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Can I Get ITV Stream Abroad Free

If  you’re asking the question – is there a way to stream ITV abroad for free I’m afraid you’re in for a disappointment.  If you’re grown up, you’ve surely learnt this life lesson – nothing in life is free, there’s always a cost however it’s not always paid in money.

Just to summarise the issue, the ITV Hub has all the ITV channels streaming live plus a huge archive of older programmes. It used to be a bit rubbish but in the last couple of years it’s had some serious upgrades and is a wonderful source of entertainment.  It all works perfectly from the UK but if you try and access from outside the UK you get a message like this

 ITV Stream Abroad Free

Like just about every decent multimedia site on the internet, the ITV HUB checks you IP address when you try and connect and will only allow you access if you’re in it’s domestic market i.e the UK.  The fix is to hide your IP address and hence your location by using something called a VPN to connect through.  The ITV site will detect the location of the VPN server instead of yours and as long as it’s in the UK it will allow you access, forget proxies they stopped working a couple of years ago.

This is why literally hundreds of thousands of people use these VPN services so they can watch things like Coronation Street abroad, or access the BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.    So back to the question – is there a free VPN to allow me to stream ITV abroad?

It’s important to remember that these VPN services are actually expensive to run, the hardware needs to be fast, you need a modern datacenter to house them, the bandwidth costs money plus you need technical staff to set up and support the servers.   So why would anyone pay money in order to supply a free service to allow them to watch ITV from abroad?

Of course, they won’t it’s simply not going to happen.  No random stranger is going to spend thousands every month just so you can watch Coronation Street from the Costa Del Sol.  That cost has to be recouped in some way and let be honest a profit needs to be made otherwise why bother?

There are three options which are used to finance these VPN services and they are as follows:

  • Subscription service – pay every month for using the VPN.
  • Advertising Model – adverts and click-bait inserted into your browsing sessions to make money.
  • Bandwidth Sharing – company uses your connection in order to host a premium service i.e share your internet connection with paid users.

That pretty much covers the options and of course the second two could technically be called ‘free’ in that you don’t hand over any money.   Most companies use the subscription model and you can find loads of these online but there are several that offer the other two options.  I would strongly advise not using the third option as it involves complete strangers using your internet connection for their anonymity.  Which means that anything they do online is traced back to your IP address – this could potentially cause you huge problems as well as being extremely insecure.

The ‘free models’ are usually offered by companies alongside a ‘premium’ version without the advertising or bandwidth sharing.  It’s sometimes difficult to tell what you are signing up to with these free versions so check the small print before you use them.

Although it costs money, the subscription services are much safer and have other advantages too.  They are generally much quicker and more secure as they are not overloaded with ‘free users’ who swamp the servers.

Our favorite and fastest VPN service is called Identity Cloaker and you can get a discount on a subscription below.  It works with all the UK TV stations like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub etc plus is one of the few VPNs that can access US Netflix too if that’s of interest.

Here’s the Code – 3E9E264B you just add it to the coupon section to get the discount – here

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Surf Incognito – Hide your IP Address

Anyone who thinks they’re anonymous online is of course sadly mistaken.  Indeed unless you take some significant steps then finding anyone online is relatively simple.  Think for example of the latest UK scandal where a number of politicians where sent violent messages and death threats after voting a particular way.

These threats came in variety of ways, Tweets, emails and messages sent through to the constituency accounts.  These angry people probably felt that all they had to do is use an account without their name and they could send this stuff without repercussions.  Fortunately for them, they were completely wrong as  it’s actually not that difficult to trace the senders location and identity.  For the police with access to logs it’s even simpler, it’s important to remember that anything you do online is traceable back to the computer your sitting on.

We see it all the time, hundreds of hackers, cyber criminals often just young kids.  In the news last night there was the story of a  teenage ‘computer expert’ from Stockport called Jack Chappell facing jail after carrying out a string of DDOS attacks.   It’s sad to see young lives wrecked like this, yet unfortunately you don’t need to be a computer expert to carry out these sort of attacks if you have the right software it’s literally clicking a couple of buttons.  Although they can cause much monetary damage, they are extremely simple attacks designed to overload remote systems.

Jack Chappell was paid something trivial like £1500 for his role, and he was always going to be caught.  As mentioned the attack is easy, the difficult part (and the bit that needs an expert is hiding your tracks).  It’s the same with virtually all computer based crime, mostly it’s very easy to carry out attacks but it’s much, much more difficult to hide your identity while you’re doing it.  Every few months we seem to hear about someone facing trial for hacking into some system for fun or just a challenge. Often it’s simple but to eradicate your tracks as you do this is much more of a technical challenge.

The problem is at the heart of the huge TCP/IP network we call the internet.  To communicate and use you need to register an IP address against  the hardware device you’re using.  This address is unique in the world and will be logged in loads of places including the ISP or access point you use to connect online.  Which is what most of these people who are caught fail to realise, that IP address can be used to identify your exact location and it’s logged and recorded on virtually every device you come into contact with online.

This is the single reason that people are caught, they sit in their home whilst running some software or hacking tool – all the time leaving their IP address in server and hardware logs.  You can make it more difficult, and in fact even using a simple online IP changer through a proxy or VPN can make you much more anonymous.    However you have to use it all the time, to protect any outgoing connection, any email, any message.    It takes a lot of technical know how to hide your tracks but even more so it requires discipline.

Just watch this video, even using a VPN is not completely enough because to someone looking for patterns – you can see that VPN. People may not be able to see the actual data or the remote web site, but arguably even using a VPN to encrypt and cloak your connection can tell an analyst something.

The video shows some of the settings you can use in a program called IDC to hide your VPN connection. As you can see you can rotate your connection automatically which means that it looks much more realistic when you connect to a variety of remote servers rather than a single encrypted one.

It’s not likely to change in the near future, the criminal gangs exploit youngsters with a little technical knowledge who are unable to see the real risks. The gangs operate underground from places like Brazil, Russia anywhere where perhaps the police are ineffective at investigating cyber crime and international extradition agreements are limited.

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Proxy ARP Protocol

One of the most common requests that a router will get on a busy network are ARP requests.  They can easily overload hardware so it’s important to have facilities which can share the burden.  Proxy ARP allows a router to answer ARP requests on one of it’s networks for a host on another network.    This involves fooling the sender or the ARP request into believing that the router is the destination host where in fact the destination host is actually on another interface of the router.    The router is effectively acting as a proxy agent for the destination host relaying packets across adjacent networks.

One of the best ways to illustrate proxy ARP is by means of an example.  Imagine a system connected to ethernet networks.  They may look connected but in fact they’re not merely connected by a router operating on two different subnets.  The router will perform the hardware ARP requests across both of the networks which means that they will appear as a single entity.  You can even cross country borders and hide two networks for example a French and a UK proxy like this.

The router will perform complex calculations in order to determine which networks the datagrams need to be sent to.  At the core of the calculations are the network IDs which are essential in order to keep track of source and destinations of the network data.  The router will build up a large table of the various hardware addresses across all connected networks.  Then it can use this information to effectively route data through the most efficient interface like a fast VPN.

You can use various tools to troubleshoot both ARP and proxy ARP functions. One of the most useful is obviously the arp command which will list the various addresses stored in the table, use it with the -a switch for easy reference.  You can usually pick up the communications that will commonly take place when proxy ARP is being used fairly easily.

Other commands that are useful include the ifconfig command which can list IP addresses for ports and interfaces.  You can also reconcile hardware addresses, serial links and interface information using this command.  Effectively though you can understand proxy ARP by the simple fact that it tries to hide two physical networks from each other.   IN fact when it is configured correctly you can actually have a single network id to represent two distinct networks.

 

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EU Web Proxy for Grown Up Internet Laws

Many areas of the world are of course obsessed with making rules and legislation that cover the internet.  Unfortunately much of it seems to be focused in specific areas:

  1. Allowing large companies to make more money.
  2. Allowing large companies to buy, sell and trade personal data.
  3. Allowing Governments to access all your personal data.

There genuinely seems to be a bias, there seems little legislation which works the other way.  Nothing which protects privacy or makes using the internet safer and fairer for private individuals.   There’s a billion dollar industry set up simply on farming your personal data in order to sell you stuff or influence your political opinions.   The countries we usually look for a lead in democracy such as the USA and UK again seem set more on the above three areas.

Fortunately there are some options we can take, which are well worth exploring.  For example – what is a web proxy?  Until recently this would be a simple option to at least hide your web browsing history from being logged at your ISP.  Although this will work to some extent, there’s little point in looking for a free euro proxy for any real sense of privacy.   The reality is that if you use a web browser then unfortunately most of your browsing happens in clear text registered quite visibly against your ISP allocated IP address.  Which unfortunately means that you have virtually no chance of keeping your online activity private.

EU Web Proxy

It’s hardly surprising then, that people feel the need to use VPNs and proxies to take back a little bit more control and privacy online.   In facts it’s one of the only steps you can take to genuinely keep some of your online activities a little more secure. Yet even then there is an issue, these EU proxies and VPN servers have to reside somewhere so where is best to choose?

Use an EU Web Proxy

Well most of the major VPN services allow you to select which country you wish, so fortunately we do have a choice.    Of course, often this is controlled by other considerations such as geo-location – you want a BBC VPN then it’s going to have to be in the UK.  The same with lots of other media sites, pick the country that gives you the best access.  Speed and privacy are essential and you’ll unfortunately definitely need a paid service, alas there are no super fast proxy sites in existence anymore.   IN fact it’s been a few years since there were any reliable fast proxy sites for video streaming simply because they are easily detected and blocked.

If you’re not restricted like this, then it’s sensible to look to the European Union.  Yep a EU Web proxy is likely to be the most secure and protected by decent and fair privacy laws.   In fact any of the best paid proxy server companies will have numerous servers available across the European Union and an extensive choice in their Eu proxy list.  What’s more some of the EU countries servers are more likely to be quicker and less populated than US and UK servers (although yes the UK is still in the UK at the moment, it does have poor privacy laws).

It’s of course tempting especially if privacy is your main aim, to look for a fast proxy server IP address in somewhere a bit more remote like Russia.  However this is not always a wise move,  you might think your data there is more secure yet corruption is rife there. That high speed proxy server which is supposed to be secure might be exactly the opposite if there’s a small bribe involved, don’t expect much help from Russian authorities either.  Certainly for security an EU web proxy seems the safest option.

The EU does seem to be at least making an attempt to create a sensible digital market place which looks out for both sides.   For instance it is currently implementing some changes that stop European digital providers from blocking access based on their location.  So a German user cannot access their German Netflix account currently when they happen to be in another European country.

At the moment they too need to use a specific VPN in that country to do this.  Just like you do for the BBC, Netflix and most other media companies of any size – it does get complicated simply to watch the BBC abroad as you can see.  Perhaps the new legislation being implemented will stop this forcing digital providers to ensure access across the single market.  It is hoped that this will happen in 2018 and from then Netflix will no longer be able to block access across European borders, although they’ll probably still do this for the rest of the world.

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Hey How do I Hide My VPN Connection?

The problem with being a super sneaky ninja surfer and using a VPN is that anyone with a little IT knowledge and access to ISP logs can see that you are using one.   For the ordinary user, internet logs are a myriad of calls and get requests to hundreds of different web servers and IP addresses.  However if you’re using a VPN then it all get’s channeled through a single IP address, that of the VPN server.

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Of course, it’s all encrypted and hidden so your actual web activity is hidden.  However signalling the fact that you’re using a VPN does kind of decrease the feeling of privacy somewhat.  So is there a way of becoming a little more discrete and hide VPN connection from various nosy people?   Well it depends on which VPN service you’re using but the most secure services have configuration options that enable to make the fact you’re using a VPN almost invisible too.

Even the best proxy server isn’t going to have these options at least not unless you’ve full administrative access .  However a few of the proper secure VPN download for PC have customizable interfaces that allow you to configure these security settings.

Hide My VPN – Demonstration

Here’s a video explaining the options in Identity Cloaker – entitled Hide my VPN, where you can see how to make VPN use invisible.

The key factor in hiding the use of a VPN or proxy is to make your browsing look similar to everyone else’s and that involves rotating your internet addresses that are used. If your connection simply uses a single IP address all the time it’s fairly easy to identity it’s a VPN or Proxy server being used. However if this IP addresses is rotated slightly then your connections will sink back into the shared anonymity of the logs.

Identity Cloaker also allows you to configure some applications to be encrypted and redirected whilst others operate as normally. For instance you can configure one browser like Firefox to be encrypted and routed through the VPN server, whilst Chrome operates like a normal insecure browser. You then switch to the secure browser when you want some privacy and to hide your browsing whilst everything else is normal. Activists use this technique to just switch to their secure browser when posting on social media or making controversial posts.

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Best VPN for Anonymity

Have you ever wondered what is the extent of your digital identity and if  you can control it?  Mostly people completely underestimate the scale of their digital imprint and imagine they have some control over it.  Firstly they imagine that if you delete or remove something about you online that it’s then gone, unfortunately that it is rarely the case.

best vpn for anonymity

The problem with this concept is that there’s rarely a single location where you can delete information.   If you send an email, it will transfer from your client through your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and then routed through a variety of shared hardware, servers, routers and switches until it reaches it’s destination.  At any point the data can be logged, recorded or copied so that email doesn’t only exist on the senders and recipients computers but potentially in many other places too.   Effectively you would have to delete every single copy wherever they may be.

It’s the same with anonymity, it’s reassuring to think that what you do on your computer is completely private but it’s simply untrue.   Most data sent from your computer shares some important properties which make anonymity online difficult –

  • It’s traceable back to your computer and location via your IP address.
  • Most of the data is in clear text and easily readable.
  • It’s transported via other people’s hardware.

In many ways using and communicating via the internet is like sending a postcard through the mail – everyone who comes across it can read it (and copy it if they so wished).   Understanding this makes at least possible to increase your level of privacy online.

There are of course a whole host of tools which can help reduce the risk however one of the most essential is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or perhaps an EU based proxy. Although a VPN doesn’t guarantee complete anonymity it’s without doubt the biggest single step you can take to protect your data online.  So it makes sense to find and purchase the best VPN you can find but remember it does depend on your requirements, for example many don’t allow anonymous torrenting .

The crucial protections that a VPN gives you are many, but these are probably the highlights:

  • Encrypts all your data being transmitted which means although it can still be intercepted, none of the content is readable.
  • Stops your internet activity being logged at your ISP.  Without a VPN every website you visit, every file you download or video you watch is recorded and logged at your ISP.
  • Stops websites you visit from recording your address and location.

There are other areas you would need to protect of course to minimize your digital footprint but most are irrelevant unless you use something to protect the internet connection you use.  Make sure you use a VPN that is run by a company who take security seriously.

The best VPN for anonymity is one where security is paramount and under no account will they log any of your data, at  the moment the best legal protection comes from European privacy legislation  so it’s worth considering companies based there.  It’s tempting to pick a more obscure location, but if you start routing your connection through something like a Russian or Indian proxy make sure you know them well as there’s likely to be little legislation protecting your rights and their conduct.

Our recommendation for the most secure service and the best VPN for anonymity would be ..