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Ian in Northampton

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My daughter starts university in The Hague shortly. Something she's discovered - which I've also found on trips abroad - is that certain sites are 'aware' of where yo are and redirect you, regardless of the URL you type in. For example, whether you enter www.google.com or www.google.co.uk, you end up at www.google.nl. She's finding the same thing with Skype, with all the text being in Dutch. Does anyone know of ways in which she can work round this?

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rawprawn

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I use an iPad abroad, and it usually asks me if it can use my position (needed for local maps etc) I don' know if this applies, but I thought it worth a mention. You are given the option of refusing the request.

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Secret-Squirrel

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Hello Ian

Your daughter would need to use a UK proxy server - HERE'S an example of one company that provides this service.

After signing up, she needs to configure Internet Explorer, and Skype etc to use that proxy server and that fools Google, the BBC homepage and BBC iPlayer etc that she's actually in the UK despite using a Dutch Internet connection.

I don't know of any reputable and safe free servers, and I've no experience of the one I linked to above so do your own research for reviews if you decide to proceed with this.

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Secret-Squirrel

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Forgot to mention above, if your daughter simply wants a web-based proxy then HERE's one of many UK-based ones she can use - simply type the address into the page's URL box. It will only work with webpages so it's very limited.

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Ian in Northampton

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Many thanks guys. Some things to further research there. I wonder if the fact that she's on the university's network would prevent her using a proxy server? (Access to proxy servers is blocked by my work).

Secretsquirrel: you say it will 'only work with web pages'. I'm being dense here: what else would you want it to work with? What won't it work with?

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robinofloxley

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She can Google Translate any webpage. Should be an option at the top or side somewhere.

Connecting via the Uni's network should also be easily solvable by asking her new Dutch and foreign friends when on-campus/accommodation (or the IT support).

In fact, it's a good way to meet new friends. Tell her to bang on some doors!

Everyone will have the same problems, no use 2nd guessing from here.

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Secret-Squirrel

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"I wonder if the fact that she's on the university's network would prevent her using a proxy server?"

Ah, you didn't mention that and I assumed she'd be using her own PC from her off-campus student accommodation. In that case my first suggestion would allow her to configure her PC with the address of a proxy server and she'd then have a UK IP address. It's the IP address that contains information about the user's geographic location. I can't see that working successfully as the university's network and PCs are likely to be pretty much locked down.

"Secretsquirrel: you say it will 'only work with web pages'. I'm being dense here:"

My second suggestion is a web-based proxy service - it fools websites into thinking the user is in the UK so they can access UK-only content such as the BBC.co.uk homepage etc. Google.co.uk would also believe she's in the UK.

" what else would you want it to work with? What won't it work with"

You mentioned Skype which of course won't work with a web-based proxy but will work with my first suggestion. I assumed she was using Skype on her own PC and was getting Dutch text because she had a Dutch IP address.

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