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27/3/2015 0 Comments
If you have ever travelled overseas with your iPad or iPhone, you may have been frustrated to find that you could not catch up on your favourite ABC programs on ABC iView, or watch the ABC News via the ABC app.
This will have been due to the fact that online catchup TV providers block internet users who are accessing the service from outside Australia.
So, how do you get around this?
Well, you do what I have finally got around to doing. You sign up to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service.
Here is an article that reviews several such providers.
Once you have created your and account with your VPN service, you install and sign in to this service on each of your devices.
You then choose which 'country' you want to be 'connected to' by choosing a VPN server that your service provider offers in that country. (Different service providers will offer different countries and server locations within those countries.)
Not only will this allow you to access Australian content when you are not in Australia, you will also be able to access overseas content that is normally only available to locals.
And the best part when travelling (or even when using a public WiFi network here in Australia)?
Your privacy is protected when you use any public WiFi network, since the VPN creates something called an 'encrypted link' for any communications between your device and the internet. This will prevent anyone from 'stealing' your information - something that can happen to unsuspecting technology users at airports, in hotels and in cafes.
If you plan on travelling in future and taking along your technology, this is something that you should definitely consider.
iTandCoffee will run a session on the topic of VPN's later this year.
If you are interested in attending such a session, click here to register for future updates on dates and times for this topic.
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