Watching Netflix From UK With a VPN

Early this year (it’s 2016 as I write this), Netflix announced it was planning on cracking down on unblocking DNS, proxy and VPN users attempting to access content from other countries. Living in the UK and being addicted to the US Netflix library, that caused me a bit of stress as you can imagine. I wasn’t willing to give up all those shows that for seemingly arbitrary reasons were not available here.

Thankfully, as I found out, even though it did get a harder to watch Netflix by using a VPN (which is my preferred method), it is still very much possible. If you were as stressed about this as I was, I hope this little write-up will alleviate some of that.

As an aside, Hulu, another streaming service I frequent, has also been cracking down on the use of VPNs for an even longer time than Netflix. If you visit Hulu using a connection to one of the larger VPN services, you will be informed by Hulu that its library is only available to residents of the US. So what can a streaming addict like myself do?

How Proxies And VPNs Are Blocked

Let’s start with this in case you aren’t up to speed yet. Many individuals can get around geo-blocking (the dreaded “this show isn’t available in your country” messages) with proxy and VPN services. When you use any of those services, your traffic gets routed through another country (for example, the US, where the show is available) so that Hulu and Netflix think that is where you live. Typically, a proxy or VPN service will use only a few shared IP addresses that will be shared by all their users.

For resourceful services like Netflix and Hulu, detecting and then blocking this handful of proxy or VPN IPs should be relatively straightforward. According to the Fastest VPN Guide Twitter feed, all they need to do is track where their customers are connecting from and pay attention to users who have accounts in various parts of the world that appear to be connecting from the same IP addresses (especially in a different country from which they live in). Then they can then easily blacklist those IP addresses. Once that happens, the VPN service will switch over to a new set IP addresses. Hulu and Netflix will notice that eventually and then block those once again. It becomes an endless game of hide and seek.

So ultimately, Hulu, Netflix or any other service you would like to connect to doesn’t have any way of actually detecting whether or not you connect to them through a virtual private network or proxy. Instead, they just block IP addresses that they know many people share.

Using a VPN to watch netflix still works

The Solution – Get A Private VPN IP Address

Dedicated VPN IP

To stop continuously getting locked out, all you need to do is stop making use of shared VPNs. Get a unique IP address to use with your VPN instead. There are several different ways of going about this.

You can continue to use a commercial VPN service, but use it with a unique IP address. This is offered by some providers for an additional fee. Google for services using terms like “static IP,” “dedicated IP,” or “dedicated IP address.” Getting an IP that’s unique to you will get you around the problem and is probably the easiest solution to implement.

I haven’t personally tested all VPN providers, but companies like Hide My Ass!, TorGuard and PureVPN all offer the static IP option. A good review site or their Facebook Page are also a good source for this kind of VPN information. If Netflix ever starts to crack down on VPNs seriously, I’m sure this feature will be given much more of an advertising push by providers.

Host a VPN at Home When Travelling

If you already live in the US and have access to the good Netflix (lucky you) but are traveling abroad, you can host a VPN server using your home Internet connection. Then, when you use it to watch Netflix, it would appear as though you were watching it from your house. That trick works in other countries as well, though, given the show selection, I’m not sure it matters. Your upload bandwidth will limit you, however since home Internet upload speeds tend not to be that high.

Use a Hosting Service to Put up Your Own VPN

If you don’t have enough upload bandwidth from your home, you can use a web hosting service and install your VPN server there. You can use any web hosting service as long as you know what you are doing. If you’re not super tech savvy, try to find a web host which provides you with a graphical interface.

Realistically speaking, it isn’t something for an average user. It’s for individuals who are comfortable with getting their own server software set up and then maintaining it as needed.

This would result in you having a private VPN server of your own that was hosted at a data center which most likely would offer you more upload bandwidth than you could ever have at home. In some situations, you might even have a sufficient amount of bandwidth for several individuals, so you could potentially share this solution with family or friends. Also, it may be less expensive than having a dedicated VPN service. On the downside, it is more work intensive (at least to set up).

How to use a VPN to stream Netflix

It’s Far From Perfect, but It’s the Best We Got

There are several different reasons why these solutions are far from perfect. First of all, there isn’t any way of getting a free VPN, which means you will need to spend some money (usually in the $5 to $10 per month range). You will also need to shell out extra money for a dedicated IP address.

If you are used to your VPN service offering servers in several different regions so that you can switch between the various country-specific Netflix libraries with one click, you will be disappointed. When you have a dedicated VPN of your own with a dedicated IP address, it’s location is tied to one particular country, and you will only be provided access to service in there (though if that country is the US, I say that’s plenty).

On the flip side, these solutions will keep working, since there isn’t any real way of entirely blocking VPN traffic. It will just be somewhat more expensive and elaborate. VPN and Proxy services can keep playing their hide and seek games with Netflix and Hulu, and constantly move to new IPs. However, you can free yourself from these hassles by getting your own dedicated VPN IP.

The truth of the matter is, making legitimate content impossible or harder to access legally pushes individuals towards piracy. The success Netflix has had in obtaining subscribers in the UK as well as other countries that have weak content libraries, in large part, they used to ignore VPNs and look the other way. Hopefully, they won’t keep making things even harder for us in the future. That would take my stress to another level, and I don’t think I can take it.

How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

I’m not the lightest guy in the world, and likely as a result a few months ago I have developed varicose veins. It’s not the end of the world, but for one reason or another, they stress the heck out of me.

Varicose veins have been a nagging and embarrassing situation for many people for many years. People all over the world have been battling with ways they can live without this condition. Whether medically or through the use of herbal creams, the fight has been how to get rid of varicose veins.

Varicose veins are blood vessels that are swollen and can easily be seen through the skin, potentially causing embarrassment to the individual. They mostly develop on the limbs, especially legs, and sometimes even on the face where they appear as either red or purple or even bluish vessels that keep on twisting and turning.

Varicose Veins explained

Causes of Varicose Veins

There are many causes of varicose veins including factors of aging, extreme exposure to direct sunlight, hormonal issues particularly in women, excessive drinking and smoking, excessive weight gain, poor circulation of blood and heredity among other reasons. As I mentioned, I suspect I fall into the overweight reason category.

Getting Rid of Varicose Veins

Varicose vein removal is a great concern for most people. This is majorly for cosmetic reasons, but also to avoid certain uncomfortable reactions such pain, a feeling of itchiness, a feeling of heaviness and also cramps that occur at night. Getting rid of varicose veins can be done successfully with medical procedures, but also by using natural herbal creams.

The experts at Varicose Veins At Home, owners of our favorite varicose veins Facebook page, have suggested the herbal creams listed below as some that are useful for this treatment.

Invisi-veins Cream

This cream contains a very high concentration of healing and anti-inflammatory materials of the Calendula flower. It works by providing prevention and the treatment of the painful swelling caused by varicose veins. Massage this cream into the varicose veins or for extreme cases bandage the leg while changing the dressing on a daily basis. It should guarantee total disappearance of varicose veins.

Venus Leg Energy

Venus Leg Energy is a potent herbal extract from herbal nut horse chestnut. This is a treatment that provides prolonged feeling of relief while it prevents tiredness and swelling. It reduces the size of the varicose vein while at the same time reducing pain. This therapy can be used together with Invisi-vein cream described above for a complete solution.

Vein Renew Varicose Vein Cream

This is a cream that can be successfully used for all types of skin. It is a moisturizer pharmaceutically produced to reduce varicose veins. It also has penetration effect on the skin, which has a fast acting effect on the reduction of varicose veins.

Pro K Varicose Veins Cream

A dermaceutical product that is a natural cream containing Vitamin K. It helps by the healing of the varicose veins, restoring bruises and reactions caused by skin irritations.

Capiderm Cream

Treatment of varicose veins can also be done by use of Capiderm. This is a cream that contains a vitamin K and Phytotonine combination. This gives a favorable treatment especially for management of veins appearing on the limbs and the face. It clears capillaries and visible veins in the legs, heals bruises and reduces the redness of the affected areas.

In conclusion, how to get rid of varicose veins is no longer a problem that should no longer disturb anybody. They are not necessarily a permanent condition. While it is impossible to prevent causes that bring them, such as aging and genetic causes, with some effort, and use of the natural herbal creams, it is possible to get rid of them. Click here learn more about Varicose Veins At Home and read about some of the other suggestions they have for treating varicose veins naturally. Their information has certainly allowed me to relieve some of my stress.

Anxious Little Me

Welcome. I heard somewhere that a good way to alleviate stress and anxiety is to simply talk out things. I don’t mean those full on anxiety attacks that some people get. I, thankfully, do not suffer from those, nor do I believe that just “talking about it” would help. I’m more talking about smaller things, that for lack of a better word piss me off (and cause stress and anxiety as a result).

There are a couple of big things that constantly do bug me: money and my weight. As far as I know, these are pretty typical, so I may or may not touch on them. I want to keep things at least a little interesting. I will instead post about those lesser things that piss me off, like when my phone does something stupid, or when an arbitrary dumb regulation prevents me from doing something I should be able to (I’m looking at you geoblocking). When I talk about these things (and do some of the other things the video below talks about), I do actually feel better. And that’s what this blog will be about. As to whether anyone will listen, that’s a whole other story (that also may or may not cause me some anxiety; I haven’t quite decided yet).