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Tell me if you’ve ever experienced this:
You are wandering around threads online to find something that can cure your boredom. No show or movie seems to interest you at the moment. Netflix seems dissatisfying. There’s no one online you’d rather do small talk with. And there isn’t even a single meme (surprisingly) that can make your day. So you just wonder and wander around the internet, looking for something to do.
Alas! After a good 15 minutes, you found it. It’s interesting, specific, new, and timely – an article you are just dying to read. You clicked on the mouse faster than anyone can say “Geronimo!”
“SORRY. THIS CONTENT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR LOCATION.”
Phew. What a bummer. Of all times, you had to be geo-blocked when you’re bored. Tough luck.
What Is Geoblocking?
Geoblocking happens when certain laws (physical or cyber) of a country prohibit outsiders from accessing content that has been created, produced, or posted by residents or authorities coming from the host country. This means that any article, video, photograph, and other types of data are locked inside a specific geographical area (read more). Anyone trying to access any of this information is immediately redirected to a landing page that displays text about restricted access.
The whole process of identifying, categorizing, and selecting who can and cannot access certain data is determined using IP addresses. This numeral script, the thing we call an IP address, is similar to a home address in the physical world. It gives a name to the device you’re using and consequently, shows the receiving server where on earth you are accessing a website from – kind of like a GPS.
When you are geo-blocked from a certain country, this means that your IP address is unprotected and can be seen by just about anyone who has access to local and international servers. It’s not really a bad thing, though. It’s generally harmless to have a naked IP address. However, it does put up certain limitations to your browsing activities. Geoblocking is an example of these limitations. Because your physical location is identifiable, countries that are conservative with their content are able to prevent you from reaching their websites.
If you don’t want this to happen all the time, there is one solution: Virtual Private Networks or VPNs.
What Is A VPN?
A VPN serves as a rendezvous point for your computer and the rest of world. When you sign up or get yourself a VPN, you are able to enjoy the following perks:
- Faster Connection
- Added Protection For Personally Identifying Information
- Safe Browsing
- Security From Online Hackers & Information/Identity Theft
I would like to expound more on all these points but for today, let’s stick to Perk #5 which is Anonymity. But if you would want to read more about these benefits, feel free to access this article (It’s not geo-blocked, yay!): https://www.ibvpn.com/2010/02/8-advantages-of-using-vpn/
Using a VPN, your identity is concealed to the rest of the world. You can even disguise it somewhat. The whole process is similar to a car going into a tunnel. Only difference with this tunnel is that it allows the car to change its plate number every time it completes a pass.
For example, the car needs to get from Point A to Point B. This car is on the wanted list of the police in Point B. When it goes into the tunnel and comes out to Point B normally, there’s a 100% chance the car will be caught. Say, this tunnel is a VPN. By going into this tunnel, the car can have its plate number changed instantly – giving it the impression of a completely different car to the police waiting in Point B. This works to the cars advantage and allows it to go from Point A to Point B without much trouble.
That’s pretty much it. If you need to read more about VPNs, you can learn through comprehensive guides like this one: FastestVPNGuide.com. In a nutshell, however, Virtual Private Networks operate in the exact same manner. When you have one, you don’t have to worry about NOT being able to see the content you want when you want it. Anytime is a good time and your personal information is always kept safe.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a way to counter geoblocking, then getting a VPN is the one best way to go. Don’t you agree?