Smart DNS Proxy: Technology I Wish I Knew Existed Before I Went To Japan
Yes, indeed that was a long title but it was accurate. Hello, my name is Pam and I was an English teacher in Japan for two years. Whoa, glad I got that off my chest. I’m sure some of you have been there, maybe just to visit or even to teach, and maybe a ton of you just desperately want to visit. That’s cool too. Well, one of the things that I missed the most was being able to watch my favorite shows or see any old reruns to cure my homesickness.
Living in the wonderful, free country of the United States, or even my fellow country comrades from Canada, may not know but a lot of stuff is blocked in Japan. In fact, a lot of shows and services are blocked all around the world and you know what? It sucks.
I had to rely on shifty streaming sites since there was no Hulu or Netflix there. Let me tell you, half the time I couldn’t see what was happening because the resolution was so bad. The other time I gave up before even watching before it was taking so long to buffer.
Suddenly rethinking long-term travel? You shouldn’t, I am here to tell you something that could save you from homesickness or even just help you out in general.
Meet Smart DNS Proxy
To put it simply, Smart DNS Proxy unblocks websites. It’s a secure DNS proxy service that gives people access to US websites like Netflix, ABC, HBO, Pandora, and Spotify. The website claims that there is no connection or disconnection needed like you would have in a virtual private network (VPN) anf promises to be faster and work with any device, whether that is your PC, Mac, SmartTV, Xbox, PS3, router, iOS device, or Android.
This service was produced by Global Stealth Inc., “which has been providing global internet security, data encryption, and anonymity services since 1995.”
On the Smart DNS Proxy website, it states that “due to high demand by our current customers in conjunction with our extensive years of experience in security and internet traffic encryption, we decided to create Smart DNS Proxy for you. Our main focus is providing you faster, more stable and surely more secure network in anyway and good value for the money you pay.”
The service works like this: they give you secure DNS service, allowing only small data packets to go through their network so their users can access the services or channels they want. There aren’t any middle servers used for encryption, which usually end up slowing everything down.
The CEO of SmartDNSProxy.com, Efe Cakinberk stated “We really view this as part of a larger trend among consumers – they are demanding increased accessibility to content as time goes on. This is what SmartDNSProxy.com aims to do and it’s also why we’re so confident about our growth for 2015.”
This service promises to be better than all the rest. While I suffered in Japan, waiting an hour for a movie to buffer, I could have been using Smart DNS Proxy.
“These users [obviously talking about me and all the other expats here!] are looking for speed, quality and convenience. They don’t want to wait forever while their movies buffer or sit through television shows that are such poor quality they can’t even see what’s happening – these can be real problems with VPNs. Smart DNS Proxy has the advantage here because we’re able to break down geographic barriers on the net without compromising the viewer experience,” said Cakinberk.
It’s not surprising that this service is becoming popular in Canada, Japan, Europe, and even Africa. It’s been spotlighted on several websites like Forbes on its unique marketing style.
“SmartDNSProxy.com differs greatly from most of our competitors online as we do not log the traffic moving through our proxy servers for promotional purposes. Most of our direct competitors online such as the Google DNS service will keep a log of what you are doing online when sending information through their network, in order to promote other products and services from a 3rd party advertiser. Smart DNS Proxy does not promote other products or services and does not need to keep logs of what you are doing online when sending information through our global network of proxy servers,” – Cakinberk
Which means that no anonymous company is going to judge you for watching sixteen episodes in a row of My Little Pony.
This also means that all the friends I abandoned back in the land of the rising sun can finally catch up on House of Cards and stop moaning about all the spoilers I keep dropping.
You can try a free trial today if you want. After that’s over, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee to continue using the service.
Which might be worth it to avoid ever seeing this again:
That’s a good article Pamela. I personally prefer UnoTelly. It’s similar to unblock-us (or other DNS service) but they offer a DNS server close to physical location and I can achieve better performance.
Odd; that wasn’t my experience. I tested Unblock-US, Unlocator, Blockless, UnoTelly, TrickByte, MediaHint, PlayMo and Smart DNS Proxy.
Unblock-US and Unotelly worked but were crazy slow.
Unlocator and TrickByte worked with reasonable speed.
Blockless had no luck unblocking the sites I wanted.
MediaHint’s DNS servers don’t work, but they don’t admit that, and still post those numbers on their site as of the last time I checked. They claim their Firefox and Chrome browser extensions do work, but that’s way too limited for my needs, so I didn’t even bother.
The only PlayMo page I could pull up was their login page and, of course, I didn’t have an account and was trying to create one. I have no idea what’s going on there, but clearly that wasn’t going to work out.
And Smart DNS Proxy accessed all the sites that Unlocator and TrickByte could access, except with crazy fast speeds instead of just reasonable speed.
No contest; I went with Smart DNS Proxy.
For the record, I live in New York, and I tried sites in England, France and Italy. I don’t deny that I might have gotten better results from some of the other services if I had tried different blocked sites. But my own personal experience led me unequivocally to choose Smart DNS Proxy. Now let’s just hope they survive the constant attempts by many to block these services, one of the reasons why I’m only going to buy on a month-to-month basis, in case things change.