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Q: Hidiing my location on the net ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Hidiing my location on the net
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: arizonamike-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 26 Apr 2006 13:49 PDT
Expires: 26 May 2006 13:49 PDT
Question ID: 723075
Hiding my location on the Net.

I'd like to watch BBC Television via the internet while I'm here in
the US.  Unfortunatley, each time I log onto the BBC site it knows I
am in the US (Outside the UK) and will not allow me to watch.  Their
site says they have to give UK viewers priority!

How can I fool their server so it thinks I'm logging in from the UK?

I'd need full details ion how to set up my computer since I'm not a computer geek.

Will I be safe from hackers?


Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 26 Apr 2006 14:13 PDT

Please try Anonymizer and let me know if this works for you.
Free Trial available.


Clarification of Question by arizonamike-ga on 26 Apr 2006 16:08 PDT
I had already purchased "Hide My IP" which didn't work so I'm nervous
about buying another product that looks like it does the same thing -
hides my ip address.  There is no free trial available for Anonymizer
so I'd have to fork out again.

If you don't mind I'll keep that one in reserve.

I'm pretty sure I need to use a proxy server site based in the UK but
I don't know how to do this or if thay are safe.


Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 26 Apr 2006 16:14 PDT
You don't have to pay, just download the 7 day free trial and see if you like it.

There is a download link on the bottom left side of the page.

Clarification of Question by arizonamike-ga on 26 Apr 2006 17:42 PDT
Hi Bobbie7

My Appologies for not finding the "Free Trail" link myself.

Well, I have tried it but I'm sorry...the BBC server still knows I'm
out of the UK.

Now I really do think I need to enter via a UK based server.

Many thanks,


Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 26 Apr 2006 17:46 PDT
Hi ArizonaMike!

I'll see if I can find something else. In any case this question is
still open and another researcher may find a solution for you.

Good luck, 

Clarification of Question by arizonamike-ga on 28 Apr 2006 07:44 PDT
Thank you.  

I have found sites that offer Proxy Servers in the UK  but I can't
work out how to access them or if they are safe.
Subject: Re: Hidiing my location on the net
Answered By: wonko-ga on 02 May 2006 08:57 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
The reason you had trouble with "Hide My IP" is that, "Hide My IP
chooses randomly from a list of hundreds of fake IPs from all around
the world spanning several countries."  "Hide My IP Overview" Sky
Tray, Inc. (2006)  As a
result, only if Hide My IP happened to choose a UK IP would you be
able to gain the access you seek.  I could not locate anything on
their website that would allow you to control which countries it
selects from.  Since you have already bought it, you might try
contacting them to see if there is anything you can do to make the
product usable for your purpose.

There are a couple of alternative approaches you can take to gaining
access by pretending to be located in the UK.  The first, which is
easiest, involves another software purchase.  I have not used either
of these personally, but they appear to perform the function you are

This one has a free trial, but requires an extra program to limit the
proxy servers to only the UK that can only be obtained after purchase:
 Hide IP Platinum "Bypass the restrictions by some owners of Internet
resources on users from certain countries or geographical regions"
"Hide IP Platinum" V7 Software Inc. (2005)

In the Help file it states:  "How could I get proxy servers from the
country I want?

If you are Registered user we could give you a program let you import
your own proxy server list. Please tell us your Order ID in email."

Another one which does not have a free trial but looks simpler to use
since it explicitly is designed to allow you to change country

"However, when you use the IP Address Changer, the information
available to websites that you visit is altered (IP address, ISP
server, and country location). Your IP address will appear to be
located in any of the following countries:

Country selections as of April 15, 2006:    (changes occasionally)

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany,
Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Slovakia, South Africa,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United
States (3 locations in U.S.), Venezuela"

"IP Address Changer"

As this site notes, "IP Address Changer does not do anything that
Microsoft Corporation does not make inherently possible in Internet
Explorer.  It just simplifies the process for the average user."

"Anonymous Surfing: How to Hide Your IP" Robin good (February 29,

So, for free, you can try using anonymous proxy servers to get the
same effect.  However, finding a proxy server that works requires a
lot more effort.

"If you want to hide your IP so that it appears you are from somewhere
else and to get past local goverment restrictions, you can use an
anonymous proxy from
Some of these will be slow or dead so test different ones.

To set your proxy in Internet Explorer: (Broadband)

Click the Tools menu and choose Internet Options 
Click the Connections tab 
Depending on the version of IE you are running, you may have to click
the ADVANCED box in order to enter the address of the proxy server and
the port number. Use port 8080 or 80 for HTTP.
Click OK on all dialog boxes to complete the process. 

To set your proxy in Internet Explorer (Dial-up)

Click the Tools menu and choose Internet Options
Click the Connections tab 
Now look for the Settings button (not the Lan Settings). Click it. 
You will see another dialog box called "proxy server" which has a
checkbox for "use a proxy server." Check that box, then click the
ADVANCED button. For HTTP: enter the proxy address and port 8080 or
Click OK on all dialog boxes to complete the process."

"Make Your IP Invisible to Anyone" Robin Good (June 19, 2003)

Note that you will want to select proxy servers located in the United
Kingdom from whatever list you use.  Finding one that is currently
working with a decent speed is a trial and error process.  You can use
the website to verify that you have
successfully obtained a UK IP address.

Another page with instructions for using proxy servers:

"Proxies" by ian and Snokrash, The Scream (2001)

As to safety, I would avoid sending sensitive information through
them, but your Internet traffic goes through servers all over the
place inherently.  They will almost certainly be slower than when you
are not using a proxy server.  Whether you are using a proxy server or
not, you should be using a firewall to protect you from hackers while
you are connected to the Internet.

I hope my Answer explained to you why Hide My IP was not a good choice
for your purpose and that it gave you some useful ideas for how to
solve your problem.

Good luck!


Request for Answer Clarification by arizonamike-ga on 03 May 2006 15:09 PDT
Wow, thanks for your answer.  Give me a few days to try some of these things out.

I'll get back to you next week.  I'm now back in the UK so I can't try
it directly.  However, I'll play around and let you know if I think it
will work.


Request for Answer Clarification by arizonamike-ga on 04 May 2006 05:00 PDT

Thanks that was really clear and it appears to work.  

However, the Proxy server they offer for the UK seems to be dead. 
There is an opportunity to edit the addresses of the servers they
offer but how would I find an open proxy server and the address that I
can use?

I hope you have recived full paymemnt.


Clarification of Answer by wonko-ga on 04 May 2006 07:41 PDT
First, try contacting the vendor to see if they have an alternative
you can use.  If you are not able to find a viable UK proxy server to
input into the software, ask for a refund, and do a charge back
through your credit card company if they will not give you one (if
such a right exists in the UK).

Second, you can search on Google for proxy servers in the UK using
terms like "free anonymous proxy UK."  It is a real hit and miss
process to find a working one.  It may be especially challenging given
that you need pretty high speed to stream video successfully.

Third, assuming you have a PC at home in the UK all of the time, you
could set it up as a proxy server.  The details of how to do that go
beyond the scope of this Answer (and my level of expertise).  You
would also need high-speed transmission capability both upstream and
downstream for good performance.  You might also be able to contract
with a hosting facility for use of a server in this manner.

Thank you for your generous tip.  I hope you find a solution that
works for you.  The key is that you must locate a proxy server located
in the UK so that the BBC will give you access.  You might also look
into if the BBC offers access from any other countries outside of the
UK, which would then give you more alternatives to look for.


arizonamike-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
This researcher was very thorough and did a great job

Subject: Re: Hidiing my location on the net
From: kottekoe-ga on 26 Apr 2006 19:56 PDT
Honesty is the best policy.
Subject: Re: Hidiing my location on the net
From: arizonamike-ga on 27 Apr 2006 10:15 PDT
I know, but I work for the BBC so it's annoying that I can't watch my
own shows when I'm away...
Subject: Re: Hidiing my location on the net
From: lemon06-ga on 24 Jun 2006 13:56 PDT
Uh, people have created a lot of paid proxy services. Just search
google for bbcproxy or uk bbc proxy.

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