From a post I did on ARRSE - PM me for more details. This post is to help people understand the pros and cons of using either a VPN or DNS service to get around geographical blocking on such things as bbc.co.uk when abroad. It is aimed at those with a limited IT background and intended to be as easy as possible to get working. VPN - Virtual Private Network. This is were you buy a service that in effect has a virtual pipe from your computer/device over the internet to a server somewhere else. To the outside world it looks like you have accessed the web from that server. Example - I have a VPN with StrongVPN that allows me to access the internet in Canada but to the bbc website I am in Manchester and thus allowed to use iPlayer. VPN's are easy to set up and are a useful tool in online security. That is a post for another day. In this exam question they allow your point of presence on the internet to be in the country you want it to be. You can use it to fool the bbc or to get US Netflicks with its much better collection Pros - Good online security measure Beats geographical blocking as you are "in the country" Cons - A lot of dodgy companies out there You can only use the account for one access point at a time ie your iPod uses the VPN but you can't use it with the wife's iPhone at the same time. DNS resolver means..... Here you get a means of fooling the geographical website to think you are in the country. This is what most early systems went and it varies from great to scam. DNS just lets your BBC - Homepage be translated in to a IP address so the internet can route you to the website of your wishes. What is does is allows you to change the DNS server that your computer uses to look up a web address. This means that when your electrons arrive at the bbc.co.uk website it thinks you are in the UK because the DNS server tells them you are. IT witchcraft. Pros - Cheaper than VPN (but not by much) Easy to use for multiple devices Cons Need to change your DNS look up server (no bad thing) which can scare some people. Some real cowboys out there. Does nothing to cover your tracks on the internet. Whats best for you? Well I use both - the VPN for security (later post) and the DNS for getting around Netflicks and the BBC. I would say that if you want to have a few devices at home which can beat the geo lock then DNS. If you travel and want both security (ie not on your own internet network at home but in a cafe or hotel) and geo lock beating go for VPN I use StrongVPN and StrongDNS. Good service and the VPN is $88 and the DNS is $50 a year (well $40 as I get a discount for having a VPN account). StrongVPN.com - Providing high speed, unlimited bandwidth, multiple country VPN accounts for over 100,000 users. Since 1995 and StrongDNS.com The DNS is easy to use, the only thing is that if you change IP address (it uses the IP address to verify a user) like switching off/on your router then you need to log in to the members page to re-set. Once done you need to change your DNS look up but their setup guide is brilliant and easy to use. Feel free to comment or recommend other services. All I ask is that they are aimed at the average user and is not illegal (ish). PM me for more deals. Next post will be why everyone who uses a public WiFi point should have a VPN.