Starting an AWS Instance

Open the AWS management console

Click services EC2


click EC2


From the EC2 Dashboard click Launch Instance


Choose whatever Linux instance type you want. I usually use Amazon Linux or Ubuntu for this demo I use Amazon Linux it works well enough for this purpose.


Select an instance type I usually choose the M3 medium but if you are new to AWS you can run a t2 micro  for a year for free so if this applies to you. You may as well use it.


click next to configure instance details


Be sure to select enable under Auto-assign Public IP and click next to Add Storage


click Next Tag Instance


Optionally you can create a tag. This is good if you have multiple instances and you want to keep track of what is what.


For the configure Security Group page it is a good idea to change source to My IP if you have a static IP address. It is also a good idea to name the security group something meaningful. If you are doing this for the first time choose Create a new security group otherwise you may want to use and existing one.

Click review and launch


You will most likely see this pop up the first time you do this click next and use the default. Magnetic drives are slower.


Select your existing key pair if have not created one already there is an option to create a new key pair. Acknowledge that you have access to the key pair and click launch instance


Click view instances


Wait until Status Checks changes to 2/2 checks before trying to connect. You may need to press refresh to see that it changes and this does take a few minutes


when you see the green tick 2/2 checks you can connect to the instance.



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AWS key pair

Creating a key pair and importing it on to your computer

open a AWS management console and under services select EC2 then select Key Pairs




Click on the Create Key Pair button.


Type in a name for the key pair and click Create

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Find a place on your computer to save the file and click save

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Netflix from a PC

To get around Zone restrictions you need to browse from an IP address in the United States.

This procedure goes through the step I use to connect to Netflix. As of this point of time this is legal if this changes I will stop using it.

Creating a SOCKS proxy

While creating a SOCKS proxy from a Mac is easier it is possible to do it from a PC.

What you need is PuTTY, preferably Firefox to use as your dedicated browser, and you need an Account with Amazon Web Services. Refer to them for the latest procedure on joining.

The first step is to get your AWS instance going. Amazon Linux it a good choice for the type of instance.

You will need to download a key pair

Then you need to download PuTTY also make sure you download the SSH key Generator.


Open the Putty key generator.


click load and navigate to where you stored the pem file.

You will need to change to view all files to see it.


Click OK


Click Save private key


Click Yes


Now open PuTTY


Enter the username@ipaddress  typically it will be something like ec2-user@


The next step is to navigate down to Connection > SSH > Tunnels

Here type in a source port 8080 is not a bad choice click Dynamic and then click Add


Next navigate to Connection > SSH > Auth


Here click on Browse find the .ppk file that you created earlier and click open.

If all has gone well you should now be connected to your instance.


Open Firefox

Click on the alt button if you can not see the navigation buttons and navigate to Tools > Options.


Go to the advanced tab and click on settings


Under Proxies make sure the Manual proxy configuration is selected and under SOCKS Host enter the loopback address and enter the port you entered into PuTTY earlier. In this case 8080. Make sure SOCKS v4 is selected.

Click on OK.

Now you can use this browser to surf the internet like you were located in America because that is where the traffic is coming from as far as they are concerned. Now if you go to you don’t get the sorry we don’t service your region message.

If you are going to join Netflix use a credit card not PayPal and enter a Zip Code that really is in America. I also recommend checking out

If you are having trouble with this procedure and you would like me to set this up for you and you live on the Gold Coast.

Feel free to visit my other site Computer Trouble in Paradise to make an appointment for me to set this up in your place.