Have you ever wanted to access particular content online only to find that you were restricted for no apparent reason? This often happens with regionally restricted content.
As an example, for a project I was once examining the culture of Niue. I wanted to watch some of their local television shows and I didn’t think this would be much of a problem.
However, it proved to be more difficult than I imagined. After hours of searching for sites (most blocked me immediately, without even letting me load the relevant page) I finally found one that had some relevant content. To my dismay, it took more than an hour to load a 30-minute video.
I didn’t know then, but there was an easy way around the problem I was facing. I could have used a VPN to get an IP address from Niue. Getting an IP address from Niue would have made my project much easier and faster.
Not only would the video that I was trying to load have taken only a fraction of the time, but I would have also been able to access all of those original sites I was interested in. Turns out, I was being blocked because the sites were region specific.
Recommended VPN Service
IAPS Security Store
IAPS is the only place where you’re going to find a VPN server in this location. The site is a bit difficult to navigate, so follow these instructions:
Go to PPTP/L2TP on the left panel and search for the country of your choice (There’s a lot, so Ctrl+F may be faster). Click the link, and choose a package for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months (discounts available).
OpenVPN and SSTP also have some country options, but most of the goods will be with PPTP/L2TP. PPTP is faster, L2TP is more secure. OpenVPN for Mac, Windows, and Linux offers better encryption and privacy, but is limited with VPN server locations. The same applies to SSTP which is for Vista and Win 7.