You ever see a nice trailer for a nice TV show in the U.S., and head to that TV channels web site only to find you can’t actually watch that show because you live outside of the U.S.? That’s happened to me enough times that I simply gave up bothering. Well, I recently found an app that made doing that a lot easier. The app is called Hotspot Shield.
Hotspot Shield is designed to provide VPN privacy and security through AnchorFree’s gateway, and it does a fine job of that; however, as any IT person worth their salt knows, if you’re using a gateway address in the U.S. then you’re going to appear to be accessing TV stations’ web sites from the U.S. It’s a bit of trickery, but it’s worth it if you want to watch some of your favorite shows the next day.
Give it a shot and let me know how it goes for you. 😉
I ran into a little bit of what is probably some not so neat code on the part of the HotSpot Shield folks. The Activity Monitor on my MacBook Pro kept showing repeated incidents of the process”ajaxserver (Not responding)”, which isn’t fun to discover. You always want ALL processes either running or idle instead of not responding. In any case, after doing a bit of snooping around I found out that it was HotSpot Shield that was the culprit. How do I know this for sure? Because after I quit the app — it seems to set itself to start up at login, which is a bit annoying — my problems went away. Now, I don’t want to make it seem like the app’s not worth having, because it definitely is, but I just thought you should be made aware of the problem.
A hearty hat-tip to the smart folks in the Mac Rumors forum. 😉