Getting a non-Nicaragua IP address
Some of us have experienced problems trying to do some things on-line from a Nicaraguan IP address. Some services (hulu, for example) are blocked and sometimes credit card transactions check to see if your IP is from the same country as your shipping and/or billing address.
The usual answer is usa a VPN -- Virtual Private Network. That works but, until now, they have come in two flavors: slow and unreliable or not free. It appears that has changed.
VPNgate is offering a service that makes sense. The service is free, made possible by people using the service contributing to connectivity. Think of it like a cooperative. While I haven't personally used it yet, multiple people have told me it works well.
From the web site, here is the short list of reasons it might be for you
- You can get through your government's firewall to browse restricted websites. (e.g. YouTube.)
- You can disguise your IP address to hide your identity while surfing the Internet.
- You can protect yourself by utilizing the strong encryption while using public Wi-Fi.
For those of you in the US, here is an additional idea I came up with. If you want a free and automatic backup, use a non-US IP address so NSA can (legally) create that backup for you. :-)