Use a Ninja Proxy in 2020

It’s sounds so overkill and somewhat paranoid – but honestly it’s not, there are genuine reasons why people use these ninja cloak proxy site programs like Identity Cloaker.  There’s an increasing necessity to  protect yourself online.  The need to use common sense and adequate security and privacy tools is vital. If you’ve come here looking to become an online proxy ninja, surfing securely through the electronic ether well perhaps I can point you in the right direction.ninja proxy But First the Danger finding any sort of anonymity is difficult online, you’re tracked and logged through your ISP, company firewalls, every web sites you visit and a thousand other devices in between. Your IP address can be tracked back to the very PC you’re sitting at and the logs stored and backed up in your ISP contain virtually everything you’ve done online for the last two years. When I say everything, I’m not kidding – and yes it does include the fact that you watched the Kylie Minogue Agent Provocateur advert 6 times in a row last Friday when you came home from the bar.

Now the inconvenience Sometimes it’s not actually the paranoia (oh and yes they are watching you), but the inconvenience that drives people to hopeless proxy sites in search of a Ninja proxy to surf through.  This is down to the increasing pervasiveness of a system called geotargeting – I’ll add a better description of this but it’s basically the way that websites restrict what you can watch depending on your location. You’ve probably seen it in action –

  • Want to watch BBC Iplayer but are not in UK – Sorry blocked by IP address
  • Catch up on some shows on Hulu while on holiday in France – Nope blocked by IP address
  • View the news on ABC whilst in Canada – Nope blocked by IP address again.

The real list is much, much longer – anything from accessing YouTube to just about any big media site.  More so if you’re unlucky to live in a country where it’s considered bad for you to access Facebook  – it’s likely you’re going to get blocked for not having the right IP address. So people are fed up with being blocked, monitored, logged and basically having their online experience controlled and analysed.  So they look online and find details of unblock sites and read blog posts looking for a free proxy server. They then find they don’t work and indeed haven’t for many years at least for most applications.

There’s no point looking on a free proxy list you simply won’t find anything that works anymore and you certainly won’t find a proper ninja proxy which unlocks the internet and hides your location.   What they find is loads of web pages called Ninja something or other and a basic install of a web proxy called Glype.  They will promise you all sorts of super, secret ninja surfing via their little browsing frame – but I’m afraid it’s not true.

Computer Admin Watching Someone Search Through a Ninja Proxy Site

The Truth About Ninja Proxies Unfortunately that’s what the majority end up doing, searching in Google and finding some Ninja web site or something like that.  In the middle of the page their will be a little box inviting you to search via their site – something like this

Not Really Ninja At All! In fact little more than a default Glype installation with a proxy browser front end.

Is it secure ? In a word – No. Well if you trust a complete stranger who has set up a free server, installed Glype and covered it in ads – to look after your data then of course it’s fine. It doesn’t bypass most firewalls, it certainly doesn’t give you anonymity – it does add many more risks to your browsing. For those of us who prefer reality it’s a complete waste of time, all you are doing is funneling your data through another unknown, insecure point.  In some circumstance the setup may obscure your IP address slightly but that’s about it – you also be leaving yet another log of your activities on this guys server. Don’t think you’ll be able to stream previously blocked video either like BBC Iplayer or Hulu because you can’t watch these through a little Iframe window and besides the servers are normally basic ones that would struggle to stream video to one person not the thousands who’ll probably be trying.

The real proxy ninja experience will obscure your IP address completely through an advanced network of high speed, highly secure servers across the planet.   It will be high speed and high performance allowing media streaming direct to your PC from wherever you are – so watch the BBC Iplayer or Hulu or any site you care to try.

It can also be set to automatically switch your browsing data across to a different server across the globe every few minutes. But finally it will also encrypt your data meaning that you really can be anonymous, your ISP logs included.  In fact  the only readable logs of your online existence are briefly on the secure servers and are deleted immediately.

To access a global network of secure proxies and VPNs, which can bypass internet blocks and keep you anonymous –

Use Identity Cloaker

 

 

How to Use a BBC Proxy – Watch BBC iPlayer Abroad in 2020

For many years now, there’s been a worrying trend developing on the internet.  What was once all free and open is now hidden behind paywalls or being blocked and censored.  Sometimes it’s whole governments but more often it’s down to commercial companies.  Take for example the BBC iPlayer, their wonderful application is hugely popular but if you step outside the United Kingdom then you’ll be instantly blocked.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve a large standing order paying for your TV license, if you’re not in the UK you can’t watch BBC programmes online.

There was some hope, that the European Union would solve this problem as they were trying to implement a ‘single digital market” which would make it illegal to block access like this.  Yet with the onset of Brexit, it’s unlikely the BBC will bother doing anything about this now. There’s also the new subscription channel called Britbox – https://www.britbox.com/home which is available in the US and Canada, obviously it’s not as good as the full channels  it has got lots of decent shows. However of course it does cost money, unlike the BBC iPlayer and other UK TV channels which are completely free.

There is a solution though, and in the rest of this article we’ll show you how to access any geo restricted site anywhere in the world including BBC iPlayer.  It doesn’t matter where you are, or where you connect from this program will allow you access using any internet connection.

The businesses involved have decided they prefer a sort of restrictive model that also makes them lots of cash. So now people get filtered based on their location – for example forget watching BBC iPlayer in the US or Japan for free, it’s not going to happen (well not without some sneakiness of course). Yep and the lovable BBC have decided against the public spirited World Service model of sending out their content for free, instead they restrict it just to people in the UK.

This is especially annoying for the people like me who already pay the license fee but can’t watch the BBC when they’re out of the country. But don’t worry here’s a way which will allow you to access anything you like including the BBC iPlayer, Hulu irrespective of your location.  It doesn’t matter where you’re based, you can choose.  The solution works in most scenarios so for an example – here’s how to use a proxy to access BBC iPlayer outside the United Kingdom.

BBC Proxy Workaround

Firing up BBC iPlayer outside the UK you’ll pretty soon try and watch something and be greeted with the following message.

BBC proxy

Ha Ha No iPlayer for You

It looks like some technical wizardry of the highest order, but fortunately for us it’s not.  When we connect to BBC iPlayer, the site records your IP address and looks up which country it’s registered in – if it’s a UK IP address the show will start playing otherwise you get the above platitude. Now for these illustrations I’m going to use my subscription to Identity Cloaker, you used to be able to use free proxies but they no longer work unfortunately.

There are a couple of free UK proxy server services but they finance themselves by inserting adware on your computer and some even share your out your internet connection, stay clear !!  In the good old days you could also use things like foxy proxy and the extremely dodgy Hola too.  (Hola is a ‘respectable’ free proxy service which you can use to watch BBC iPlayer albeit slowly.  Unfortunately the reason it’s free is that the company share your internet connection with it’s premium customers!)

BBC iplayer proxy chrome

Choose a UK Proxy for IPlayer

I just open Identity Cloaker and scroll down to select one of the UK proxies and that’s it.  From this point even though I’m connecting through the Wifi at an overpriced Spanish hotel in Barcelona – it doesn’t matter.  The BBC will think I’m in the UK as it looks at the IP address of the proxy server and not mine. So using a BBC proxy works incredibly well, here’s what I see now.

Firefox VPN

Latest Dr Who from BBC iPlayer

Here’s a video of the process …that I hope explains it.

Instead of the warning,  when you watch the BBC iPlayer through a UK proxy everything will work perfectly.  You will get get the play button and can watch whatever you want.  You’ll also be able to access the live TV streams when connected too and all the other UK TV channels like ITV Hub, Channel 4 etc. In fact the IP check is at start of the show so if I need to I can just disconnect from the proxy using the Identity Cloaker software and stream it directly through my Spanish connection.

Is it enough to cheer me up after just having my wallet stolen in a Barcelona bar?

Well probably not but being a fanatical Dr Who fan it might just save me from an evening spent drowning my sorrows drinking overpriced San Miguel from the minibar !

However on a serious point if you do travel a lot whether for leisure or work then it’s definitely worth investing in a VPN/Proxy service.  Not only does it allow you to check things like web mail or banking sites safely on dodgy free wireless connections in bars, cafes, hotels etc.  It also allows you access to all of those TV and media sites you miss back home – for me it’s the BBC and other UK TV sites but they work with most major sites all over the world.  My work colleague uses her VPN (Virtual Private Network) to watch NBC, Hulu and ABC in the United States while working in Europe.

(Note to all visiting Barcelona  – if some nice couple seem overly concerned about marks you have on the back of your jacket and offer to help you.  Then make sure you run away/call police – you are having your wallet stolen – yes I did fall for it!) 

Finding a BBC iPlayer Proxy Free – Alas No Longer

Just for the record – you can unfortunately no longer use the free proxy services for this. Yes the internet is full of free proxies and stuff, which you can technically use for nothing.  However there are two main issues with using those free proxy servers –

  • Not safe – lots of them are set up to steal your data, passwords and user accounts.  Either directly by analyzing the traffic you route through it directly or by injecting malware onto your computer.   Don’t use them, it’s really not worth the risk !
  • They don’t work anymore – for example the BBC have blocked them all and many of the commercial VPN services too.

In fact lots of commercial VPNs, proxy servers and Smart DNS programs have been blocked by the BBC for quite a while now.   It’s why it’s important to test them in short trials before subscribing.   Any of the companies who openly advertise the BBC on their website will often find themselves targeted by the BBC legal and technical teams – it’s best to be low key which is why the best services don’t mention the iPlayer specifically.

Here’s the link for Identity Cloaker –

Notice there’s absolutely no mention of TV or being able to watch BBC iPlayer anywhere on their adverts on on the site.  This is crucial, it’s why it’s worked perfectly for twelve years now when many others are routinely blocked and blacklisted.   Remember the crucial factor of how well these programs work are the proxies themselves, fast, powerful and secure servers which are not overloaded are the ideal for accessing any streaming service.

I can recommend the 10 day trial if you’re just away on a trip or holiday, or just to see if it works.  There are loads of other services who offer something similar though and even other solutions like Smart DNS.  However this is simply the one I found to be fastest and best value.  I’ve been using it for over 12 years now as a BBC proxy without a problem and it also works for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky GO.

If you want to watch using an iPad, Smartphone or tablet using a proxy server you can also use Identity Cloaker too for UK TV access.   You just have to set up the VPN connection manually for BBC iPlayer.  It’s very simple and you can use it on pretty much any other device. Here’s an example of  watching BBC iPlayer via a proxy on an iPad too in this post about watching BBC Iplayer on the Ipad Abroad.

 

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How to Listen to Free Radio Stations Online

In this time of geo-blocks, filters and internet censorship it’s great to find a website that embodies the traditional ideals of the internet.  Something that genuinely promotes communication and open access to anyone in the world irrespective of who they are or where they happen to be.  A website that you don’t need a VPN or proxy to hide your identity or bypass any of these tedious blocks, it’s completely free for everyone.

It’s called Radio Garden and it’s something I discovered a few years ago and have used ever since.   It’s basically a huge database of radio stations from around the world compiled and presented on a huge clickable global map.

Free Radio Stations Online - Radio Garden

Here you can see the interface which has been developed for the website. Here’s their mission statement –

Radio Garden invites you to tune into thousands of live radio stations across the globe.

By bringing distant voices close, radio connects people and places. From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of miles away.

 

The Radio Garden was set up in 2016 by a group in Amsterdam. It was initially an exhibition project commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision under a project entitled Transitional Radio Encounters.  It has been converted into a small independent company in 2019.  In 2018 they expanded by launching mobile apps for iOS and Android.  You can find these in the App Store and Google Play under ‘Radio Garden’.  The apps and the site have been continually developed with one of the most useful features being added in 2019 allowing people to search for their favorite stations and locations rather than just using the map directly.

How to Listen to Free Radio Stations Online

Here’s a quick video demonstration of how to listen to Free radio stations online with Radio Garden in action.

It’s really easy to use and the mobile applications are just as good, perhaps even better. You can access literally thousands of radio stations all over the world with just a single click. My personal favorites are the various ‘Talk radio’ stations which you can find, they’re especially good for keeping up with local news that doesn’t always reach the mainstream media sites. What’s more these are all completely free radio stations which don’t require any payment or proxy trickery to access.

It’s difficult to fault, it’s an incredible resource which really opens up radio access across the world.  My only slight disappointment was that I’d heard there was a North Korean radio station available on the platform but it seems to have gone.  Mind you I probably wouldn’t have been able to understand a word of it anyway, but still would have been interesting to hear it.

There are supposedly lots of plans to further develop the application which is reassuring, although the commercial viability is always a worry.  Great resources like this do costs money and I would expect some sort of advertising is inevitable and to be fair perfectly acceptable.

Watching the Walking Dead on US Netflix

As a zombie film aficionado I spend a lot of time searching around for the best films and TV shows.  I love to watch anything zombie/apocalypse related which means I spend an inordinate amount of time watching some of the worst movies ever created.   So when there’s something good, it’s worth tracking down and although TWD has had it’s critics – it’s definitely near the top of the Zombie pile.   Apart from a few boring bits, that bloody farm for one, The Walking Dead has been pretty exciting the whole way through.

Walking Dead on US Netflix

So it was good news to find out that The Walking Dead was on Netflix so I quickly checked it out.  Unfortunately it’s not true, well not completely.  The Walking Dead is on Netflix but not the rather poor version we get in the UK.  However if you load up the US version of Netflix they have up to and including season 9, with rumors that Season 10 will be on there soon.

TWD VPN

However I’m not in the US currently, so how can I switch my version of Netflix to include this zombie classic.

How to Watch The Walking Dead on US Netflix

It’s actually not that hard and can be accomplished with minimal effort if you take a look at the following video.

As you can see it’s pretty simple, you find yourself a decent VPN program like NordVPN.  Then before connecting to the Netflix account you enable a connection to a US based VPN server.   If you do it beforehand, then Netflix will only see the IP address of the VPN server and presume that you’re located in the USA.  This means you get the US version of Netflix which has loads more shows and programmes, your account will work perfectly.

When you’ve finished simply disconnect the VPN server and your IP address will return to normal.  You should do this because while the VPN is connected all your browsing will be US based including getting US search results from sites like Google.  It’s very useful though and you can change your IP address at will whenever you find some sort of block or filter online.

For zombie fans who try this then I urge you to watch another Zombie classic which is on US Netflix.  It’s called Train to Busan and is one of the best Zombie movies ever made IMHO, don’t be put off by the Korean subtitles it’s an awesome film.