Watching BBC iPlayer abroad (outside the UK)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Although services like Easy-Hide-IP are primarily used to protect users internet activity by obscuring the users real IP address and blocking all traces of access to websites both from the ISP and form the websites in question there are more and more users wanting to change their IP to access content that's only available in certain countries.

The undisputed king of these services has to be the BBC iPlayer which allows internet users in the UK on-demand access to the last 7 days of programmes across the BBC network of channels, without doubt the very best of British television at your fingertips. The problem of course is that the BBC use the user's IP address to check their geographic location and if they are not in the UK, they are out of luck!

This is where Easy-Hide-IP really comes into it's own, by routing all internet traffic through a dedicated UK server you can appear to be in the UK and hey-presto you have access to all the BBC iPlayer content you want and unlike these so called 'free' proxy servers out there (see my previous post about the realities of free proxies here) because we use dedicated servers you wont have to worry about limited bandwidth issues that make watching internet TV impossible.

All you have to do is download and install the latest version and then either start a trial or enter your registration code (if you have already purchased a license) and connect to one of the UK servers listed. Once connected head down to the BBC iPlayer website and watch away. And that's not all, as well as access to the BBC network you can also access other on-demand services like ITV and Channel 4 with the platform.

With a full year's license costing just $29.95 it works out at only $2.50 a month or you can pay monthly for only $4.95 a month this is by far the cheapest services available today with most other services charging in excess of $15 per month for the same service!

A Closer Look at Proxy Services - Free vs. Paid

Friday, June 04, 2010
Can you imagine your phone calls being listened to and home or business mail being intercepted and read by others? The mere thought makes us anxious, but the fact is that many people are putting their selves at an even greater risk on a daily basis with the way they use the Internet.

The reality is that an unimaginable amount of personal information is constantly exchanged online, much of which is exposed to hackers and other criminals who have the ability to track, trace, and steal this precious data.

But what if you had the chance to cover your digital tracks and use the Internet anonymously?

Well, thankfully it's possible through the use of Internet security tools which allow you to change your IP address so that you can't be identified by these cyber thugs.

There are different ways to go about changing or hiding your IP address, but in particular there are two popular methods. As is the case with nearly every single product or service in the world, you have the option of selecting from either free or paid solutions.

However, is the difference between these two merely a matter of dollar signs?

Let's take a closer look by analyzing exactly how well they work out with regards to the three most critical factors that matter the most when you want to hide your IP address.
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A New Bill: But will it Help Internet Privacy?

Monday, May 17, 2010
There is a new bill in Congress that is taking a stab at making internet privacy, well, a little more private.

As with all good things, there is a dark cloud on the horizon in the form of convenience. If this bill passes, Internet users will be bombarded with even more pop-up's in the form of disclosure notices, op-in requests and user information licenses.

The bill, which was proposed by two senators, is an attempt to form a compromise between privacy protection for Internet users and online advertising.

Among the new rules that this bill would require is the consent from users to give companies their personal information such as their medical history, financial records, Social Security number, sexual orientation or their geographic location. While this is good news, information that is generally collected by cookies will not require permission as long as the company provides information, in layman's terms, about how the information will be used. The user would then have the ability to decline.
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12 Ways to Protect Your Online Identity and Browse Securely

Saturday, May 15, 2010
One of the common fears many people had early on when they began to use the Internet was regarding exactly how secure it is, and this concern tends to continue until this very day. While others brush away the issue of security of personal information without much worry, the facts show that safety of private data online is indeed a real challenge. In fact, statistics reort that identity theft is the biggest white collar crime in the history of the United States.

The FTC openly states that, "1 in 6 Americans will be a victim of identity theft this year alone. In the last twelve months 9.93 million people have had some type of identity theft crime committed against them. Victims spend on average $1,200 in out-of-pocket expenses and an average of 175 hours in your efforts to resolve the many problems caused by identity thieves." Those who end up suffering from identity theft can go through years and years before they ever truly recover from such a hardship.
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What's my IP address and how do I change it?

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What is an IP Address?

An IP address or Internet Protocol address is the name for a logical address found on a network adapter that is usually assigned by your Internet service provider. Each IP address is one of a kind as it is used to distinguish computer systems and additional devices located on a network. In short, the different IP addresses are used to interact and communicate with one another. One way to visualize how it works is to imagine it as your computer's street address. It is fairly easy to identify your computer on the network due to the fact that each IP address is a completely unique number. The Internet is massive, and without an IP address it would be nearly impossible to inform other computers and devices on the network about the data you are both sending and requesting.

You can see your current IP address now using our free ip checking tool.

How can my IP address be used to track my Internet activity?

Simply put, as your IP address is unique to you alone then that means all of the websites you visit can be monitored by anyone ranging from businesses to hackers. When you browse websites these days, many of them will place a file on your computer known as a "cookie" which they can use to track and monitor your browsing habits. Companies such as businesses and news agencies argue that this is done for the purpose of presenting you content that is customized and designed specifically for your interests. While this still doesn't seem to bother the majority of people, other websites can place cookies on your computer with an evil intent in mind. One way to prevent this is to disable cookies in your web browser, but in recent times that is simply not enough to maintain anonymity.

The primary solution to web anonymity is through changing or hiding your IP address by using software such as the solution from Easy-Hide-IP.
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Free Proxies - Are they really free?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010
It seems like whenever something is free, there's a catch. Using a free proxy server falls under this category. By using a free proxy server to hide one's online identity, a person unknowingly opens himself up risks that may be greater than anything gained by using the proxy server in the first place.

In order to understand the dangers of using a free proxy server, it's important to know what a proxy server is and what it does. In simple terms, a proxy server is a computer that sits between a the computer hosting a website that a user wants to visit and the user himself. When a person visits a website though a proxy server, their computer, at home, sends a request to the proxy server which downloads the target website into its memory. The person at home can then view the target website off of the proxy server. In essence, the person can view a particular web page without technically visiting it.

Whenever a person visits a web page, the web page's server keeps track of who visited by logging the IP number of the person's computer. An IP number is like an internet finger print that can be used to trace the location of any computer that is connected to the server. For this reason, some people are concerned about their privacy. Often, major search engines log IP addresses in order to track the browsing habits of their users. By knowing a person's browsing habits, search engine companies can customize revenue generating advertisements to a particular user. Other people choose to use proxy servers in order to circumvent internet restrictions set up by network administrators at work or school. Still others use proxy servers to visit sites from which they have been restricted by the site itself. The user may have been banned or IP numbers similar to his may have been blocked by the site owner for any number of reasons. Using a proxy can allow access to these sites.
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IE and Chrome's Anonymous Surfing Mode: Are they really so Anonymous?

Monday, May 03, 2010
We've all seen the adverts and there has been a lot of talk about this nifty new feature Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Apparently, you can surf the web anonymously, without leaving a trace of your presence anywhere. This new feature it called "Privacy Mode" (each browser has it own name for it, but it's all essentially the same), and it sounds like the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Unfortunately, it is not as great as you might think. Sure, it does do what it's supposed to, but once you know what it's supposed to do you may not be quite as interested. First, I'll tell you what this new mode does. Then, I'll tell you the many things I - as well as you, most likely - can only wish it did.

Right, then. It does allow you to cover your tracks locally. What this means is that, if you enable privacy mode and proceed to visit all sorts of websites with delicious, naughty content on the web, no evidence is left on that computer. So when your parent, significant other, children, roommate, or nosy guest gets on, they cannot find any evidence of your less than noble pursuits while on the web. This mode allows for complete privacy on a shared computer in that nobody else in your house will ever know what you were up to.
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The official Easy-Hide-IP blog has landed!

Monday, May 03, 2010
This blog will be used for posting related's latest news and updates, as well as serving as a an area to post general Internet security articles written by myself and guest writers.

If you have an interesting article that you'd like to submit here please let me know via the contact page.

Thank you for your time

Mike Davies
Easy-Hide-IP Owner