I’M Getting Behind the Shield

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. 😉

UPDATE

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. 😉

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “I’M Getting Behind the Shield

  1. I tried this immediately after I saw the link. As a computing amateur, I wasn’t really sure what was involved with an VPN and such so I took a chance. It was super easy to set up (no doubt Mac OS x helped there). Soon enough I was checking out websites in the US that had previously been out of reach, like NBC.com and hulu.com. After loading up Hotspot I was watching ‘Family Guy’ on Hulu in about five minutes. Very easy and very quick. I checked my IP address via iGoogle and saw the US flag fluttering next to the address. Great stuff.

    It made me think of how useless the motion picture and television industries really are with their caveman-like tactics of trying to shut down downloading, and excluding people outside of the US from seeing their content. Not only does this application circumvent their pathetic attempts for free(!), but it also circumvents their attempts at forcing other nations, like Sweden, to tighten their laws in the hopes of prosecuting people who file share. I wonder how the internet providers are going to track file sharers who are within a secure VPN and who are downloading from a US address? So much for the Swedish law. If the US authorities try and get the identity of the IP address in the US, good luck as it changes every time I log off and on.

    When will they, the MPA and television folks, realize that offering up their content for a reasonable price would end about 80% of file sharing? I would be happy to pay a fair amount to download my favorite movies and shows from a legitimate site where I would get excellent quality files. The amount of money that they have pissed away in the name of their witchhunt is just staggering to me. The recording industry figured it out (thanks to Napster), but the movie and TV people still operate like it’s 1995. Unbelievable.

    The only progress that I have seen is that they are starting to realize the need for worldwide releases of films and DVD’s, and that DVD’s need to be released much faster than they have been in the past. Excellent fellows! You’re getting the idea! On file-sharing, however… it’s back to the leopard skin and the club.

    As long as they continue to suit up in their suits of armor and adjust their lances while the Longbowman stand at a distance and prepare to unleash hell, they wll get the same result: no asses in the seats and lost revenue. As long as applications like Hotspot shield continue to let me do want I want and anonymously, I will continue to pull back the bow.

    Thanks Harlemite for the tip!

  2. UPDATE

    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. 😉

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s