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Top Tip : Buy Good Proxies to Make Real Cash

Writing a blog about proxies which has been around for many, many years does have certain advantages.  One of the most important is that you often become aware of some wonderful online money making ideas, very early on.  The reason?  Well simply because almost any online opportunity which needs to be scaled will usually involve operating multiple identities in order to scale.  You can’t really do that without proxies.

Take for example the buying and selling of concert and sporting tickets, or scalping as it’s often (angrily) referred to.  You know that you can resell that extra AC/DC or Bruce Springsteen ticket at a hefty profit online.  Yet you’re never going to become rich doing this, for one very simple reason – you’ve only got one spare and that’s only because your girlfriend dumped you!  But wait what if you could get your hands on 10, 20 or even a hundred of these tickets?  Multiply that nice little profit 100 times and you’ve got the basis of a full time online career.

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What’s more this career involves very little actual work and gives you loads of free time to enjoy your income.  Let me give you a rough idea of the daily tasks that the average, low level ticket scalpers will have to accomplish in order to make his income.

Research – this is going to be the most time consuming and possibly the most boring part of the job.  You need to be aware of all the opportunities, which are the hottest tickets?  When are they being released to the public? Where’s the best place to resell them – craigslist, eBay, fans forum or a ticket resale site?

Buying – probably the hardest part of the job?  You need to get hold of enough tickets to resell?  No tickets means no profit and the tickets that provide the biggest returns are obviously scarcer and harder to get hold of.  Anyone who has tried to buy a ticket for an event like this knows how difficult it can be.  You are not just after a couple either you want much more than this!  However the organizers of these events don’t like the resell market so will take extra care to limit purchases to a couple per person.  This is where proxies come in, without them you have no chance of buying any number.

Selling – the experienced operators know exactly where to sell these tickets for maximum profit, with minimum hassle.  The trick is to offload them quickly and easily making a decent (but reasonable) profit on each one.  A discrete, quick transaction is best not a high profile, aggressive online bidding war!  Repeat customers where you can sell directly too are perfect, which you don’t get by ripping people off.

This is of course just a simple example, although a perfectly legitimate one that does work.  The concept relies on buying something in short supply and reselling at a profit, nothing particularly clever.  Tickets for concerts is a pretty obvious one and indeed there’s lots of competition from people (and large firms) doing this.  However there are many variants on this idea and lots of completely different opportunities to make your living online too.   Once you start looking for these ideas, they are literally everywhere yet obviously original ideas tend to have much less competition.

Whatever the Angle – its Critical to Buy Good Proxies

Back to our little example, where most people fail in the ticket marketing niche (and anything similar) is actually buying enough tickets to make it worthwhile.   Many years ago it was perfectly feasible to take a couple of days off work, sit down by your computer and make multiple applications and grab yourself a few dozen tickets.  Unfortunately those days are long gone, most ticket e-commerce sites are packed with all sorts of technology designed to prevent multiple purchases.  This is the case for most websites where demand is high and supply limited.

So what’s to be done, how do you bypass these limitations and operate freely?  Well like most online money making activities the key is the ability to operate under multiple identities.  This doesn’t mean you have to act like an undercover spy with fake passports and disguises.  What you need to do is have complete control of your digital identity.  This is absolutely crucial and allows you to switch your IP address and connect to the websites multiple times and thus conduct as many separate transactions as you need.

The proxies serve two important functions –

  • Hides your real identity and location.
  • Provides alternative digital identities.

The name is actually very descriptive as they really do act as your proxy, with the right setup you can appear to be a wide variety of people accessing from completely different locations all without  moving from your computer.  So whatever function you need – be it buying stock from an e-commerce site, operating a bunch of Instagram or Twitter accounts or promoting your own website or blog – then it’s so much easier to do when you have multiple options.

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The key though is to make sure that these multiple identities are both trustworthy and respectable ! If you use free proxies then even in the unlikely event that the servers are secure and safe, then the IP addresses will be definitely blacklisted because people will have been using them to spam across the planet.   Same goes for loads of commercial proxy providers, it’s tempting to buy proxies cheap but you’ll usually end up with a bunch of them which are loaded up with abused IP ranges that many servers block instantly.

Obviously this greatly depends on what you’re doing with them, using blacklisted IPs addresses to manage your precious Instagram accounts won’t end well.  While E-commerce servers will routinely be checking for any addresses flagged to prevent fraudulent transactions too. If you’re just doing market research, or using some automated SEO tool to promote your blog then using some cheap IPV4 proxies may be just fine.

For most other activities, you need fast, well configured ninja proxy servers with decent IP addresses.

Rotating Proxies Can Offer Quantity and Quality

One of the major detection steps that caused real problems for proxy providers is when sites starting to distinguish between the classification of IP addresses.  Previously the only things that were checked was location and whether the IP address was on any blacklists.   However when Netflix started to block access from commercial IP address ranges, the big web companies noticed how effective this was at detecting the use of proxies and VPNs.   Almost overnight millions of people who used VPNs to access Netflix or change their Netflix region, were instantly blocked from the site.

Essentially what they did was to only allow access to IP addresses which were registered to residential addresses i.e home users.  Anyone else was restricted from accessing the site, it did mean that you couldn’t watch Netflix from work anymore but that was considered a small price to pay.  All the VPN and proxy services used commercial addresses because they simply didn’t have access to residential addresses.  Nowadays it’s a common check that servers perform to look up whether the inbound connection originates from a residential IP address.

It was a major shakeup to the proxy industry, virtually every online business opportunity needed to use the same IP addresses that home users used.  However they were very hard and expensive to obtain, you could pay a lot and still get access but any sort of scale was extremely expensive.  Sure a few hundred dollars a month allowed you to buy residential proxy servers but they had to be dedicated too and very carefully managed.   Slowly the providers obtained more access to residential addresses however the cost didn’t fall much as they were still scarce.

The significant change was the development of rotating or backconnect servers which could automatically manage pools of residential IP addresses.  These could ensure that there was no concurrent access (multiple users on an address at the same time) while sharing the addresses among a larger number of subscribers.  Although this didn’t mean cheap residential proxies it did reduce the cost significantly so they became much more affordable.

Choosing the Right Proxy for the Task

If you look at the different sections in one of my favorite companies  RotatingProxies.com, you’ll see that not only are the services split up into type but they are also grouped into the specific tasks.  For people who just need proxies for a specific task then this is definitely the best method of selecting which service to use, here’s some of the sample types –

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Why are these proxies so different?  Simply because they are specifically designed for the task that you need.  The problem is that the specific requirements for each task,  change all the time and it’s very difficult to keep track of the specific requirements.  Just take a look at anywhere Instagram marketers hang out and you’ll see they’re forever getting blocked, shadow banned and even deleted when managing multiple accounts.  The idea is that these servers are custom designed for each platform and have IP addresses specially curated for use with them.

Some platforms require residential IP addresses, others look for concurrent connections and check blacklists, some will simply block addresses from different countries.  Certain activities like the SEO software category are not so restrictive and you can often just buy cheap proxy servers with standard IP ranges.  In fact I commonly will use VPN client software for tasks like this where it’s not so important about sharing IP addresses or having one from a residential range and it’s a much cheaper alternative.  My suggestion is to try out Identity Cloaker and switch it to rotate IP addresses automatically every few minutes.  Another option for those seriously short of cash is to buy a proxy checker to use free services but don’t on any account connect directly to these proxies or browse through them.

It’s so very tempting to cut corners in your online businesses especially when starting out.  However if you think you need proxies, and nearly all of us do, to make money online then don’t risk failing by using the wrong type.  Don’t focus on price as there’s only one way to lower costs dramatically and that’s by overloading, overselling or using ‘bad IP addresses’ any one of these will probably result in the failure of your online activities.  Find a decent proxy company and talk to them, tell them what you need and they’ll advise.  These businesses only thrive with long term successful clients, so they need you to succeed as well – they can and will help.

 

 

Don’t Use a VPN Router for UK TV !

Sometimes the simplest solutions are often the best.  Lots of British Expats spend an awful lot of time trying to replace the things from the UK that they miss. However happy people are in their new location, there’s always going to be an element of homesickness at some points.  For me I can never quite get used to Christmas in the sun or  foreign chocolate which never quite tastes the same.   Yet the real biggie for many of us is UK television, it’s difficult to replace as I reckon it’s  best in the world especially for English speakers.

So it’s not surprising that there are many discussions on how to access these TV stations from your new location.  Anyone who has lived abroad or traveled a lot will know that although all the UK TV stations broadcast everything online, if you’re physically outside the United Kingdom then it doesn’t work.  All the major British channels check on your location when you connect, if your IP address is registered outside the United Kingdom then you won’t be able to watch.

You’ll get something like the following screen – either an error message or a notification that you’re outside the UK.

VPN Router for UK TV

Trying to Connect to UK TV Abroad

There are solutions of course and many millions do enjoy the best of British TV from all over the world. They’re not that hard to find,  after all the internet is jam packed full of workarounds, cheats and hacks.  However many of these can be needlessly complicated and expensive.   The simplest solutions are all based on accessing the various TV stations websites online  – e.g BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub etc, but even then there’s quite a few methods and many simply don’t work in 2019.

To access the online channels, you need to convince the website that you’re actually in the United Kingdom.  Each site determines your location by looking up where your IP address is registered, if it’s not in the UK then nothing will work.   Unfortunately it’s not actually possible to change your IP address however you can hide and obscure it.  The main methods are to use VPNs and proxies to ‘bounce’ your internet connection through, so instead of seeing your real IP address the website sees the address of the intermediate computer.

As long as the proxy/VPN server is

  • In the United Kingdom
  • Configured so it can’t be detected.
  • Not Blocked by the website
  • Doesn’t have too many user

– then it should work perfectly, the website will think you’re in the UK and you’ll have full access to every UK only website.  Sounds easy? Well it is really but there are some complications.  However there’s really no need to pay big bucks for a preconfigured VPN router, because there’s easier options.

One of the major difficulties though is that we now watch TV on all sorts of different devices, not just computers.  Anything with a screen and network access from Smartphones to Games consoles can be used.  Getting these devices to connect to a VPN or proxy server can be difficult and sometimes almost impossible.

Fortunately it is possible to solve this problem and actually enable a fake UK IP address for all your devices in one place.

Using a VPN Router for UK TV

As mentioned, there are many complicated methods to enable VPNs on your different devices.  You can even set up your internet router to establish a VPN to a UK server too.  The advantage of this is that all your traffic is routed through this UK including all the traffic from devices connected to this router.  So theoretically you can enable UK TV access on all your devices without having to enable anything on them directly.

This does involve owning a specific type of router though and I can guarantee it’s not the crappy, under powered one your ISP gave you either.  Remember it’s a client side outbound VPN connection you need to the UK server.  Many routers which advertise VPN functionality actually mean they’ll handle inbound VPN connections from the client only.   Which is great for accessing your router securely but useless for David Attenborough on BBC iPlayer!

If  you have the right router, some technical knowledge and a little perseverance it is perfectly possible to use a VPN router for UK TV.  It might even be the best solution particularly if you only use the router for specific devices and just to watch the BBC for example.    But remember when you enable a VPN on your router all your traffic will go through that tunnel which is connected to a server in the UK.  This includes your email, messaging, simple browsing absolutely everything all redirected to the UK.   It can be a nuisance as well, because useful geolocation like Google finding you local results instead of those in the UK will also be affected.

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It’s called Smart DNS and for many people who just want to watch UK or US TV stations makes more sense than a complicated openvpn router.  There’s actually no direct VPN involved but you simply change your DNS settings to point at a specially configured DNS server.  Just input them into your router’s internet setup page like the page on my Linksys VPN router below.

router with vpn and firewall

So instead of going to a standard DNS server, which will normally be automatically allocated for you when you connect to your ISP you use a Smart DNS one. This works in exactly  the same way as a standard DNS server resolving IP address and domain names apart from one crucial difference.  Whenever it sees a request for a geo-blocked web site like the BBC it will route the initial connection through a server in the appropriate country.

One quick change and everything on your network will be unlocked!

So for the BBC your connection will be temporarily routed through the UK, for US sites it will go through a server in the USA and so on.  Basically  the Smart DNS server contains a list of sites to unlock automatically and when required will hide your location.

This has loads of advantages but one of the major ones is that unlike a full VPN the rest of your connection is unaffected.  What’s more only a small amount of your traffic is routed through the external servers, just enough to hide your location, so the rest of your browsing will work as normal.  It’s like having a dedicated VPN router which automatically works but only when you really need it.

What’s the Catch – Sounds Great !!

For watching TV and bypassing blocks it works really well but there are catches which you should be aware of.  Probably the most important is that although this provides the same functionality it’s not exactly a VPN router for UK TV.

There’s no layer of encryption for example so your internet connection is not protected.  There’s also a requirement that your exact IP address has to be registered with the Smart DNS company to work.  So every time it changes you need to reregister the address with your provider, it’s not so bad on a home connection but not really feasible for using on a mobile which will switch addresses frequently.   This is not a problem when the mobile is using your Wifi at home though as the IP address in this case would not change.

 

Is a Residential VPN Service Essential in 2019?

If you’d asked about a residential VPN service 12 months ago not many people would know what you were talking about. Although there were a few companies like Storm Proxies a residential IP provider mainly supplying addresses for use in the UK and USA. They were mainly used for people seeking that little extra privacy and in the SEO and internet marketing arenas for promoting sites and using marketing tools. However having access to a residential IP address is becoming important in another areas – bypassing region blocks.

What Exactly is a Residential VPN ?

There’s two parts to this question, most of us have probably used a VPN but that vast majority have standard IP addresses from commercial ranges.  However residential proxies and VPNs have IP addresses from residential range.  The likelihood is that your standard internet connection almost certainly already have one. If you go to any of the check my IP address type sites and look at your public IP address, it’s normally been assigned by your internet provider. Your modem or router will be assigned this by your ISP to establish your internet connection. Here’s mine, heavily censored obviously –

Residential vpn service

Residential IP Address

– it is assigned by British Telecom, whom I have the misfortune to be a customer, they allocate that address and it’s pretty much out of my control.    The address can be classified as a UK Residential IP Address and that in itself has many implications for example;

  • Can Watch BBC iPlayer and all UK TV channels
  • Blocked Access if I try and watch Hulu or NBC
  • Search Engines Set to UK Results
  • Netflix will Route to the UK version only

That’s only the start but it gives you an idea about how your IP address controls what you can do online.  Of course, many people weren’t happy about all this filtering, blocking and redirection.  They wanted to watch the BBC News when on holiday, watch the rugby from Ireland and knew that the US version of Netflix was way better than any other one.

Here’s one in action –

The solution was simple enough – to hide your real IP address and instead relay your connection through a proxy or VPN service.  This was a perfect way to access any web site you liked, especially as most of the best services offered a range of servers in different countries.   At the click of a button you could switch from a UK address to watch the BBC, then switch to a US server to enjoy your Hulu subscription.

The important thing was having access to a server physically located in the country you needed, nothing else mattered – until now.  

Unfortunately it looks like it’s going to get much more complicated in the future and we can probably thank the media giant Netflix for this.  In a few short weeks they have effectively blocked 99% of the VPN servers used to access their site.   Not only have Netflix blocked access based on the location of the IP address, they have also restricted any connections from commercial IP addresses.   The problem is virtually every VPN service uses a commercial IP address as they are housed in data centers across the world.   You can get residential VPNs from specialist providers but they are extremely expensive, suppliers like proxyrack you usually have to go on a waiting list to get a residential VPN.

There are Very Few Residential VPN USA Available Anywhere

It doesn’t matter how advanced your VPN or proxy solution is, if it doesn’t have a residential IP address there’s some tasks which are going to get blocked automatically.     These residential IP addresses however are mostly reserved for domestic customers – you can get one easily for your home connection but it’s very difficult to get a range to support VPN services in different countries.  You definitely can’t just buy residential IPs to use like you can with standard commercial address ranges.   The other worry is that when other media companies see the huge success that Netflix has had in blocking VPN access they are likely to follow suit.

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Many platforms now distinguish between connections originating from these different IP ranges.  Nearly all the large social media platforms for instance automatically detect these.  This doesn’t mean that you’ll get blocked from a commercial range after all lots of people use these platforms from work or from commercial networks.  What it does mean is that your account or connection will be flagged as originating from this sort of range.  Many people who promote or manage numerous Instagram accounts have reported issues until they’ve started routing their accounts through private residential proxies.

Finding a VPN Network with Lots of residential IPs

There is some hope,  Identity Cloaker  have come up with a solution by integrating residential US IP addresses into their infrastructure.  They are not used all the time, but merely when a connection is made to the Netflix site – it is automatically routed through a US residential VPN.  You can see this working in this video rather confusingly called Using a Proxy for Netflix which shows how a UK viewer can access the US version of Netflix through a VPN without issues.  They have limited numbers though, so this solution is not suitable for managing multiple accounts or high volume activites.

For access to US Netflix from anywhere try out the . and see how well it works for all the world’s major media sites including US Netflix.

If  you want any volume of residential IP addresses for running SEO tools, Bots for buying from various sites and similar then you’ll need to go direct to the residential vpn providers.   The problem is a single IP address is ok for watching a movie but pretty much useless for any sort of automated tool, in fact you’re going to need access to a significant amount to stop them being banned.  The best providers have a variety of systems to make this accessible including rotating and backconnect proxies which effectively rotate the IP address automatically.

Here’s the best one by far, which you can test out for 48 hours without commitment

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How to Watch BBC Iplayer Abroad on Ipad From Outside the UK

This page is for all of those who get really fed up that the minute we step outside the UK all the online UK TV sites stop working. Especially of course the BBC iPlayer, which many of us use everyday! If you want to watch BBC Iplayer on a PC/Laptop – Try this post first – How to Use a Proxy to access Iplayer – below follows step by step instructions on using BBC iPlayer abroad on your iPad. If you don’t want security and just want the easiest method to watch British TV without using a VPN there’s another option suggested at the end of this article.

I’ve been using the VPN function of Identity Cloaker for several years to access the BBC abroad on my computer. However I often get emails about whether you can use it on different devices to watch BBC, ITV and other online TV players. Well you can use it on most devices, including Smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Anyway here’s simply how to set up Identity Cloaker on the iPad, the steps for an iPhone, Mac or Android Device are pretty similar too- details if you’re using Identity Cloaker are in the members area.

Accessing the BBC Iplayer (and ITV player) on these devices is actually pretty simple to do.  The reason is that the vast majority of their security servers are VPN enabled. That means  all you have to do is set a simple VPN connection on your iPad to a specific server and then you can enable it whenever needed to view abroad.   The functionality is built into the iPad so nothing too difficult is required – let’s show an example for accessing the BBC iPlayer channels abroad.

So How Can You Watch BBC Iplayer Abroad? Even From the US on Your IPad?

Right, so most of us have discovered that if you happen to be outside the UK, then the BBC Iplayer won’t work properly.  When you connect to the IPlayer site it checks your IP address to see where you are located.  If it discovers that you are connecting from outside the United Kingdom then you won’t be able to watch anything ! To be fair, BBC Iplayer is not the only media site to do this.   Hulu blocks all non-US access – the same goes for ABC, NBC and Pandora too. The great little media player from the French broadcaster M6Replay is also limited to access within France (if you know someone learning French get them to check it out – it’s great practice watching the Simpsons in French!)

The solution on the PC is very simple, you just use something like Identity Cloaker to conceal your true IP address and present one from the correct country.  The solution is actually similar on the IPad (you can use the same technique on the Mac/Iphone/Ipod as well) – you just need to connect to a server based in the UK (or which ever country you need).

For this all you need to do is to set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to the country in question, for the BBC it’s obviously the UK. This video shows the steps needed, it’s called Setting up a VPN on an iPad

 

How to Watch BBC iPlayer Abroad on iPad – Step by Step

If you prefer pictures, then here’s how you set up the VPN on the iPad it takes about a minute if  you have the information to hand.   Just set it up, enable the VPN and you’ll be watching the BBC Player outside UK borders in no time at all.

 

On your iPad –

  1. Select Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Select Networks
  4. Select VPN

This should bring you to this screen –

how to watch bbc iplayer abroad on ipad

You can see in this screen I’ve already set up a US VPN which I use for Hulu and Pandora.  Here you just need to select Add VPN Configuration and you should reach this screen.

Identity Cloaker ipad

It looks complicated but honestly it’s not.

You just need to leave it set to L2TP at the top and then put the following details in.  You’ll need to get the details from Identity Cloaker for section 2 and 6 which you can find in their members area.  If you’re using a different VPN provider it’s likely you’ll have to do the same (although a couple publish the information I think)

  1. Description – Give it a name like UK VPN, US VPN then you can select quickly which country you need
  2. Server – Get the enabled VPN server names from the members area.
  3. Account Name – Your IDC Username
  4. RSA SecurID – Ignore this
  5. Password – Your IDC password.
  6. Secret – Get the VPN Secret Name from the members area.
That’s the tricky bit over with, next click Save from the top right hand corner.  The next step is to enable your VPN connection.
Connecting to the UK VPN
To do this you simply select whichever VPN configuration that you need, so if you’re in the US and want to watch the BBC then create and enable a UK VPN.  In this screen just select enable and it will turn on your VPN – this will route your connection through the UK VPN servers.
The status will change to connected and in the top left hand side of your Ipad it will show that the VPN is connected like this.
UK VPN Connected

When this VPN is connected, all your traffic is encrypted and routed through whichever server you are connected to.  It’s best to disconnect after watching unless you want all your browsing routed through the UK.

Be careful when you’re choosing a service to use on your iPad, if you search online you’ll see many posts about a BBC iPlayer VPN not working.   This is because most of these services have been blocked by the BBC and other channels so you won’t be able to watch any UK TV abroad on iPad if you use these.  Pick a proper security service like Identity Cloaker not one the TV streaming vpns, they’re easy to detect and don’t work anymore.

If you haven’t got Identity Cloaker yet – I can definitely recommend it, it’s probably best to try the trial first 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 . They are also undetectable so you you won’t have the common issues that many services have with BBC iPlayer detecting VPN connections and blocking them.  They have many UK and US servers plus ones in France, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Sweden, Australia to name but a few – all included in the subscription.  It’s also one of the few services which allows you to watch Sky Go abroad too, but you’ll need a valid subscription first.
Here’s the link for Identity Cloaker – I can recommend the 10 day trial subscription here to try it out first.

This method may work with other VPN providers who have set their servers up properly though – just ask them.   I have just discovered another interesting alternative for those of us looking on how to watch bbc iplayer abroad on ipad. It’s called Smart DNS, it’s arguably easier that using a VPN especially on devices like iPads.  It’s called Smart DNS and only takes two minutes to set up, if you follow the instructions – what’s more they have a free trial which you can test – free trial of Smart DNS.

UK Porn Block Will Encourage VPN Use

It’s difficult to tell if this crazy, techno-backward, filtering scheme that the UK Government is intending to implement is actually going to happen. After all the Government is in turmoil and is currently trying to pick a new Prime minister from a bunch of distinctly shady looking characters, so it’s actually difficult to tell.

UK Porn Block

Some have suggested that they might just shelve it or push it back quietly. However there seems to be no sign of this and it looks like the mad scheme might actually be released. Here’s the latest opinion from the guys at Torrent Geek who are quite rightly pointing out another drawback.

This summer the UK government will attempt to ban underage access to sites that have a third or more of their content dedicated to porn. Everyone will be required to verify their age and sites that don’t comply with the regime will be blocked by ISPs. However, citizens who seek to circumvent the rules with VPNs, for example, will also find pirate sites wide open again.

Before the dawn of the mainstream Internet, underage access to pornographic content meant trying to sneak a glance over someone’s shoulder at a well-thumbed adult magazine.

Or, if you were ‘lucky’, finding a VHS cassette in a friend’s dad’s cupboard, behind the coats and shoes, in a box, inside another box, in an envelope marked “holiday video”. Such things apparently happened.

With the dawn of the Internet, things have certainly changed. With just a few clicks, one can find pornographic material, with ‘graphic’ often being the operative word. What adults choose to watch is their business, but children being able to access much of the content on today’s platforms is probably not what most parents want.

So in the absence of traditional parental controls, the UK government has stepped in to prevent youngsters from inadvertently stumbling across adult content. From July 15, the country will adopt a checking scheme that will require profit-making sites with more than a third of their content pornographic in nature to verify visitors’ ages.

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So basically by implementing their porn filter, the UK Government will be simply enabling a culture of filter avoidance. It’s very likely to happen, just the same way as it does in China – where I’ve heard of very small children routinely using VPNs to access blocked content from he Chinese state. You will probably find a VPN client shortcut sitting on loads of laptop and desktops for all sorts of reasons not just as a way to bypass the uK porn filter.

The UK Porn Block Launches in July 2019

Except of course it didn’t, again, the implementation has been delayed after a slight administrative issue. This time after years of discussion, months of planning the current government continued on it’s usual method of implementing any project with a technological component by completely buggering it up. Apparently the technology was all in place but someone had forgotten that such a huge intrusion into peoples freedom of choice and liberty actually required a notification being placed with the European commission.

Before anyone get’s too upset and starts shouting about ‘bloody Europe’ these are laws and regulations largely pushed by the UK themselves in order to control how companies manage age verification. However this high profile, flagship project floundered because the basic administrative steps hadn’t been followed. It’s something akin to getting a license before you can drive or planning permission before you build that extension. Yet again, a UK IT project fails dismally before it’s even implemented which perhaps maybe a blessing in disguise.

After all one of the important assurances given to back up this project is that great care would be taken with both the age verification and database of approved users. After all, having a huge list of adults ‘who would like to watch porn’ is obviously valuable on one side but also highly personal in another. We all know that the media would have a great time sifting through a huge list of people who’d asked to be able to watch pornography legally. This care was completely missing in the initial phase so why should we believe that it would get any better during the post-Brexit shambles that the UK has become.

The project has now been shelved again, initially without any firm date but now people are suggesting it’s only going to be a few months. It’s actually when the UK Porn block is implemented that we’ll see all the main issues occur, this pre-implementation shambles is something simply created by incompetence.

The current Digital Media secretary who was in charge of this project is Morgot James, promised that this act would make the UK one of the safest countries for children to access the internet. Although it should be pointed out that she has just resigned in the latest raft of political arguments. Whether this project actually happens or is  just kicked down the road by successive governments is difficult to tell.  It seems likely to simply be another back door to increase censorship in the UK and of course government surveillance.    Great news for all the best VPN service providers though as pretty much everyone will end up using one anyway.