Sometimes, it may be necessary to hide or disguise your IP address. Why?
Perhaps you need to access blocked sites (e.g. Betfair, BBC, Facebook, etc.) that are temporarily or permanently not accessible due to your location, or maybe you need to take advantage of P2P and torrent sites?
Physical Location may Cause Headaches for Internet Users
I must admit that until recently I had not spent a lot of time thinking about this topic as I have never lived in a country where access to any Web sites was ever an issue. However, I recently spent some time in Tenerife and immediately noticed with horror that I was unable to access Betfair to finish researching certain article topics I had in mind.
Unfortunately, my income depends on having constant and uninterrupted access to exchanges and bookmakers. It is impossible to run a betting advisory Web site with only limited access to the market. Although Tenerife offers a lot of sun and quite an acceptable standard of Internet my downfall was that I was simply blocked from logging in to some of my accounts.
In addition to the log-in problem, some of the sites I could access were only displaying in Spanish, without any option of changing the language settings (e.g. Betfair). Furthermore, only a limited number of markets were displayed and within these, only the back prices.
After recovering from the initial shock, I remembered that my tech-savvy son once mentioned that it is possible to hide your IP address. Fortunately, Google and company were still accessible to provide plenty of advice…
The solution: Accessing the Internet via VPN Servers
After a few hard working hours of extensive research, including the reading of dozens of forums and reviews, I ended up plumping for HideIPVPN, a VPN service which allows you to log-in to the Internet via a choice of British, American, Dutch, German, or Canadian servers.