourite websites. Of course, there’s many of us who want both the privacy and to be able to watch our preferred online TV stations without being blocked!!
So What Exactly Does Spoof Mean – Change ?
Unfortunately you can’t easily change your IP address directly as it’s assigned by your Internet Service Provider normally. However you can hide your real IP address and use an undercover one. You do this by connecting first to something called a proxy or VPN server and then letting it access the internet for you. It’s like your own undercover agent, who protects your secret identity while allowing you to use the internet normally.
You effectively use the ‘spoofed IP address’ of this intermediary server while yours is hidden. This means that you have complete privacy and the other benefit is that you can bypass all these blocks based on your location. If you use a proxy or VPN service which has multiple servers across the world then you can choose where your IP address is located – so pick a US based server for all US only resources, a UK server for anything British like the BBC and so on.
Here’s the VPN service I’ve been using for about twelve years now, mainly for security as I travel a bit but also to watch BBC iPlayer from outside the UK.
It’s like having a hundred different passports at your fingertip allowing you to choose your nationality by clicking a button. The only difference this works only in the digital world and it’s completely legal to hide your source IP !!!
They’re are lots more though – here’s another VPN service I use quite often as it’s easier to use on certain devices –
The tools for IP spoofing and securing your anonymity online are available from lots of different companies. They’re especially important if you find yourself using lots of different wi fi access points to conduct confidential transactions or you travel a lot. Most of the decent ones will only charge a flat subscription to get access to a large network supporting most large countries, meaning you can pick whcihever IP address nationality you need. If you want to bypass restrictions in a smaller country then it’s worth checking beforehand that they have a VPN server based in that country. to hide your source IP.
So the basic concept is quite simple – you spoof or hide your IP address by bouncing it off an intermediate server. Your location and identity is hidden and the website only sees the IP address of the server. This can be switched whenever you need it by connecting to a different server based in another country.
Below we’ll show how you set up the VPN connection on an iPad/iPhone using Identity Cloaker. If you use my other suggestion above, NordVPN then it’s even easier as you just need to install the application directly from the App store. Nord definitely has better support for other devices but they do get criticised for the number of people on the servers which can result in occasionally blocks from popular services like BBC iPlayer. Identity Cloaker doesn’t tend to have those issues although it’s slightly more expensive – my preference for BBC access certainly.
Setting up VPN Manually on an iPad/iPhone
So in this scenario, I’m travelling away from home and I just have my iPad with me – am I locked out of all my favourite shows because I can’t connect through a proxy server. Well no you’re not, in fact it’s just as easy to hide your IP address on a tablet as it is on a PC in fact you can usually use the same software or service. But for start let’s just put up a video showing you the process in case you don’t want to read the rest of this post.
This uses my favorite security software Identity Cloaker but instead of using the software you just create the VPN connections manually – you can see how simple the IP spoofing tutorial is in the video.
However here’s the steps if you don’t like videos
Spoof My IP Address – Step by Step
On your iPad –
You can see in the image, I’ve already created on VPN which I use for accessing US based sites with a US IP address. However you can have any number set up so just select add VPN configuration and you can add another one. You should get to a screen like this (might change slightly if you’re on a different version of iOS).
Now I know it looks kind of complicated and technical but unlike most IP spoofing tools it isn’t really – here’s a break down of what you put in the fields. Just leave the configuration on L2TP and fill in the boxes. If you’ve subscribed to Identity Cloaker there’s a list of them in the members area or support will email them to you. If you’re setting up a VPN with another company you’ll need to check with them to make sure that the servers are VPN enabled and what the configuration settings are.
Description – Give it a name based on which location UK Connection, US Connection etc, then you can select quickly which country you need
Server – Put in the server name you got from the members area.
Account Name – Your Identity Cloaker Username (or other VPN)
RSA SecurID – Ignore this
Password – Your Identity Cloaker password.
Secret – The VPN Secret Name is in the members area.
That’s it, if you have the information at hand it literally takes a couple of minutes – press SAVE (top right corner currently) to complete. Then you should have an extra VPN connection listed on the screen like this –
To use the VPN you simply have to select the one you need and then turn VPN to on from the top of the screen. Whichever VPN you have enabled will then connect and your IP address will be linked to that country. I have the British VPN selected in this demonstration screen. It’s worth putting in all the different connections you need all at once, then you can just enable them whenever you need. You’ll see the VPN connection being made and then this logo at the top of your screen. Remember it doesn’t change directly how you access the internet so you’ll be using your Data plan id you enable the VPN without a wi fi connection.
So when this is enabled all your traffic will be encrypted and routed through the selected VPN server. You can set up a selection of VPNs all to different countries, I use about six to spoof my IP address to a variety of locations.
Therefore you will also appear to have the IP address located with each server so if you want to watch the BBC iPlayer enable your UK VPN and so on – your real IP address will not be visible.
If you haven’t got Identity Cloaker yet – I can definitely recommend it, it’s probably best to try their ten day trial to see how you get on with it. They have a very professional set up and the servers can cope with streaming video without any issues. It’s interface is not as slick looking as something like Nord VPN and others but their servers are fast and not overloaded. You’ll rarely get your IP address blocked accessing sites like BBC iPlayer. However both of these are decent companies and the process to change your IP address will be very similar to use them.
A few years ago, only a select few could watch Netflix. Indeed for quite a while the list of countries which had access to Netflix was very small, including only the largest developed countries primarily across United States, North America and Europe. This has changed greatly and now you can access the media giant in most countries in the world. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Japan, Turkey or the USA then you should be able to subscribe and watch Netflix without problems.
However it’s important to realise that which Netflix region you’re in, completely changes what’s available to you. The US version for example has thousands more shows and movies than all the other locales. Fortunately it is possible to switch your version of Netflix to this US one simply by changing your DNS settings.
Below we’ll explain how you can switch your version of Netflix to the US one. However if you just want to test it out, click on the image below to go to the 14 day trial for free and unblock US Netflix in minutes (no credit card required).
Click for 14 day Free Trial and Unblock US Version of Netflix
The Netflix Library is Linked to Your Location – Some are Much Better than Others
This is not the complete story, as although you can access your Netflix account pretty much anywhere nowadays. What you’ll see is heavily dependent on where you happen to be located. This is because Netflix has to license all the shows on a per country basis, i.e. if it pays for rights in the USA it would then have to pay separately for all the other countries. Obviously this means that Netflix will invest much more heavily in the bigger markets than it will in the smaller countries. So the service ( shows and movies) you get in somewhere like Austria will be much different from what you’ll receive if you access Netflix from New York.
The problem many people have with this, especially those who travel a lot is that these differences are hugely significant. The actual figures vary quite a bit, but some estimates suggest that there are tens of thousands more films and TV shows in the biggest version of Netflix (the USA) than in the other countries. Even though the subscription costs are similar it means that an American Netflix subscriber gets way more content than a subscriber from any other country. You don’t get such big differences with other streaming services like Apple TV for example. What’s more if you travel you’ll switch between versions which can be extremely annoying when suddenly the box-set you’re half way through suddenly disappears. Don’t imagine you’ll get your money back on your credit card either just because you’ve moved across a national boundary!
Is it fair? Well obviously this largely depends on where you happen to be. You’re unlikely to hear many complaints from US residents about their Netflix content especially if they don’t travel much. The US version of Netflix is so much better than everyone else’s, not only in quantity but quality too. For example at the time of writing there’s only one version of Netflix streaming the latest blockbusters – The Last Jedi and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, yes of course it’s the US version. It’s hardly surprising that so many people want to unblock the US version when you’ve seen the difference.
Using a Free Trial to Unblock the US Netflix
Of course, it’s difficult to illustrate how much better the US version of Netflix is at any given point. The movies and shows change with time, however there’s a way to see for yourself and change your Netflix region. It involves hiding your location by disguising your real IP address so it works with Netflix region you prefer.
However don’t waste money on using a VPN from a basic company, these rarely works with Netflix anymore. Even many of the best VPNs now don’t support Netflix access and you’ll get a proxy error message if you try and access whilst connected. Maintaining access has become costly and time consuming, so most of the VPN provider companies don’t support this platform anymore.
However there are a couple of service provider who do, which you can see below.
Over the years there have been many methods and indeed thousands of different services which allowed you to access different versions of Netflix from the one you’re locked into. However this has changed greatly over the last year or so. Netflix doesn’t like it’s users doing this even though it at one point there were millions ‘unofficially’ accessing Netflix from countries where it wasn’t even available. For instance, there were estimated at nearly 1/2 million Australian subscribers of Netflix in the year before it became available there! It worked with pretty much all of the major VPN providers you used to access the streaming service.
Most of these were simply using straight forward proxies and VPNs routing through US servers to hide their current location. The concept was simple, if you relay your internet connection through a VPN server or proxy in the USA for example, Netflix would see the US IP address of the server not your true location. Which meant that a Netflix user in Mexico would get access to the US version instead of the Mexican version. So the bottom line was that you subscribed to your local version as normal then you could unblock Netflix from a different country when required.
The alternative to this method was the already mentioned technology called Smart DNS which simply involved changing your DNS servers. It was developed because many devices now being used to access Netflix like Smart TV units, Games consoles etc couldn’t install the client software to enable VPN use. To install Smart DNS you just need access to the network settings on the device. It works in a similar way but only routed traffic for specific websites which were geo-restricted. It’s also faster but provides no online privacy, DNS leak protection or traffic encryption like VPN traffic does.
Netflix Stops Tools that Stream Netflix from Different Regions
Netflix started blocking and filtering these connections in a variety of ways in their bid to stop people trying to unblock Netflix regions. They had some success stopping all the free VPN services and some of the Smart DNS solutions However the real game-changer was when they started blocking access to commercial IPs.
This suddenly stopped 99% of VPNs and Smart DNS solution to unblock US login methods virtually overnight. Just about every one would receive proxy error messages when connecting. The reason that you received a streaming error was that all of these services used ‘commercially’ registered IP addresses simply because they are very easy to obtain. Getting hold of ‘residential addresses’ is much, much harder simply because they’re normally reserved for ISPs who release them to home customers.
The effect was almost instantaneous, social media and forums were filled with cries as suddenly even the best VPN services stopped working and you had to be in the United States to watch Netflix US ! There was little point contacting support, as in most cases there was nothing they could do. The problems was the IP addresses not the services themselves which affected VPNs and even the DNS options were not working too.
So is Unblock US Support for Netflix Still Possible?
Yes it is, but on a much less widespread scale. The method illustrated in the video above is working perfectly in the Summer of 2020 using a company called Smart DNS Proxy, well after Netflix’s initial purge. The current state of play is that you must have access to a residential IP address based in the country you require in order to access that version of Netflix. Most of the VPN service providers and many of the Smart DNS ones too have pretty much given up on Unblock US solutions for this reason.
Unfortunately residential IP addresses are difficult to obtain and extremely expensive even if you can access them. The companies who do have access to them, for the most part have focused on addresses based in the USA. There is a much greater demand for a US Netflix unblock solution than for any other country which is why they are still supported by some companies. It’s important to check for yourself though, forget about reputation and fancy websites – pick a trial account and try it for yourself. Netflix have indeed reduced the options and put lots of the disable unblock US companies out of business, but there are still some that remain.
IS it Really Worth the Effort to Unblock US Netflix?
It’s true that many national versions of Netflix are pretty similar, indeed some are virtually identical apart from language variants. Depending on where you travel and to what extent you use Netflix it might not be worth the trouble or additional expense. However for those of us who live in smaller countries, travel a lot or simply use our Netflix account very often getting access to the US version of Netflix is definitely worth it.
It’s not just the thousands of extra programmes and movies, but the quality as well. Netflix makes a great effort to get blockbusters onto the American Netflix in order to boost sales and support expensive advertising campaigns. They simply won’t spend the same on a smaller market with less rewards.
A classic example is the film – The Last Jedi, which currently is only licensed on US Netflix. You won’t find it on any other version currently and there are loads of the latest blockbusters which are only found on the American version which makes it well worth unblock US download to your computer. The same situation happens with TV series, you might be happy to find the first series of a popular show on the French or UK version of Netflix. However this is often because the older releases are cheaper, you’ll normally find that there most of the later series will be on the US version too.
Over the years I’ve tried loads of methods for unlocking US Netflix primarily so I can keep up with the latest releases. Proxies no longer work at all, so you can forget them. There are about two VPN services which still work in 2020 including Identity Cloaker. However you have to use the software and it won’t work on tablets and smartphones at the moment.
There is no doubt the best solution at the moment to unblock US Netflix and that’s to use a Smart DNS service which has the requisite residential IP addresses. There’s only one which I have used which is both reliable and quick enough to stream video and that’s the service from Smart DNS Proxy. They also include a VPN service but I suggest you leave that unless you need the security as the Smart DNS version works better.
It’s not just for Netflix though, you can use it to get access to any content under geo restrictions in any country from the BBC iPlayer, Sky Go in the United Kingdom to HBO Go, Hulu and NBC in the US. In fact there’s server locations all over the world to enable the world’s best media sites.
The best thing is that this company actually provides a free trial if you access from the correct link. Which means you can test it out and see if it’s worth the money before committing. Honestly I’ll think you’ll be impressed, with both the speed an reliability and also the amazing amount of content on the US version of Netflix compared you your own locale. What’s more you can try before you buy with this US Netflix Free Trial.
If I was only allowed to visit one website on the internet, there’s no doubt whatsoever which one I would pick – http://www.bbc.co.uk/. Not only is it packed full of the latest news, science, politics and current affairs but it comes with 12 live streaming TV channels too. These channels include BBC1, BBC2, plus lots of specialist channels – a 24 hour news one, BBC Parliament and even two great kids channels too. My children even revise off the BBC Bitesize educational pages, without me asking them too!
All that would probably be enough to push it into number one slot for me. However there’s even more – the BBC iPlayer is crammed full of archive material from documentaries, dramas, comedy shows, investigative reports and loads of other stuff. What’s more these are all top quality programmes, not cheap, generic shows made on a tiny budget !t
However there is a slight issue, and one which makes potentially my worry of losing access to the BBC’s website a reality. It’s called geo-blocking, the practice of blocking or filtering access based on your physical location. So when a person visits a website, their location is checked and then access either granted or denied based on that information.
Watch BBC Outside UK Online
For the BBC, they block access to all the online media content if you’re not based in the United Kingdom. More specifically, you’re blocked if you don’t have a UK registered IP address. This is a crucial distinction because it gives everyone the option of accessing the BBC through something called a VPN like this video demonstrates.
It’s actually very easy, although using a Virtual Private Network sounds like you’ll need a degree in computer science you really don’t. In fact it’s little more that clicking on a button to select the country you need. For the BBC you will obviously need to pick UK, for other services it’s generally their home country. So any US site that is blocked will be unblocked by using a US VPN connection. Sometimes it’s a little more confusing, for example many videos on YouTube have specific licenses which prevent playback in certain countries.
There are of course few sources of entertainment quite as popular as the media company – Netflix. It’s name has become synonymous with streaming video and entertainment, in fact in some demographics Netflix is becoming a verb. To Netflix, or ‘I just Netflix’d all night’ means that you simply chilled in front of the TV (or PC, laptop or phone) and relaxed. You’re never alone with a Netflix account although if you’ve ever travelled and tried to use it you’ve probably been somewhat shocked.
The reason is that although your Netflix account is meant to be a global one, what you can access is very dependent on your location. So if you’re an American travelling in say Japan and you login to your Netflix account – you’ll be greeted by the Japanese version of the media site. For some people it’s a pleasant surprise and you may find yourself with lots of new movies and TV shows, but generally for a US account holder it’s invariably a disappointment. Simply put, the American version of Netflix is way better than any other and it’s likely you’ll end up missing a lot of your favorite shows when logging in to another country’s variant.
How to Change Netflix Country 2020
So what do you do if you’re stranded away from your preferred version of Netflix? Can you switch back to your favorite or are you stranded? Well fortunately there is a solution to change netflix country although it’s not quite as straight forward as it used to be.
Up until last year, you could easily just use something like a proxy or VPN server to switch to whatever version of Netflix you wanted. Literally millions of people did this and it basically meant you bounced you internet connection off a server in the country you wanted to pretend to be in. So if I sat in Japan and connected to a US based VPN server before I logged into Netflix, it would think I was in the US and I’d get the American version again.
Netflix’s Dastardly Plan
Here’s the problem though, last year Netflix decided that it wouldn’t allow this and came up with a fairly dastardly plan to block people doing this. Suddenly many people found their Netflix VPN not working and received only an error message. What the company did basically decimated all the VPN/TV watching services over night – they blocked access to anyone who didn’t have a residential IP address. This unfortunately included 99% of all the addresses allocated to the servers and virtually all Netflix VPN 2017 servers stopped working with Netflix.
A huge industry of bypassing the Netflix blocks and filters almost vanished overnight. It even blocked people who lived in countries where Netflix wasn’t deployed yet which was even worse because they lost access completely not just locked into their countries version.
Here’s the message you then got when you after the Netflix VPN ban started –
So can I use my Netflix account overseas?
Yes, fortunately the internet normally provides workarounds fairly quickly and now there are a few VPN services which will allow access to US Netflix again. Here’s how to watch Netflix from other countries – just look for a specialist VPN service.
What they have had to do is buy up residential IP addresses to fool Netflix which will only allow these addresses through their filters. There are only a couple of companies how have managed to do this, simply because these addresses are normally only assigned by Internet service providers and can be difficult to find. So if you’re looking for a way to change Netflix country make sure you check or test this works before buying any long term subscription. Lots of companies have conveniently forgot to update their websites and many still claim they work with Netflix still but they don’t
Our friends at Identity Cloaker have upgraded their Network to include residential IP addresses but currently only support US and UK Netflix access – however it’s recently been rather unreliable in this context. So to change Netflix country to the US I’d say your better off with another product. It’s not on the same level security wise but it allows access to all major TV stations online including switching Netflix to the US version.
You can even try out their free trial for 14 days to see how it works.
The growth of the media company Netflix has astounded many technology and entertainment experts. It started it’s life as an unlikely video by post company where you had to use the postal service to send and receive films. Obviously this sounds positively archaic in today’s world of digital streaming, yet the companies origins in this low technology world held it in good stead to develop over the years to come.
When Netflix was initially launched it was only accessible in about a dozen regions. What was much more irritating was that it was physically blocked outside those countries too. For example if you were a US Netflix subscriber and you went on holiday to Mexico then your account simply wouldn’t work. This was extremely frustrating for supposedly worldwide internet service and for many people who traveled a lot meant their account was essentially worthless.
The fix used to be actually rather simple, you could just discover a proxy server somewhere online and then use it to conceal your real location. For all the people traveling or working abroad they could access their Netflix subscription by bouncing it through a proxy server based in the correct country. Thankfully that doesn’t quite take place now, Netflix is available throughout most of the planet – 160 countries and counting now. If you happen to be in a different location you should find that you can access Netflix without issue.
Yet there still is an issue, and it’s actually quite a biggie. You see although you can gain access to Netflix in the majority of countries throughout the world, the edition you see is completely different. What’s worse the overall libraries of these regional variations of Netflix varies hugely.
Just take a look at the above graphic and you can see the huge disparity between these versions of Netflix. What’s more frustrating is when you’re 50 percent way through some type of box set and then find the country you’re currently in doesn’t have it. Sounds like a minor, first world problem and it probably is! However it’s extremely annoying to have content you’ve signed up for just being eliminated because you happen to be in a different physical location.
Do we have to revert to proxies now, to link back to our original version of Netflix? Well unfortunately that will not do the trick either any longer as they’re all blocked out. Yes that’s true – every single proxy server is now completely blocked out by Netflix – indeed it even means you can’t watch it in work as most companies use proxies to transfer internet connections. In fact it’s hard to find any use for these servers anymore although people do spend lots to buy best proxies for Instagram where they still work well.
So What’s the Netflix Proxy Ban Workaround ?
So they’re gone, proxies are now totally useless as a means of accessing Netflix. Forget free ones or even costly premium proxy servers none will work. So what are the options for accessing your favorite version of Netflix?
Well the next option used to be to use a VPN, as these are much more difficult to detect. They operate in a comparable way to proxy servers but operate through a Virtual private network which is encrypted. Nobody can easily detect VPNs easily however unfortunately these no longer typically work with Netflix either. yes they’ve even implemented a Netflix VPN ban too ! Although they can’t detect them automatically, what Netflix has done is to examine the category of the IP address.
Most VPN servers sit in huge commercial datacentres across the world. This is fine and probably the best location for them to be seated, however it also means that they are easily recognizable. This is due to the fact that the IP addresses are registered to companies as opposed to normal home users who have domestic IP addresses. Early in 2017 Netflix decided to block access from all commercially registered IP addresses that all of a sudden meant that all the VPN services stopped working too!
As you can easily see these is something of an ongoing battle going on between Netflix and all those of us who wish to have the ability to watch the best films and movies. It looked like Netflix won with their final IP block but it hasn’t been entirely successful. It is true that the vast majority of VPN services no longer work with Netflix regardless of precisely what they commonly say on their web sites. Have a quick look at this video for instance.
As you can observe the security VPN – Identity Cloaker will allow access to the US version of Netflix from anywhere in the world, there’s also a cool free trial which unblocks Netflix. They have done this by purchasing a variety of residential IP addresses which are used when anyone tries to connect to Netflix. All of these are only used for the media site as the addresses are difficult and expensive to obtain. Most VPN services are not able to supply these IP addresses therefore will get the typical Proxy/IP blocked message when you attempt to connect. Even premium ones like IPvanish Netflix will block automatically too.
Please do not expect to find any free VPNs that work with Netflix any longer, these addresses are actually incredibly challenging to obtain and very expensive. It costs a large amount to permit a Netflix VPN so there will always be some membership charge administered. By the way if you do discover that Netflix says I’m utilizing a proxy but I’m not then it’s likely you’re logging in through some type of gateway with a commercial IP address.
Remember this only works with the US version of Netflix (however they are trialing access to UK Netflix too). Generally the US version is the best one to use as it has by far the largest library of films and TV shows. There are some specialist companies who offer dedicated IP addresses which likewise allow access but they cost considerably more money that the Identity Cloaker subscription cost. Do not worry that the company doesn’t advertise this facility, that’s a deliberate tactic to avoid attention, it’s all you need for the Netflix proxy ban workaround !
For travellers, expats and geeks there’s an essential tool which can transform your internet experience. It’s a simple tool which allows you to perform one important function – the ability to control your IP address.
A little background, the IP (Internet Protocol) address is the ‘unique’ network number which is assigned to your device when you connect to the internet. It doesn’t matter if it’s a computer, laptop, tablet, smart TV or even an internet enabled fridge! Every device which access the internet does so through this network identification number.
This is fine, it’s how the internet works after all. This IP address is assigned through whatever service you connect to the internet through – be it an home based ISP, office network, hotel Wifi or maybe your local coffee shop. The address is assigned automatically and enables data to be delivered to your device when you’re connected.
The problem is that this address is completely out of your control, even if you are connecting from home you have no way of directly controlling it. Now this wouldn’t have been a problem in the internet of a decade ago, however nowadays it’s a real issue. Not only are numerous entities logging, monitoring and analysing your web activity – many web sites are actually controlling what you can do online too.
Relaxing with the Zombie Apocalypse
So as I sat down in a rather boring hotel, based on the outskirts of a Dutch Industrial estate last week to enjoy the latest episodes of Z Nation I had something of a surprise! When I fired up my Netflix account on my trusty Samsung laptop I noticed something strange – lots of foreign language shows (in languages I couldn’t understand). Worst still they only had the first series of Z Nation which I’d finished watching about two years ago!!
You see I was being connected to the Dutch version of Netflix. Now when you visit a foreign country, you of course don’t expect them to switch all the TV and radio stations over to suit a US visitor. But this is my Netflix account, on my computer, paid for on a US credit card. Why should I suddenly want to watch the Netherland’s version of the entertainment channel !! I can’t understand half of it anyway.
Surely it’s better to link the user with his home version of Netflix, unless they specify otherwise. Unfortunately that’s not the case, the version of Netflix you receive is linked to the IP address that you connect to. So a American Netflix user who travels a lot is going to get flung around the versions of the world when all he wants to watch is some home grown US Zombie action !
IP Address American Netflix
Which brings me back to my original point, you’re completely at the mercy of these websites unless you are able to control your IP address. Now as stated earlier, it’s impossible to actually change this IP address but you can hide it and display a different one. So although I am always going to connect through a Dutch ISP when in Holland, I can connect through a server in the US and appear to have a US IP address for American Netflix. The methods for doing this have changed over the last few years, unfortunately you can’t use things like US DNS servers or find some UK Netflix DNS code anymore – all these methods are now blocked. So how can you access American Netflix -well here’s how it’s done –
You use a tool to connect through to a network of VPN servers based around the world. So when you visit Netflix for example, then it will only see the IP address of the server you are connecting from. If you select a US server then you will be presented with American Netflix, switch to a Japanese one and you’ll get their version. You can effectively control what you can access.
It also works well for accessing websites which are simply blocked, for example AMC, NBC, ABC and Hulu are not accessible without a US IP address. If you don’t use a VPN you’re going to be restricted to the websites in your current location certainly with regards to media sites.
The VPN also gives you a higher level of security and privacy, when you are connected all your browsing is private and the connection is encrypted so no personal details can be intercepted.
Truthfully there are tons of these services out there, and it can be difficult to decide which one to use. Our personal recommendation is a service called Identity Cloaker – it offers fast access to servers all over the world and is not expensive. It also doesn’t try to lock you into long subscriptions which are difficult to cancel just use and let it expire when you’ve finished.