Watching BBC outside United Kingdom

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Now we get a lot of questions considering “How to unlock BBC outside United Kingdom”. That would be the topic for my blog.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcasting statutory corporation. “Our mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes and service that inform, educate and entertain” – as they are saying. In simple words BBC are the Worldwide last news, programs and s. o. It is the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees all over the world. The Headquarters are situated in London.

Even though the online version of BBC is great service with the latest worldwide news, it comes with a severe limitation. The BBC One programs and TV shows are available only inside United Kingdom. So if you try to go to see live news from any other country, you will see a Content Unavailable message.

The BBC is now one of the most popular and biggest channels, but it doesn't have rights to broadcast its programs outside UK. That is why it uses special techniques to set the location of its users.

We see the prohibition from our countries, but anyway it is possible to watch BBC programs outside UK. The most important thing we need to know is that you only need to have the UK IP address. TUVPN (the VPN provider) has servers in 7 countries all over the world! Including United Kingdom. It has two servers in London what is more then enough.

All you need to do is to follow some simple steps to set up the VPN provider TUVPN:

1. First you go to «BUY» page to order the service.
2. Download the application using the tutorials.
The link is required.
3. After setting up choose the server you need. In our case we need or

Enjoy your programs!

A little bit about PRISM

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People often ask questions about how to protect your privacy in the global system of interconnected computer networks from online spy programs. One of them is the PRISM data mining program which we are going to talk about.

    Prism is a national security electronic surveillance program operated by the United States National Security Agency and formally is classified as Total Secret. It was created in 2007 but the public had read about it only in June 6 , 2013 in the articles published by The Guardian and The Washington Post. It was saying that Prism is “the number one source of raw intelligence used for NSA analytic reports.”

    The director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper confirmed the existence of Prism and said that the program operates in accordance with the law of the foreign intelligence service, the recently revised by the U.S. Congress. According to statements of special services a lot of large companies went on the active cooperation providing the access for security services to the servers like Microsoft (Hotmail), Google (Google Mail), Yahoo!, Facebook, YouTube, Skype, AOL, Apple and Paltalk. According to estimates from the Washington Post in 2010, the daily data collection system NSA (including PRISM) intercepted and recorded about 1.7 billion phone calls and e-mails

    How to protect your privacy. It's simple! Get a VPN. Because when connected to VPN, the connection with internet and traffic are sent through the encrypted channel and your computer or mobile device is masked by the other IP- address. TUVPN is really great for such cases. We have 9 servers in 7 countries and more then 100 IP addresses. TUVPN is not recording the logs of connection. That means that none would see what service do you visit.

    And for sure it is very simple to set it up. Here are some steps:
1. First you go to «BUY» page to order the service.
2. Download the application using the tutorials.
The link is required.
3. After setting up choose the server you need.

Using Skype without any limitations

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Hello everyone. Welcome back! I hope the previous blog was useful and helped you to open Netflix for yourself. This time I will try not to disappoint you!

    The topic will be dedicated to unblocking Skype in the countries where it is prohibited.
Skype is a proprietary voice-over-IP service and software application. And who does not know this word! I really like there slogan: “Skype is for doing things together whenever you're apart. Skype's text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the that matter to you, wherever they are”. Reading these words you understand that is done for people. It makes simpler to work (international meetings online, business and s.o.), to travel (talk to your parents, friends, relatives that are far far away)…
    This service is available for almost ALL the devices and operational systems that have Internet connection: Apple, Iphone, Ipad, Playstation, Android, Samsung Galaxy Tabs… And it is not the end!

    But unfortunately Skype is prohibited in some countries, where the Mobile telecom operators were able to put pressure on the government in their country for not losing profits. Here is the list of the countries where Skype is or may be blocked:

  •  Anguilla – blocked by Cable & Wireless, Caribbean. This UK based company started by blocking VoIP serves in the Caribbean, and then began pushing their own services onto customers
  •  Antigua– see Anguilla
  •  Bahrain
  •  British Virgin Islands – see Anguilla
  •  Belize – there is only one ISP/telecoms company (Belize Telecommunications Limited), which not only blocks Skype but also Google Talk, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! IM because they offer their own VoIP and chat service
  •  Brazil – blocked by Brasil Telecom in order to stop revenue loss
  •  China – Skype users in mainland China use a modified version that follows Chinese regulations and is heavily monitored by the authorities, called TOM-Skype
  •  Cayman Islands see Anguilla
  •  Cuba – due to government censorship
  •  Dominica – see Anguilla
  •  Egypt
  •  Iran
  •  Germany – blocked by T-mobile
  •  Grenada – see Anguilla
  •  Guyana
  •  Jamaica – see Anguilla
  •  Jordan
  •  Kuwait – blocked by Qualitynet
  •  Montserrat – see Anguilla
  •  North Korea
  •  Oman – blocked by Omantel
  •  Pakistan – blocked by most ISPs  (PTA, PCCW, Cybernet, PIE and Flag Telecom)
  •  Paraguay
  •  Qatar – blocked by Qtel
  •  Saint Lucia – see Anguilla
  •  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – see Anguilla
  •  Singapore – blocked by Singtel
  •  St Kitts and Nevis – see Anguilla
  •  Syria
  •  Turks and Caicos – see Anguilla
  •  UEA (including Dubai) – blocked by Etisalat

    And as far as I search the Internet it will be changed and becoming bigger.

    TUVPN will also help us to solve this problem. It is the same simple to do. This link will lead to all the manuals and tutorials that you need. The instructions how to use VPN you can also read in my previous blog “How to watch Netflix out of US”.
    Thank you for your time. If you have any question I would be very happy to answer it!

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How to watch Netflix out of US

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Hi everyone. My name is Mike. And I would like to start blogging on this service. We will discuss different tasks here concerning using vpn and personally TUVPN service.

I think many of you have heard about such a service as  Netflix. It is used in US for watching online television, movies, TV shows and s.o. Netflix is an American company of on-demand Internet streaming media available to both North and South America, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland.

This provider is available for almost all the devices that have Internet connection: Apple Iphone, Ipad, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Galaxy Tabs… The list can be really long thanks to our modern technologies.
But how to watch Netflix in Europe for example or other countries of the world that are not in the list bellow? That will be the main topic of this blog. The best solution to watch Netflix out of the US is to connect to a VPN server. Using the VPN will enable you to hide your own IP address and choose location waht you need. Particularly now we need US server.
TUVPN is one of the good examples of VPN services for unblocking Netflix. By looking through the different forums, blogs, articles I've found for myself the optimal variant. When you start VPN you neglect a VPN client on your PC, log in using your private login and password and your device is changing the different keys with the server you selected. That is how the TUVPN also works. But comparison of prices make me proud! I think it's a good reason to try TUVPN. We have a great speed with unlimited traffic which makes watching online more pleasant and comfortable. And the list of servers will expand in the nearest future. Right now we can offer 9 different servers in 7 countries: 2 servers in London (UK), 2 in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Erfurt server (Germany), server in Madrid (Spain), Stockholm server (Sweden), Montreal server (Canada) and the one that is now important for us: server in Chicago (USA).

    So how exactly to use it. To watch   Netflix online movies out of US there is no need to order Dedicated IP. Shared will be better. You just need US server Here are some simple steps:
    1. First you go to the “BUY” page to order the service.
    Try TUVPN with 60% DISCOUNT!
    By this link you will get it.
    2.  Download the application using there tutorials.
    The link is: As also you see that they have the list of them for setting up it on different devices, Windows, Mac tutorials, Linux and also Router.
    3. After setting up launch the server you need. In our case we choose

    Actually that is all what you need. Nothing difficult at all, is it. If you have any questions, suggestions I will be very happy to answer! See you next post.

Find the Best VPN Protocol for you: VPN Comparison Table

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As the number of VPN technologies supported by TUVPN grows (with the new addition of SSH2 Tunnels), we have deemed it appropriate to provide the TUVPN users with access to a simple table. This table details the different VPN protocols available, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, use cases, level of security, speed etc. In summary, all the information that we think should help our users to decide what is best for their needs.

We think this information is very interesting too for the wider VPN user community, many of whom without being TUVPN users, are readers of our blog. So here you have a screenshot of the table. Just click on it and you will have access to the full table.

Hope you find it enlightening!

VPN Protocols Comparison Table

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Virtual Private Networks (VPN) – Benefits & Future Prospects

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Can we imagine our life without the Internet? Sure. But the Internet makes our life much more convenient. Can we imagine a small business without a VPN connection? Definitely. But by using a VPN, our company can guarantee privacy of transmitted information. Companies can also increase productivity and efficiency by providing safe and fast exchange of information, establish secure remote office communication, and much more.

Virtual Private Networks are predicted to be a dominating network technology in the XXI century. They open numerous possibilities:

  • highly scalable extranet networks,
  • networks for e-commerce,
  • networks for Application Service providers.

As VPNs are turning into a global technology, they provide flexible solutions for various types of users:

  • shared VPN services for individual uses,
  • dedicated VPN services for small/medium companies,
  • and on-site VPN servers for large corporations.

VPN service providers are delivering new answers for the questions of today, and turning them into benefits for tomorrow.

The future starts today

The future of VPN starts today when daily communication presents new challenges to your business, or to your personal information security. 

Let’s imagine a working day of a small legal firm, let’s call it “ABC”. Firstly, the company doesn’t need to rent an office as all employees are either mobile or organized in remote offices. All documentation is being kept on a cloud server. Every employee has access to documentation without the risk of it being intercepted or lost while transmitting through the VPN connection. ABC's business applications are not available from public channels. Using an outsourced dedicated VPN server from a reliable provider, they securely interact with each other and their clients. Depending on configuration, new staff or clients have limited access to business applications and documentation. ABC can connect service providers to their VPN network for consulting or cooperation as and when appropriate.

Example: ABC receives a new order from a software company to compile a “Terms of Use” agreement for a new product. The product is available only on the software company's office computer as it is still under development. ABC has no need to send their specialist to the software company’s office, which may be located in another country. The VPN service allows them to establish secure connection between the two companies. VPNs do not require similar hardware at both ends of the connection. After a short period of time to configure the VPN connection, ABC's lawyers can start their work. They can securely access documentation from any point of Internet access.  Both companies are guaranteed both information security and privacy. The VPN connection presented a way to avoid high costs without sacrificing security.

The last bastions of freedom?

In the beginning of December, WikiLeaks, an international media publishing news from anonymous sources, went offline. Its whistle-blowing website has lost its domain name and was bombarded by multiple denial of service (DoS) attacks.

As illustrated with the Wikileaks affair, the Internet is currently a battleground. On one side, there are people threatened by relatively free flow of ideas still available on the Internet. On the opposing side, there are people believing that the Internet is one of the last bastions of freedom of ideas and information. The freedom that has been lost elsewhere.

TUVPN's CTO predicts that in the following years more and more people will care about the importance of an unrestricted internet – since more efforts are made to curb and control the freedom. In spite of the attempts made to fence the Internet, people will naturally look for ways to continue enjoying the Internet environment which they have become accustomed to.

Increasing threats

At the same time, both people and businesses have become increasingly aware of the threats that exist on a "free" Internet. These threats range from malware to rogue Wi-Fi spots.

Using VPNs as antivirus tools to protect communications while on Wi-Fi are clearly seen today. In fact, any Wi-Fi spot (e.g 'Free Hotel Wi-Fi') can turn out to be just a hacker’s laptop. Any and all data sent through ‘Free Hotel Wi-Fi’ in reality goes through the hacker’s PC. But if you use a VPN connection, the only thing the hacker would be able to catch is useless encrypted data. Moreover, using a VPN provides double protection for your computer against viruses/trojans/worms and alike. The use of a reliable VPN service, along with the antivirus software installed on VPN servers provides optimal results against online threats.

“As a significant part of our life has moved to the Internet, it is natural that everyone looks for protection and security in the face of the new threats”, said the TUVPN's experts. "In the environment where individual freedoms meet rising threat, both private persons and businesses will place greater emphasis on securing their Internet usage." So, services and tools offered by TUVPN and other VPN providers, e.g. shared and dedicated VPN services for personal use, and dedicated VPN services for business will be used more actively. TUVPN.COM sees its aim as “to stay at the cutting edge of such services that will be integral to the provision of freedom, privacy, and security over the internet. We look forward to the challenge.”

Globalization has brought outsourcing and integration. Experts say that VPNs will turn into systems of interactive networks which will connect mobile users, commercial partners, and suppliers with critical corporate applications working on IP protocol. VPNs will become a basis for new commercial operations and services, which will stimulate the market and help to modernize service delivery and production. VPNs will be key to solving many tasks of today, delivering benefits and solutions for tomorrow.

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Dedicated VPN Server for Your Business

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Dedicated VPN Server

Many big enterprises have started from small-business companies. They grew step by step meeting new challenges on every stage of their development. For many of them technically progressive solutions for newly emerging questions were the key to achieving a sustainable development. Nowadays, timely information update and secure online communication seem to be the most topical issues in the business world. Using a VPN service brings business communication to a new level. It enables a company to securely connect multiple users of its corporate network via the Internet. The variety of VPN services opens new possibilities for business development.

Today we will examine the advantages of a dedicated VPN server particularly for business purposes.

First, let’s see the difference between a shared and dedicated VPN server.

Shared VPN server is a server that you share with other VPN users. Usually, shared VPN is used by private individuals for secure access to websites. Shared VPN services can however present some limitations: number of ports and protocols to use. Other users of the VPN server can have the same IP address as you. That is why the Shared VPN is not appropriate for corporate users. Sometimes you can buy a dedicated IP address, but still use the shared VPN server. 

A Dedicated VPN Server is a remote server just for you and your fellow workers. You are not sharing it with unknown people. Basically, the service is similar to the shared VPN server, but the dedicated server is shared ONLY by the employees or affiliates of the company that sign up for the service.

Dedicated VPN Server solves a bunch of challenges that a growing business usually meets:

  • Access organizational network securely: The worker can access documents, read emails, submit reports, and use other common applications on the office network.
  • Use business applications: Using the dedicated VPN server, it is possible to run solely corporate business applications, use emails, work with business documentation, etc.
  • Work remotely: Remote users that provide support at your customers’ offices can access the enterprise network and perform their job tasks as if they were on-site.
  • Use applications you need: The shared VPN provides you with limited ports. With a dedicated VPN server, you have the possibility to use all applications without limitations. Its set up allows working with services which require opening of additional channels from the server to the client, for example, Microsoft Netmeeting, ICQ file transfer, etc.
  • Open your LAN to partners: A Dedicated VPN Server gives an opportunity to open your corporate network for your partners and affiliates. Security and total control over the server operating system are still kept.
  • Work together: A Dedicated VPN Server enables customers to modify secure access for collaborators and at the same time provide them with the benefits of using a VPN when roaming.
  • Manage corporate network: A Dedicated VPN Server leaves room for custom options in managing the corporate network. You can administer access to the network by adding other servers or other users as VPN clients. And you still have full control on the intact network. “Client to client” communication is also available.
  • Do not spend time and money for installation and support: A company does not need to have a special hardware to install the VPN server. A company does not need to hire system administrators in each office. The VPN provider solves all installation and support tasks instead of the customer. The sensitive data stays unavailable to the VPN service provider via encryption.

A true life example can add colour to the picture of a dedicated VPN server. Let’s take a small retail company which has a number of shops across a country, or several countries. The network of shops requires simultaneous information updated for the purpose of accounting, resupplying, and regulation. The company has a couple of local servers to run the applications, store databases, etc. They sign for a dedicated VPN server and thus find a cheap and secure way to create a “virtual LAN” between the shops. So, every shop is able now to access the information on the server, run corporative applications etc. Remote workers can also reach the server from any point of the Internet. The company has no need to hire more people to support the network. Even one part-time system administrator can connect to the VPN remotely and securely troubleshoot any issue in the shops. The flexibility of the service helps to meet the company’s current needs: they can connect just shops, or add servers; choose the type of VPN, number of users, etc.    

IMPORTANT: No information is stored on the shared or dedicated VPN Servers. The VPN Server acts as a gateway for the traffic of the clients', so information that is safely encrypted crosses the VPN Server, but nothing is stored within it.

One of the foremost advantages of the dedicated VPN server is the combination of 'high security level and low cost'. WiFi hotspots at cafes, hotels, train stations and airports have become a popular way for employees on the move to connect their computers to the corporate network via the Internet. The risk is that data could be intercepted by the hotspot provider or a hacker between the hotspot and the destination server. The need to safeguard sensitive company data is obvious. A Dedicated VPN Server offers this service at an affordable price.

A Dedicated VPN Server is very suitable for small or medium-size businesses. Large corporations usually use local complicated hardware to keep the corporate information and manage the network. By adding a VPN server to your business strategy you can not only commit to corporate privacy, it helps your business coordinate a growing list of informational demands –  keeping the communications of partners, co-workers and employees stable and secure.     

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Can VPNs provide better online security than Antivirus?

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Antivirus software provides limited protection of data. When data leaves from a users machine, it goes through numerous networks on the way to its final destination. This leaves the data completely vulnerable to theft, and could lead to man-in-the-middle attacks.

Often Antivirus software claims that it provides for the protection of data against online threats, but in reality once the data leaves from your computer to the open internet, it could be exposed to potential threats and attacks. It can easily be seen by third parties, stolen, collected, altered, stored or made to vanish by the use of sniffers, or any other intelligent techniques or software. Antivirus software provides no protection against such threats, with many complaints reported where user IDs are stolen, and bank accounts have been compromised despite the use of a good Antivirus solution.

The use of a reliable VPN service, along with the antivirus software installed on VPN servers, appears to provide much better results against online threats. A VPN service provides the additional layer of security which not only provides the secure tunnel between user and end destination over open internet, but it also transmits data in an encrypted format (128 or 256 bit encrytion methods). Further, the use of firewalls at a VPN server adds even more security for end-users by not only blocking many threats but also by hiding a users IP address. This makes it much more difficult for known threats to locate specific  machines, and provides protection from malware as malware cannot specifically target a known IP address.

In summary, it is clear that the use of a properly encrypted VPN service provides complete protection against online data threats. Your data is effectively protected from third parties who try to scan, sniff or steal your data packets.

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Why hot-spot security matters: A tale of a Money-Mule

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Not long ago, one of our team members attended a security conference in Amsterdam. He absorbed a lot of information, but was particularly impressed by a presentation about how money flows from stolen credit cards, bank accounts etc to criminal groups in Eastern Europe. This 'flow' seems to be in many directions and in large volumes we think!

We have been quite busy and couldn't give enough time to this tale, but finally and deservedly, here you have it.


Some time ago, we wrote a post about protecting public wireless connections using a VPN service :


As we already pointed out there, public wireless access to the Internet is becoming more and more ubiquitous and people is getting more and more used to being always connected whilst in airports, hotels, bars and a multitude of other public places. As already mentioned too, these new habits come with new risks. We no longer know about the networks that we are connecting to as these change all the time, are of different types over different technologies, and with different levels of security. This opens the door to new ways of  gathering and stealing information, as we clearly  pointed out in the aforementioned post (ref: fake access points).


All these new threats come from new, very specialised, organisations/entities that focus on gathering private financial information (bank account access details, credit cards etc) and using those to steal money. According to the security presentation, these criminal bodies are hierarchic, very well structured and professional organisations that operate throughout Europe, and possibly extend their reach worldwide.


We are not at all scaremongering but relaying very 'real world' facts about crimninal organisations and their modus operandi.

We will focus here on the sofisticated operations of one of these groups and how they managed to move very considerable amounts of money from Western Europe to Eastern Europe by using money mules, and simple yet very efficient procedures.



Obviously, the first step is to get the financial details from as many individuals as possible. This was outsourced to other global networks such as trojan creators, botnet sheperds, phishing masters, hot-spot crackers etc. These groups of self-employed techies have the technical resources to deploy their weapons, but not to monetize them, to convert this private sensitive information into real money. So in most cases, they package this information and resell it to other more specialised networks, like the one we are talking about in this example, who have the structure and resources to make good money out of it.


But how do they do it ?


We have to introduce here our friend the money mule. A money mule would typically be a low income individual with financial needs to cover and not many options to do it. Most importantly, he/she possesses a bank account.


In our example the money mule will be Jack.  A friend of Jack´s, or a friend of a friend of Jack ´s, or a friend of a friend of a friend of Jack´s has come to know a very easy way of making some good money through a reasonably low risk process.

Here it is:


  • Our money mule's shepherd does a large number (let's say a thousand) of transfers from stolen bank accounts to our Jacks´ bank accounts. Transfer amounts are never really big, so as not to create serious trouble for Jack (let's say €1000). So that would be €1 million  worth of transfers if we were to have a thousand Jacks.
  • Immediately after receiving the transfer, our 'Jacks' in Western Europe do a thousand transfers to some thousand Johns in Eastern Europe each for 950€. So our Jacks have made €50 just for doing a transfer to some John they have been told about. Not too bad.
  • Obviously, no sooner our Johns have got the money in their accounts, they all take the 950€ out of the account and the money mules shepherd happily collects €900 from each of them… giving away €50 more to the Johns.


So, all in all, €900,000 have made their way to our happy sheperd and it will be extremely difficult for the police to grab anyone related to it as they have two thousand low profile individuals that have received and processed small amounts of money while the real final target is unknown to all of them.


We would like to insist that this is a completely real world example that would be sharing  'the landscape' with, we assume, plenty of others.


It is in this context and environment that we insist on the importance of correctly protecting your communications from EVERYWHERE. Particularly when we rely on quasi permanent internet access through all types of wireless networks to do all kinds of operations  e.g buying stuff, checking bank accounts, reading corporate mail etc, and using a plethora of devices (laptops, netbooks, mobile phones, iPads …).


It is here where, as already explained, a VPN connection to a good VPN provider can show itself to be worth the few bucks we have spent on it. We don't have to worry any more about the security of the network we are connecting to. We are bringing in the security (in the form of encrypted communications) with us!!


We hope this has been helpful.

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Why use a VPN service? 4) Avoid Geographic Restrictions

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Here we look at one of the benefits of using a VPN service – avoiding geographic restrictions.


First we need to look at what these restrictions are and why we might be interested in avoiding them.


A geographic restriction exists when a web page can only be viewed by people browsing the internet from a particular geographic location. e.g United States. In most cases the restriction is implemented by filtering our IP address. If your IP address corresponds to the area of service, e.g US, then our connection will be accepted. Otherwise it will be rejected. We can look at this graphically;



Here we can see a user browsing the internet and trying to access a website in the United States and the United Kingdom. In this case the websites recognise that the user is trying to access the web pages from Italy, and his access is blocked. By contrast, users trying to access these web pages from within the US and UK respectively will be able to access the web pages in question. This filtering has been achieved by identifying the users IP address which is particular to a geographic location.


How does a VPN service help in this regard? Simple. As discussed in previous blog articles, a VPN service replaces a users IP address with an IP address of the VPN service provider. Generally a VPN service provider gives you a selection of servers in different geographic locations through which to connect to the VPN service. So the solution then becomes simple. A user just has to chose the geopgraphic location of the VPN server node that will provide the appropriate geographic IP address. Lets see this graphically;



Obviously this can be achieved with the use of a proxy. However, many sites are now utilising sophisticated systems to identify when a proxy is being used and then denies the user access.


We hope this has been clear!

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