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Possible to hide IP origin?

XenoXeno Registered User regular
edited October 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
Yeah, I'm from Ontario Canada and I want to know if there is a way to hide my IP so that they don't know I'm from Canada? I don't want to hide the ip, just what country I'm from. Is this possible?

Thanks guys.

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    Uncle LongUncle Long Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Wait, why? Just curious.

    Also, proxy server, if you want to slow your life down a bit.

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    MengerSpongeMengerSponge Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    You could use something like Tor, which is essentially a proxy server afaik (I'm not really an expert on Tor or proxies). And yeah, it'll slow browsing down a noticeable amount, but it generally does the job, at least for a few applications. I've used it with Firefox before, and it works pretty well. One problem I had though was with sites that have different pages for different countries (Google, Amazon); if Google thinks you're in Germany, you're browsing through German Google, etc. This can be a huge pain. Also, don't try to do anything bandwidth-intensive with it (Bittorrent, etc.). It will be unbearably slow and clog the network.

    Also, again I'm no expert, but I think that the only way to disguise your country is to disguise your IP; I'd assume that if someone can figure out your IP it's easy to get country. I don't think you can do one and not the other.

    If you're trying to look like you're from another country in particular to get something that's only available there, I'm not sure how you'd go about that.

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    snarkssnarks Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Unless you explicitly tell a site what your location is, the only way they can find your location is by your IP address. So using a proxy server would be the solution to your problem, as long as you find one in a country that is suitable for whatever you are doing.

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    CasketCasket __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Look into Tor. Very commonly used proxy service, works great too.

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    khainkhain Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    If you do happen to use Tor or any other proxy don't send passwords/critical information through it.

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    AridholAridhol Daddliest Catch Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    TOR or any proxy server.

    $50 says it's for pandora.com and I've tried with zero success from BC canada.
    No pandora makes Aridhol a sad panda.

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    Stupid HumanStupid Human Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Aridhol wrote: »
    TOR or any proxy server.

    $50 says it's for pandora.com and I've tried with zero success from BC canada.
    No pandora makes Aridhol a sad panda.

    Pandora doesn't work for Canadians? That's sad, but it's the price you pay for having the better dollar.

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    AridholAridhol Daddliest Catch Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Pandora has no contracts or whatever for anyone outside of the USA, so pretty much everyone is locked out which sucks donkey balls

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    TheFishTheFish Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Aridhol wrote: »
    Pandora has no contracts or whatever for anyone outside of the USA, so pretty much everyone is locked out which sucks donkey balls

    Works fine for me here. (UK)

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    AridholAridhol Daddliest Catch Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    on the blog a few posts down
    http://blog.pandora.com/pandora/

    it explains they are trying to work with the UK and if it works for you I guess they succeeded.

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    SceptreSceptre Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    That's odd, it used to work for canadians. Ah well. Does Tor, theoretically, give users the ability to watch NBC programs on their website, if they aren't Americian residents?

    Edit : If this is something I shouldn't be posting here, tell me, and Ill kindly edit it or delete it.

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    MengerSpongeMengerSponge Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sceptre wrote: »
    That's odd, it used to work for canadians. Ah well. Does Tor, theoretically, give users the ability to watch NBC programs on their website, if they aren't Americian residents?

    Edit : If this is something I shouldn't be posting here, tell me, and Ill kindly edit it or delete it.

    I would guess that, in theory, that should work, assuming your "exit node" (basically the last machine in the chain between you and the site you want to visit) is in the US. But, a) I don't think there's a way to control which exit node you use, so it'd just be luck that you got one in the US, and b) streaming video uses a lot of bandwidth and is going to take forever over the Tor network. Seriously, even regular web pages take significantly longer to load.

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    XenoXeno Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sceptre wrote: »
    That's odd, it used to work for canadians. Ah well. Does Tor, theoretically, give users the ability to watch NBC programs on their website, if they aren't Americian residents?

    Edit : If this is something I shouldn't be posting here, tell me, and Ill kindly edit it or delete it.

    Bingo, this is what I want to know but I didn't say it because I didn't want to get banned. I will delete it though.

    Basically, NBC.com doesn't let me watch any of their shows. I want to watch episodes of the Office and deleted scenes but it just says that it's not available from my region.


    Also, I have absolutely no access to thedailyshow.com, it just re-directs me to thecomedynetwork.ca

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    SceptreSceptre Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Xeno wrote: »
    Sceptre wrote: »
    That's odd, it used to work for canadians. Ah well. Does Tor, theoretically, give users the ability to watch NBC programs on their website, if they aren't Americian residents?

    Edit : If this is something I shouldn't be posting here, tell me, and Ill kindly edit it or delete it.

    Bingo, this is what I want to know but I didn't say it because I didn't want to get banned. I will delete it though.

    Basically, NBC.com doesn't let me watch any of their shows. I want to watch episodes of the Office and deleted scenes but it just says that it's not available from my region.


    Also, I have absolutely no access to thedailyshow.com, it just re-directs me to thecomedynetwork.ca

    Just thought you might want to know, the reason NBC has pulled out from Youtube, and the answer to your problem might be coming soon.

    Hulu.com, a new Youtube competitor, is being sponsored by NBC, and is going to offer most of their full length shows for free. There will be ads, but if the hulu beta testers are to be believed, they'll be only about 25% of the ads you see on TV. Im pretty sure its gonna be open to Canadians too.

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    alcoholic_engineeralcoholic_engineer Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    if you want to get to pandora, try this instead http://www.last.fm/

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Aridhol wrote: »
    on the blog a few posts down
    http://blog.pandora.com/pandora/

    it explains they are trying to work with the UK and if it works for you I guess they succeeded.


    Pandora never used to check IPs. They just asked for your zip code to prove you were a US resident (so naturally any nefarious foreigner simply used the RIAAs head office zip code).

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