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When you’re online you might think that your digital identity doesn’t change very much, but in some aspects you’d be very wrong. For example take something as simple as browsing the internet, your experience will vary greatly depending on one specific factor – your location. Now the internet doesn’t care where you’re from but many of the web sites you visit do care – very much indeed.
The method of identifying your location is done by tracing your IP address, this is the unique number which is allocated to any device when it connects to the internet. This includes everything, every laptop, computer, switch , mobile phone and even your smart TV – all are allocated this network address. As well as being unique, these addresses are also allocated on a per country basis meaning that when a web site knows the address it can look up your physical location too.
They will use this information in a variety of ways, to customize what you see, switch languages or more often to filter and block what you can see. It’s the exact method that Netflix uses to determine which version of the site you use, or the way that BBC iPlayer blocks every non-UK connection. So you can see where you are determines greatly what you can access and your overall web experience.
However there is a method to take control of this, and actually bypass these filters and blocks.
How to Surf with UK IP Address
So how do you take control? Do we have to just sit back idly by while our web browsing is censored and manipulated by the big websites? Of course, the key is being able to control this network address, if we can manipulate this then we can decide what we can see online.
If we take an example mentioned above, the BBC blocks access to anyone who tries to access from outside the UK. More specifically they block access to anyone without a UK IP address. So if we can present a UK IP address irrespective of our real location then we can watch the BBC or any other UK only website wherever we happen to be.
It’s actually very easy to do, to supply a fake IP then just watch this video:
So although you can’t actually change your IP address, as it’s allocated automatically when you connect to the internet. You can though hide your IP address, by using an intermediate server to connect to the web. This is what literally millions of people do across the world, they use a VPN service with servers based in the country they need most. So many people who need to surf with UK IP address will find a service which provides access to a UK IP address range.
In fact, most of the decent VPN services will offer a wide range of servers in different countries. The one in the example – Identity Cloaker for instance has many servers in Britain including some which have a London IP address or ones from Manchester, but they also have servers all over the world. You can merely click on a country and you’ll effectively change your IP address to that country. So although you don’t actually change IP address to UK or another country, the websites will only see the address of the VPN server.
There are now a lot of these services available but you have to be careful depending on your requirements. Don’t get misled by websites who offer the best UK proxy as these don’t work anymore for most of the big media sites including all the main UK TV sites. It was at the beginning of 2017 that the BBC finally started to block access to all proxies, and even some VPNs – irrespective if they came from a UK IP address list. Furthermore if you just want to access these sites, you don’t need to invest in anything expensive, certainly it’s not necessary to but a UK IP address that it dedicated for your use only.
A simple, fast and well configured VPN service is all the majority of people require to surf with UK IP address or unlock access to lot’s of other different sites across the world. The benefit also extends to countries where state level internet censorship takes place like China or Turkey, a VPN will bypass these too.
Here’s the link for Identity Cloaker – Test it out with the 10 day . first to see how well it works.