If you stream online content, you need a VPN for streaming. VPNs are highly useful tools, but most people still don’t use them. For people who want more privacy and the ability to stream more content, a VPN is just as important as having antivirus installed.
Protecting Your Privacy
The main purpose of a VPN is for privacy. It’s easy for hackers to spy on you when you’re using an unsecured network. When it comes to using a VPN for streaming, your first thought might not be about privacy.
However, think about how many streaming services require you to enter or store a password and payment details. A hacker could eavesdrop on your connection while you’re using a hotel’s public Wi-Fi. Suddenly, your Netflix or Hulu binge session turns into your account and device being compromised.
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Bypass Geographical Restrictions
Have you ever tried to stream content from a different country? Good luck. In most cases, geographical restrictions keep you from streaming TV shows and movies outside of your region. For instance, if you live in the United States, you won’t be able to stream shows from Canadian streaming services or vice versa.
The problem gets even worse if you travel. You might think it’s as simple as just entering your account information for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or other streaming services. However, these services base content availability based on where you’re located. For instance, take a look at the global Netflix catalog numbers to see just how geographical restrictions change content availability.
A VPN blocks your location information. Suddenly, it doesn’t matter where you’re located. Think of it as having the key to unlimited content streaming. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly start checking out streaming services and stations from other countries and regions. If you want a head start, check out these streaming services in Canada.
Block Your ISP’s Prying Eyes
Have you ever streamed something you wish your Internet service provider didn’t know about? If you’d like a little more privacy from your ISP, use a VPN for streaming. Your ISP tracks most of what you do, including streaming. That adult movie – your ISP knows you’re watching it. Watching nothing but cartoons, but you’re 60? Your ISP knows that too.
No, you don’t have to stop watching whatever you want. You can even illegally stream the latest episodes of Game of Thrones or Outlander (though it’s illegal and we can’t endorse this) without your ISP knowing.
A VPN prevents your ISP from spying on your activities. Yes, they see you’re using bandwidth, but they don’t know for what. Of course, this doesn’t mean other people in your home are blocked from seeing what you’re doing, unless you have separate accounts for streaming services.
Using a VPN
If you think a VPN is too complicated, it’s not. Setup and start using a VPN for streaming in just a few minutes. All you need is your chosen VPN client and an account. Most reputable VPNs do require a fee to use, but it’s well worth it to watch the content you want, wherever you want to watch it. Plus, you get the added benefit of blocking your ISP from checking up on you.
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Contribution by Crystal Crowder
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