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I'd like to watch BBC Iplayer...but it only works in the UK. I am currently living in Spain. Is there a way to hide my ID and make the bbc website believe that I have a UK IP or something?

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This browser plugin comes for Firefox and Chrome/Chromium to enable us to fake an IP from a different country which is then presented to a website we browse to via a proxy provided from stealty.

In the free version there is a somewhat limited capability for choosing our location either as random or for a given country by surfing via a proxy when available there. There also is a commercial PRO version to have an guaranteed IP from the UK or from the USA.

Of course there are some security issues we will have to think about when trusting our data to a not so well defined proxy somewhere in the world wide web.

The plugin can easily be switched on or off on demand.

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I'd like to know why I can't even enter in after installing this plugin. – Zignd Jan 23 '13 at 16:23
@Zignd: they may have a different approach to find out where you live - unfortunately then we can't use this plugin. – Takkat Jan 23 '13 at 16:27

Not specific to Ubuntu (It works on Linux / Windows / Mac OSX / iOS but you can use a VPN service that lets you connect to a VPN server in the UK.

Here's one I have used before they let you choose a VPN server in a variety of countrys including the UK.


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thanks Stephen. I can see that their service costs money. Is there a way to do this for free? – Elysium Dec 18 '12 at 17:57
@Elysium I just googled free vpn server uk and got this, Please bear in mind privacy, when you use a vpn server i'd be wary of any 3rd party VPN server let alone a free one, Just use it to watch video do not do anything else.. banking etc.... – squarebear Dec 18 '12 at 18:02

You should also use Tor. Tor is an anonymizing service/network with is more secure/anonymous than a VPN.

Tor comes bundled with a browser and GUI interface for easy use

Tor browser bundle:

Also checkout how Tor works, its quite cool:

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How do you choose an exit node in the UK for Tor? – squarebear Dec 18 '12 at 18:33

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