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There are many sites on the web these days that show a different face to you depending on where you are located around the world.

For example I'm in Australia and there are a number of US based sites I would like to see exactly as would someone living in the United States.

I've heard that most sites use your IP address to determine your country. If so this would appear to make defeating Geo-blocking very difficult.

One of the only options I can think of is using a third party website that you visit that is based in the country you are interested in. This site then serves a proxied view of the page. I don't know of any sites that do this though.

Any ideas / thoughts / links?

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Use an internet proxy based in the US.

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...or indeed in the other country of your choice. –  mauvedeity Oct 22 '11 at 9:07

If you have the money getting a private proxy service is pretty cheap and easy. Look around for US based proxy services that will filter your traffic through it's US servers and back out into the web. That way all websites will think your traffic is originating in the US.

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You could investigate using a proxy server in the target country.

That would present a local IP address to the target website and should achieve what you want.

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An idea may be to contact your Congressman and point out it is an invasion of privacy and should be an opt-in service, not something you have to pay to get rid of, like viruses, Trojans, Spam, yadda yadda.

Using anonymous proxy servers, (see www.tenebril.com) can slow your surfing experience depending the the server. The free ones are very slow, unreliable, and come and go too fast. Research out the paid ones before locking in to something that may be slower than you care for or gone the next day.

I think the real question should be 'whose business is it to know where you are from'. Even websites now hide their information. Why should we have to pay anything to what little privacy we have left. People hate the ads, the in-your-face flash ads selling everything for "free" at a low price Duh! So we have popup blockers, now we need spy-blockers that shove a bazillion bytes right at the server trying to follow us around. They have no need to know anything about you.

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