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Need a German Proxy – Read on.

For years now, people have been using free proxies that you can find online – UK, US and German proxy servers are the most popular but the demand is wide.  It’s not always the smartest move as many of these are simply hacked or mis-configured and using them without permission leaves anyone open to legal action.   Even then, some of them are used to actively sniff your traffic with the intention of stealing usernames, account names and passwords for identity theft or plundering your accounts.
German proxy

However despite these huge security risks, people still use them in their millions every day for accessing content that is restricted to specific countries.   Just for example say you a German national who happens to be living or working say just over the border in France, you might get annoyed to find that many of the web sites you normally visited are blocked because of your location.   Yes, at the moment the European dream of unrestricted movement doesn’t really extend to the digital realm.  Your location determines a huge amount of what you can access online, including often important stuff like online banking.

It’s something that happens all the time, my friend was moaning last week searching for a VPN for Switzerland as he needed to pay a bill but was a few miles over the border.  I can tell you it’s much easier finding a US proxy than a VPN for Switzerland at least for a reasonable price.

The solution is relatively well know, simply route your connection through a proxy server located in the correct country.  So our friend would need to bounce his connection through a German proxy in order  access German only web sites and services.   A crazy situation which is compounded when you have to find the proxy in a specific country, for example look what I (a UK TV license fee payer) need to do in order to watch BBC News live online when I’m travelling or on holiday.

German proxy or a UK One – You Choose

Isn’t it crazy?  Yet it happens to people all over the world in thousands of different situations being discriminated and filtered simply based on their physical location when they connect.

Unfortunately now, free proxies will be pretty much pointless as there’s a growing trend to block access whilst connected to a proxy server.  Proxies, even the well configured secure ones can usually be detected by the website you visit.  Many sites usually turned a blind eye, for example you could get access to BBC iPlayer with any old crappy proxy for many years.  This is beginning to change and now they rarely work as sites actively block the use of proxies to connect to their sites, yep including the BBC.

What you now need is a VPN and a well configured one too, at the moment for example this is the only way to access something like Netflix when you’re outside one of the countries they broadcast too. If you need access to a specific country then make sure you get access to a server in that country – i’e a German proxy if you want access to a German media sites. Even this can be difficult with some companies who are trying to block even VPN access.  This is not straight forward and takes quite a lot of resources, but Netflix seems to be doing this.  Although they can’t determine the actual presence of a VPN connection they can make an educated guess based on the number of connections being established on specific IP address ranges.  These can then be put into a static blocked list which can be banned from accessing the websites – it’s probably very expensive to do especially as the VPN service providers will usually then change their addresses in response.

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