Sunday, April 20, 2014

Three Cheers for VPN.

During our last visit to Philippines, I discovered first hand the horrors of being geo-blocked from a favorite web-site. As defined by pcmag.com:

"(GEOgraphically-BLOCKED) The practice of preventing users from viewing Web sites and downloading applications and media based on location. Used by countries to block foreign material as well as by movie and TV studios to restrict viewing to specific regions, geo-blocking is accomplished by excluding targeted Internet addresses."

Because Netflix (US) blocks users from outside the U.S., I was unable to access my account while we were in Sibulan. Similarly, while in the U.S., I am geo-blocked from a wide range of videos on the BBC website.


This is no longer a problem for me. Avast was running a special on it's VPN. I'd been watching the price and $39.99 for one year was too good to pass up. Now, I can watch British programs while connected to a server in London and I'll be about to watch Netflix and CBS Sports (for SEC football) when I'm in Philippines.
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