Get an American IP Address
American IP addresses are probably the most popular IP in the world. I'm guessing, but there's basically three reasons why I think this. One, and probably the most important one, is that there are a lot of streaming websites that are restricted to US IP access. Here are some notable examples.
Two, there are a lot of American abroad. Americans have the money and the desire to travel. Some of it is for pleasure, some of it for business. And though there are plenty of European and other nations that fit in the same category, the US is huge. For example, Canada would probably fit in the same culture category as the US, but their popular size isn't nearly as large. Russia would fit in the population size, but visas and government restrictions would prevent free travel.
How to get an American IP
You can actually get an American IP regardless of where you are in the world. If you are a business, you will probably use a private VPN to access servers at home. If you are an individual, you have a choice of proxies or VPN services.
Proxies are quite popular with the tech and hacking community because they provide privacy, are temporary, and are free. They work by bouncing your data off of a proxy server located in the US. I realize that there is a huge appeal for free things online, but there are a few things to consider before you go searching for US proxy services.
Remember that you get what you pay for. The number one issue with proxies is that they're a security risk. You are joining a network and giving someone the ability to monitor your traffic. Many times proxies are not professionally run, which means YOU are 100% at risk. If something goes wrong, you get some malware, or have data stolen, I highly doubt you'll be able to find the proxy owner and take any action.
Also, because of their popularity, they are often used as honey pots, attracting malicious users and used to spy on data. This could be done by the government or individuals. This is conspiracy theory stuff, but there are two more facts you should know about proxies. Proxies are often slow because they're overloaded and under managed. They are often run by hobbyists, which also means that they could be configured incorrectly, and not work properly.
Not all proxies are horrible. Here is one that I like.
Virtual Private Networks
As I said before VPNs are professional services, but can be use for recreation. Many people like to stream American TV from Netflix, HBO, or Hulu. You can also access banned sites like Facebook in China or Skype in some Middle Eastern countries. Most VPN services are geared towards beginners, with easy to use software (aka VPN ‘client'), fast server switching, unlimited bandwidth, and even live support.
Most VPN services will cost between $5 and $15 per month, depending on who you sign up with, and how long you sign up for.
12VPN is one of my long time favorite services because they are a no-frills VPN service, without any fancy crap you don't need. Get the VPN you want, at a cheap price ($79 USD per year). It's one of the cheapest services out there, but what makes it so attractive to me as a SERVICE is that they have very helpful and friendly support staff. After reviewing so many VPN services over the years, 12VPN stands out as the best in customer service.
In their US VPN Server plan you get access to these cities, with unlimited switching of servers.
- Los Angeles x2
- Las Vegas
- San Jose
Hide My Ass is another favorite of mine. It's very easy to use, but best of all, there are TONS of US VPN servers, and way more IP addresses than other VPN services. Check out the video below. I'm currently in the US, so you won't see a country change in the video, but if you want to see how a VPN service can allow you to change countries, then I suggest you check out the video from the Canadian IP page. The way it works is the same everwhere; choose your country, hit connect, and you're good to go.
Video: Get an American IP with HMA
HMA currently comes with a 3o day money back guarantee which is another thing to consider when choosing a VPN service. That's a whole month to try it out, and if you don't like it or it doesn't work, get your money back.
You can also browse the other VPN services reviewed on Mr. VPN here.