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Tennis5tar's avatar

How can I fool a website into thinking I live in the states?

Asked by Tennis5tar (1255points) July 13th, 2007

There is a video along side an article on the MTV website that I am unable to view "for legal reasons" because I don't live in the US. Someone else can view it and they are not a US resident. How can I fool the website?

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jlhopwo's avatar

If you are affiliated with an organization that has a proxy server, you can set up your browser for that (if the proxy server is in the U.S.), and then the site you visit will see you as coming from a U.S. ip address. There may be "for pay" proxy servers out there, idk.

Vincentt's avatar

(Do a search for "Tor" if you want to use a proxy. I wouldn't recommend that though -- it's darn slow, especially if you want to watch videos)

You can also try to just download another language version of Firefox (e.g. the British one).

extolsmith's avatar

That should do the trick. Search Google for U.S. free proxy servers.

Tennis5tar's avatar

Thank you. I'm not great at working my way around these things, so I'll give it a go. I do have the British Firefox already (although I rarely use it). Do you think that'll work then?

Vincentt's avatar

Well, trying does no harm, does it ;-)

extolsmith's avatar

I believe Firefox has proxy settings. Just find a proxy IP address and enter it in the proxy field in Firefox.

Tennis5tar's avatar

OK... how do I find the proxy field? I'm fairly useless as I mentioned! ;-)

Vincentt's avatar

Edit->Preferences (or in Windows Tools->Options I believe), Advanced, Network tab, under "Connection" click "Settings" and you'll be able to figure it out from there ;-)

PS. Don't you guys love that Fluther shows you someone else is crafting a response ;-)

Tennis5tar's avatar

Yes, Vincentt... I do love that! :D

I'll give that a go then. Can I change it back easily afterwards or should I note down my current IP address?

Vincentt's avatar

Well, if you don't have a proxy set up now then your IP address is determined automatically. So you can just switch back from "Manual proxy configuration" to "Direct internet connection"/

Tennis5tar's avatar

Hmm... the internet seems to go down when I try that. Does it matter what the port number is?

Vincentt's avatar

Probably. Where did you find your proxy IP address? I remember searching for one a few weeks ago and they would always list a port....

Tennis5tar's avatar

According to the site, the port I had was correct. Maybe I'll try another one.

Vincentt's avatar

There are loads of them, but I recall that I had to try five or so before I got one that worked ;-)

Vincentt's avatar

(Btw this was the list I used, you can also filter by country: http://www.free-proxy-servers.com/free_proxies.php)

Tennis5tar's avatar

I tried all the ones listed for the US... none worked. Thanks for all the help though!

Vincentt's avatar

I just recalled having read this, perhaps it is of any help to you, lists quite some options: http://franticindustries.com/blog/2007/05/03/how-to-access-pandora-from-outside-the-us/

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