This not only looks unsightly but depending on your connection speed and hardware can also slow down the loading and displaying of pages.
Several countries are now actively introducing forms of internet censorship by blocking access to social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Another common form of internet restriction these days is when you watch movies or television online, these are often geo restricted and can only be viewed from the country hosting the content.
Several countries also block access to adult, political and popular file sharing sites like Kickass and The Pirate Bay to stop you getting access to pirated content.
The popular way to circumvent these restrictions is to use a VPN or proxy service that fools the website you are trying to access into thinking you are from a different country than you actually are.
One of the most used VPN services for several years has been Hotspot Shield by Anchor Free because it offers a free version to its paid Elite subscription that gives you many advantages of a VPN but at no cost.
There are however, restrictions to using Hotspot Shield Free.
Firstly it only allows you to access its US based VPN so you can only have a US IP address.
Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and UK VPNs are not available.
It is also ad supported so every HTTP page you visit will have an inserted banner at the top of the page.