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What is My Ip

Your IP Address is: 18.234.66.217

Based on your IP Address, we can make some educated guesses or assumptions about where you currently are in the world:

Your Current City based off of your IP: Ashburn

The Country Your IP Address is registered in:  United States

Your Longitude: -77.4728

Your Latitude: 39.0481

Your Time  Zone: America/New_York

 

What is an IP Address?

An IP (short for “Internet Protocol”) address is a unique number assigned to every machine that connects to the internet. Nowadays, you can have multiple computers behind a router that share a single IP using Network Address Transformation (NAT). If you have ever used a wifi hotspot to access the internet, you’ve shared an IP address with someone.

What’s the Difference between IP4 and IP6?

It’s complex, but it boils down to it’s a numbers thing. IP4 was created when the internet was young, and they started running out of numbers. Think of IP6 as adding more numbers to a telephone number or a zip code, or a new area code.

How do you know my location from my IP Address?

There’s a giant database out there that contains all of the IP address ranges and their approximate locations. (Ours uses GeoLite2 City database (updated monthly), for example). They in turn get their information from the main repositories of IP Addresses (ARIN/APNIC/AFRINIC/LACNIC/RIPE, depending on where you are in the world). When you request IP Addresses from the repositories, you need to let them know approximately where those addresses will be. Additionally, many internet providers (for example, Comcast) will provide additional information on specific IP Addresses if you query their whois service. So, in a nutshell, all this information is public, and someone just goes and sucks it up into a database.  Think of it like a reverse phone book or something.

 

Digital Rights and Privacy Resources

This decade, advances in communications technology and the ubiquity of the internet have pushed the issues of digital rights and privacy from out of the realm of niche technological fields and into the forefront of daily life for everyone with a mobile phone or a social media account.

If you have ever logged onto Facebook or performed a Google search, news stories regarding the NSA PRISM surveillance program and Cambridge Analytica scandal should have you rightly concerned about governmental and corporate threats to your online privacy and data protection.

However, news about digital rights and online privacy issues comes out at a rapid clip, with policy decisions and governmental regulation ever changing in the face of evolving threats and technology.

In order to educate internet users on these related topics, and point would-be activists in the right direction, we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of organizations dedicated to advocating for digital rights and policy in the United States and around the world, as well as a list of guides, apps, and other great resources allowing people to enhance their internet security and avoid falling prey to online surveillance and the actions of bad actors on the web.

All of the links are up to date, and most organizations’ websites provide easy instruction on how you can participate in their campaigns or support them financially.

Privacy Organizations

  • Access Now - A well-funded international non-profit organization with bases in over ten locations around the globe fighting for digital rights and freedom of expression through grassroots campaigns and government lobbying. Access Now holds annual conferences in which experts discuss pressing issues in the realm of digital rights.
  • Center for Democracy & Technology - A non-profit organization centered in Washington dedicated to both preserving freedom of expression on the internet while advocating technology, laws, and policy that enhance the privacy of internet users and protect them from government and corporate surveillance.
  • Center for Digital Democracy - Founded in 2001,  the CDD is one of the top privacy organizations in the United States, advocating for digital rights and protections against predatory data collection practices for all members of society.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation - Since its start back in 1990, the EFF has been on the vanguard of championing digital rights and user privacy on the internet. As the leading non-profit organization in the field, the EFF advances education and influences policymakers around the world.  
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center - A 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Washington, DC dedicated to bringing attention to emerging free expression and digital rights issues in the information age. EPIC is on the vanguard of the fight for consumer privacy on the internet.
  • Internet Governance Project - A coalition of professors, researchers and students centered at Georgia Tech that conducts scholarly research on global internet governance and brings proposals directly to government bodies.
  • Internet Rights and Principles Coalition - An open organization based at the UN Internet Governance Forum dedicated to upholding human rights standards on the internet with many opportunities for those interested to get involved.
  • The Privacy Coalition - A nonpartisan coalition of organizations from many sectors that have mutually agreed to the Privacy Pledge, a short statement inspired by the 4th amendment and devoted to protecting the essential freedom of privacy.
  • TechFreedom - TechFreedom is a non-profit think tank focused on guiding the policy discussion prompted by rapid technological change in a positive, user-friendly direction.

Civil Liberties and Consumer Advocacy Groups

  • American Civil Liberties Union - An American non-profit organization with nearly 100 years of history preserving and defending the individual rights and freedoms of U.S. citizens. Recently, digital and privacy rights have been at the forefront of their campaigns.
  • CAUCE - Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email - A volunteer-led organization originally started to advocate for anti-spam email laws that has broadened its focus to defending internet users against all forms of abuse and invasion of privacy on the web.  
  • Privacy Rights Clearinghouse - This San Diego, California-based non-profit has been educating and protecting the privacy of individuals while advocating for consumer protections since 1992. Opportunities for internships are posted on their website.
  • U.S. Public Interest Research Group - An independent, non-partisan consumer advocacy group working against the abuses of powerful corporations that publishes research and findings to support the public good.

International Privacy Organizations

  • Digital Rights Watch - An Australian charity organization dedicated to educating about and lobbying for the digital rights of Australians. Digital Rights Watch posts an annual report of their work on their website.
  • European Digital Rights - A coalition of civil and human rights organizations based all around Western Europe working to defend the digital rights of EU citizens and protect against unlawful web surveillance.
  • La Quadrature Du Net - A French digital rights and privacy advocacy non-profit that includes net neutrality, freedom of expression, and online privacy among its central issues. The website is available in both French and English.
  • Open Media - Based in Vancouver, Canada, but advocating for policy change around the world, OpenMedia sponsors grassroots campaigns to educate people on citizens on digital rights and fight against government and corporate surveillance and online abuses.
  • Open Rights Group - This UK-based nonprofit is funded by thousands of supporters and protects against threats to digital rights through grassroots campaigns, legal actions, and original tech projects. Open Rights Group has been active for over ten years and boasts many successful initiatives.

Digital Security Resources and Guides

  • Access Now - Digital Rights 101 - A primer on digital rights, privacy and the most omnipresent threats internet users face hosted by TechSoup Canada, an organization dedicated to enhancing the voice of Canadian nonprofits through the use of technology.
  • Centre for Investigative Journalism - Information Security - This digital handbook is a must-read for journalists around the world, with in-depth information and explanations on how to protect one’s privacy and safely store and send sensitive information without being spied upon.
  • Digital First Aid Kit - A terrific guide that's helpful for a wide variety of internet users, educating them on how to protect against common privacy threats on the internet. This guide also teaches users how to communicate securely, avoid account hijacking, and keep devices malware-free. Most importantly, it contains self-diagnostic tools that help users analyze whether they can mitigate problems on their own.
  • FreedomBox - FreedomBox is a pocket-sized private server system that empowers regular people to host their own internet services: VPNs, personal websites, file sharing, encrypted messengers, VoIP servers, a metasearch engine, and more. FreedomBox is an inexpensive piece of power-efficient hardware that runs on free software: it cuts out large platforms and empowers users to do things like share files, send encrypted messages, have voice calls, and more on self-hosted servers. 
  • LevelUp - LevelUp is a group focused on providing peer-to-peer, online and offline digital safety training and guidance to those with limited experience in the area.
  • Privacy.net - A website run by one man named Dennis (last name withheld) dedicated to educating the average internet user on how governments and corporations violate their privacy online. An excellent, informative digital rights resource.
  • SAFETAG - Auditing group that services at-risk independent media houses and nonprofits with their digital security and privacy concerns through assessing and fixing vulnerable areas in a group’s online presence.
  • Security in-a-Box - Developed and hosted by Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective, Security in-a-Box is a toolkit with advice on how to safeguard your devices from hacking and surveillance, and boost overall digital security.
  • Surveillance Self-Defense - Handy guide on protecting against corporate and government surveillance and promoting privacy written for all groups in mind: average users with little background on the topic, journalists in risky areas around the world, and savvier individuals in the tech industry.

Computer Privacy Software

  • Ad-Aware - The premier free antivirus program that protects against hackers and malware and allows you to browse the internet and check email safely. 24/7 online technical support and support for several platforms.  (Windows, iOS, Android)
  • AVG - A great, free antivirus solution that regularly scans your computer or phone for malware and security threats while providing security updates. Full version with better online security protection available for $79.99 a year. (Windows, iOS, Android):
  • Symantec Drive Encryption - Data encryption ensures that your sensitive information is protected and your files can’t be accessed by malevolent parties. Symantec is a leader in the industry and their encryption software is top of the line. (Windows)
  • File Vault 2 - The best data encryption software for the Mac user. Automatically encrypts your files and prevents access to those without the password. (Mac)
  • Eraser - A security tool for Windows that ensures that data on hard drives is completely erased by overwriting it several times. Often, data that seems to have been erased leaves its trace until it is actually overwritten by other files, but not so after one has used Eraser. The software is both free and open source. (Windows)

Mobile Privacy Apps

  • IPGMail - A handy messaging app for iOS users offering end-to-end encryption that ensures that only those that you intend to view your messages will be able to see them. (iOS)
  • Orbot - An app available for Android apps using the Tor browser to encrypt all of your internet traffic and redirect it through a series of proxy servers, worldwide. Users claim that the software doesn’t slow connection speeds down as VPNs often do, while still providing excellent security. (Android)
  • Signal - One of the most highly regarded secure messaging apps that is available for both Android and iOS. Allows for voice, text, video, picture and document messages in both one-on-one and group conversations. Endorsed by Edward Snowden, himself. (Android, iOS)
  • Telegram - A cloud-based secure messaging app available for a wide variety of platforms compared to competitors. Boasts high delivery speeds relative to other encrypted messaging apps of its type. (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC)
  • Umbrella - An open source app that serves a handbook detailing how to maintain digital security and protect against myriad online threats. Offers real-time alerts about recent security threats in your area. (Android)
  • Wickr - An extensive mobile toolkit of features that enhance digital security that is favored by professionals in a number of fields. Comes in both a free version and a premium version that costs $25 a month. (Android, iOS)

Web Browsers and Add-ons

  • Disconnect - Disconnect is a privacy tool available for a variety of browsers in free, Pro ($24.99 one-time), and Premium ($50 per year, comes with a VPN) versions that protects you by blocking tracking requests from websites. (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
  • Flash Control - This app puts control of website flash content in the user’s hands by blocking automatically loading content, thereby increasing your browsing speeds and web sovereignty. (Chrome)
  • Ghostery -  Ghostery is a nice app that enhances web browsing privacy by anonymizing your data in addition to optimizing page performance by blocking certain website requests.(Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
  • Privacy Badger - Sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Badger blocks requests from invisible trackers while learning through time via algorithms which websites are tracking, and which aren’t.  (Android, Chrome, Firefox)
  • Tor - The ultimate software for protecting online privacy and defending against surveillance. Tor works by channeling users’ communications through a network of volunteer-run relays ensuring that no one becomes aware of a user’s actual location.

Print Publications and Mailing Lists

  • 2600 Magazine - A quarterly digest with a charmingly retro website covering contemporary digital rights and technology issues from a hacker’s perspective.
  • Bloomberg Law Tech & Telecom - Delivers up-to-date news coverage on emerging issues and trends in telecom law from around the world.
  • EPIC Alert - The Electronic Privacy Information Center’s bi-weekly publication featuring privacy news, reviews of privacy and digital rights-related books and publications, and an extensive list of upcoming events relevant to privacy issues.

Privacy Law Services

  • Data Protection in the United States: Overview - Hosted by Thomson Reuters, this is a comprehensive guide to US laws regarding data protection. A dense read, but offers essential information for those wanting to know policy specifics.
  • Gigalaw - A law firm focused on protecting its clients from online threats, from copyright infringers to counterfeiters. The firm’s blog, run by founder Doug Isenberg, is highly regarded and recognized.

Government Websites

Academic Research Guide and Link Portal

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There’s no feeling like the trepidation one experiences at the outset of a large research project. Where does one begin? What is the best sequence of steps to take in completing the research? Using the internet to do research poses some issues: while it may seem that having so much information at one’s fingertips should make academic research a less time-consuming endeavor, the sheer amount of stuff out there can make it hard to know which sources to fully trust.

In this guide, we’ll explain the most efficient way to conduct online research, how to assess the legitimacy of sources, how to cite them the correct way, and conclude with a broad list of resources spanning a multitude of fields. No sense in getting lost in the quest for citation-worthy academic sources, it’s all right there in front of you..

Selecting a Topic

The research topic you choose has a huge effect on the outcome of your assignment: select a topic that’s broad and well trodden and there will be little to distinguish your work from others, while if you select a topic that’s too obscure, and it will be a struggle to gather relevant research.

The correct path lies in the middle ground: the right balance of background resource availability and uniqueness.

Here’s a sequence of steps to get you on your way:

  1. Pick a field you’re intrigued by and read some background information on it. If you pick a topic you have little interest in, it will be hard to stay focused. Read an encyclopedia (or even wikipedia) entry on your topic to gather general knowledge.
  2. Based on what you’ve gathered from preliminary research, zero in on a specific focus. Reading an encyclopedia entry on your topic will allow you to sharpen your focus on a more specific aspect of the topic. If your given assignment limits you to a particular style of argument, this may be even simpler.
  3. Choose several major areas of research relevant to your topic and sort your research into these categories. Filing your research into categories based on main keywords will simplify your task.
  4. Don’t be afraid to switch gears. If you struggle to find relevant information on your chosen topic or articles that back up your argument, pivot to a different topic that is better supported by the research you are doing.

Getting the Most Out of Search Engines

First of all, for general searches, always use Google. Unless you are in China where the site is banned and you do not have a VPN subscription (in which case, you’ll have to use Bing), Google will bring you the best results.

A few tips on improving your Google searches:

  • Visit here for some shortcuts on how to refine your searches.
  • Place exact quotes or phrases within quotation marks to drastically reduce search results.
  • Enter in “All in text:” before your topic to filter out irrelevant results. (example: “all in text: victorian vampire novels”)

Of course, if you are looking for academic resources, i.e., psychological studies, mathematics papers, etc., a Google search won’t cut it. You’ll have to choose an academic search site focused on a specific field of study. Quite a few of these websites are listed below, sorted by field.

Choosing and Vetting Online Sources

Over twenty years into its existence, there’s still a bit of a “wild west” feel to much of the internet, where a lot of information presented as credible is actually inaccurate, or from dubious  sources with certain agendas.

Generally, if you stick to the databases and archives listed below, and cite from peer-reviewed sources, you’ll be okay. To be sure of the credibility of a source, Google search it to gather background information that can verify its legitimacy.

Another thing to avoid is predatory open access publishers running low quality journals that charge fees to hopeful authors without granting them the resources or clout associated with legitimate journals. Using sources from these types of publishers begets an unethical practice.

Go here to find a list of predatory journals.

Using Sources Properly

When you use information from a source in your work, even if it’s paraphrased (phrasing the information using your own words), you must cite it, or else what you are doing qualifies as plagiarism.

Best to err on the safe side: some professors are extremely strict about plagiarism, and being accused of the practice can have serious consequences, including suspension or even expulsion.. When in doubt--even if the material reads like general background information--cite your source.

Furthermore, you should be careful about reusing material from previous essays you’ve written. Self-plagiarism is a real thing, and if you repeat yourself without citing the previous work, you are guilty of it.

Run your work through this free plagiarism checker to be sure you are in the clear.

Citing Sources

When citing sources in your work, it’s important to be consistent and stick to a specific citation style throughout the work. Likely, your teacher or professor will prefer one of three main styles be utilized. These styles are the American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA) and Chicago styles. The rules for each of these styles is extensive, and citations will vary based on the type of source cited. It’s best to follow a thorough guide for each. Here’s one for each style:

Research Links

This list of research databases and other helpful sources should be a boon to any young researcher. Some sites require a subscription (which may be granted to you simply for being a student), while others are free for anyone to use.

Search Engines and Databases

  • iSEEK Education:  A great academic resource search engine with an “authoritative” setting that returns only articles vetted by universities, noncommercial providers, and government organizations.
  • Google Scholar: Google’s own scholarly material search engine that extends a vast reach across a wide ranges of databases, returning full articles or metadata as well as lists of citations and related links.
  • JournalSeek: JournalSeek claims to be the web’s largest free collection of journal information, with a collection of over 40,000 titles. The searchable categories are vast and include arts and literature, economics, and all of the branches of physical science.

Books, Libraries and Archives

  • Google Books: The search giant’s Books project has spanned over a decade, with the expressed purpose of scanning and making available every one of the estimated 130 volumes around the world. Right now, the number’s around 30 million.
  • jSTOR: A vast archive of academic journal material and the #1 go-to for university students and educators, alike. Much of the content is free, although full access to the archive costs $19.50 a month. Many students will be granted free access based on their enrollment, alone.
  • Project Gutenberg: A huge database  compiled by thousands of volunteers of over 57,000 free eBooks that have found their way into the public domain.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications: The U.S. federal government’s official catalog of publications from congress and other sources. An excellent resource for firsthand sources and academic research.
  • Library of Congress: All manner of media, including books, videos, images and sound recordings are available through the Library of Congress’s website, as well as information about upcoming exhibits, and more.
  • The National Archives: A boundless source of records and data, including genealogical information, military enlistment records, and documents detailing labor strikes and work stoppages stretching back to 1800.
  • The Internet Archives: Another terrific nonprofit online catalog of all manner of media and texts from a dizzying array of sources. One of the most interesting projects is the Wayback Machine, which began in 1996 and is dedicated to documenting the history of the internet.

General Reference

  • The World Factbook: Providing detailed information and statistics on 267 “world entities” (their words), few sources can be more trusted for information gathering than the CIA.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary: The online version of the premier U.S.-based dictionary. Beyond the comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus, there are also articles discussing the history of the usage of certain words currently trending in the zeitgeist.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica: No encyclopedia is more respected than the Britannica, and now all volumes are available online. Full access will cost you, but the seven-day free trial is worth checking out.
  • References: A massive compendium of great reference links categorized in dozens of categories. Claims to be the web’s largest.
  • Thesaurus: The go-to online thesaurus. Entries include a word history as well as a list of antonyms for your viewing pleasure.
  • Literary Encyclopedia: A frequently updated, expertly maintained catalog of articles covering literature and culture, with entries on works, authors, styles, and historical context. Visitors are allowed one free article per day, while an individual subscription costs $9.95 a month, or just $18.95 for a full year.

Journalism

  • AP Archive: One of the most trusted news sources, the Associated Press’s archive of news stories and media spans back all the way to 1895, with tons of new content added daily. The organization’s partnership with other networks like ABC enriches their video library.
  • The New York Times Times Machine: The Newspaper of Record’s archive of just about every single news story they’ve ever printed in the past 150 years. An excellent research resource for discovering how historical events were covered contemporaneously.
  • Google News Archive: Google’s predictably exhaustive collection of scanned copies of hundreds of newspapers from around the world which, in some cases, date back to the early 19th century.

Health and Medicine

  • PubMed: A U.S. National Library of Medicine sponsored collection of over 28 million biomedical literature citations. In some cases, full text articles are available, while other times only the citations are available.
  • Mayo Clinic: One of the nation’s most respected hospitals also hosts a website with a ton of information about various medical conditions, their causes and symptoms, and possible treatments.
  • The British Medical Journal Archive: The premier UK medical journal’s full archive spanning back to 1840 won’t be cheap to access, at 138 pounds a year (about $180), but for medical students and researchers, it’s worth it.

Science

  • Science.gov: The official government portal that you can use to search over 60 databases and 2000+ websites for scientific research material.
  • Worldscience.org: Another great search tool for finding scientific research and development material. This site provides results in many languages owing to a partnership between organizations from countries around the world.
  • NASA: One of the best sources for the latest astronomical news and discoveries. NASA’s wonderful gallery of satellite images is unparalleled, and a major draw for visitors of the site.  
  • Science Magazine: Journals: The archive of one of the world’s leading academic journals, with access granted to subscribers. A year subscription is only $25 for students.
  • Astrophysics Data System: Run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and paid for by a NASA grant, the ADS may look like a website from 1998, but it contains over 14 million records from publications in Physics and Astronomy.  
  • Genetics: For students of biology, the journal Genetics is a must-read, covering the major developments in a field whose knowledge base is exploding and which will have major ramifications for the century ahead.

Engineering and Technology

  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library: An online library of literature covering the fields of technology and engineering dedicated to “advancing technology for the benefit of humanity”. Subscriptions are purchased by institutions, so you may already have access, depending on which school you attend.
  • Technology in Society: An international journal dedicated to discussion on how technology shapes and affects the world around us. Submissions to the journal are more philosophical in nature than others.
  • Engineering.com: A nice site of media and resources for engineering students with games, utilities, and an archive of journals.

Social Sciences

  • Current Anthropology: One of the best anthropology journals around the world published by the University of Chicago. Subscriptions are relatively affordable and can be purchased by both individuals and institutions.
  • American Psychology Association: A necessary website for psychology students that includes an archive of back publications, up-to-date news, and general information on the practice of psychology.
  • American Sociological Review: A leading sociological journal that can be accessed through a subscription to SAGE Publications, a publisher of over 1000 journals, worldwide.

Politics and Law

  • Law Library of Congress: The Law Library of Congress website has an absurd amount of available information, include the constitutions and law codes of just about every nation in the world.
  • Congress.gov: The site where you can view all of the latest legislative action taken by Congress, as well as a schedule of upcoming meetings of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
  • Harvard Law Review: Few student-run organizations carry as much prestige as the Harvard Law Review; it’s weighty journal published monthly from November to June prints articles by experts in the field of law.
  • Find Law: A great resource for both contemporary legal news and searching for cases and decisions posted by courts around the country. Visitors can search by topic or jurisdiction.

Economics and Finance

  • Economics Search Engine: Utilizing a beta version of the Google Custom Search Engine, the ESE allows visitors to search over 23,000 economics websites for the material they’re looking for.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration: A government-sponsored site that serves as both an informational resource, and a directory of government offices and sources of funding based on one’s needs and status.
  • FRED: Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, FRED is a great source for finding all manner of economic data and information.

History

  • Smithsonian Institution Collections Search: If you are unable to visit the Smithsonian in person, no matter, you can still search the museum’s online record, which includes over 14 million records of museum objects and exhibits, including 3 million images, audio files, and videos.
  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Scholars of ancient history will love this site, which hosts primary sources from all of the major ancient civilizations, from the Mesopotamians to the Romans of Late Antiquity.
  • Digital History: Covers American History from a number of angles and spans all time periods. Hosts a huge library of primary source documents from the Revolutionary Era to the present.
  • HistoryNet: The website of the world’s largest history magazine publisher. Visitors can read (and cite) articles from all nine of the publisher’s magazines.

Mathematics

  • zbMATH: zbMATH is the top search site for finding papers published in leading mathematics journals. Visitors can also search for specific software and formulas, which you won’t find in databases of other fields.
  • CIS - Current Index to Statistics: A library of the core contents of 160 statistics journals dating back to 1975 (or before, in some cases). Since the beginning of 2017, CIS has been open to the public.

Arts

  • Yale University Library Art & Art History: A broad index of art history literature and images of artworks. Visitors must sign on through their academic institution.
  • Web Gallery of Art: Need a high res image for your art history paper? Look no further than the Web Gallery of Art, which has been up for over 20 years and contains over 46,000 reproductions. 

How to Stream the BRIT Awards Online from Anywhere with a VPN

How to Stream the BRIT Awards Online from Anywhere with a VPN

The BRIT Awards, the UK’s answer to the Grammy’s, is a sensational awards show honoring the best popular music from the previous year both from Britain and from around the globe. Airing every year in February, the BRITs always feature some of the top names in the UK music industry, both as presenters and performers.

Over the years, some of the most exciting and memorable moments in British pop culture history have occurred during the BRIT Awards, including the last public appearance of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1990, the skimpy Union Jack dress worn by the Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell during a 1997 performance, and Adele stealing the 2011 show with a solo performance of her hit, “Someone Like You”, a moment which subsequently lit social media on fire.

Basically, anything can happen during the BRITs, which is why music fans won’t want to miss next year’s upcoming broadcast. However, that might be a bit of an issue for those outside of the UK, where the BRITs are broadcast annually on ITV. While ITV is available through cable providers in Ireland--and a couple of European countries such as Switzerland--the rest of the world won’t be able to view the BRITs through the UK channel.

Fortunately, those hoping to catch the BRITs from outside the UK have another option, and that’s using a VPN to bypass regional restrictions and stream ITV live online or through their ITV Hub app.

Why Use a VPN to Stream the BRIT Awards

Like most major networks these days, ITV allows people to stream the channel live through their website, or mobile app. Unfortunately, both are only available to those within the UK.

That’s where subscribing to a VPN (virtual private network) comes in. By purchasing a subscription to a VPN provider, you’ll be able to use their service to route your internet connection through servers around the world. Connecting to remote servers in different countries actually makes it seem as if you are logging on from those countries, as you are granted a local IP address. This allows VPN users to bypass geoblocking and connect to streaming services exclusive to certain nations and regions.

By now you might have connected the dots: a VPN will allow you to connect to a server within the UK and sign up to stream ITV live, granting you access to the next BRIT Awards broadcast.

Bypassing regional restrictions isn’t the only advantage to using a VPN, logging on through one will also provide you with advanced privacy and security by veiling your actual location, and encrypting the data that you send and receive from websites. This is especially helpful when you sign on from public networks like at a hostel or cafe where you are vulnerable to attacks from hackers. Finally, why they aren’t free, most VPNs are quite affordable, usually less than $10 a month, and occasionally below $5 a month if you agree to a long term subscription.

How to Stream the BRIT Awards Online with a VPN

There aren’t too many steps involved in setting yourself up to stream the BRIT Awards. All you’ll need is a little patience and enough money for a VPN subscription (or just take advantage of a free trial offer).

  • Purchase a subscription to a high ranking VPN service that has UK-based servers. (scope the list below)
  • Download and install the VPN client on the device that you’re going to watch the BRIT Awards on.
  • If you’re planning to use a computer to use stream ITV, be sure to clear your browser’s cache to remove any traces of your true geographical location.
  • Using the VPN client, connect to a server located in the United Kingdom.
  • Go to https://www.itv.com/hub/user/signup and register an account with ITV.
  • Before the next BRIT Awards begins, logon to a UK server with your VPN, and either 1) visit: https://www.itv.com/hub/itv to watch the broadcast on your laptop, or 2) stream the ceremony through the ITV Hub app on your supported device (list below).
  • That’s it! Enjoy!

Supported Devices

  • These days, all of the best VPNs will work on just about anything, including computers running on Windows and MacOS, iOS and Android phones, and popular digital streaming devices like Android TV, Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. 
  • At the very least, with a baseline VPN subscription, you’ll be allowed 3 simultaneous logins, while a premium subscription may allow you as many as 7. This grants you the ability to keep your laptop, cell phone, tablet, etc., logged into a VPN at all times, if you so choose.
  • The ITV Hub app is available for the following devices and operating systems: Windows, Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung TV, LG TV, Now TV, and more.

The Top Four VPNs for Streaming the BRIT Awards

1. CactusVPN

  • Servers in 14 countries, including 4 in the UK
  • High speeds well-equipped for HD video streaming
  • Zero bandwidth or download limitations
  • Five simultaneous connections with one subscription
  • Excellent security features: DNS leak protection and kill switch setting
  • Plans beginning at $4.58 per month

2. ExpressVPN

  • Servers in six U.K. locations around the U.K.
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • Kill switch feature
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • No activity logging
  • One of the top VPNs for streaming services like Netflix
  • Excellent, 24/7 customer support
  • Plans beginning at $8.32 a month

3. NordVPN

  • 3000+ servers in 64 countries around the world, including 543 servers located in the UK.  
  • A subscription allows for six simultaneous connections
  • Doesn’t keep activity logs.
  • No bandwidth or download restrictions
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Kill switch feature and end-to-end encryption
  • Plans starting at $2.75

4. StrongVPN

  • Servers in 27 countries around the world, with 6 UK locations
  • 5 simultaneous connections per subscription
  • No bandwidth restrictions
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • No activity logging
  • Flexible payment options, accepts Bitcoin and paypal

How to Stream the BAFTA Film Awards from Anywhere with a VPN

How to Stream the BAFTA Film Awards from Anywhere with a VPN

The British Academy of Film and Television Awards, or BAFTA Film Awards for short, is the U.K.’s answer to the Academy Awards. The annual televised ceremony honors the best films and performances of the previous year. While the awards show doesn’t get much attention in the U.S., the BAFTA Film Awards is an equally prestigious and storied event--if a slightly stripped down affair--and taking home a BAFTA holds a ton of weight in the film industry.

Of course, the show has a more British-centric focus than its American counterpart, with more nominations given to films produced by U.K production companies and performance nominations more frequently go to British actors. However, Hollywood maintains a strong presence, with the past six BAFTA winners being primarily American productions.

Film buffs definitely will not want to miss the BAFTA Film Awards, which airs Sunday, February 10th, 2019. Unfortunately, if you live outside of the UK in a region that does not air the awards show, you will have to use other means in order to view the broadcast.

Why Use a VPN to Stream the BAFTA Film Awards

Unlike the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs do not have as many networks around the world broadcasting the ceremony. There’s a good chance you live somewhere without any streaming or broadcasting options.

However, that doesn’t mean you doomed to miss the live BAFTA Film Awards broadcast. Using a VPN service allows you to connect to servers worldwide, and gives a local IP address within that country. As far as websites and streaming services are concerned, you are actually logging on to the internet from whichever country the server is located within. That means you’ll be able to overcome annoying geographical restrictions on award shows and sporting events.  VPNs also offer state-of-the-art protection from hacking, surveillance, and other threats you may face when browsing the internet.

The BAFTA Film Awards airs on BBC One each year, and those in the UK can also stream BBC One live through the BBC iPlayer, an app that also offers access a ton of other great content. While technically those outside of the UK are not permitted to use the app, by simply subscribing to a VPN service and connecting to a server within the region, you’ll be able to register an account and stream the BAFTA Film Awards live via the BBC One stream.

How to Stream the BAFTA Film Awards Online with a VPN

The steps required in using a VPN to stream the BAFTA’s take no great effort, and are as follows:

  • Subscribe to a reputed VPN service with servers based in the UK. (Check out the list below for some solid suggestions)
  • Download and install your VPN service’s client software on the laptop, handheld device, or digital media player you plan to watch the BAFTA Film Awards on.
  • If watching from your laptop or PC, clear your browser’s cache (history, cookies, etc.)
  • Go into the VPN client and choose to connect to a server located within the UK.
  • Head over to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer or download BBC iPlayer from whichever app store you use.
  • Register a BBC account in order to stream BBC One on the BBC iPlayer or via the BBC website.
  • Next year come awards time, log into your VPN (through a UK server, of course), sign in into your BBC on the BBC website, or on the BBC iPlayer app, and open up the live BBC One stream.

Supported Devices

  • You’ll find that the top VPNs are supported on every major operating system and device, including--but not limited to-- all Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android platforms, as well as digital streaming devices like Android TV, Fire TV, Roku.
  • Your VPN subscription should allot you at least 3 simultaneous device logins, and as many as 7 if you opt for a premium subscription. That means that--at the very least--you can keep your phone, laptop and digital streaming device connected at all times.
  • BBC iPlayer is available for the Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems; iOS and Android devices; Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Roku digital streaming devices; and, last but not least, gaming consoles like Playstation 3 & 4 and Xbox 360 & Xbox One. Interestingly, the app has a number of unique language options, such as Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish Gaelic.

The Top Three VPNs for Streaming the BAFTA Film Awards

Having servers located in the UK is the most important requirement that you’ll need out of a VPN in order to stream the BAFTA Film Awards, but that isn’t the only thing that should you concern you when you’re shopping around for a VPN.

As their popularity is booming these days, the VPN market has become highly competitive, and each service offers a unique package that tailors to certain needs. We think the three below are some of the best for streaming the BAFTAs due to their servers in the UK and high speed capability perfect for streaming HD video.

1. NordVPN

  • Based in Panama, so it’s not going down anytime soon.
  • Over 3000 servers based in 64 countries, including a whopping 543 in the UK.  
  • Six simultaneous connections with one account.
  • Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux support.
  • Doesn’t keep activity logs.
  • 24/7 customer support.
  • Kill Switch feature and end-to-end encryption
  • Plans starting at $2.75

2. ExpressVPN

  • Servers in six locations around the U.K.
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • Kill switch feature
  • No bandwidth or download restrictions
  • No activity logs
  • One of the best VPNs for Netflix and BBC iPlayer
  • Excellent, around-the-clock customer support
  • Plans beginning at $8.32 a month

3. VyprVPN

  • 700 servers in 70+ locations, including the UK.
  • High upload and download speeds.
  • Unlimited server switching and no download caps
  • Great 24/7 customer support
  • Chameleon protocol fights streaming service VPN blocking tactics
  • Five simultaneous connections if you purchase the premium plan
  • Plans starting at $3.75 a month

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