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Ask Slashdot: Trustworthy Proxy Services?

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the carrier-pigeons-are-reliable dept.

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gusoline writes "Since I'm now living in Brazil (originally from the U.S.), I'm looking for a reliable, trustworthy proxy service I can use to both access services I've used for a long time (Pandora, Netflix, etc.) and services I want to try out (Spotify). Since I'm not looking for illegal downloads or to hide what I'm doing, I'm less concerned about anonymity than I am about region restrictions, reliability, latency, and security of passwords and traffic through their network. I'm OK paying for services that deliver what I want (including the Proxy service itself). Any suggestions from the Slashdot crowd?"

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your-freedom.net (2)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572754)

works well. even with wow or other games. has lots of choices. paid, free options.

What I use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573136)

If I'm at a hotspot, hotel, or somewhere where I need to bypass content filtering I use Patriot Internet [patriotinternet.com] . $25/year, decent speed. Traffic exits from New Hampshire.

If I'm doing torrents or filesharing sites, I use BTGuard [btguard.com] . $90/year, decent speed. Traffic exits from Canada, Germany, or the Netherlands.

Re:What I use (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573184)

Traffic exits from New Hampshire.

... right after a brief swing by a little shack with an NSA logo on the mailbox.

Re:What I use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573632)

OP specifically said he's not doing anything illegal and doesn't care about anonymity.

GP said he uses the New Hampshire one just to escape content filters, and a diff service for torrents.

Or were you just looking for an excuse to complain about something unrelated?

Re:What I use (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573272)

nothing in united states of america can be safe when its about privacy.

AWS... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572760)

Setup an AWS EC2 and Squid, lock it down and enjoy your own private proxy.

Re:AWS... (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573302)

Some services block EC2 IP addresses. A cheap VPS might be better.

By the way, I'd use sshutle [github.com] instead of Squid.

Re:AWS... (1)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574638)

I've tried this before. It worked for pandora, but not hulu.

Profit (4, Interesting)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572766)

1) Buy cheap US VPS
2) Set it up yourself so you know exactly what is being logged
3) Profit.

Re:Profit (3, Informative)

mcelrath (8027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572946)

That's what I was going to say. This can be had for as little as $20/month, and you can do anything you want with it.

Note however that the asshats at Hulu, Pandora, etc have been using a lot of dirty tricks to figure out of you're using a proxy. Currently Hulu does not work, even with a proxy. You will probably need to run a VPN. I think they're using some flash trickery to make a secondary verification that you're not using a proxy. It's a lot more than just the IP address of the originating request. There are a few HOWTO's out there that describe setting up proxies for Hulu that are a year or two old. They no longer work. (I've tried)

So, to sum up, simply buying a proxy service (from anyone) will likely not work with many services. You're better off with a VPS over which you can run a VPN. Of course, you need the technical ability to set that up...

Re:Profit (5, Informative)

nzac (1822298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573432)

Go to http://www.lowendbox.com/ [lowendbox.com] 20 dollars is a rip-off. For just a proxy you should be able to get away with bugger all RAM and storage. Transfer speed might be a bit slow though 10Mbps wont cut it for streaming.

Re:Profit (0)

mcelrath (8027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573512)

Holy shit, thanks for that link!

Re:Profit (1)

nzac (1822298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574164)

Just should point out the site is primarily for low cost web hosting.
Though most VPS hosts probably don't care.

Re:Profit (1)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574018)

Seconded.

Fishing on Lowendbox.com, I have found 2 VPS for $1 each per month, both work as proxies. One is in the U.K., so I can use it to watch BBC.

The other VPS is from BuffaloVPS, they run about $6.99 per month for 1gig/30gig/1tb 64bit

Re:Profit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574392)

10Mbps is PLENTY to stream netflix. I can stream it on 3G service at 1.5 Mbps.

Re:Profit (1)

nzac (1822298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574566)

I though it was an HD service.
You have to account for double bandwidth though, I think. You have to revive and send it. Yes it would fine for 300k or what ever.

Re:Profit (1)

johnsnails (1715452) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574032)

I don't follow how 1 = 0

Re:Profit (1)

tech4 (2467692) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572982)

And better yet, put a VPN server on it. It's a bit more work to configure, but is kind of requirement for streaming (over non-http), games and other such.

Re:Profit (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573234)

Google will find you many vpn providers in the US (or anywhere else for that matter).

I've seen them as low as 6 bucks (some with data caps), and for around $18 you get unlimited speed and unlimited data. (purevpn).

Re:Profit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573422)

Can't a virtual or dedicated server provider still log everything to and from the server? While the connection to the server may be encrypted, the inbound and outbound connections could still be logged and statistical analysis of them could reveal useful information.

Re:Profit (1)

tech4 (2467692) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573522)

Why couldn't they log? The submitter wasn't interested in that, he just wanted US ip to use. He's not using it for anything illegal.

Re:Profit (1)

green1 (322787) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573748)

Are you sure? from my understanding of current laws, accessing US only services from outside the US, may in fact break several laws. (I'm not saying these laws are right, only that the laws are that messed up!)

Re:Profit (1)

nzac (1822298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574270)

Unless they are Brazilian laws no one is going to extradite over this, though your VPS might kick you off and keep your money. And if you don't provide full details of of your Brazilian address then they wont bother to track you down. I guess if you say you are from the US it's fraud but is about as trivial fraud as you get.

Re:Profit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573690)

I rent a virtual server for US$6/month, and run OpenVPN on it. Works great, and you also have a server you can use for whatever else you like (I also run a web server on there, and some other servers).

Make sure you do some research first - I am not able to run L2TP or PPTP VPNs on this provider, because the IPSec and ppp kernel modules are not available, but I was able to get the hosting provider to enable the tuntap module, so OpenVPN works.

I connect to this OpenVPN server using Linux, Mac and iPhone clients, though I believe only jailbroken iPhones can use OpenVPN.

There are VPS providers that support L2TP and PPTP (which work natively on iPhone) if you hunt around.

Re:Profit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574468)

1) Buy cheap US VPS
2) Set it up yourself so you know exactly what is being logged
3) Profit.

I suggest Virpus.com and Burst.net .. virpus is not very reliable but the spec is attractive.

Trust yourself (2)

hectorh (113198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572768)

Get yourself a server in the US and install your own proxy... Won't cost you more than $100/month.

Re:Trust yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572808)

Get yourself a server in the US and install your own proxy... Won't cost you more than $100/month.

How about a HOW-TO?

So you set up a proxy via an ISP who now assigns an IP address to you and your name. Now, you start surfing and someone does a who-is and they have a name - even if it's not your name, they have a name to go after. That's what I'm thinking how it works.

Re:Trust yourself (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573070)

The submitter isn't looking for a proxy to hide his identity or online activity. He wants to use a proxy to get around IP address blocks for services restricted by geographic location.

Re:Trust yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573190)

The submitter isn't looking for a proxy to hide his identity or online activity. He wants to use a proxy to get around IP address blocks for services restricted by geographic location.

Isn't piracy in this case justified ? I mean if the services don't work in Brasil, that means Spotify and Hulu dont give a rats ass about you. So were is the damage done to them if you just torrent the tv shows etc.... ?
As for Spotify, great god, there are thousands of radios broadcasting on the net, use them.
Or better, before going to Brasil put your music on a 200 GB hard disk and you're good to go.

Re:Trust yourself (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573296)

Hulu may care very much about your dollar. It just may not have a way to get at your dollar that won't cost it even more dollars. I don't see how they are required to take a bath just so you can watch their shows or how their unwillingness to do that justifies piracy.

I don't care either. The risk and effort involved in pirating all that Hulu provides probably outweighs the cost of just setting up a VPS somewhere and having a legitimate Hulu account. Regardless of his reasons, the submitter didn't specifically stated he wasn't interested in illegal downloads.

Re:Trust yourself (1)

fnorky (16067) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573816)

Regardless of his reasons, the submitter didn't specifically stated he wasn't interested in illegal downloads.

Ummm, yes he did.

Since I'm not looking for illegal downloads or to hide what I'm doing, I'm less concerned about anonymity than I am about region restrictions, reliability, latency, and security of passwords and traffic through their network.

Re:Trust yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572968)

I'm an American living in England. I use StrongVPN Services. They helped me configure my router so all my wireless devices appear to be back in the U.S. Works great with Netflix and Hulu! I pay about $50/year ...

Re:Trust yourself (1)

vanyel (28049) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573138)

That's exactly what I did: goscomb technologies (http://www.goscomb.net/hosting/vps-vds) vm in london for about $20/mo and squid, voila! bbc. Mostly as proof of concept as there are better ways to get content that through web page s..tr..ea..m...i.ng, but regional restrictions are idiotic: "let's limit our market, why should we want more customers?" If you only want access to US available content and don't need ipv6 (the real reason I went to goscomb), rackspace is cheaper (http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/cloud_hosting_products/servers/pricing/)

Re:Trust yourself (1)

Nexzus (673421) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573298)

It's not always the content providers. Up here in Canada, broadcasters have to contend with the government agengy CRTC, which has a bunch of bullshit mandates about Canadian content percentage for networks (including radio stations) providing content in Canada. It may have been useful in the days of OTA, but it doesn't make any sense now.

Re:Trust yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573368)

It might seem a lot for watching a few movies and listening to music, but this is the route I took for watching Netflix in Japan.
I threw together a few old components into a 1U rackmount case and had it colocated at a small datacenter for $50/month with 500GB transfer on a 100 megabit line. Going this route, you not only get a reliable VPN for US-only services, but a handy place for off-site backup as well. I keep all of my sensitive files stored on it, so I won't be hit with identity theft if my laptop is stolen.

HotSpot Shield (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572772)

HotSpot Shield.

Re:HotSpot Shield (1)

zentigger (203922) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572882)

hulu, pandora, netflix, amazon mp3 download all block HSS IP's

EC2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572774)

Build your own. EC2 + whatever VPN or proxy service you want.

TunnelBear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572786)

Take a look at TunnelBear. I out about it via Twitter and it's fantastic. Has UK and US proxies. You can have a free account with 500MB of data, which increases to 1500MB if you tweet at them or if you pay 5 bucks a month you get unlimited. Supports Mac and Windows too. I highly recommend it!

why not setup an EC2 instance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572790)

You can setup an Amazon EC2 instance that will serve your purposes well.

Incorporate (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572806)

Welcome to the 21st century, where corporations are allowed to globalize -- but not people!

Re:Incorporate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573802)

Welcome to the 21st century, where corporations are allowed to globalize -- but not people!

Welcome to the 21st century, where a surprising number of people are smart enough to rent server space in the US and set up their own proxy.

AWS (3, Insightful)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572810)

Depending on your preference, create a Linux or Windows machine on AWS in a US presence, and then do your work from there.

Re:AWS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572976)

+1, a micro linux EC2

I bet there is an AMI all ready out there set up as a Proxy so you can just launch it and away you go

Re:AWS (1)

rish87 (2460742) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573022)

I agree! I currently use a micro ec2 instance for just this. I'm often logged into public wifi so I route as much traffic as possible through an ssh tunnel attached to the instance. This way I can control as much of the proxy as possible.

Re:AWS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573214)

Out of curiosity, what are your bandwidth charges roughly? Heavy or Lite use?

Re:AWS (2)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573352)

IP over SSH is very inefficient, though. OpenVPN or sshuttle would probably give you better throughput while keeping your traffic encrypted.

Try unblock-us.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572852)

Works for Netflix, Hulu and a bunch of other services.

Re:Try unblock-us.com (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573218)

You don't want to use a specialized service provider. If service providers like Netflix decide to go searching for and blocking proxies, services like unblock-us.com are going to be easy to find - a handful of IP addresses and tons of traffic. Your lone IP address coming from your VPS with a normal amount of traffic is going to be a lot harder - if not impossible - to find and block.

Best case scenario, going with a specialized provider is an arms race in which you'll be paying both sides to arm themselves - all for potentially more downtime than a DIY solution.

Linode? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572858)

I use a Linux instance on linode.com as a seedbox. It doesn't take much time to log on and create one, with the disk populated by the OS of choice. Then toss on your torrent software of choice, as well as your proxy software you like.

Express-VPN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572860)

I live in Brazil and contracted http://www.expressvpn.com/ yesterday.

It works for me for Pandora and Netflix on iPhone, and their technical support team answered me in less than 1 hour.

WiTopia (2)

liquidhokie (2044274) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572866)

http://www.witopia.net/ [witopia.net]

Pick your country and protocol. Works with the BBC, Hulu, Vimeo, Pandora, Netflix, probably just about everything else. Of course, you have to pick a US proxy for Hulu, a British proxy for the BBC, etc.

Re:WiTopia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573020)

Agreed! I've used Witopia for about 4 years now, they've been excellent.

Just pirate the stuff (0)

heptapod (243146) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572880)

Pirating stuff is more convenient than going through conventional, legitimate routes. If there's a movie I want to watch, NetFlix doesn't have it streaming then I'm going to pirate it and delete it.

Re:Just pirate the stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573256)

Pirating stuff is more convenient than going through conventional, legitimate routes. If there's a movie I want to watch, NetFlix doesn't have it streaming then I'm going to pirate it and delete it.

For every file you delete a kitten dies. Please archive instead.

Google (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37572892)

No proxy stays online for long - if they do that alone is suspicious. Google 'proxy' and you will find thousands of alternatives.

Good luck. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572898)

Speaking as someone who's also in Brazil, and having only my own ISP as a reference, I'd say you'll probably have a hard time. While connection speeds inside the country are good to great, international connections suck. I guess the international backbone pipes just aren't fat enough.

So you might want to have a dry run before making any long term commitments.

Incorporate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37572964)

Welcome to the 21st century where corporations are allowed to globalize -- but people are not. Incorporate yourself and then you can circumvent any silly rules and do whatever you want.

Re:Incorporate (1)

green1 (322787) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573778)

not really... it's not actually a people vs corporations thing, it's a rich vs the rest thing. Big corporations just happen to fit in the "rich" category, where as most people don't. incorporating yourself doesn't magically give you enough money to get around the rules.

Anonymizer (5, Informative)

bahamat (187909) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573040)

I'm biased because I'm the senior systems engineer at Anonymizer, but I recommend us.

Anonymizer Universal is an IPSEC/L2TP VPN, support for Windows, Mac OS X and iOS (we don't support Android, but it works. We don't supply instructions because Android is a moving target).
Total Net Shield is SSH tunneling+Apache proxy. Supports anything with an SSH client.
Take your pick. In either case we don't log traffic.

Traffic egress is from the U.S. and your IP address changes every day.

Re:Anonymizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573332)

We don't support Android, but it works. We don't supply instructions because Android is a moving target.

And iOS is not a moving target?

The iPhone configuration file can be used to create the Anonymizer Universal VPN on the original iPad exactly like the iPhone. At this time, it is not compatible with the iPad 2. Our Development Team is currently working on a solution compatible with iPad 2.

- Anonymizer FAQ

I know what you meant, though - it just takes more work to support the Android platform, and Anonymizer does not feel, at this time, that there is sufficient return of investment to justify supporting the Android platform.

Still, it would be nice if you did.

Re:Anonymizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573622)

One reason to not use Anonymizer: In-Q-Tel
http://articles.cnn.com/2001-02-15/tech/anonymity.software.idg_1_anonymity-triangle-boy-cia?_s=PM:TECH

Re:Anonymizer (1)

Calibax (151875) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573942)

That article is over 10 years old. It says that the CIA are thinking of using anonymity software "to protect the anonymity of its employees as they go about their jobs." The article doesn't even specifically mention Anonymizer.

You wouldn't happen to work for a competitor, would you?

Re:Anonymizer (2)

Bob9113 (14996) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574166)

Traffic egress is from the U.S. and your IP address changes every day.

Have you thought about partnering with some foreign peers? I'd love to pay one bill each month and have proxies in half a dozen countries.

Re:Anonymizer (1)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574502)

So when are you going to kick out Linux services? I've been waiting since I swapped OSes.

Linode.com (3, Informative)

Pirow (777891) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573048)

Full control of what's logged and what's going on, if you use less than 200GB you can get away with paying less than $20/month for their entry level VPS, you'll get your own IP address so it's very unlikely to get blacklisted (as that seems common with a lot of the more popular proxy/VPN providers). You'll need to setup everything yourself, but you get a lot more control, you essentially have your own server to play about with and it's not much more expensive than move VPN providers.

Before I setup my linode I was using overplay.net who were okay, but they were often quite slow and I did have issues with blacklisting on certain sites and every so often the server I was using would go down.

Re:Linode.com (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574368)

Second this - I've been a long time linode customer, although I don't use it for VPNs I have used it as a squid proxy tunneled thru a SSH connection.

illegal downloads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573084)

I find it charming he thinks there is a difference between what he wants to do and illegal downloads.

Re:illegal downloads (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573286)

It's probably not illegal in Brazil, but it is illegal in the US. Then again, he sounds like a US citizen, so US computer service theft laws apply to him everywhere ;-)

Re:illegal downloads (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573334)

I'd be interested in what a lawyer has to say on it. Seems to me he will probably be violating terms of service, but would it really be illegal?

Re:illegal downloads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573594)

This.

Netflix doesn't have the licensing sorted out to provide service out of the US or Canada, so what you want to do is every bit as (il)legal as torrenting stuff.

You might as well do the latter.

Re:illegal downloads (1)

moonbender (547943) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573912)

Torrenting usually involves redistribution, though.

overplay.net (2)

kju (327) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573090)

I'm a happy customer of overplay.net. For US$ 9.95 you get access to VPN servers in 48 countries, with multiple servers in many cases.

I can't say how secure my data is with them but it works reasonably well with OpenVPN and mostly fast as well.

Re:overplay.net (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573408)

overplay.net's SmartVPN service (which is included as standard) is great for this - it'll allow access to hulu neflix pandora iplayer and a whole load of other sites in various different countries, all without having to switch VPN server.

Re:overplay.net (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574076)

overplay kicks ass!

vyprvpn (1)

whistl (234824) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573102)

http://www.giganews.com/vyprvpn/ I use this when I want to, and they have VPN POPs in europe, southeast asia, and the us. Works great.

Re:vyprvpn (1)

kidsizedcoffin (1197209) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573678)

I've had good luck with them, it uses Golden Frog. I'll admit I haven't come up against a situation where turning over logs or IP addresses to any outside party is an issue that I'm aware of. It is nice to be able to jump to location specific vpn's at will. Outside of the occasional out of region game, I'm more interested in stopping my ISP from seeing my traffic. I get this service "free" with my giganews account.

These ARE illegal downloads. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573126)

You can't do it from there, 'nuff said.

Get VPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573152)

One of the cheapest VPS'es I have ever seen: http://www.santrex.net/vps-hosting.php#us

Used it once for 1 month for a school thing and it worked fine, bandwidth is sometimes not the promised 100mbit, but still more than 60 (and sometimes it was more, around 300).

Make sure you get the Xens. I had openVZ first but had to change as it suffered from other people overloading the node.

X-Forwarded-For (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573158)

Does setting this header with a browser plugin no longer work to access these sites?

Tunnel service (1)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573170)

Check out http://www.tunnelr.com./ [www.tunnelr.com] Tunnelr uses Open VPN or SSH tunnels. It is lean and efficient. I use our and it works well.

You could also just (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573188)

Give up the american shit and be happy you're out of this hell hole of a country. Other Brazilians don't need the shit, so why do you? Shit, I'll trade places with you and you can have all of my shit and my netflix and Pandora One subscription.

Tunnel Bear (1)

ptmartin01 (13212) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573212)

I've had very good luck with Tunnel Bear for both US and UK localization. http://www.tunnelbear.com/ The were featured in Lifehacker.

IronKey Proxy (1)

GeekMarine72 (897842) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573278)

Hi; Just a note, I tried to do the same to bypass an overzealous IT policy using an IronKey (which includes free lifetime proxy with their key). It seemed rather slow and I did note that their proxies are in Canada, which prevents the US of Pandora. On the plus side, I can place bets in the UK.

StrongVPN (1)

debrain (29228) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573310)

I've had good luck with StrongVPN [strongvpn.com] . I connect to it with OpenVPN from a gateway running pfSense, which allows me to select the route to use (VPN or direct) based on either the internal and external IPs. At around $10/month, it's quite cost-effective.

Re:StrongVPN (1)

puto (533470) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573430)

I have used it as well and no complaints.

Hey, I work in Brasil, Colombia, Argentina (1)

puto (533470) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573420)

I use HideMyAss vpn, it works, and it is cheap. email me at theflatline@gmail.com if you need details.

Re:Hey, I work in Brasil, Colombia, Argentina (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573702)

not so anonymous
http://blog.hidemyass.com/2011/09/23/lulzsec-fiasco/

Re:Hey, I work in Brasil, Colombia, Argentina (1)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574552)

Then again, puto didn't claim it was.

Furthermore, the story submitter specifically stated:

Since I'm not looking for illegal downloads or to hide what I'm doing, I'm less concerned about anonymity than I am about region restrictions, reliability, latency, and security of passwords and traffic through their network.

( emphasis mine )

But yes, for those reading along and who hid under a rock the other day, it's a good thing to keep in mind.
Note that most proxies/VPNs collect at least basic IP information for legal purposes, though.

StrongVPN (1)

althanas (1697800) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573424)

I use StrongVPN (http://www.strongvpn.com). It is a pay to use service, but the prices are very reasonable with varying packages based on your needs. There are several tunneling methods available, and you can change your egress point on the fly based on where you are trying to connect to for best latency. I travel for business frequently, and cycle between egress points on the east and west coast as well as in Europe depending on what I need to get to. Your IP address will update every time you reconnect to reflect your current proxy location, there's no bandwidth cap and the service is completely transparent to any applications you may need.

VpnPop.com (2)

Vexo (825223) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573558)

I've been using VpnPop.com's [vpnpop.com] OpenVPN service for about 6 months now. A good distribution of endpoints, very fast bandwidth, and low prices. Right now I'm registered for the 0.5 Mb/s full-duplex at $3-some a month, but I'm often able to get speeds of up to around 2MB/s (yes, B).

unblock-us.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573584)

Try http://www.unblock-us.com it's only $5/month and you just change your DNS settings to get it to work, it works with all the major services. I've been using it in Australia for the last 6 months without any problems.

VPS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37573782)

1. Get a linode (or other VPS).
2. Set up OpenVPN,
3. compress traffic
4. ????
5. PROFIT

unblock-us.com (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 2 years ago | (#37573940)

http://unblock-us.com/ [unblock-us.com]
If I remember correctly, you have to use their DNSs, they will route you to their proxy servers when you query netflix or any other.

I live in China, and solved this a while ago (2)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 2 years ago | (#37574136)

Strong VPN [strongvpn.com] . Great service, fast VPNs, lots of VPN options, and streams just about anything everywhere. Punches through the Great Firewall of China (here in Shanghai and elsewhere throughout China) with ease. Pretty cheap, too - worth it to get my fix of Pandora, Hulu, and Netflix!

no need for a "proxy"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574178)

get a shell somewhere in the US (get a virtual machine, whatever you can). if you can ssh to the box:
  ssh -D 8080 someuser@someserver.com

then setup your machine to use a "SOCKS proxy on localhost:8080".

and voila, simplest proxy EVAR!

Re:no need for a "proxy"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574232)

one thing to keep in mind. your local machine does not do dns through the proxy, so your habits are not totally obscured.

Your method is great though.

Brazil = LAND OF THE ANON.PROXY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574322)

Or, @ least it used to be, and I mean LOADED with highly anonymous/transparent level ones... times must have changed since I was into such games!

APK

anything from the Ukraine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574634)

with their laws, as long as you're not trying to screw them, they could care less what you do.

and from what I understand they don't give much of a damn about the FBI either.

Try the Swedish Option (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37574664)

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