Hola is a browser extension that removes region locks and lets you enjoy any site from any country.
“Install Hola on your PC, phone or tablet to make your Internet faster, save data costs, and view sites that are otherwise censored in your country. It works by sharing the idle resources of its users for the benefit of all. Its ultimate goal is to make the Internet faster and uncensored.”
Hola lets anyone anywhere in the world access region-blocked content, such as Hulu, Netflix and BBC iPlayer TV. But unlike other proxy solutions, it doesn’t slow down your traffic, it works in your browser and it’s totally free.
Uncensored internet straight from your browser
Hola Unblocker has been available as a Chrome and Firefox extension. You simply need to install the extension, then go to the website with the region-blocked content you want to access. The best thing is you don’t have to restart your computer or your browser.
Hola was started by two guys with “a thesis that HTTP could be re-invented”, thus making the Internet much much faster using “a combination of patented technologies — caching, multiple sources, compression, P2P protocols and other technologies”. They started up Hola with $18m funding from world class investors such as DFJ (Skype, Hotmail), Horizons (Mr. Li Ka-Shing’s fund), Israel’s Chief Scientist Fund, and others.
The main difference between Hola Unblocker and other VPN/proxy is its ability to unblock content without slowing everything down. According to Hola – “Internet is slowed down by server response times, Internet congestion, round trip times, and poorly written communication stacks in operating systems. Hola removes these bottlenecks by securely caching content on peers as they view it, and later serving it up to other nearby peers as they need it. Hola also compresses communication between peers to further speed the net. As more people install and use Hola, the faster and less congested it will be!”