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Windows: If you want access to streaming media that is only available in specific locations, want to browse web sites that display differently depending on where you are, or are just seeking a little privacy, SafeIP can help. The utility lets you select where your IP address will appear to be located, and can even rotate them regularly if privacy is your goal.

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When you're browsing from a public Wi-Fi connection — like at your favourite coffee shop — anyone on that network can snoop on what you're doing, with very few exceptions. So can the IT crew at your workplace. Today, we're going to walk through setting up an encrypted proxy server on your home computer so you can secure your browsing session no matter where you're connected, keeping your private data significantly more private.

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Certain apps—like Spotify—have country restrictions, meaning you can't download them or sign up for their service if you're not in a certain country. Fortunately, it's surprisingly easy to circumvent those restrictions. Here's how to do it.

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The web is a generally free place, but some sites and services want to make it annoying to navigate and enjoy. Stream any video you'd like, see the sites you need, and get at services you thought were down with these tips.

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Want to watch overseas streaming sites like Hulu or the BBC iPlayer in Australia, or catch up with the ABC's iView when you're on an overseas trip? The unfortunate truth is occasionally it's possible, but generally it's not. Here's why.

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IYHY is a web-based service that acts as a text-only proxy, stripping down websites for faster load times. Like previously reviewed page minimisersBareSite and Finch, IYHY returns just the basic text of the site you plug into it. With Lifehacker.com and and news.google.com as our test sites, though, IYHY beat the two previous sites hands down for clarity and condensation. Formatting is cleaner, no images were mistakenly thrown back into the mix, comments were still visible, and with IYHY there were no annoying tags scattered throughout the stripped content. For mobile browsing or surreptitious reading at the office, IYHY does a suberb job stripping all non-text elements from a site. There is no login required for the basic proxy service, but with a free account you can save your most frequently accessed sites to save some time—and your thumbs.

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Windows/Mac/Linux (All platforms): AlwaysVPN, a free virtual private networking service, is promoted as a safer way for anyone to browse the web or trading files over a public net connection. It works for that purpose, sure, but it also lets anyone on the disappointing side of a US-only service like Hulu, Pandora, or Fancast get around that often arbitrary restriction. We've previously featured a similar service, Hotspot Shield, but AlwaysVPN has the edge in not installing any toolbars (although it does put ads across the top of your browser), working on all three major platforms, and, well, being a go-to VPN proxy if Hotspot is only trickling in. Installation and startup are a simple right-click affair in Windows, while OS X users will have to configure a third-party VPN client, and Linux users compile from source. AlwaysVPN is a free download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems. AlwaysVPN

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Windows/Mac/Linux: BFilter, a free local-based browser proxy, blocks banner, JavaScript, Flash, and many other types of advertisements from displaying on web pages. BFilter installs itself on your system and has you set up your browser to run through it as a proxy, quickly killing ads as they stream to your system. Unlike many other ad-block tools, BFilter relies on analysing and filtering web code, rather than a blacklist or whitelist—although you can edit the filter to ad individual sites or servers to be blocked. Setting up BFilter was a five-minute affair, even on a browser (Google Chrome) that lacked specific installation instructions, and BFilter worked as promised—although it did block Digg badges for some reason, so a little tweaking is likely necessary. BFilter is a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. BFilter Web Proxy