How to test your VPN speed

When the dreaded buffer wheel starts turning, you know something’s gone wrong. With a good connection, you shouldn’t have to deal with lagging streams and unending downloads, but some people worry that using a VPN will noticeably reduce the speed of their internet. You can determine whether or not that’s true…

When the dreaded buffer wheel starts turning, you know something’s gone wrong. With a good connection, you shouldn’t have to deal with lagging streams and unending downloads, but some people worry that using a VPN will noticeably reduce the speed of their internet. You can determine whether or not that’s true by carrying out a simple VPN speed test.

So, will a VPN compromise your internet speed? And how can you put it to the test?

Do VPNs slow down your internet?

When a VPN is on, your data gets encrypted and then sent from your device to a server, where it is decrypted. This inevitably adds a few milliseconds to the process. However, the difference is often imperceptible if you’re using a fast VPN.

If you do notice a marked reduction in browsing speeds, there could be several factors at play:

  • The infrastructure used by your VPN provider might be old or inadequate, which often leads to reduced speeds and unstable connections.
  • Security protocols vary among different VPNs, with some being faster than others. For example, NordVPN uses the highly secure and exceptionally fast NordLynx protocol. Other VPNs, especially free services, sometimes employ older, less reliable protocols.
  • Servers are often the root of the problem. If a VPN company doesn’t bother to set up enough servers, heavy traffic can cause your internet speeds to drop dramatically.

When you’re picking a VPN, it’s important to know how fast it can move your data. That’s where speed testing comes in handy.

How to test your VPN speed

There are several different services online that you can use as a VPN speed test tool. For an easy and intuitive experience, try Speedtest.

Using the Speedtest website couldn’t be any easier. Just go to the site, make sure your VPN is switched on, and click “Go”. The test should be complete in less than a minute.

To get the best results, make sure to close any other pages and applications that might be using a lot of bandwidth. Shut extra tabs and stay off streaming platforms like Netflix or Twitch during the test.

Reading the results

Speedtest will evaluate your internet speed — and, by extension, that of your VPN — using three key metrics. ‘Upload’ and ‘download’ speeds are measured in Mbps (megabits per second), and you’ll also have a ‘ping’ rating. Here’s what they all mean:

  • Download speed: This is how fast or slowly data from the internet is reaching you. The higher this number, the faster you’ll be able to stream videos, download files, and access different pages. Ideally, you want to see a download speed of around 20 to 25 Mbps.
  • Upload Speed: Upload speed is the rate at which you send data and requests to the web. Low upload speed will be particularly problematic if you’re streaming to other devices — for example, during a video call or on Instagram Live. You’re looking for an upload speed of around 3 Mbps for casual home usage and around 10 Mbps if you need to stream high-quality video to others.
  • Pings: You’ll also get a result for your “ping rate”, which represents the overall speed. The lower your ping number, the faster your internet. Say your Speedtest result shows 80 pings while your VPN is on. That means it took about 80 milliseconds for a data packet to be sent from your device to a server and back.

Test it for yourself with your VPN on and off. Like any encryption service, NordVPN may cause a slight reduction in speed, but it will rarely lead to any noticeable performance issues.

How to speed up your VPN

Sometimes you might notice a small drop in your download speeds or a spike in your ping rate even if you’re using a high-quality VPN. Don’t give up on encryption too quickly — there are several things you can try to boost your speeds:

  • Disconnect and reconnect. A good VPN provider will maintain multiple servers in more populous areas. For example, NordVPN has more than 2,500 servers in the US alone. If your internet speed is slowing down, there may be an issue with the specific server you’re on, so just reconnect to a different one in your chosen location.
  • Change security protocols. Different security protocols can alter internet speeds, so try changing your protocol if you need to. If you’re using NordVPN, you can switch between the IKEv2 and NordLynx protocols right in the app.
  • Pick a new geographical location. If the issue is geographical, you can just pick a new server in another country. NordVPN offers more than 5,000 servers in 59 countries around the world. You can always find a location that gives you the best internet experience.

You should never have to pick between security and speed. At NordVPN, we believe you deserve both. That’s why we built NordLynx, the fastest security protocol yet. It’s been a game changer for many of our users.

NordVPN combines next-generation security with industry-leading speed. Put it to the test risk-free for 30 days.

Como Colocar Senha em Uma Pasta?

Em um mundo cada vez mais interconectado e em processos acelerados de efeitos globais (como a Quarta Revolução Industrial) e novas tecnologias (como o 5G e a IoT – Internet of Things, ou “Internet das coisas”), aspectos de segurança cibernética são cada vez mais importantes. Assim, proteger suas informações, dados e…

Em um mundo cada vez mais interconectado e em processos acelerados de efeitos globais (como a Quarta Revolução Industrial) e novas tecnologias (como o 5G e a IoT – Internet of Things, ou “Internet das coisas”), aspectos de segurança cibernética são cada vez mais importantes.

Assim, proteger suas informações, dados e arquivos pessoais (ou empresariais) é algo essencial – e, talvez, seja hora de colocar senhas de acesso nas suas pastas, para proteger seu sistema.

Esse é um ótimo mecanismo para incrementar a segurança dos seus dispositivos. Aqui, você vai aprender todos os passos para fazer isso.

Senhas de usuário não são o suficiente

Em um cenário ideal, sua senha de acesso ao seu usuário (em um sistema Windows, Linux ou em um Mac, por exemplo) já seria suficiente para bloquear ataques de hackers (ou crackers, como tem sido convencional chamar criminosos cibernéticos). Só que esse cenário ideal não existe.

No mundo cibernético real, recheado de malwares e criminosos que só estão esperando pela oportunidade ideal de fazer novas vítimas, essas senhas de usuário nem sempre servem como uma defesa eficiente ou completa.

Em um sistema Windows, por exemplo, a senha de usuário só é capaz de oferecer um nível de segurança bastante elementar, básico, mantendo o acesso bloqueado para quem não tem acesso a essa senha.

Em geral, isso impede invasões “internas”, ou seja, por parte de terceiros que também usam seu dispositivo (como parentes, colegas, pessoas do trabalho, etc.), mas não é uma medida muito eficiente contra invasões mais externas.

Crackers experientes sabem como burlar essas senhas. Em sua maioria, as versões de sistemas operacionais Windows não incluem proteção completa aos seus arquivos – e é exatamente por isso que eles devem ser criptografados (ou seja, “blindados”) em níveis adicionais.

Métodos comuns de hacking

Há alguns meios de invadir um sistema, mesmo quando você cria um usuário com senha de acesso personalizada.

Um criminoso que conseguir roubar seu dispositivo, por exemplo, pode utilizar um dispositivo removível qualquer e reiniciar o aparelho, conseguindo acesso ao seu arquivo.

Também é possível burlar sua senha de acesso removendo o HD da sua máquina, instalando-o em outro computador para conseguir acesso instantâneo aos arquivos do disco rígido.

Se você colocar senhas nas próprias pastas, seus arquivos estarão mais protegidos – mesmo que um criminoso use os métodos que nós listamos acima.

Proteger as pastas individualmente significa criar várias camadas de proteção – assim, qualquer pessoa mal intencionada vai precisar quebrar senhas específicas, ao invés de uma única senha que permite acessar todos os conteúdos do seu dispositivo.

Adicionar criptografia nas pastas

O modo mais rápido e fácil de criptografar suas pastas é usar a ferramenta de criptografia do próprio Windows em suas versões 7, 8 e 10.

1. Primeiro, procure pela pasta que você deseja criptografar.

como colocar senha em pasta: passo nº1

2. Depois, clique com o botão direito do mouse nela e selecione a opção Propriedades.

como colocar senha em pasta: passo nº2

3. Então, selecione a opção Avançados.

como colocar senha em pasta: passo nº3

4. Então, marque a guia Criptografar o conteúdo para proteger os dados e clique em Ok e, depois, em Aplicar.

como colocar senha em pasta: passo nº4

O sistema Windows vai te perguntar se você só quer criptografar um arquivo ou se você deseja fazer isso para a pasta principal e todos os arquivos contidos nela.

É melhor escolher essa segunda opção, porque ela oferece uma segurança bem mais abrangente.

Depois, você vai perceber um pequeno ícone de cadeado amarelo na pasta que foi criptografada. Ao adicionar novos arquivos nessa pasta, eles serão automaticamente criptografados.

Como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10?

Para bloquear inserir uma senha de autenticação em uma pasta no Windows 10:

1. No local que você preferir, clique com o botão direito do mouse e crie uma nova pasta – clicando em Novo e, em seguida, Pasta.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº1

2. Entre na pasta, clique com o botão direito, em Novo e em Documento de texto.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº2

3. Renomeie o documento de texto para o título FolderLocker.bat.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº3

4. No arquivo de texto, cole o seguinte texto e salve o arquivo:

cls
@ECHO OFF
title Folder Locker
if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Folder Locker goto MDLOCKER
:CONFIRM
echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p "cho=>"
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
goto CONFIRM
:LOCK
ren Folder Locker "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
attrib +h +s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
echo Folder locked
goto End
:UNLOCK
echo Enter password to Unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%==Your-Password-Here goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
ren "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" Folder Locker
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
:FAIL
echo Invalid password
goto end
:MDLOCKER
md Folder Locker
echo Folder Locker created successfully
goto End
:End
como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº4

5. Com o arquivo de texto aberto, procure pelo trecho Your-Password-Here (você pode fazer isso com o atalho CTRL + F) e substitua esta parte pela senha que você quer usar para bloquear a pasta – depois, clique nas teclas CTRL + S para salvar.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº5

6. Se o arquivo de texto estiver com uma extensão .txt, mude para uma extensão .bat – confirme o processo mesmo que o Windows exiba uma mensagem avisando que o arquivo pode ficar inutilizável.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº6

7. Outro meio de salvar o arquivo como .bat é clicar em Salvar como e, no nome do arquivo, digite “FolderLocker.bat” (incluindo as aspas) e, em Tipo, escolha a opção Todos os arquivos.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº7

8. Agora, você vai ver que uma pasta chamada Locker vai aparecer.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº8

9. Abra o arquivo FolderLocker.bat, digite Y e pressione Enter.

como colocar senha em uma pasta no w10: passo nº9

10. Abra novamente o arquivo e digite a senha que você definiu. Pronto! Sua pasta agora está protegida com senha. Se você quiser, pode ocultar o arquivo .bat para dificultar o acesso a pessoas indesejadas.

Como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede?

Em computadores com sistema Windows, também é possível colocar uma senha em pastas compartilhadas em rede. Para isto, no Windows 7:

1. Clique com o botão direito na pasta que você quer compartilhar e escolha a opção Compartilhar com e selecione Pessoas específicas.

como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede: passo nº1

2. Na tela que vai aparecer, ao lado de Adicionar, clique na setinha para baixo e selecione a pessoa que você preferir ou digite o nome de usuário específico caso ele não esteja listado.

como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede: passo nº2

3. Clique em Compartilhar, espere o processo ser concluído e finalize.

como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede: passo nº3

4. Depois, vá ao menu Iniciar e siga até o Painel de Controle.

como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede: passo nº4

5. Depois, na seção Rede e Internet, clique em Escolher opções de grupo doméstico e de compartilhamento.

como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede: passo nº5

6. Selecione a opção Alterar as configurações de compartilhamento avançadas….

como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede: passo nº6

7. Desça as guias até a seção Compartilhamento protegido por senha e deixe marcada a opção Ativar o compartilhamento protegido por senha.

como colocar senha em uma pasta compartilhada na rede: passo nº7

Pronto! Agora, os usuários selecionados podem acessar esta pasta compartilhada por meio do nome da conta e da senha de acesso ao Windows.

Como colocar uma senha em um arquivo do Word?

Para colocar senha em um arquivo do Word, basta seguir os passos:

1. Crie um novo arquivo do Word ou abra um já existente.

como colocar senha em um arquivo do Word: passo nº1

2. Abra o arquivo no Word.

como colocar senha em um arquivo do Word: passo nº2

3. Clique em Arquivo e depois em Informações.

como colocar senha em um arquivo do Word: passo nº3

4. Selecione Proteger Documento e, na guia que vai abrir, escolha a opção Criptografar com senha.

como colocar senha em um arquivo do Word: passo nº4

5. Na tela que vai aparecer, digite a senha que você quer criar e, depois, confirme a mesma senha – cuidado para não perdê-la.

como colocar senha em um arquivo do Word: passo nº5

6. Agora seu arquivo estará protegido com senha – na seção Proteger Documento, você vai visualizar o ícone de um cadeado e uma chave e a mensagem Uma senha é necessária para abrir este documento.

como colocar senha em um arquivo do Word: passo nº6

Pronto! Agora, seu arquivo está protegido com uma senha personalizada e só poderá ser acessado com ela. Sempre que você abrir o arquivo, será preciso fazer esta identificação.

Como funciona a criptografia do Windows?

A criptografia padrão dos sistemas Windows (nas versões que oferecem esse recurso) protege os arquivos vinculados na sua conta. Assim, ao se conectar, esses arquivos têm a criptografia desativada automaticamente pelo próprio sistema.

Mas, se alguém entrar em outra conta, não será possível acessar os arquivos que você tiver criptografado com seu usuário. Eles só podem ser acessados na sua conta.

Então, por razões bem evidentes, é essencial criar uma senha de acesso de usuário bem forte – nada de sequências numéricas óbvias ou sua data de aniversário, por exemplo.

Essa criptografia básica do Windows não é muito difícil de ser burlada, entretanto. Se alguém entrar na sua conta, todas essas camadas de criptografia serão automaticamente desativadas, como dissemos.

Programas de proteção de senhas

Além da criptografia padrão oferecida por algumas versões de sistemas operacionais Windows, há vários programas de proteção e gerenciamento de senhas disponíveis no mercado, gratuitos ou não.

O Anvi Folder Locker, por exemplo, é um software grátis que disponibiliza formas simples de proteger suas pastas e arquivos com senhas, além de ocultar e bloquear pastas e arquivos com informações sigilosas.

Dá até para escolher opções como bloquear, permitir somente a leitura do arquivo e ocultar o que você quiser. Padlock e Wise Folder Hider também são opções práticas e eficazes de inserir senhas e gerenciar permissões de pastas e arquivos.

Antes de escolher um software desse tipo (ou de qualquer outro), porém, vale a pena conferir análises de sites especializados e reviews de usuários para identificar se o programa é legítimo ou se é apenas um malware disfarçado.

Softwares avançados de criptografia pesada

Para proteger seus arquivos de tipos mais complexos de invasão, como cold-boot que, basicamente, consiste em ligar e desligar o computador bem rápido, conservando várias informações do sistema anteriores ao desligamento da máquina para, depois, o criminoso repassar esses dados para algum dispositivo removível.

Esses ataques causam a perda de inúmeros tipos de dados, como informações de log in, senhas de redes sociais e até as senhas dos arquivos criptografados.

Então, vale a pena usar um software mais pesado para criptografar seus dados e evitar esse tipo de ataque e perda de informações – e um bom serviço de VPN também pode te ajudar muito nesse sentido.

Também é importante relembrar algumas medidas de segurança básicas, como não deixar o dispositivo aberto com seu usuário, evitando que outras pessoas possam simplesmente acessar seus arquivos; todo cuidado com e-mails e links suspeitos também é recomendado, já que muitos malwares conseguem instalar keyloggers para memorizar, guardar e enviar suas senhas digitadas para criminosos.

E, ao usar dispositivos móveis (ou mesmo um desktop), evite se conectar em redes mais vulneráveis, como pontos de acesso de Wi-Fi públicos – geralmente, essas redes não possuem nenhuma exigência de autenticação e são mais suscetíveis a ataques.

O Que é um Adblocker? Todas as Perguntas Respondidas

A publicidade online é parte inseparável da internet. Grande parte das estratégias de marketing das principais empresas do mundo (e inclusive de pequenos e médios negócios) inclui alguma segmentação para marketing digital, propagandas em websites diversos e plataformas de streaming, só para citar alguns exemplos. Estamos falando de um universo de…

A publicidade online é parte inseparável da internet. Grande parte das estratégias de marketing das principais empresas do mundo (e inclusive de pequenos e médios negócios) inclui alguma segmentação para marketing digital, propagandas em websites diversos e plataformas de streaming, só para citar alguns exemplos.

Estamos falando de um universo de bilhões de usuários que são expostos a quantidades massivas de publicidade. Estima-se que 95% dos ganhos da Google são originados por anúncios online. O usuário de internet é exposto (em geral) a aproximadamente 1700 anúncios por mês, mas só cerca de metade deles são visualizados.

Talvez você não goste muito desse tipo de estratégia de marketing. Provavelmente, você só quer terminar de assistir seus vídeos favoritos sem interrupções constantes. Se esse é o seu objetivo, um adblocker é uma excelente ferramenta.

Mas, o que é um adblocker? Essa e outras perguntas importantes sobre esse recurso serão respondidas aqui, nesse artigo.

O que é um adblocker?

Adblocker é qualquer aplicativo que tenha funções de bloqueio de anúncios indesejados. Geralmente, eles são extensões instaladas no navegador, e sua principal tarefa é remover materiais de publicidade dos sites (especialmente os terríveis pop ups).

Durante o processo de carregamento do website, o adblocker verifica os nomes de domínio dos componentes que estão sendo carregados na página web, comparando-os com listas bastante extensas. Se algum desses elementos verificados estiver incluso na lista de bloqueio, seu carregamento será interrompido.

Mesmo depois que os conteúdos são exibidos na tela, o adblocker continua procurando por elementos que estejam incluídos em certos requisitos, como imagens de dimensões anormais, banners, janelas e elementos ocultos na tela.

Quais as principais razões para usar um adblocker?

Um dos melhores motivos para utilizar extensões capazes de bloquear publicidade online é o modo como esses mecanismos permitem melhorar a navegação das pessoas, removendo e limitando conteúdos indesejados.

Quem nunca se irritou com um monte de pop-ups pipocando pela janela do computador? Quem é que nunca se incomodou com aquelas propagandas que interrompem um vídeo em execução? Se você faz parte desse clube, os adblockers podem ser uma verdadeira salvação.

Mas esses não são os únicos benefícios dessas extensões.

Um adblocker pode aumentar sua segurança?

Infelizmente, há muitos perigos no mundo virtual, e eles também estão nas publicidades, nos anúncios que você visualiza em praticamente todos os lugares da internet.

Muitos hackers usam anúncios falsos para instalar malware nos dispositivos dos usuários. Assim, ao clicar em determinada propaganda, você pode acabar contaminando seu equipamento com vírus. Ao usar um adblocker, você acaba impedindo a exibição desses anúncios e, consequentemente, evita uma série de riscos.

Além disso, bloquear essas propagandas também dificulta o rastreamento das suas informações por meio desses conteúdos maliciosos, aumentando consideravelmente sua privacidade online.

E, como um bônus, essas ferramentas aceleram o carregamento dos websites e dos conteúdos diversos, bloqueando uma série de carregamentos que acabam tornando sua navegação mais lenta.

O que é que os adblockers não filtram

Os adblockers têm como finalidade excluir e remover vários tipos de anúncios, mas não todos. Há vários conteúdos que não são filtrados por eles, como anúncios que respeitam certos padrões – propagandas discretas, marcadas como anúncios e que respeitam as legislações.

Muitas das mídias que dependem de visualização de anúncios para gerar receita com seus patrocinadores/anunciantes (como Youtube e Twitch, por exemplo) possuem mecanismos para burlar muitos desses aplicativos. Então, mesmo usando um adblocker, o usuário pode acabar visualizando certas propagandas.

Há também a publicidade direta, quando alguém mostra um produto ou inclui um anúncio no próprio vídeo. É praticamente impossível bloquear esse tipo de propaganda.

Como desativar ou remover um adblocker?

Apesar de ser ótimo bloquear conteúdos indesejados, há muitos recursos que podem acabar sendo limitados quando você usa uma extensão adblocker. Se você não quer sofrer essas limitações ou até mesmo deseja acessar certas propagandas, é possível desativar temporariamente esses mecanismos.

Cada extensão é desativada de uma forma específica. Mas, em geral, elas podem ser gerenciadas nas guias de configurações das extensões do seu navegador. Você pode encontrar tutoriais específicos para aprender a desativar sua extensão no navegador no qual ela está instalada.

Também é possível remover completamente um adblocker. Mas, ao fazer isso, os conteúdos de marketing não serão mais filtrados.

Como desativar o AdBlock do celular?

O AdBlock é, definitivamente, a ferramenta mais popular do gênero de bloqueio de anúncios indesejados. Aqui, vamos ensinar sobre como desativá-lo em dispositivos com sistemas Android:

1. Abra seu aplicativo do AdBlock.

como desativar o AdBlock do celular: passo nº1

2. Clique no ícone de três pontinhos no canto superior direito para abrir o painel de configurações e clique em Configurações – deixe a opção Início Automático do AdBlock desmarcada.

como desativar o AdBlock do celular: passo nº2

3. Nas opções de aplicativos ativos, arraste a guia superior da sua tela Android e clique na guia Conectado à VPN de AdBlock.

como desativar o AdBlock do celular: passo nº3

4. Na tela que vai aparecer, selecione a opção Desconectar.

como desativar o AdBlock do celular: passo nº4

Pronto! Agora, seu AdBlock está desativado e você já pode navegar sem os bloqueios dele.

Há algum risco no uso dessas extensões?

Sim. É importante saber que mesmo essas extensões podem conter certas vulnerabilidades.

Por exemplo, há uma falha específica no AdblockPlus que pode ser usada para facilitar a ação de hackers. Essa falha consiste em usar uma vulnerabilidade dessa extensão, que permite introduzir malwares em sites visitados, impedindo o bloqueio dos mesmos. Esse é um problema encontrado na versão 3.2 desse plug-in. Essa brecha atinge usuários de navegadores como Firefox, Google Chrome e Opera.

Entretanto, no geral, os adblockers são bastante seguros – e mesmo o Adblock/AdblockPlus já vem melhorando os sistemas de segurança e corrigindo essas brechas.

Outra dica interessante é baixar um aplicativo VPN que possua funções de adblocker embutidas. Além disto, a NordVPN conta com um Kill Switch, uma ferramenta que impede que dispositivos listados por você acessem a internet caso a conexão caia, garantindo mais segurança.

iPhone 需要使用 VPN 嗎?為什麼需要?

許多人相信 iPhone、iPad 等 Apple 產品相當安全,可以抵禦駭客的攻擊。雖然某種程度可能是真的,但與其他產品相比,Apple 產品一樣存在漏洞,可能也存在資安風險,因爲沒有設備或軟體可以完全避免網路威脅。如果您在使用 iPhone 時關心上網的安全與隱私,在 iPhone 上安裝一套可靠的 VPN,以保護上網安全非常重要。 我應該在 iPhone 上使用 VPN 嗎? 沒錯,您應該在 iPhone 上使用 VPN。網路上有許多關於 VPN 及其對個人和企業好處的討論。人們越來越重視自己的隱私和資料安全,並已經在電腦和手機上安裝 VPN 應用程式。不過,iPhone 使用者很少會使用 VPN 上網,多數 iPhone 使用者仍相信 Apple 產品非常安全,不會有資料外洩或被駭客攻擊的問題。 因為 Android 或 Windows 的市佔率較高,使得駭客經常將目標鎖定在這些系統的裝置上,反而較少針對 Apple 產品。不過,最近 macOS 和 iOS 揭露的一些安全漏洞,已經打破了外界所謂 Apple 產品非常安全的神話。 如果您使用 iPhone 手機,應該採取一些措施來保護您的上網流量了! 何時需要在 iPhone 上使用 VPN?…

許多人相信 iPhone、iPad 等 Apple 產品相當安全,可以抵禦駭客的攻擊。雖然某種程度可能是真的,但與其他產品相比,Apple 產品一樣存在漏洞,可能也存在資安風險,因爲沒有設備或軟體可以完全避免網路威脅。如果您在使用 iPhone 時關心上網的安全與隱私,在 iPhone 上安裝一套可靠的 VPN,以保護上網安全非常重要。

我應該在 iPhone 上使用 VPN 嗎?

沒錯,您應該在 iPhone 上使用 VPN。網路上有許多關於 VPN 及其對個人和企業好處的討論。人們越來越重視自己的隱私和資料安全,並已經在電腦和手機上安裝 VPN 應用程式。不過,iPhone 使用者很少會使用 VPN 上網,多數 iPhone 使用者仍相信 Apple 產品非常安全,不會有資料外洩或被駭客攻擊的問題。

因為 Android 或 Windows 的市佔率較高,使得駭客經常將目標鎖定在這些系統的裝置上,反而較少針對 Apple 產品。不過,最近 macOS 和 iOS 揭露的一些安全漏洞,已經打破了外界所謂 Apple 產品非常安全的神話。

如果您使用 iPhone 手機,應該採取一些措施來保護您的上網流量了!

何時需要在 iPhone 上使用 VPN?

VPN 經由加密隧道連上網際網路,並隱藏您的真實 IP 位址。當您在 iPhone 使用 VPN,駭客或第三方廠商將無法取得您使用 iPhone 的網路活動,也看不到您透過網路發送的資料。

使用 VPN 的時機包括:

使用公共 Wi-Fi

現在幾乎每家咖啡廳、圖書館、機場或購物中心都提供免費的 Wi-Fi 熱點,讓人人無時無刻都能上網。

不過,每次使用公共 Wi-Fi 時,都會將傳輸資料暴露在危險中。這些 Wi-Fi 熱點通常是未加密的,完全沒有受到保護。連上這些公共 Wi-Fi 非常容易遭受攻擊,導致您的信用卡資料、密碼和其他私人資料都可能被竊取及盜用。

如果在 iPhone 上使用 VPN,您的上網資料就會立刻得到保護。連上遠端 VPN 伺服器之後,您所有的網際網路流量都會透過加密隧道傳輸。因此即使使用不安全的 Wi-Fi,也沒有人能看到您的上網活動。

旅行途中

當您出國度假、學習或工作時,仍然希望能上網瀏覽網站、使用某些社群網站和服務。但如果您在一個上網須經嚴格審查並有限制的國家旅行,上網勢必遭受諸多阻礙。

因此在出國之前,請務必在 iPhone 上安裝 iOS VPN 應用程式。連上遠端 VPN 伺服器之後,您的設備將取得遠端伺服器的 IP 位址,因此可以瀏覽受限制的網站或服務;而且 VPN 會隱藏您的網路活動,使得政府機關和當地 ISP 業者無法追蹤您的上網行為。此外,您也可以在家設定並連上家中的 VPN 伺服器,不受限地觀看已訂閱的網路串流媒體服務。

如果您重視自己的資料隱私

有些隱私權懷疑者聲稱,他們不擔心有人看到他們的上網活動,因為他們上網時沒有做出任何違法或不可告人的事,因此認為自己不需要隱藏上網活動。

有這種想法的人往往不知道 ISP 業者可以看到他們瀏覽的網站,或者網路平台可能會收集他們的資料,然後賣給廣告商,以投放針對性的廣告。網路駭客甚至可以利用這些個人資料來進行特定的網路釣魚攻擊。

VPN 可以保護您的上網活動不受追蹤。當您連上遠端 VPN 伺服器時,資料將被安全地加密,甚至 ISP 業者也無法看到您的上網資料。他們唯一能看到的資訊只有遠端 VPN 伺服器的 IP 位址。

保護您的 iPhone:需要記住的事情

因此,在為 iPhone 選擇 VPN 時,應該要考慮好用又無紀錄的 VPN 應用程式。只需簡單開啟,就能確保上網活動的安全。因此,關於 iPhone 的 VPN,我們推薦安裝 NordVPN iOS 應用程式。它有許多特點:

  • 分佈全球各地的眾多伺服器:NordVPN 的 iOS VPN 應用程式讓您從 59 個國家的 5200 多台伺服器中進行選擇。大量的伺服器網路確保了更佳的速度和穩定的連線。
  • 無紀錄政策:您必須信任 VPN 提供商,NordVPN 致力於保護使用者的隱私,因此絕對不會紀錄使用者的任何資料。
  • 全天候 24 小時支援:如果使用者在操作上遇到任何疑問,我們優質的客戶服務團隊會全天候隨時為使用者提供協助。
  • 安全性:NordVPN 使用 256 bit 金鑰的 AES 加密協定,以保護資料的安全性。
  • 介面友善:我們的 iOS 應用程式非常美觀,但更重要的是,操作方式非常簡單。只要下載、登入、點選「快速連線」按鈕,就能在 iPhone 上使用 VPN!

立即搶購最佳 iPhone 的 VPN,只需單擊一下可以保護自己免受網絡威脅。

공유기에 VPN을 설치하는 방법

공유기에 VPN을 설치하는 것은 생각보다 쉽습니다. 또한 뜻 밖의 새롭고 유용한 기능을 얻을 수도 있는데, 가령 보안화 암호화된 인터넷 접속을 통한 개인 정보 보호 등이 있습니다. 하지만 이에 따른 장점과 단점이 있기 때문에, 무엇이 어떤 방식을 통하여 유용할 수 있는 지, 또한 집에서도 쉽게 설치할 수 있는 공유기 VPN과 그 설정…

공유기에 VPN을 설치하는 것은 생각보다 쉽습니다. 또한 뜻 밖의 새롭고 유용한 기능을 얻을 수도 있는데, 가령 보안화 암호화된 인터넷 접속을 통한 개인 정보 보호 등이 있습니다. 하지만 이에 따른 장점과 단점이 있기 때문에, 무엇이 어떤 방식을 통하여 유용할 수 있는 지, 또한 집에서도 쉽게 설치할 수 있는 공유기 VPN과 그 설정 방법을 알아보십시오!

라우터라고 불리는, 공유기에 VPN을 설치하는 일은 사실 그렇게 복잡하지 않습니다. 공유기를 통하여 모든 인터넷 접속을 보안화 암호화한다면 이 정도의 노력은 사설 경비 업체를 고용하여 극비의 영업 비밀을 지키는 것과 비교하였을 때 이는 아주 거저 먹는 수준입니다. 가정, 사무실, 학교 등 어느 장소를 막론하고 VPN이 설치된 공유기만 있다면 사용자는 자신이 원하는 만큼 VPN 서비스를 통해 개인 정보를 보호하면서 암호화된 인터넷 접속을 즐길 수 있습니다.

강력하면서도 보안된 암호화, IP 주소 숨기기, 특정 서비스의 지역별 콘텐츠 차단 해제, 빠른 속도로 개선된 인터넷 속도 등 그 서비스의 잠재력은 가히 무한하다고 말할 수 있을 정도입니다. 그리고 무엇보다도 최고의 사실은 이렇게 유용하고 효과적인 혜택을 간편하게 구성원 모두에게 공유할 수 있다는 점입니다.

만약 귀하가 이미 VPN 서비스를 이용하고 있다면, 귀하는 앱스토어 혹은 클라이언트를 통해 알게 된 그 서비스를 통해 모든 작업을 효율적으로 처리할 수 있습니다. 그렇다면, VPN이 설치된 공유기의 진정한 매력은 무엇이며, 무엇을 얻기 위하여 꽤나 노동력을 필요로한 설치 작업을 하는 것이며, VPN 공유기 사용을 통해 얻는 것은 무엇일까요?

이번 포스트에서는 방금의 궁금점에 대한 답과 VPN 공유기에 대한 장점 및 단점에 대해 고찰하고자 합니다.

VPN 공유기가 필요한 이유

한 가지 유용한 사실이 있습니다. 바로, VPN 설치 공유기가 쫓는 궁극적 목표는 데스크톱, 노트북, 휴대폰 VPN 앱의 기능과 동일성을 추구한다는 것입니다. 그 유일한 차이는 바로 규모 즉, 커버리지입니다.

하지만 이는 어떤 의미일까요? 예시를 통해 살펴보겠습니다. 만약 귀하가 이미 NordVPN과 같은 유료 VPN 서비스를 사용 중이라면, 인터넷 연결을 암호화하고 온라인상에서 보호를 받는 일은 매우 쉽고 간단합니다. 하지만 이 혜택을 즐길 수 있는 장치의 개수를 정하는 주체는 바로 그 서비스의 제작 업체입니다. 그리고 보통은 당사자만이 자신의 장치에서 VPN 서비스 혜택을 이용할 수 있습니다.

이것을 한계로 여긴다면 분명히 한계일 것입니다. 하지만, VPN이 설치된 공유기는 방금의 문제점에 대한 해결책을 제공할 수 있습니다. 또 다른 한 가지 장점은 바로 근본에서부터 시작되는, 그 즉시 VPN 서비스의 보호를 이용할 수 있다는 것입니다.

공유기 VPN: 작동하는 법

먼저 VPN이 작동하는 방법에 대해 알아보겠습니다. VPN은 설치된 장치와 인터넷 간 암호화된 보안 연결을 만드는 서비스입니다. 또한 VPN은 인터넷에 접속하기 위한 해당 장치의 모든 요청을 수집하고, 암호화된 터널 및 VPN 서버를 통해 요청을 읽거나 리다이렉트할 수 없도록 합니다.

사용자 인터페이스 장치를 사용하는 경우 이같은 것은 더 이해하기도, 사용하기도 쉽습니다. 웹사이트를 방문하고 싶습니까? 귀하는 터널을 통과합니다. 친한 친구에게 영상 통화하고 싶습니까? 또 터널을 통과합니다. 하지만 공유기와 같이 사용자 인터페이스가 없는 장치일 경우 어떤 방식으로 작동되며, 무슨 일이 생길까요?

공유기 VPN을 설정하면, 귀하의 공유기에 접속하는 모든 단일 장치는 암호화된 터널을 통해 트래픽을 전송합니다. 데스크톱, 노트북, 홈 엔터테인먼트 시스템, 심지어 스마트홈의 기기까지, 이 모든 장치가 암호화하여 트래픽 전송을 가능케 합니다.

공유기 VPN의 작동하는 법

장점과 단점: 공유기에 VPN을 설치해야 합니까?

장점

  • 평생 단 한 번의 로그인. 대다수의 사람들은 VPN에 로그인하거나, 클라이언트가 자동으로 실행되도록 설정하는 것을 잊어버리기 마련입니다. 하지만 VPN 공유기가 있다면, 이 걱정을 붙들어 놓아도 좋습니다. 단 한 번 만 로그인 정보를 기입하면, 자동으로 계속해서 로그인 상태가 유지될 수 있습니다. 항상 여러 장치에서 VPN 서비스를 사용하는 이들에게는, 실용적이면서도 효율적인 방법입니다.
  • 24시간 이용할 수 있는 VPN 연결. 만약 지속적으로 즐겨 찾는 VPN 서버가 있을 경우, 해당 서버에 상시로 연결할 수 있습니다 (이는 공유기를 계속해서 활성화함으로써 가능합니다). VPN 클라이언트의 자동 연결 기능으로도 가능한 일이지만, VPN 설치 공유기를 활용하면 해당 작업은 보다 간편해질 뿐더러, 아래의 장점들까지 동시에 즐길 수 있습니다.
  • 상시적 보안 및 개인 정보 보호. 공유기에 VPN을 사용하면, 귀하의 모든 장치는 항상 VPN 서버에 연결됩니다. 공유기가 작동하는 한, VPN터널에 속해 있기 때문에 보안 접속을 절대 놓치는 일이 없습니다. 개인 금융 앱의 계좌 잔액 업데이트와 같이, 귀하의 어느 장치가 자동 연결을 시작하면 수면 중이라도 보안이 유지됩니다.
  • 종합적 가정 보안. 24시간 상시로 작동되는 VPN 서버 연결은 가정용 공유기 VPN에 연결되는 모든 장치에도 적용이 가능합니다. 추가 설정 없이 새로운 장치를 커버해주며, 손님이 방문하여 인터넷 접속을 위해 WiFi 암호를 묻는 경우에도 별 다른 문제없이 커버 가능합니다.
  • VPN 비지원 장치 커버. 자체적으로 VPN 범위, 즉 커버리지를 지원하지 않지만 그로부터 혜택을 얻을 수 있는 WiFi 지원 장치들이 있습니다. 바로, 홈 미디어 시스템은 그 적절한 예입니다. 스트리밍 서비스 같은 경우 특정 콘텐츠는 특정 지역의 국가 사용자에게는 차단될 수 있습니다. TV에 NordVPN을 설치할 수는 없지만 공유기에 설치하면 지역을 변경하고 기존 거주 국가에서 볼 수 없던 콘텐츠에 쉽게 접속할 수 있습니다.
  • 더 많은 장치 연결. NordVPN을 사용하면 대부분의 사용자에게 충분한 수준인, 최대 6대의 장치를 한 번에 연결할 수 있습니다. 하지만 NordVPN 지원 공유기는 하나의 장치로만 간주된다는 것을 알고 있습니까? 노트북, 스마트 폰 및 데스크톱 PC가 모두 VPN 지원 공유기를 통해 연결되어도 기술적으로는 여전히 하나의 장치로써 기능합니다. 연결 속도와 안전, 보안 수준이 저하될 수 있으므로 이 기능을 악용하는 것은 좋지 않으며, 다른 서비스로써 NordVPN 구독은 적용되는 장치 수를 쉽게 확장할 수 있습니다.

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단점

  • VPN 설정 구성의 더 어려움. 공유기에는 (몇 가지 간단한 버튼 외에) 자체 사용자 인터페이스를 구성할 수 있는 기능이 없기 때문에 VPN 설정을 수정하려면 다른 장치를 통해 접속해야 합니다. 휴대폰을 통하여 NordVPN 앱을 사용하면 VPN 터널을 켜고 끄거나, 혹은 연결된 국가를 변경하는 작업이 가능합니다. 이는 공유기에서도 여전히 사용할 수 있는 기능이지만, NordVPN 앱을 사용하는 것이 훨씬 편리합니다.
  • 환경 설정 및 암호화 전원은 공유기의 종류에 따라 다릅니다. 대부분의 공유기에는 가장 기본적인 암호화 또는 터널링 프로토콜 이상의 것을 실행할 수 있는 기능이 존재하지 않습니다. 특정 서비스를 이용하면 보다 안전한 프로토콜을 지원하거나, 선택한 프로토콜이 무엇을 보호하고, 보호하지 않는지에 대해 간단히 조사할 수 있는 VPN 공유기로 업그레이드할 수 있습니다.
  • 들어오는 연결 차단. VPN은 본능적으로 들어오는, 인증이 확인되지 않은 모든 연결을 차단하도록 설계되었습니다. 하지만, 노트북, 컴퓨터 그리고 스마트폰을 사용하여 연결을 시작하면 사용자 인터페이스 기능을 통하여 이러한 제한을 무시하며 사용하기 더 쉽습니다. 공유기와 같이 접속이 어려운 장치는 연결을 아예 시작할 수 없으므로, 외부에서 연결할 수 없는 상태로 남아있을 수 있습니다. 하지만, 이는 사용자 장치의 자동화된 프로세스에는 적용되지 않으며, 컴퓨터는 여전히 이메일과 알림을 받을 수 있습니다.
  • 장치와 공유기 간의 트래픽 미보호. 공유기에서 암호화, 보안화가 발생하므로 장치와 공유기 간의 트래픽은 아직 암호화 혹은 보안화 되도록 설계되지 않았습니다. 안전한 가정 WiFi 설정이 있고 모바일 장치가 다른 네트워크에 자동 연결되도록 설정되어 있지 않은 경우 큰 문제가 되지 않지만, 임의의 낯선 사람이 네트워크에 연결할 수 있는 경우, 심각한 보안 문제가 될 가능성이 있습니다.
  • 많은 경우, VPN 설치 공유기의 비싼 가격. 대부분의 경우, VPN 공유기는 적지 않은 투자입니다. VPN 소프트웨어를 공유기에서 실행하려면, 적절한 기능과 그게 맞는 사양이 필요한데, 이는 기본적인 장치들로는 불가능합니다. 이때, 비용을 절약하거나 부담을 덜 수 있는 방법이 있습니다. 가령, 고급 펌웨어로 공유기를 업그레이드하거나(특정 공유기에서만 사용 가능합니다), 새 공유기가 필요한 경우 VPN 호환이 가능한 공유기로 바꾸는 것입니다.

이렇듯, VPN 공유기 설치에는 많은 장점과 단점이 분포하고 있습니다. 하지만, 단점을 인지한 채 장점만을 극대화하면 분명히 단점을 뛰어넘는 효과적인 VPN 공유기 사용이 가능할 것이라고 분명히 말할 수 있습니다.

공유기에 VPN 설정하는 방법

공유기에 VPN 설정하는 방법

가장 먼저해야 할 일은 공유기 연결을 지원하는 VPN을 선택하는 것입니다. 현재 시장에서 가장 우수하다고 말할 수 있는 최고의 것을 원한다면 NordVPN이 안전한 선택입니다.

다음으로, 공유기가 VPN 기능을 지원하는지 확인해야합니다. 공유기가 NordVPN을 실행할 수 있는지 확인해 보려면 튜토리얼 페이지를 확인하고 보유한 공유기의 브랜드와 모델을 찾아보십시오. 일부 공유기에는 NordVPN 공유기 설정 설명서도 포함되어 있습니다. 공유기가 VPN 기능을 지원하지 않는다면 시장에서 볼 수 있는 많고 우수한 가정용 VPN 공유기를 장만하는 것을 추천합니다.

공유기에 NordVPN을 설치하기 위한 구체적인 절차와 그 내용은 브랜드와 모델마다 다르지만 일반적인 단계는 다음과 같습니다.

1. 공유기 로그인

공유기에 로그인하여 설정을 조정할 수 있습니다. 제품 매뉴얼 또는 서비스 제공 업체를 통해 접속해야 공유기에 VPN을 설치하는 데 필요한 사항을 변경할 수 있습니다.

대부분 공유기의 경우 검색 창에 IP 주소를 입력하고 로그인하여 시작해야합니다. 공유기에 로그인 한 적이 없다면 해킹하기 쉬운 공장 기본 암호를 변경할 수 있는 좋은 기회가 될 것입니다.

2. 공유기 구성

공유기 구성 단계는 전적으로 공유기의 펌웨어에 따라 다릅니다. Asus에서 제공하는 많은 공유기와 같은 일부 공유기에는 통합 VPN 기능이 있습니다. 다른 사용자의 경우 트래픽을 VPN 서버로 리다이렉트하려면 설정을 다시 구성해야 합니다. 다시 말해, 특정 공유기에 대한 설명서를 찾는 가장 좋은 방법은 철두철미한 튜토리얼 페이지, 제조업체의 매뉴얼 또는 웹사이트입니다.

3. 테스트 하기!

공유기 VPN에 대한 구성 프로세스를 완료하면, 테스트하여 연결이 작동하는지 확인하십시오. 언제라도 (가정에서) 공유기에 로그인하여 설정을 수정할 수 있지만 NordVPN의 앱 중 하나를 사용하는 것이 가장 편리합니다.

여전히 공유기에 VPN 설치하는 방법을 모르겠습니까?

다행히 NordVPN은 수상 경력을 가진 24시간 실시간 고객 지원을 여러 언어로 제공하고 있습니다. 소개된 위의 팁이 도움이 되지 않고 여전히 방법을 모르실 경우, 전문 지원이 NordVPN을 공유기에 설치하는 방법을 도와드립니다. support@nordvpn.com, 라이브 채팅 또는 NordVPN 웹사이트에 있는 다른 방법으로 문의 부탁드립니다.

VPN 공유기 사용 팁

  • 불필요한 이중 커버리지 피하기. NordVPN이 공유기에서 작동하지만 한 눈을 팔면, 스위치가 켜져 있지 않은 것을 잊을 수 있습니다. 집에 있는 동안 다른 장치에서 NordVPN을 사용할 경우 NordVPN 암호화 터널은 공유기에 설정된 암호화된 터널을 통해 계속 전송됩니다. 이는 Double VPN을 사용할 때 강력하고 유용한 기능일 수 있지만 NordVPN은 VPN 공유기를 통해 이러한 방식으로 작동하도록 설계되지 않았습니다. 속도가 크게 떨어지거나 불안 전해지지 않도록 NordVPN 서버에 연결하는 방법을 사용하십시오.
  • 공유기 설정 페이지를 즐겨찾기 하기. 공유기에 연결하여 설정을 변경하는 것은 불편할 수 있지만 주소를 즐겨찾기하면 이 부분을 좀 더 쉽게 만들 수 있습니다.
  • 별도의 공유기를 설정하기. NordVPN을 사용하거나 사용하지 않는 두 대의 공유기 가정에서 설정할 수 있습니다. 이는 NordVPN 앱을 지원하는 모든 장치에서 계속 사용하면서 집에서 연결된 장치의 네트워크를 보호할 수 있습니다.

공유기 또는 다른 장치에 관계없이 NordVPN은 온라인으로 안전하게 개인 정보를 보호합니다. 30 일 동안 환불 가능한 무료 서비스를 이용해보십시오.

Cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt explains the value of a VPN

This guest post by cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt originally appeared on his blog under the title{‘ ‘} Padlocks, Phishing and Privacy; The Value Proposition of a VPN . It has been republished here with his permission. I want a “secure by default” internet with all the things encrypted all the time…

This guest post by cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt originally appeared on his blog under the title Padlocks, Phishing and Privacy; The Value Proposition of a VPN. It has been republished here with his permission.

I want a “secure by default” internet with all the things encrypted all the time such that people can move freely between networks without ever needing to care about who manages them or what they’re doing with them. I’m a massive proponent of Let’s Encrypt’s and Cloudflare’s missions to secure the web and of browser paradigms such as HSTS and upgrade-insecure-requests via content security policies to help make it a reality. Yet I also find myself constantly using VPNs for a variety of security and privacy related reasons and it got me thinking – why? I mean what’s the remaining gap?

Last month I announced I’ve partnered with NordVPN as a strategic adviser and as part of that effort, I wanted to be a lot clearer in my own narrative around the value proposition of VPNs, especially as the web implements more encryption across more connections. As I started delving back through my own writing over the years, the picture became much clearer and it really crystallised just this week after I inadvertently landed on a nasty phishing site. I also started giving more thought to privacy and how it’s constantly eroded in little bites, a thought process that highlighted just how far we still have to go as an industry, and where the value proposition of a VPN was strongest.

In the end I broke it down into 3 Ps: padlocks, phishing and privacy. Here’s the value proposition of a VPN in the modern era:

1. HTTPS Still has a Long Way to Go

This is such a mess it’s difficult to even know where to begin, so let me just start with the easy bits then progressively unveil just what a train wreck the current state of encrypted web traffic is. Here’s one of our “Big 4” Aussie banks and as you can clearly see by virtue of the padlock, it’s served over an HTTPS connection:

ANZ uses HTTPS

Goodo! I know that what’s on the page hasn’t been modified in transit as it was loaded over the internet nor could anyone intercepting my traffic read it. The last bit is particularly important as I logon and would firstly, like my password not to be eavesdropped on and secondly, would also like to keep my financial information on the website secure. The great thing about the padlock in the browser is that it’s assigned automatically by the browser itself; ANZ can’t just say “let’s whack a padlock up in the omnibar”, they only get it if the page (and everything on it) is served securely. If I choose, I can click that padlock and inspect the certificate just to give me that extra peace of mind. Now let’s try the mobile app:

Does ANZ's app use HTTPS?

What’s the encryption story there? No idea! What I do know is that years ago I reported a bug to ANZ about their mobile app having turned off certificate validation so even though it made an HTTPS connection, it would trust any certificate returned to the app, including one injected by an attacker. Ouch!

I also know that when ANZ updated their app a couple of years ago, they pushed it out by asking people to click on an insecure link that looked just like a phishing attack:

And just to go down the rabbit hole even further, as commendable as the first ANZ screen grab of the HTTPS address in the browser is, you can only get there by first making an insecure request which is what the browser defaults to when you type in “anz.com.au”:

ANZ using HTTP

If you want to get technical about it, yes, there’s HSTS involved but it’s not preloaded so the first request will always be insecure. But that shouldn’t be that surprising given that only 2.3% of the world’s top 1 million websites are forcing the first request to be secure:

This isn’t meant to be an ANZ-bashing session because let’s face it, plenty of banks have had plenty of problems getting their encryption right in the past, but it shows you just how many place there are for it to go wrong. I was reminded of just what a mess the landscape is just the other day after someone pointed me at a new financial app:

In the ensuing discussions I had about how much we can trust the transport layer, someone pointed out that it was only a few months ago that TikTok was found to be loading videos insecurely allowing the contents of them to be manipulated whilst loading. It’s kinda unfathomable to think that this sort of thing is still happening, I was dismayed enough 5 years ago when reporting vulnerabilities likes this, yet here we still are.

Then there’s the long, long tail of websites that still to this day, simply don’t want to protect their visitors’ traffic. For example, one of Australia’s most popular websites is the bureau of meteorology, still served insecurely:

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology using HTTP

And just in case you thought you’d fix this by using a browser extension such as HTTPS Everywhere, no, you can’t:

The Australian BOM rejecting an HTTPS connection

This is a baffling approach given they were actually able to respond to a request over HTTPS (so they have a valid cert), but then consciously chose to redirect the traffic to a non-secure address. And before we go down the “yeah but it’s a static site so nothing can go wrong” path, all static sites should serve traffic over an encrypted connection for many, many good reasons.

2. A Secure Connection to Satan is Still a Connection to Satan

This tweet by my friend Scott Hanselman has well and truly stood the test of time:

I was reminded of this only a few days ago when I came across yet another Windows virus scam, the kind that’s been doing the rounds for a decade now but refuses to die. It all started with a Google alert I have set up for the term “have i been pwned”:

A Windows virus scam using HIBP's reputation

Initially, I was a little bit excited; does Netflix now have a way of checking your address directly against HIBP? Maybe they’re plugging into the API directly from the account page there? Cool! However, moments later:

Imagine some poor unsuspecting person seeing the warning on the screen then falling for the scam. These are massively prevalent and, per the screen grab, served over an encrypted HTTPS connection. But as Scott said earlier on, having privacy on your traffic doesn’t mean you’re communicating with someone you actually want to.

To test a theory, I fired up NordVPN which connected me to an exit node just up the road from me (that IP address is in Brisbane).

Troy Hunt connecting to an Astralian server

I’ve also got CyberSec enabled to kill nasty stuff off which I think it’s fair to say, the scamming site above fits the bill:

Troy Hunt using CyberSec

Hitting the same URL sent to me in the original Google alert led to quite a different result this time:

CyberSec blocking a malicious site

This is precisely how it went down just this week with me receiving that Google alert, clicking the link and copping the full brunt of the scam. Clearly, I know better than to fall for it, but it did make me stop and wonder how many people do get taken for a ride by these scams.

And just in case you’re wondering, the host name in the image where DNS didn’t resolve is different to the final scam site as a lot of these phishes bounce you around across multiple domains. Doing a quick check now, with NordVPN off, my Pi-hole still resolved the domain:

Pi-Hole resolving the domain

But turning on NordVPN with CyberSec enabled, the domain was black-holed back to my local IP:

Pi-hole does not resolve the domain

Now to be clear, I still love the Pi-hole (but let’s face it, most people aren’t going to be installing a Pi in their homes) and you’re always going to have DNS block-lists at various states of readiness regarding new malicious domains, but I love CyberSec for the same reason in that by blocking content at the DNS level you can extend the reach well beyond an ad blocker alone. Every browser and every app on the device gets the benefit of known nasty content being binned as it’s done at the OS level where DNS is defined and not on a per-client basis.

3. Security != Privacy

This is one of the most obvious value propositions of a VPN, but it deserves being examined in more detail anyway. Let’s talk about privacy and I’ll break it down into multiple layers beginning with this excellent drawing from Wassim Chegham:

A drawing by Wassim Chegham

As soon as we hit the DNS box, privacy starts to go down the toilet as your browser (or other internet connected client) makes a plain text, unencrypted query to a DNS server which is usually your ISP’s. Because it’s a plain text query, the site your client it querying is immediately observable by anyone sitting on the connection. So what about DNS over HTTPS, or DoH? It solves the interception problem but of course the query still needs to be sent to a DNS server somewhere and at that point, the name being queried and the origin of the query (your IP address) is still visible. From a privacy perspective, this isn’t necessarily doing a lot for you.

Side note: we saw a great illustration of how much value ISPs put in being able to intercept DNS queries after the industry body for ISPs in the UK named Mozilla an “Internet Villain” for their push towards DoH. In classic anti-encryption style, the moral neutrality of crypto has led to complaints about increased privacy being used to, well, do things more privately whether they be good things or bad things.

With the DNS dance done, what’s the impact on privacy then? Well, per the earlier ANZ example the initial request from the browser is still almost always sent insecurely over HTTP so everyone along the way not only sees where the traffic is going, but can also read and modify the contents of it so again, from a privacy perspective, not good. Per Scott’s earlier tweet, only 2.3% of the top million websites in the world are resilient to this courtesy of preloading HSTS. But let’s imagine the client has already begun communicating over HTTPS before someone starts poking around in their traffic, what then? That brings us to the next problem:

SNI is Server Name Indication and it was born of a need to host multiple sites and certificates on a single IP address. It means that whilst the contents of your traffic is encrypted, the destination it’s being sent to, is not.

A DNS infographic

As Cloudflare’s CEO wrote in the link above: “SNI leaks every site you go to online to your ISP and anyone else listening on the line”. Which led him to talk about ESNI or “Encrypted” SNI. Which is great except… It’s only supported in Firefox (Chrome support is going nowhere in a hurry). And it’s not on by default. And it requires TLS 1.3. And secure DNS. If you want to check whether it works in your own browser, try Cloudflare’s ESNI checker (hint: it almost certainly doesn’t work). In time, we may see ESNI get traction, but that time is going to be measured in years, not months, at least for it to gain enough market share for you to genuinely browse the internet in private. Except even then, there’s a problem:

Encrypted connections are great, but whilst you’re connecting to services from your own IP address, can we really call the connection “private”? If it’s my IP address, what can the site I’m visiting determine about me? Here’s what NordVPN’s “What is my IP address” service told me, right down to my suburb:

NordVPN's What is my IP address service.

Not only may I not want to share this information with the site I visit, I might not want them knowing I’m the same person coming back on subsequent visits (and no, browsers’ incognito and private modes don’t fix this). I may also not want them joining the dots on who I am by matching my IP address to other public records; HIBP presently indexes 215 data breaches that exposed IP addresses alongside an extensive array of other personal information. Now, maybe your IP address is dynamic, maybe you browsed a service from 4G and it was your wired connection you used last time, maybe it wasn’t the same on multiple different exposures. Maybe…

And now, just to make it even worse, consider all the other locations content gets pulled in from just to load your average web page. Take cnn.com as an example:

CNN's trackers

There are 354 requests required to load the page including requests directly to CNN and their various subdomains, to Adnxs (a tracker), DoubleClick (a tracker) and if you scroll further down the report I’ve linked to above, amazon-adsystem.com (the hint is in the URL), outbrain.com (guess what – a tracker!) and by then I kinda figured I’d made my point and stopped scrolling. The privacy implications don’t stop with the site you’re visiting, they cascade all the way down the stack of requests that follow that initial one.

As the old saying goes, privacy isn’t necessarily about having something to hide, it’s also about not having something you want to share; if you’re depressed and going to beyondblue.org.au then you may not wish to share that with other people. If you’re having trouble with alcohol and visit aa.org.au then you may not want to share that either. If you’re pregnant and hopping over to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au then, again, you may expect to keep that information private (let us not forget the story of how Target managed to “data-mine its way into [a teenage girl’s] womb”). Just looking up those URLs I was imagining what sort of conclusions would be drawn about me if someone had access to my connection! (No, I’m not a depressed alcoholic teenager who’s expecting…)

But privacy goes well beyond just the obvious issues too, for example folks in the US dealing with the death of net neutrality. When your ISP can see your traffic, they can shape your traffic and remember, HTTPS doesn’t fix that problem, at least not today. It extends to censorship too and we start to get into a more contentious area here as that spans everything from the local cafe wifi using deny-lists to government-mandated blocks on content (the latter being particularly contentious regarding certain types of content in certain parts of the world). The point is that the privacy rights assured by a VPN are about a lot more than just protecting your source IP from being exposed to the website you’re visiting; it goes well beyond that.

Summary

To be clear, using a VPN doesn’t magically solve all these issues, it mitigates them. For example, if a site lacks sufficient HTTPS then there’s still the network segment between the VPN exit node and the site in question to contend with. It’s arguably the least risky segment of the network, but it’s still there. The effectiveness of black-holing DNS queries to known bad domains depends on the domain first being known to be bad. CyberSec is still going to do a much better job of that than your ISP, but it won’t be perfect. And privacy wise, a VPN doesn’t remove DNS or the ability to inspect SNI traffic, it simply removes that ability from your ISP and grants it to NordVPN instead. But then again, I’ve always said I’d much rather trust a reputable VPN to keep my traffic secure, private and not logged, especially one that’s beenindependently audited to that effect.

The point of all this is that when we look at the value proposition of a VPN, it’s about much more than just protecting a segment of the network that may already have HTTPS anyway. We rarely see TLS implemented to its full potential, phishing remains a massive problem and we have far too little privacy when browsing the web.

Watch the Premier League: How to Stream EPL online in 2020/2021

The 2020-21 English Premier League season is underway. After all the chaos caused by the pandemic, football fans the world over are hoping for an uninterrupted season. British TV broadcasters have the rights to show all 380 matches, and with a VPN you can watch every Premier League match live….

The 2020-21 English Premier League season is underway. After all the chaos caused by the pandemic, football fans the world over are hoping for an uninterrupted season. British TV broadcasters have the rights to show all 380 matches, and with a VPN you can watch every Premier League match live.

If you want to unblock EPL matches there are a number of options open to you. However, you will need a VPN capable of providing fast enough speeds for so you can unblock The Premier League without experiencing buffering. In this article, we pinpoint the best EPL VPN services, and give you all the info you need to enjoy the 29th season of the Premiership!

What are the best VPNs for streaming the Premier League?

If you’re after a quick answer, check out this shortlist of the best VPNs for streaming the Premier League. To find out more about each provider, keep on scrolling to see our in-depth provider summaries.


  1. ExpressVPN

    – A premium VPN for watching the Premier League

  2. CyberGhost VPN

    – A stylish bit of kit available for all platforms

  3. Surfshark

    – A fast VPN that has servers where you need them to stream UK football

  4. VyprVPN

    – This Swiss VPN enjoys privacy like no other

  5. IPVanish

    – A big game player that reliably lets you tune into the game

How to watch the Premier League online

UK broadcasters use geo-restrictions to block people from watching soccer matches. The good news? By using a VPN, you can unblock and stream Premier League matches from anywhere in the world. 

A VPN lets you conceal your real IP address, so you can pretend to be in a different country. This lets you unblock EPL streams on BBC iPlayer, BT Sports, Sky Sports, and any other online live-stream of EPL football. VPNs also keep your data secure and so you can access popular streaming sites without getting caught. To use a VPN to unblock Premier League streams, Just follow the steps below:

  1. Sign up to a VPN service – We list the five best providers for unblocking the Premier League below.
  2. Download the VPNs software – The VPN software is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone.
  3. Connect to a VPN server in the country where the streaming site is available– We’ve listed the cheapest ways to watch the Premier League: with the BBC showing some limited football for free (though, so far only one match has been announced: Leicester vs Burnley on the 20th September). Sky UK is the primary broadcaster, but BT Sport is also showing 52 games, and Amazon Prime is showing 20 games. Please scroll down for international options.
  4. Start streaming the Premier League– It’s as simple as that!

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The Best way to watch the EPL in the UK

With the 2020-21 EPL season now underway, here are the best options for streaming matches online with a VPN:

Sky Sports and BT Sport

Sky Sports and BT Sport have exclusive live broadcasting rights for the vast majority of Premier League football matches. Both of those British services are subscription services, which means there is usually no way to watch matches without paying.

Most people consider Sky Sports to be the best way to stream the EPL, but this comes with a lengthy contract. Fortunately, NowTV is a UK streaming service owned by Sky that lets you purchase weekly or monthly passes to Sky Sports. A NowTV Sky Sports Pass costs £8.99 a day, £31.99 (US $49.90) a month, or £199 for the whole season

If you pay for a British Sky Sports account, you can use the Sky Go App to watch Premiership matches on two devices. BT Sport customers, on the other hand, can either watch the football in their browser – or by using the BT Sport app for iOS or Android. 

BBC iPlayer

The BBC is showing some live EPL matches for free this season. And, you can use a VPN to access BBC iPlayer to stream highlights of the EPL each week on Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2.

Using a VPN to unblock iPlayer and stream free EPL content is extremely easy, so you have no reason not to enjoy at least some EPL football. So far, the BBC has announced that it will be broadcasting Leicester vs Burnley on the 20th of September. 

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime has won the broadcasting rights to 20 Premiership games in 2020/21. To watch those matches, simply use a VPN to subscribe to Prime as if you were in the UK. This will give you a UK Prime account, which means that you will automatically gain access to the football.

Can I watch Premier League for free?

Last season Sky TV and Amazon broadcast a few matches for free, and you can watch catchup of matches for free on BBC’s match of the day. Thus, it is worth getting a cheap VPN subscription to enjoy the football this season.

If you are a fan of British football and you can’t afford an expensive streaming subscription, a VPN is the best way to watch as much football for free as possible.

How to watch the Premier League in the USA

NBC & Telemundo

NBC (English) and Telemundo (Spanish) are the exclusive rights holders for all live Premier League matches in the USA.

In 2020-21, online viewers can stream the soccer on NBC’s Peacock Premium. It costs $4.99 per month and will broadcast a total of 175 games. Alternatively, viewers who want to stream all 380 matches, will need to access CBSSN on the following online services:

  1. fuboTV (select cities)
  2. Sling TV Blue
  3. YouTube TV
  4. Hulu Live

If you are outside of the US and need access to an NBC stream, you can use the VPNs recommended in this article to access those services. Simply subscribe to a recommended VPN and connect to a server in the United States.

If you need help paying for one of those services from outside of the United States, please read our virtual online cards article. We recommend US Unlocked because it provides the fastest and easiest way to get a valid US payment method. With US Unlocked you get a US debit card that comes with a valid US billing address, this makes it super easy to pay for any of the US services mentioned above – from anywhere in the world!

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How to stream Premier League in India

Star Sports on Disney+ Hotstar

Disney+ Hotstar is an incredibly cheap way to watch Premier League football. The service is streaming 2020-21 matches online via its Star Sports channels. A subscription to this service will cost you around $20 (USD) per year – which makes it an extremely cheap way to stream Premiership games.

If you are on the move or traveling abroad, you will need the Hotstar app to stream the matches. You can access this download on the app store while connected to your VPN. 

If you are outside of India, you will need a VPN to access Hotstar, and if you want to pay for the service quickly and easily you can consider using the services provided by individuals on Fiverr.

All of the VPNs recommended in this article have the security features you need to enjoy Indian football streams provided by Star India!

How to watch Premier League soccer in New Zealand

Spark Sport 

In 2020-21 Spark Sport will have the exclusive rights to broadcast EPL in New Zealand. To stream football on Spark, connect to a VPN server in New Zealand, and navigate to its website to get a subscription.

Access will cost you $24.99 per month, which makes it a relatively cheap way to watch premiership football. And, Spark Sport provides a one-month free trial, which means you can use your VPN to watch some EPL for free!

How to live stream Premier League matches in the Middle East and North Africa

BeIN Sport

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is another location that has access to live EPL football streams. With BeIN Sports, you can stream the football for around £20.71 ($25) a month. However, due to geo-restrictions, you will need to connect to a VPN server in the Middle East to be able to get your subscription.

How to live-stream the Premier League in Australia

Opus Sport

In Australia, the exclusive rights to broadcast EPL are held by Optus Sport. Anybody outside of Australia on vacation or on a permanent basis can use a VPN to pretend to be in Australia and access the Optus Sport streams of the matches. Optus Sport costs AU $14.99 which makes it a very reasonable way to watch football.

If you happen to be outside Australia and want to access your Optus Sport live streams, simply pick one of the VPNs above, connect to a VPN in Australia and watch the coverage from wherever you are.

Other options for streaming EPL

  • DAZN (Canada)
  • ESPN (streaming in Brazil)
  • Okko Sport stream (streaming in Russia)
  • TSN & Sportsnet (streaming in Canada)
  • SFR Sports (streaming in France)
  • Now TV (streaming in Hong Kong)

Unblock EPL streams with a VPN: Detailed comparison

Below you will find a detailed breakdown of the VPNs listed above. Once you’ve selected a VPN, click through to subscribe and start watching EPL!

ExpressVPN provides a broad range of top-shelf features, and a near-unbeatable service, for a little extra cost.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $6.67 –
    $12.95

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

ExpressVPN is a world-class VPN service that consumers come back to time and time again. It is a highly reliable service that is consistently one of the fastest VPNs in the world. This makes it perfect for streaming football matches in HD; without concerns about buffering.

ExpressVPN is available for all platforms and the software is fully featured with everything you need for privacy, security, and unblocking live streams of the Premier League. This VPN has a no-logs policy, which means you can trust it to keep your web habits private at all times. And it has strong OpenVPN encryption, a kill-switch, DNS leak protection, and obfuscation (stealth mode). This makes the service great for torrenting and bypassing local censorship.

Servers are located in 94 countries, which means you will always be able to unblock international services such as Netflix US. And, and you can use this VPN on up to 5 simultaneous devices. It’s a superb VPN that can be tested risk-free by making use of its 30-day money-back guarantee. 

CyberGhost’s price to performance ratio puts the VPN in a league of its own!

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.25 –
    $13.47

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

CyberGhost VPN is low-cost considering the wide range of features you get. The VPN has servers in over 90 countries that are lightning-fast. This makes it ideal for watching HD streams of soccer matches. The VPN software is extremely easy to use, available for all platforms, and CyberGhost lets subscribers use the VPN on 7 devices simultaneously.

In terms of privacy, this VPN has you covered thanks to its strong OpenVPN encryption and no logs policy. Plus, the VPN apps have important features such as a kill-switch and DNS leak protection. This makes the VPN a great all-rounder, and it permits torrenting. 

We love that this VPN has live chat support and that it can unblock popular services like Netflix US. Overall, this VPN is hard to argue with, and for that reason, we recommend that you take it for a test spin using its generous 45-day money-back guarantee.

Surfshark is a fast with unlimited connections, with servers in over 60 countries and a fantastic zero-logs policy.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.49 –
    $12.95

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Surfshark is a newish VPN that has quickly risen to be a consumer favorite. The VPN is currently rated 4.3 out of 5 on TrustPilot – and it is a service that is often praised by its subscribers. The VPN has apps for all platforms that come fully featured with DNS leak protection, stealth, a killswitch, and robust OpenVPN encryption. It is also a no-logs service to ensure that your data always remains completely private and that there are never any logs of what you do online.

Surfshark has servers in over 60 countries and it will unblock UK TV channels like the BBC, to let you watch Match of the Day. It also has servers in 60 countries, to let you unblock regional sports services such as BeIN Sports – or whichever service you want to watch the Premiership on. And you can unblock Netflix US, iPlayer, Now TV, and much more. If downloading is important to you, this VPN permits torrenting. And it will allow you to install the VPN on an unlimited number of devices. Considering the level of service you get – with 24-hour support – this VPN represents amazing value for money. Definitely worth testing using its 30-day money-back guarantee.

With plenty of UK servers, VyprVPN is perfect to get your football fix!

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.50 –
    $12.95

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Anybody looking for a VPN that is good for streaming EPL football would be hard-pressed to find a better provider than VyprVPN. This Swiss VPN service is excellent for privacy and because it has a network of servers in 70 countries it is excellently suited to unblocking any sports competitions you might be interested in. For those who prefer to get their football from the source, this provider has plenty of servers in the UK. 

Since VyprVPN unblocks iPlayer, you will be able to make use of Britain’s excellent EPL catch up show Match of the Day. VyprVPN provides lightning-fast speeds for streaming, which means that when you do watch matches you won’t need to worry about buffering making you miss a goal. And because this VPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee you can test it for watching football without actually risking any money.

IPVanish hits it into the back of the net – unblocking the Premier League.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $6.49 –
    $10.00

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • Hulu

IPVanish is a US-based service that prides itself on privacy and security. The zero-logs policy means that even if the US government serves it a warrant – it will have no data to hand over. This means it can be trusted in terms of privacy. 

The software is super easy to use, and it is available for all platforms. Servers are located in over 60 countries, and while this isn’t as fast as the VPNs higher in this list – it offers unlimited simultaneous connections, and is far better than the hundreds of VPNs that we ranked below it. Well worth a test run using its 30-day money-back guarantee.

Please note

ProPrivacy.com does not condone copyright infringement. We strongly recommend that all readers purchase a subscription with a licensed broadcaster in their home country. The information on this page is for those who are unable to access services they have legitimately paid for.

Premier League Build Up

It’s game-week 7 in the Premier season and we’ve been treated with some top quality football so far.

This week starts on Friday night as Wolves take on Crystal Palace at Molineux. Both teams sit on 10 points after playing six matches so far this season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are unbeaten in their last three matches. However, they have struggled for goals this season. RaulJiménez is their top scorer with 4 goals, but Adama Traore has yet to register a goal or an assist so far this season. We’d expect him to kick on after such a successful season in 2019/2020. In the opposite dig out, Roy Hodgson will be happy with his team and their performances. This should be a great start to the weekend.

Saturday’s matches are as follows:

  • Sheffield United vs Manchester City
  • Burnley vs Chelsea
  • Liverpool vs West Ham

Liverpool take on West Ham in the late kick off on Saturday night. The Hammers have had

great start, in there last three matches they have beaten Leicester and earned a point against Tottenham and Manchester City. Liverpool have got back on track after being hammered by Aston Villa, however, their injury crisis has got even worse as they have Matip, Virgi Can Dijk and stand in centre back Fabiniho all out with injuries. This has lead to Jürgen Klopp giving 19 year old Rhys Williams a place in the first team, a player who was on loan at Non-league team Kidderminster Harriers last season. He looked comfortable as he came on for the reds in midweek against Midtjylland in the Champions League, but starting his first Premier League match will likely be a tougher challenger for the youngster.

Sunday’s matches are as follows:

  • Aston Villa vs Southampton
  • Newcastle vs Everton
  • Manchester United vs Arsenal
  • Tottenham vs Brighton

The big match on Sunday is Manchester United vs Arsenal. OleSolskjaer will be without Alex Telles for this match as he has recently tested positive for Coronavirus, Martial will also miss this one as he servers a three match ban. Mikel Arteta will be without David Luiz, Calum Chambers, and Rob Holding, however, he will have Willian back after recovering from an ankle injury. This has the promise to be an absolute cracker!

Monday night’s matches are as follows:

  • Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion
  • Leeds United vs Leicester City

Don’t miss a minute of the action this weekend by using a VPN and one of the streaming methods listed in this article.

5 Best VPNs for Apple TV in 2020 | How to set up your VPN with & without a router

Want to harness the power of a VPN on the big screen through your Apple TV? In this article, we compare the 5 best VPNs for Apple TV and show you how to set up a VPN on Apple TV. The best VPNs for Apple TV working in 2020…

Want to harness the power of a VPN on the big screen through your Apple TV? In this article, we compare the 5 best VPNs for Apple TV and show you how to set up a VPN on Apple TV.

The best VPNs for Apple TV working in 2020

Check out the list of the best VPNs for Apple TV below. With these VPNs you can unblock shows from Apple TV+, Netflix, iPlayer, and more!


  1. ExpressVPN

    – The best VPN to use with Apple TV. You get excellent unblocking power & speeds good enough for streaming in HD & 4K!

  2. CyberGhost VPN

    – An easy to set up VPN for Apple TV. It supports all major platforms, including routers and you get great speeds to stream in HD.

  3. Private Internet Access

    – A secure VPN that works well with Apple TV. The app is intuitive, super customizable, and you get a strong no-logs policy.

  4. Surfshark

    – The cheapest VPN for Apple TV. From just $2.49 a month you can get great speeds for streaming & it consistently unblocks streaming services.

  5. VyprVPN

    – A VPN for Apple TV with SmartDNS included. This makes unblocking on Apple TV super easy & you get speeds that can handle HD.

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Using a VPN for Apple TV will vastly increase the number of shows you can watch with the service. By simply connecting to a VPN server located overseas, you can access streams that are usually restricted to that region. This makes VPNs a great tool to help you get real value for money out of your Apple TV service and to truly maximize your streaming potential.

There are several important factors to consider when deciding which VPN to use with Apple TV. Most importantly, the VPN will need to give you the ability to unblock geo-restricted content so you can stream all the content you want from around the world no matter where you are. And, depending on what version of Apple TV you have, the VPN also needs to be flexible in terms of device support to ensure it will be compatible with your Apple TV version. On top of that, you will need a fast VPN, that provides super-fast connection speeds so that you can stream content smoothly without having to deal with any annoying buffering.

With all this in mind, we considered these factors when curating our list of the best Apple TV VPN apps:

Please note

Apple TV is not designed to run VPN software on the device itself. That said, there are several ways to run a VPN through your Apple TV device. Out of the various ways to do so, installing the VPN on your router is by far the easiest and most common method.  So make sure you have a router capable of running a VPN.

Now that you know what we look for, let’s take an in-depth look at our top VPN picks for Apple TV.

The best VPN apps for Apple TV 4k | In-depth analysis

The summaries below will walk you through specific details for each recommended Apple TV VPN. For even more information on these providers, please check out our detailed VPN reviews.

Best VPN app for Apple TV: ExpressVPN is our #1 pick. This VPN offers great speeds, unblocking power & it’s easy to set up, making it a great choice for streaming through Apple TV.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $6.67 –
    $12.95

  • Speeds

    • 65.42 Mbps
  • Tested with

    • Roku
    • Apple TV
    • Fire TV
    • nVidia Shield
    • Android TV
  • Router Support?

    • DD-WRT
    • Tomato
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

ExpressVPN on all devices

ExpressVPN is an outstanding choice for people that want a VPN for Apple TV. It can even be purchased on a pre-flashed router, which will make hooking up Apple TV (and all your other devices) super easy.

With this service, you get a superb SmartDNS feature included with your subscription, which really makes unblocking content a breeze. The VPN is incredibly reliable, highly secure, and lightning-fast – perfect for a smooth HD streaming experience devoid of buffering. Furthermore, it is one of the few VPNs that can still reliably unblock US Netflix.

You can try ExpressVPN risk-free today thanks to its no-quibble 30-day money-back guarantee. 

CyberGhost is a great value pick for Apple TV. For a low cost you get a fast VPN that can access US Netflix, iPlayer, and other geo-restricted streams.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.25 –
    $13.47

  • Speeds

    • 31.18 Mbps
  • Tested with

    • Roku
    • Apple TV
    • Fire TV
    • nVidia Shield
    • Android TV
  • Router Support?

    • DD-WRT
    • Tomato
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

CyberGhost on all devices

CyberGhost is a VPN provider based in Romania, an excellent location in terms of privacy. The VPN has servers in 90 countries worldwide, so you can spoof your location to just about anywhere to unblock regional content across the globe. With CyberGhost you get apps for all platforms, which means you can set it up with any computer, laptop, or router to connect it to your Apple TV. CyberGhost is one of the rare VPNs that can unblock Netflix US, BBC iPlayer, hulu, Prime, and many other popular streaming services, making it an ideal choice for your Apple TV.

Plus, CyberGhost VPN provides outstanding privacy thanks to its zero-logs policy, OpenVPN encryption, kill switch, and DNS leak protection, ensuring you can enjoy this VPN for entertainment as well as to gain privacy and security both at home and on public WiFi. This VPN can be installed and used on up to 7 devices simultaneously, and you can test it risk-free for a lengthy 45 days thanks to its money-back guarantee. What’s more, the CyberGhost customer service team is available 24/7 via live chat and can help you out in English, German, French, and Romanian.

PIA is a really secure VPN for Apple TV. It takes privacy seriously, really seriously. But you also get a fast VPN for streaming & it can unblock more content on Apple TV.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.59 –
    $10.51

  • Speeds

    • 61.19 Mbps
  • Tested with

    • Roku
    • Apple TV
    • Fire TV
    • nVidia Shield
    • Android TV
  • Router Support?

    • DD-WRT
    • Tomato
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

PIA on Windows

Private Internet Access is a US-based VPN with servers in 74 countries around the world. The VPN is both secure and reliable, meaning that it is great for unblocking more streams on your Apple TV. The VPN can be installed on either a macOS or a Windows computer, and you can easily connect your Apple TV to your computer to make use of the VPN with an ethernet cable. Alternatively, you could buy a Vilfo router to connect to the VPN at the router level.

We like this VPN because it offers super-fast connection speeds for streaming without any bandwidth caps. The VPN is ideal for torrenting because it has a kill switch to prevent you from accidentally leaking unencrypted data should the VPN connection cut out for any reason. PIA is truly a great all-rounder, which considering the low price, is excellent. And you can use it on up to 10 devices simultaneously with a single subscription. You can compare it to any other VPN in this list thanks to its generous 30-day money-back guarantee.

Surfshark is the cheapest VPN for Apple TV on our list. But don’t be fooled by the price. It’s fast and has servers where you need them to unblock content on Apple TV.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.49 –
    $12.95

  • Speeds

    • 64.14 Mbps
  • Tested with

    • Roku
    • Apple TV
    • Fire TV
    • nVidia Shield
    • Android TV
  • Router Support?

    • DD-WRT
    • Tomato
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

SurfShark on all devices

Surfshark is a VPN provider that provides the best of both worlds; robust privacy and security with excellent unblocking capabilities. With Surfshark, you get access to servers in over 60 countries, so you can easily unblock geo-restricted services from around the world. The VPN can be installed on many devices thanks to its custom apps, and you can easily connect your Apple TV to your PC to share the VPN connection.

Surfshark has a zero logs policy, and it is based in the British Virgin Islands, which puts it well out of reach of invasive jurisdictions such as the US and the UK. In addition to this important privacy feature, Surfshark implements strong OpenVPN encryption, a kill switch, and obfuscation. This makes the VPN perfect for downloading files on BitTorrent. It can even be installed and used on an unlimited number of devices simultaneously with just one subscription, which makes it incredible value for money. Knowledgeable and friendly customer support is available 24/7/365 so you can get the help you need whenever you need it, day or night. And best of all, you can test it risk-free thanks to its 30-day money-back guarantee!

VyprVPN is a great pick for Apple TV if you’re looking for SmartDNS. This provider is loaded with great features to make your life easier, all at a very competitive price point.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.50 –
    $12.95

  • Speeds

    • 20.48 Mbps
  • Tested with

    • Roku
    • Apple TV
    • Fire TV
    • nVidia Shield
    • Android TV
  • Router Support?

    • DD-WRT
    • Tomato
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

VyprVPN on all devices

VyprVPN is owned by Golden Frog, an internet conglomerate that owns its own network of servers in over 70 different countries worldwide. For this reason, VyprVPN is both secure and fast. The Switzerland-based VPN runs on excellent software that is very easy to use and can run on five devices simultaneously. Also useful for your Apple TV is that Vypr provides a detailed DD-WRT setup guide, or it can be purchased pre-flashed on a router.

VyprVPN is a fully featured VPN with a kill switch, DNS leak protection, stealth mode, shared IPs, and everything you would need to make the most out of your Apple TV. Finally, it provides a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can test it risk-free.


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How to install and use a VPN with Apple TV?

Once you’ve decided which VPN is right for your Apple TV, you’ll need to set it up. There are a number of ways to do this, and some are more straightforward than others. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.

What generation are you using?

As noted earlier in this guide, Apple TV is not designed to let you run VPN software directly on the device. However, since the 4th Generation (2015 onwards), Apple TVs run the tvOS operating system – a stripped-down version of iOS that is able to run apps. Sadly, this does not include VPN apps, however. Luckily, there are a few simple solutions to this problem which we will explain in this guide.

Changing your Apple TV’s DNS settings (fast method)

You don’t necessarily require a VPN’s encryption in order to change your Apple TV’s DNS settings. Some premium VPNs come with a full-fledged smart DNS service baked into their standard subscription plans. This feature can make all the difference when it comes to successfully unblocking content with ease.

In this guide, we have used ExpressVPN
as an example because it is our top choice for streaming in HD. However, you can do the same with any VPN that provides smart DNS that works with services like Netflix. We recommend that you contact each VPN’s customer support before subscribing to ensure that their specific smart DNS service works with Netflix. As of January 2020, ExpressVPN
and VyprVPN
have both confirmed that their smart DNS definitely works.

How to change your Apple TV DNS with SmartDNS

  1. Start by locating your VPN’s DNS address. With ExpressVPN
    , this IP can be found in the software. However, if need be you can ask your VPN provider for this IP address directly.
  2. You’ll need to change the location of your iTunes Store to match your new IP address, next. To do this, go into Settings > General > Apple TV Language and make sure everything is the same.
  3. Now, it’s time to enter your new DNS server IP into your Apple TV. Head back into Settings > Network > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi connection. And change Configure DNS from Automatic to Manual. Now, input the IP address you got from the VPN.
  4. Hit done, and restart your device to apply the changes.

You should be able to access streams and services from your selected country as soon as your Apple TV has rebooted.

Make sure you have chosen a provider that caters to the services you wish to unblock (iPlayer, Netflix, Hulu, etc). If you encounter any problems, you can contact your VPN’s customer support to find out which server is best to use for the particular streaming service you would like to unblock.


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Loading a VPN onto a router is by far and away the easiest way to set up an Apple TV to work with a VPN – but it can be more costly. The simplest method is to purchase a pre-flashed and pre-configured Tomato router or DD-WRT router from FlashRouters.

Getting a pre-configured router from FlashRouters will guarantee that the VPN router will work right out of the box and that you will not run the risk of bricking your router when attempting to flash the router yourself. Alternatively, many medium to high-end routers feature a built-in VPN client – which can be configured to work with most VPN providers manually. For a cheap option that is easy to set up, we strongly recommend Vilfo

If you have a little know-how and aren’t afraid to get stuck in, you can flash your existing router with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware (as long as it is compatible). Every router is different, and we always recommend finding guides specifically for your device, but some basic steps are outlined below. We only recommend doing this, however, if you’re experienced and really know what you’re doing because if you end up bricking your router in the process, you’ll basically be left with a very expensive paperweight and a manufacturer’s warranty that is rendered null and void.

How to install an Apple TV VPN on your router

  1. Using a laptop or computer, download the DD-WRT or Tomato firmware for your specific router if it is available. Please note that using the wrong file during this process can brick your router.
  2. Ensure your router is powered on and insert an ethernet cable into any available port.
  3. Connect the other end of the ethernet cable into your laptop or computer with the downloaded file.
  4. Using your chosen device, head into your router’s IP address (usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1). Please note that you might be prompted for you a username and password (usually admin/password or admin/admin by default).
  5. Navigate into the Admin panel, sometimes found under Advanced and select Upgrade/Router Upgrade. Alternatively, some routers might have a CFE bootloader that requires you to enter a sequence to bring you to the same menu,
  6. Click Upload. You might be presented with a warning message. Only continue if you are sure that you are proceeding with the correct file.
  7. Once the upload has completed, restart your router.
  8. Log back into the router and enter your new login credentials, remembering to save things as you go.

It is important to remember that this process is loosely based on what should be done when flashing a router, and is not a one-size-fits-all guide, so we strongly suggest that you follow a guide specific to the router model you own.

Setting up a VPN for Apple TV without a VPN router (cheaper method)

Though setting up a VPN on your Apple TV without a router can certainly be cheaper than investing in a pricey router setup, it’s potentially a less reliable method. However, it can be done over WiFi or with an ethernet cable.

Check out the step-by-step guides below for information about how you can set up an Apple TV VPN. We have split up the guides for Windows VPN users and Mac VPN users. 

Sharing a Windows VPN connection with Apple TV

Connect a VPN to Apple TV With an ethernet cable (windows 10)

For this method to work, your PC will usually need to be connected to the internet via WiFi. If you have two or more Ethernet PC ports on your PC, however, you can use the second port to connect to the internet instead. This will provide even better speeds for your PC and Apple TV. 

  1. Sign-up for one of the VPN services listed above, install it on your device, and connect to a VPN server.
  2. Connect your Apple TV to your computer using an Ethernet cable. Modern laptops often do not feature a dedicated Ethernet port, so you may need to purchase a USB-C to Ethernet adapter cable or similar. All Apple TV models, including the Apple TV 4K feature an Ethernet port.
  3. Go to Start -> Network & Internet -> Status -> Change your network settings -> Change adapter options.

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  4. Find your VPN connection. If it is an OpenVPN connection, then it may be named after your VPN provider or it may use the generic TAP-Windows-Adapter VPN label. Right-click on it -> Properties.

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  5. Click on the Sharing tab and:
    a) Check Allow Other Network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.
    b) In the Select your private internet connection drop-down menu, select your Ethernet connection and hit OK.
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  6. Your Apple TV should now be sharing your Windows VPN connection, but it never hurts to reboot it just to be sure.

Share a VPN with Apple TV over WiFi (Windows 10)

Windows 10 now has the ability to create a WiFi hotspot. This allows you to share your VPN connection with an Apple TV using a single WiFi adapter (whether it be a USB dongle, a WiFi card, or WiFi chip soldered onto your laptop’s motherboard).

  1. For this to work, though, you need a compatible WiFi adapter. Right-click Start -> Command Prompt and type (or copy and paste in):
    NETSH WLAN SHOW DRIVERS
    Look for the line saying Hosted network supported:
    a) If it says “yes” then we can proceed with this guide.
    b) If it says “no” then you can try updating your WiFi drivers, although it may be easier to just get a new WiFi dongle. Alternatively, you can use the Ethernet method outlined above.
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  2. Go to Start -> Network & Internet -> Status -> Change your network settings -> Mobile hotspot. Turn Mobile hotspot On and make a note of its SSID settings (Network name and Network password).
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  3. Turn on your VPN.
  4. Go to start -> Settings ->Network & internet -> Status -> Change your network setting -> Change adapter options.
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  5. Note that you can now see your hotspot connection. It will be called “Local Area Connection* xx”, and labeled “Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter”.
    Find your VPN connection. If it is an OpenVPN connection, then it may be named after your VPN provider or it may use the generic “TAP-Windows-Adapter VPN” label. Right-click on it -> Properties.
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    Click on the Sharing tab and:
    a) Check “Allow Other Network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.”
    b) In the “Select your private internet connection” drop-down menu select your hotspot connection (Local Area Connection* xx”). Leave Allow other network users to control or disable shared Internet connection enabled and hit OK.
  6. Connect your Apple TV to the Windows hotspot you created via WiFi using the SSID details you noted in Step 2.2.

Sharing a Mac VPN connection with Apple TV

Share a VPN with Apple TV with an ethernet cable (macOS)

For this method to work your Mac must be usually connected to the internet via WiFi.

MacBook Pros sport two Ethernet ports, while other models have none. USB-C and Thunderbolt accessories can provide additional Ethernet ports. If you have two more Ethernet ports available, then you can use a second port to connect to the internet instead of WiFi.

All Apple TV models, including the Apple TV 4K feature an Ethernet port.

This method uses the built-in macOS VPN client, and therefore only works using the PPTP, L2TP, or IKEv2 VPN protocols.

  1. Sign-up for one of the VPN services listed above, and then manually configure the macOS VPN client to use it. Connect to a VPN server.

    connecting a VPN server to apple tv

  2. Connect your Apple TV to your computer using an Ethernet cable.
  3. Go to System Preferences -> Sharing. Then:
    a) Share your connection from: [the VPN connection you just manually setup].
    b) To computers using: [your Ethernet interface]. In the example below, our MacBook is using a USB to Ethernet adapter.
    c) Turn on Internet Sharing by clicking its checkbox (uncheck to turn off).

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Share a VPN With Apple TV over WiFi (MacOS)

This method requires your Mac to be connected to the internet via Ethernet cable or second WiFi adapter (such as a USB dongle). You can then connect to it over WiFi and benefit from the VPN. Unlike Windows 10, macOS is not able to create a WiFi hotspot using a single WiFi adapter unless it is connected to the internet via a separate adapter.

Again, this method only works with the built-in macOS PPTP, L2TP, and IKEv2 client. Not OpenVPN.

  1. Sign-up for one of the VPN services listed above, and then manually configure the macOS VPN client to use it. Connect to a VPN server.
  2. Connect your Apple TV to your computer using an Ethernet cable.
  3. Go to System Preferences -> Sharing. Then:
    a) Share your connection from: [the VPN connection you just manually setup]. b) To computers using: WiFi. c) Click on WiFi Options…
    Screen shot how to add VPN to Apple TV
    d) Check your network settings and select an SSID password for your new hotspot. Click “OK” when you’re done.
    Add VPN to apple TV using WiFI
    e) Turn on internet sharing by clicking its checkbox.
    tick internet sharing
    Use your VPNs smart DNS service.
  4. Find out the DNS address you will need from your VPN (if it offers this feature) or smart DNS provider.
    DNS Address
  5. On your Apple TV go to Settings -> General -> Language and Region -> Apple TV Language. Change “iTunes Store Location” to the same country as the DNS server you wish to use. In many cases, this will be the United States, but it might also be the UK if you want to watch BBC iPlayer.
  6. Then go to Settings -> Network -> Wi-Fi -> [your Wi-Fi connection] -> Change region on Apple TV
    a) Change “Configure DNS” from Automatic to Manual.
    Configure DNS Apple TV
    b) Click on “DNS” and then enter the DNS settings given to you by your provider.
  7. Restart your Apple TV and you should now be able to access US Netflix.

Why do I need a VPN for Apple TV?

A VPN is an online service that does two things:

  1. Uses strong encryption to provide digital privacy. If you’d like to learn more about staying safe and secure online, be sure to check out our ultimate privacy guide.
  2. Allows you to pretend to be in a different country to bypass local censorship and website blocks, as well as international geo-blocking. As a result, you’ll be able to access services that’d otherwise be blocked in your country. We take a closer look at this topic in our guide to geo-spoofing.

For example, a VPN for Apple TV can provide you with a British IP address so you can stream BBC iPlayer, which is free to watch for UK residents but is not available to overseas subscribers. If you want to know more, take a look at our what is a VPN? Beginner’s guide.

Using a VPN on Apple TV  to watch Netflix?

There are three different ways to access a foreign Netflix library on Apple TV. As it’s not possible for you to download a VPN directly onto Apple TV, you will need to follow the steps above to set up a VPN on Apple TV. 

The router method is 100% effective, but it can get pretty time consuming to set up and expensive if you require a new router. The good news is that you can opt to share a VPN connection with your Apple TV. By connecting a PC or laptop to the VPN and then connecting your Apple TV to that computer, you can enjoy internet access that is routed via the VPN server.

Besides this relatively simple method, some premium VPN services provide access to Netflix using smart DNS settings. Smart DNS is simply a technology that enables you to spoof your geo-location and so it is fantastic for streaming. ExpressVPN, which provides its “MediaStreamer” smart DNS service as part of the VPN subscription, works excellently for streaming US Netflix. This allows you to access more Netflix from inside your Apple TV without the need to connect it to a PC or set up a VPN on your router at all! However, keep in mind that a smart DNS doesn’t provide any security benefits since the connection is not encrypted and your IP address is not hidden.

Which method you opt for is completely down to you. However, if you are after a quick solution, we recommend subscribing to ExpressVPN
and using its MediaStreamer smart DNS technology. 

To find out what Netflix library is showing your favorite Netflix shows, check out our handy StreamCatcher tool. Simply search for the TV show or movie you want to watch and we’ll show you what countries’ Netflix catalog has it.


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Can I use a free VPN  for Apple TV?

There are some reliable free VPNs on the market, unfortunately, because they restrict speeds and have data limits they just aren’t suitable for streaming. To stream content on Apple TV, you are going to need an unrestricted VPN that does not place download limits or connection speed limitations on you. 

We understand that you may want to try a service out before purchasing one. In this case, you should take advantage of VPN providers’ free trials or money-back guarantees. These services do not place restrictions on you in any way and you get the full speeds you need to stream content in HD without risking your cash.

Why you should opt for a high-speed Apple TV VPN

You should expect a slight loss of speed when using a VPN for Apple TV. The further you are physically from the VPN server you connect to, the slower the service is likely to be. This is why we’d recommend connecting to a server that’s nearby – you’ll be able to stream without any buffering hiccups if you do! Fortunately, our recommended providers have fantastic server speeds, so the loss should be negligible.

If you intend to use a VPN for Apple TV, you will probably want to connect to a VPN server in another country – to spoof your location and access geo-restricted content. This typically involves long distances, which is why it is important to choose a fast VPN capable of delivering HD content without buffering issues.

We recommend that you always test a few different VPN servers. This way, you can find a server in the country you need that is not overloaded, and that is located as close to you as possible. For example, if you need a server in the US – be sure to pick either the East or West coast depending on where you live.

Is it illegal to use a VPN with Apple TV?

It is not against the law to use a VPN with an Apple TV. Copyright holders would prefer that you not use your VPN on Apple TV to bypass content restrictions that have been purposefully imposed. However, there’s little they can do about this other than requiring platforms like Netflix to block as many VPNs as possible.

No streaming service we know of has ever banned an individual user for bypassing geo-blocks. This is because they would lose that user’s subscription fee, which would be counterproductive.

FAQ

Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we get from visitors searching for a VPN for Apple TV.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to set up a VPN on Apple TV and the best services to use, let’s review our top picks:


  1. ExpressVPN

    – The best VPN to use with Apple TV. You get excellent unblocking power & speeds good enough for streaming in HD & 4K!

  2. CyberGhost VPN

    – An easy to set up VPN for Apple TV. It supports all major platforms, including routers and you get great speeds to stream in HD.

  3. Private Internet Access

    – A secure VPN that works well with Apple TV. The app is intuitive, super customizable, and you get a strong no-logs policy.

  4. Surfshark

    – The cheapest VPN for Apple TV. From just $2.49 a month you can get great speeds for streaming & it consistently unblocks streaming services.

  5. VyprVPN

    – A VPN for Apple TV with SmartDNS included. This makes unblocking on Apple TV super easy & you get speeds that can handle HD.

5 Best VPNs for Online Poker | Unblock PokerStars, GGPoker & more with a VPN

If poker sites are blocked in a country that you are visiting, or live in, you can use a VPN to get around these restrictions. In this guide we show you the best VPNs for online poker, how to use them and what you need to know before you play…

If poker sites are blocked in a country that you are visiting, or live in, you can use a VPN to get around these restrictions. In this guide we show you the best VPNs for online poker, how to use them and what you need to know before you play your first hand.

The Best VPNs for Poker Sites at a Glance

Check out our list of the best VPNs for Poker below. The following VPNs all work with PokerStars, GGPoker, 888Poker and more.


  1. ExpressVPN

    – The best VPN for online poker. ExpressVPN has an expansive and robust server network, perfect for privacy & protecting against DDoS.

  2. CyberGhost VPN

    – An easy to use VPN for Pokerstars. It has slick apps for iOS and Android too – perfect for accessing PokerStars on the go.

  3. Private Internet Access

    – One of the most secure Poker VPNs on our list. It keeps zero logs and boasts useful features like a kill switch & Static IPs.

  4. Surfshark

    – The cheapest VPN for poker sites on our list. From $2.49 a month you get a wide choice of servers to unblock sites like PokerStars.

  5. VyprVPN

    – A well rounded VPN for playing poker online. You get fast connections, apps for all platforms and static IPs as an option as well.

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With a poker VPN, you can sign up for poker services and online casinos like PokerStars, 888 Poker, or PartyPoker. In some countries, online gambling is illegal. Unfortunately, this also includes playing poker online. Luckily, a VPN can let you access restricted poker sites from anywhere in the world. Even in the US, some poker sites are restricted in certain states – and people playing in poker tournaments may need a VPN to access their accounts.

Before recommending a VPN for playing onlne poker, we ensure that it offers:

Now that you know what we’re looking for in our online poker VPN recommendations, let’s take a closer look at which providers made the list.

The Best VPNs for Online Poker Websites | In-depth analysis

We sifted through hundreds of VPNs to select the very best options for PokerStars and other popular online poker sites. If you’d like even more information on a particular VPN listed here, you can read our reviews by following the link at the bottom of each provider.

ExpressVPN is fast and offers static IPs in the US. Ideal for unblocking PokerStars, FullTilt, and other popular poker sites

  • Pricing

    From 

    $6.67 –
    $12.95

  • Available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Server locations

    • 94 countries
  • Unblocks

    • Pokerstars
    • 888Poker
    • GGPoker
    • PartyPoker

ExpressVPN is a service at the very top of the VPN industry. It has servers in 94 countries around the world, including all the places you need servers to play poker. It has extremely robust levels of OpenVPN encryption and a privacy policy that can be trusted. The VPN runs on Tier-1 servers perfectly suited for absorbing high sudden bursts of requests during DDoS attacks.

The entire network of servers is lightning fast and is perfect for unblocking poker. It has a kill switch and it permits five simultaneous connections, so you can run this on a virtual machine to protect you against crashes. This VPN is easy to use, available for all platforms, and will protect you both at home and on public WiFi.

Finally, it has a 30-day money-back guarantee to allow you to test the service risk-free.

CyberGhost is an easy to use VPN, with static IPs you can connect to. Perfect for PokerStars and other sites.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.25 –
    $13.47

  • Available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Server locations

    • 112 countries
  • Unblocks

    • Pokerstars
    • 888Poker
    • GGPoker
    • PartyPoker

CyberGhost is a great VPN pick for poker players thanks to a huge pool of servers in 90 countries around the world. Subscribers will benefit from strong OpenVPN and easy installation and setup, and CyberGhost’s user-friendly apps are available for all popular platforms. Importantly, the VPN offers a firewall-based kill switch, and you’ll be able to run CyberGhost on your real machine and on your virtual machine at the same time. You can also get a dedicated IP address for poker for an additional €5 per month, which makes this service ideally suited to those who are highly concerned about protecting their poker account. 

No usage logs are kept, and the VPN has an excellent privacy policy. What’s more, CyberGhost is based in Romania, which is well out of reach of invasive governments like the UK and the US. The VPN is fully-featured with DNS leak protection and a kill switch, which is ideal for maintaining your privacy while at the online poker table.

Finally, the VPN provides super-fast speeds for playing poker or streaming in HD and provides a 45-day money-back guarantee to test the service. Plenty of servers to choose from make this an excellent poker VPN, and it even has static IPs for those who are happy playing poker without a dedicated IP.

PIA is a no-logs VPN with static IPs in the USA, meaning it works great with all major online poker sites like GGPoker.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.59 –
    $10.51

  • Available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Server locations

    • 74 countries
  • Unblocks

    • Pokerstars
    • 888Poker
    • GGPoker
    • PartyPoker

Private Internet Access (PIA) is a US-based provider that has proven its zero-logs claims in court on multiple occasions. Recently, the VPN was acquired by Kape Technologies – a cybersec firm based in London with a primary aim to assist consumers with boosting their online protection. PIA is a well-rounded provider that offers 12,480+ servers in 74 countries around the world, and you can expect fast speeds on all of them – which is doubly impressive when you consider how inexpensive PIA is when you purchase a longer-term subscription plan.

What’s more, PIA provides strong OpenVPN encryption, making it a favorite among Reddit users. There’s also live chat support, and PIA can reliably give you access to US Netflix without any hassle. Thanks to its kill switch and static IPs, PIA is well-suited for quickly unblocking poker sites, and quick Tier-1 servers can protect you against DDoS attacks. You can hop on in with the provider’s 30-day money-back guarantee!

Surfshark is a superb, fast VPN with plenty of static IPs for accessing poker sites in most locations

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.49 –
    $12.95

  • Available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Server locations

    • 63 countries
  • Unblocks

    • Pokerstars
    • 888Poker
    • GGPoker
    • PartyPoker

Based in the British Virgin Islands, Surfshark is a no-logs VPN service with great technical security, a bunch of useful features for playing poker online. The service has servers in over 60 countries and that network includes a high number of static IPs that ensure your poker provider always registers the same IP address when you log in to your account. The service can unblock virtually any content you desire, and thanks to its kill switch it is useful for torrenting, playing poker, and other sensitive applications. We love this VPN’s superb 24/7 live chat support – which you can use to get help unblocking poker at any time of day. Sadly, Surfshark does not sell dedicated IPs. However, if used responsibly, this VPN can allow you to play poker online without issues. Try it with its 30-day money-back guarantee.

VyprVPN is a highly secure VPN that will unblock poker sites, like Sky Poker, and can protect you against dreaded DDoS attacks

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.50 –
    $12.95

  • Available for

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Server locations

    • 70 countries
  • Unblocks

    • Pokerstars
    • 888Poker
    • GGPoker
    • PartyPoker

VyprVPN is a very fast VPN that runs on a proprietary network of servers. This makes it perfect for protecting against DDoS attacks during poker games. It provides strong encryption, and the software is a pleasure to use. Along with lightning-fast speeds, the servers are located all over the world, spanning over 70 different locations. This VPN is great for playing poker thanks to the availability of static IPs. And a ‘Business Cloud’ account will allow you to set up a dedicated IP! VyprVPN is available for all popular platforms and is fully-featured with important security protections such as a kill switch (to stop you from accidentally leaking your real IP address to the poker site), DNS leak protection, and stealth mode. Plus, you can test it risk-free using its 30-day money-back guarantee. 

How does it work?

A poker VPN will allow you to pretend to be in a different location. The VPNs we’ve recommended in this article all have extensive server networks with a wide selection of global locations. This means you can play poker on all sorts of different sites from around the world!

Is it safe?

By using a VPN, you can secure your data and protect your online privacy by preventing your ISP from tracking the sites you visit online. As a result, you’ll be able to access online poker sites without any concerns that your ISP will inform the government that you’re breaking the law.

A VPN conceals your IP address, too. Websites won’t be able to tell where you really are when you visit them – instead, when connected to a VPN, the poker sites you check out will register the VPN’s IP address and assume you’re in the same location as the VPN server you’re connected to.

VPNs can also protect poker players against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are sometimes used to boot players out of a game at a crucial moment, allowing another player to win all the money. 

Will my online poker account get banned for using a VPN?

A PokerStars VPN is a popular – and potentially lucrative – service, but it is true that some users have had their accounts closed down and their profits confiscated for using a VPN. It’s vital that you do your research into the subject of using a VPN alongside poker sites, and even more important that you exercise caution.

Why do you need a VPN for online poker?

Geo-blocks stop people from accessing poker sites in countries where they are officially banned. Unfortunately, not every poker player in the world is as lucky as those who live in the US or UK. Some sites will even block access to anyone trying to connect to the site from countries that have banned online poker.

Some poker sites also force players to compete against people in their own country. You might prefer to play against some of the best (or worst) poker players around the world. In that case, you’ll need a poker VPN to pretend to be in another country.

Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Any online player can be targeted by a DDoS attack – a cyberattack that overloads your computer’s network with hundreds of thousands of requests.

When your system is inundated with these requests, it prevents you from being able to download more data. Your connection to the poker site will drop, and you won’t be able to place bets or, potentially, stay at the table. As a result, your opponent will win all the chips.

Every device connected to the internet has an IP address. This IP address is given to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This address is how cybercriminal poker players directly target their victims. When you use a VPN, your true IP address is effectively hidden from any potential attacker, while the VPN servers are able to absorb the attack and keep you safe.  

Without a VPN, your internet connection will completely freeze up during a DDoS attack. When this happens, it’ll appear as though you’ve gone offline – and this is why you’re kicked from the table and lose the pot.

Nowadays it is even possible for a poker opponent to pay for a DDoS attack against you. A short attack that lasts a few minutes can be purchased online for just $5. This DDoS on-demand service has led to a massive increase in people who play poker being attacked. In fact, Akamai reported that in Q2 2017, 82% of all DDoS attacks were aimed at online gaming sites and their customers. 

If you want to play poker without having to worry about DDoS attacks, a VPN is the best solution. A VPN acts as a buffer that can take the brunt of the attack, allowing you to keep playing poker. 

Vital features of a VPN for Poker

The reasons to use a VPN on sites like Pokerstars, FullTilt, or 888Poker will differ depending on where you live and at what level you are playing. To help, we take a look at some of the more common use cases below.

Unblocking safely and securely

If you unblock a poker website in a country where gambling is illegal, you could get in trouble with law enforcement. And unblocking a poker website from a location that is geo-restricted will usually be in breach of the Terms of Service. 

As a result, if you are caught using a VPN, the poker site could confiscate all the money you have accumulated in your account. Luckily, there are some things poker players can do to ensure that they can’t be found out. 

Firstly, consider starting a new account. Only put enough money in that account to play each day – and cash out your winnings regularly to keep your account as empty as possible. Playing with an account that has accumulated a lot of winnings is risky. So don’t do it.

In addition, always use a static VPN IP address. The providers we have recommended in this article have static IPs, but it is still worth asking your chosen provider which servers have static IPs. And, to be sure, it is worth using our IP checking tool before you log in to your poker account each time. Simply make a note of the IP address and make sure that you are always using that IP address every time you play poker.

Warning

If you’re caught using a VPN, the poker website has the right to confiscate your winnings. This is a very real possibility and we wouldn’t recommend risking it at all!

Playing poker with a VPN is done at your own risk and we hold no liability for any losses incurred by breaking the Terms of Service on a poker site. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only.

DDoS Protection

As mentioned above, launching a DDoS attack is becoming an increasingly popular way to cheat amongst online poker players. The attack works by overloading your device’s network card with requests, and because the network card simply doesn’t have enough processing power to handle those requests, you get disconnected. Luckily, VPN servers can handle a large volume of requests at once. This means that when you connect to a poker site via a VPN, the VPN conceals your IP address, and if somebody tries to attack you, they actually attack the VPN server – rendering the attack completely futile.

The VPNs in this guide have robust Tier-1 servers that can cope with the vast majority of DDoS attacks. They use load balancing, as well as other techniques, to deal with an attack if and when it happens. As a result, a VPN has the capacity to absorb the DDoS attack and save you from being booted from the poker table.

Use a Kill Switch

If you connect to a poker website using a VPN IP address, and, in the unlikely event that your connection drops out, you will leak your real IP address to the poker website. The poker website will learn where you are, and this can result in a blocked account and the loss of all your winnings.

A kill switch blocks traffic from leaving your device unless the VPN is on, meaning that if the VPN connection drops out, the kill switch will kick in. This stops you from revealing your real location to the poker website. 

You’ll need a reliable VPN with a firewall-based kill switch in order to play poker securely with a VPN. Bear in mind that some firewall-based VPNs will stop working if the app crashes, as they only operate while the app is working.

To get around this problem completely you will need to use a VPN that permits multiple connections. You will then need to run the VPN with the kill switch enabled – on both your real machine and on a virtual machine. That way, if one instance of the VPN happens to crash the VPN running on the other machine will still protect you!

Get a Dedicated IP

The best thing you can do if you want to play poker using a VPN is to get a dedicated IP address. A dedicated VPN IP address is an IP address that only you use.

Very few VPN services provide this, but it is by far the best way to play poker online and never get caught. Using a dedicated IP address in the country where you want to pretend to be in (and a kill switch) is the most secure way to play online poker. In fact, many people would agree that it is the only absolutely secure (foolproof) way to play poker using a VPN.

If you’re a big-time poker player or a poker star that wins big (or plays in important tournaments), you should definitely get a dedicated IP address. We’d also recommend running two instances of a VPN with a firewall-based kill switch on both a real and virtual machine for optimal security.

By clicking the link above, you’ll be able to check out the services we’d recommend that have static IPs or dedicated IPs. To find out how much a dedicated IP will cost, get in touch with your VPN provider for a direct quote.

Will these VPNs work with all online poker sites?

Yes. Poker players in most countries have the freedom to pick from a number of different popular poker sites. And, even those in countries where online poker is banned, with the right VPN, you have the ability to choose to play on multiple sites. As such, we have tested these VPNs all work with the most popular online poker sites, including:

  • PokerStars
  • 888Poker
  • FullTilt
  • Sky Poker
  • PartyPoker

FAQ

Below are some of the most common questions we see from visitors looking for a VPN for online poker. If you have any questions not mentioned here, feel free to drop us a message in the comments section at the end of this guide.

Best Online PokerStars VPNs: Conclusion

Online services such as PokerStars and 888 Poker are blocked in certain places. However, they don’t try to fight national bans. You can get in on the action and circumvent blocks and restrictions by using a VPN for poker.

However, it is worth noting that some comparison websites falsely claim that VPNs like PureVPN are good for poker. This is untrue because PureVPN does not have a reliable firewall-based kill switch. Please don’t use PureVPN for poker and be very wary of websites that mistakenly claim it is best: it is not best – it is a very big risk! Without a reliable kill switch, you could leak data about your real IP address to the poker website: giving away your real location.

You’ll need a reliable VPN with a system-wide firewall-based kill switch in order to play poker securely. You’ll also need to connect to the VPN with your real machine and virtual machine at the same time – just in case the VPN crashes. It’s a good idea to talk to your VPN provider before subscribing, to find out whether it has a system-wide firewall-based kill switch.

Finally, there really is no better way to protect yourself when playing online poker than with a dedicated IP address: if this is what you want to do, you will need to use CyberGhost
.  CyberGhost VPN is the one in this list that has absolutely everything you need to be completely secure while playing poker with a VPN (2 simultaneous connections for using on a virtual machine and your real machine, a firewall-based kill switch, and a dedicated IP).

5 best VPNs for IPTV – Unblock more content with a IPTV VPN

By using a VPN for IPTV you can unblock content that isn’t currently available in your region. VPNs allow you to spoof your location so when you navigate to a streaming site or connect to an IPTV app, you appear to be in the same location as the VPN server…

By using a VPN for IPTV you can unblock content that isn’t currently available in your region. VPNs allow you to spoof your location so when you navigate to a streaming site or connect to an IPTV app, you appear to be in the same location as the VPN server you are connected to.

VPNs also encrypt your connection, which stops your internet service provider from finding out what you are streaming. This is especially useful if your ISP has blocked an IPTV service that you are subscribed to.

In this article, we take a look at the best VPNs for IPTV and give you some top tips on getting the most out of a VPN.

What are the best VPNs for IPTV?

We list the best VPNs for IPTV below. If you want more information about any of the services, keep scrolling for an in-depth analysis of each service.


  1. ExpressVPN

    – The best VPN for IPTV. It has super-fast servers, excellent apps for popular devices, and unblock everything!

  2. CyberGhost VPN

    – An easy to use IPTV VPN and great value for money. It has great apps, it unblocks all popular IPTV services.

  3. Private Internet Access

    – The most secure VPN for IPTV. It also unblocks all popular IPTV services and will keep you private when streaming.

  4. Surfshark

    – The cheapest VPN for IPTV. It’s love by its users, is packed with features like Smart DNS making it easy to use on smart TVs.

  5. VyprVPN

    – A great all-round VPN for IPTV. It has slick apps for all popular devices and offers users fast servers.

All the VPNs for IPTV above have the following features to ensure that you get the most out of their service:

The best VPN for IPTV – In-depth analysis

We take a closer look at the best VPNs for IPTV below. If you still need information about any of the services below, take a look at our detailed VPN reviews.

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for IPTV. It’s super-fast, has excellent apps for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Fire Stick. It’s also easy to set up with smart TVs and IPTV boxes.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $6.67 –
    $12.95

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

ExpressVPN is an ideal provider for anybody who wants to access IPTV privately. ExpressVPN is reliable, trusted, and has lightning-fast VPN servers in 94 countries. As a result, you can bypass geo-restrictions to watch more IPTV services from around the globe. This VPN is super-secure, which means you can watch IPTV without your ISP, the government, or copyright holders finding out.

ExpressVPN has apps for all platforms that come fully featured with advanced privacy settings. And this provider keeps no logs, which means it will never have any records about what you have done online. Best of all, this VPN is consistently one of the fastest in the world, which is perfect for streaming HD content.

We love everything about ExpressVPN because it provides excellent reliability no matter what platform you happen to use. You can install it directly onto a router, or purchase a pre-flashed router setup to work with ExpressVPN. It’s a superb service that is well worth testing using its 30-day money-back guarantee.

CyberGhost VPN is an easy to use VPN for IPTV. It’s great value for money and has fantastic apps on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac. It’s also has great security features.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.25 –
    $13.47

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

CyberGhost VPN is a provider that has servers in over 90 countries. It is a reliable and secure service, great for streaming IPTV. CyberGhost has apps for all platforms, which means you can stream IPTV no matter what you own – and you can use it to watch IPTV both at home and on public WiFi.

The VPN has a no-logs policy and strong OpenVPN encryption. That means you can use it to stream IPTV without ever being monitored by your ISP. We like this VPN because it is a cheap service that has the features you need. It is versatile, and can be used not only to access IPTV securely but to access any censored or restricted content in privacy. Or simply to prevent ISP and government snooping on your daily habits.

Customer care is 24/7, and the team is helpful and knowledgeable. It also has a 45-day money-back guarantee so you can test it risk-free. Plus, you can install this VPN on up to 7 devices with a single subscription. It’s a fast and secure VPN that comes with a great price tag.

Private Internet Access is the most secure VPN for IPTV. Its proven it’s no-logs claim in court, so your ISP or copyright holders won’t find out what you are streaming.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.59 –
    $10.51

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Private Internet Access (PIA) is a US-based VPN that has a superb reputation with consumers. It is a service with servers in over 74 countries, which means you can always unblock any geo-restricted or censored content that you want. PIA is praised by Reddit users because of its advanced apps, which come with the ability to perform a lot of customization. This makes it a great choice for techy users who want to set up the VPN exactly to their taste.

We enjoy using PIA on all platforms, and it provides superb speeds for HD streaming IPTV or for downloading from torrents. So, if you desire a VPN that can give you high levels of privacy and plenty of advanced features, this is the VPN for you. It is also a completely no-logs VPN that has strong OpenVPN encryption to stop your ISP from monitoring what you stream on IPTV. Overall, a great all-rounder that you can test using its 30-day money-back guarantee.

Surfshark is cheapest VPN for IPTV. It’s loved by its subscribers and jam-packed with features like a smart DNS service which makes it easy to use on smart TVs.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.49 –
    $12.95

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Surfshark is an outstanding service that is a good choice for anybody who wants to IPTV. It is a useful VPN that gets you what you need without paying through the nose. The VPN doesn’t cut any corners, despite the fact that it is relatively cheap. It has earned an excellent reputation with users who keep coming back to it because of its superb features and fantastic speeds.

Surfshark has servers in over 60 countries, and it has extremely good speeds for streaming IPTV. It is also a no-logs service with apps for all platforms that can give you the privacy you need to stream without being monitored. This VPN lets you install the VPN on an unlimited number of devices simultaneously, so you can use it to stream IPTV at home or while on WiFi.

We think this VPN is hard to beat in terms of prices and features, which is why it is on our list of the best IPTV VPN. It even has advanced features like a kill switch, DNS leak protection, and obfuscation. You can see how good it is yourself, by using its 30-day money-back guarantee.

VyprVPN is a great all-round VPN for IPTV. It owns its server network which guarantees reliability and good speeds and it unblocks almost everything.

  • Pricing

    From 

    $2.50 –
    $12.95

  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

VyprVPN is great for streaming IPTV because it has its own server infrastructure, it is reliable, and it takes privacy seriously. Its proprietary network of servers allows it to provide great speeds, which is what you need for streaming. VyprVPN has apps for all platforms, so you can use IPTV services securely on any device you own. And it provides military-grade encryption to ensure your ISP knows nothing.

It is also a VPN that has a kill-switch, DNS leak protection, and obfuscation – meaning that it is fully featured. VyprVPN has servers in over 70 countries, which makes it good for unblocking IPTV services from overseas. And it permits torrenting throughout its network, which makes it a great all-rounder. VyprVPN can provide high levels of privacy no matter what you want to do.

As with our other recommendations, you can try this VPN yourself because of its 30-day money-back guarantee. Great for streaming IPTV!

Why you should consider using a VPN with IPTV

A virtual private network (VPN) for IPTV is a tool that provides two key benefits. Firstly, you can use a VPN to unblock more regional content on an IPTV services – or to access IPTV services that are currently unavailable where you live. Whether these are blocked by your ISP or unavailable in your location a VPN will allow you to access them. Secondly, it provides privacy so that you can access and stream IPTV without being tracked or spied on by your internet service provider (ISP), the government, or copyright holders.

An IPTV VPN works by allowing its subscribers to connect to a VPN server in a remote location. This changes your IP address making it look like in a different location and encrypts your connection. The VPNs for IPTV we have recommended in this guide have a large number of servers around the world. This gives IPTV customers the ability to pretend to be in any of those countries. As a result, those VPN users can watch TV shows and channels that are usually only available within that country.

What makes a VPN good to use with IPTV?

There are hundreds of consumer-facing VPNs on the market and they are not all suitable for streaming IPTV. The vast majority of VPNs have slow servers that will cause buffering and frustration when you try to stream in HD. In addition, many VPNs fail to provide the privacy levels you require to stream IPTV without being constantly monitored by your ISP.

In this article, our experts have pinpointed VPN services that are ideally suited to streaming content online. Below we have included a list of the features that our experts looked for when curating this list of the best IPTV VPN services:

How to unblock IPTV streams with a VPN – step by step

The VPNs we have recommended in this article all have custom apps for all major platforms. This ensures that using any of these VPNs to access IPTV is extremely easy. Simply follow the steps below to get a VPN subscription and start watching more IPTV:

  1. Subscribe to the VPN provider that best suits your needs – we’ve recommended the absolute best in this article.
  2. Download and install the VPN software onto your device.
  3. Log in to the VPN app using your credentials.
  4. Choose a VPN server in the location where you want to access TV shows, movies, or broadcasts on an IPTV service.
  5. Hit connect and wait a moment.

As soon as the VPN is connected you can go ahead and access your IPTV service privately – and it will include international TV shows and channels usually unavailable where you live. Alternatively, if you do not have a subscription yet – you can subscribe to an IPTV service thanks to your VPN.

Can I use a free VPN for IPTV?

Although there is a large choice of free VPN services on the market, the vast majority of those services should be avoided. Research has revealed that free services have concerning privacy policies that permit them to collect their users’ data to sell it to third-parties.

This makes using those free VPNs extremely risky because they turn your data into a revenue stream and put your privacy at risk. In addition, free services often have outdated or weak encryption, unreliable apps with leaks that will render them useless for privacy purposes, and apps that contain spyware or adware.

Even the few free VPN services that are not a risk to your privacy and security are not suitable for streaming on IPTV. This is because trustworthy free serbices only have a free plan to demonstrate what the VPN can do. As a result, they have certain limitations that make them unsuitable for streaming content online:

  • Fewer server locations to choose from
  • Slower connections than on the premium version, which will cause regular buffering
  • Download limits which will prevent you from watching more than a couple of shows each month, and can even stop you mid-stream

While you are free to try our recommended free plans at your leisure, the restrictions mentioned above will make it hard to enjoy mich IPTV content. Thus, if you do want a full, unrestricted VPN for IPTV, we must recommend that you take advantage of the money-back guarantees on offer from the recommended VPNs on this page – you’ll get access to a premium service without risking your cash.

What is IPTV?

Internet Protocol TV is the official name given to all TV streams that are received via the internet instead of by traditional means (terrestrial, cable, and satellite). Every time you watch a TV stream of a TV channel online you are participating in IPTV. Although the term IPTV can be correctly defined in this way, it is also true that there are a growing number of providers on the market that are specifically marketing themselves as IPTV. This can make IPTV seem like something new and exotic – in reality, it isn’t.

Despite this, there is an emerging IPTV market – with a number of specific IPTV providers growing in popularity. As is always the case with streaming online media (from official sources), not all content is licensed all over the world. Copyright holders and publishers maintain strong controls over what consumers in specific regions can see. They do this using geo-restrictions and geo-blocks.

What are IPTV services?

As explained earlier, all online TV streaming providers are technically IPTV. This means that Amazon Prime, Netflix, Now TV, Sling TV, Sky TV, iPlayer, All 4, Hulu – and ALL other online TV streaming services from around the world – are actually IPTV options. You can also use one of the VPNs above to unblock YouTube videos that are restricted in your country.

A VPN can be used to unblock geo-restricted Australian TV channels, Spanish TV channels, German TV channels, Japanese TV channels: and any other nation’s TV channels. A VPN can also be used to unblock more content on all subscription-based Video on Demand (VoD) services. Using a VPN for Netflix will let you access vastly more content by allowing you to change your Netflix region, for instance.

Many people use IPTV to stream pirated content, and many IPTV services are completely centered around providing cheap black market streaming of copyrighted content.

Black market IPTV has become a massive trade, which has sometimes landed illegal service providers in prison. In Spain, for example, an illegal sports streaming service that was providing access to British Premier League football was shut down and its owners were imprisoned.

Whether it be illegal IPTV on Kodi boxes or Android boxes, or from streaming websites such as Gomovies, Putlocker, Alluc, and many others, watching content on unofficial sites is technically illegal piracy. On the whole, people don’t tend to get in trouble for streaming free TV shows and movies. Certainly not as much as people get in trouble for torrenting (downloading) content.

Despite this, a VPN is used by many people who like to stream TV shows for free. The privacy that a reliable VPN provides allows people (who use these types of sites) to get peace of mind.

A VPN conceals your true location and encrypts your web traffic. This means that your ISPs, governments, and content providers/publishers cannot tell that you are accessing free IPTV content.

Copyright Notice

Here at ProPrivacy.com, we don’t condone this type of piracy, and we would like to remind you that it can get you in trouble with the law if you do not protect your privacy properly. However, it is a fact that VPNs are used by many people in this manner.

What are some good sources of IPTV streams?

There are many streaming subscription services on the market nowadays that market themselves as IPTV services. Below we have included a list of well-known services:

If these services are blocked by your ISP – you can use a VPN to unblock them.

What is an IPTV Set-top Box?

Nowadays it is possible to purchase a number of set-top boxes that will allow users to stream TV programming and shows from the internet. Some examples of these include Kodi boxes, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast (which allows you to use a mobile device as the internet connection for a TV), Nvidia Shield Pro, MAG 254 from Infomir, Skystream One, RVEAL, Minix Neo U1, and many more. These devices permit anybody to stream content onto a high-definition TV either via an Ethernet cable or via Wi-Fi. Check out our MAGBox VPN guide if you are a MAGBox user.

No matter which one of these systems you use: the IPTV VPNs in this guide will work for you. What’s more, all the VPNs in this guide are world-renowned for providing superb guides and 24/7 customer support. This means that they will walk you through the process of setting your VPN up with any device you might have!

Watch IPTV Channels On Your Smart TV

If you like to watch IPTV on a Smart TV, then we recommend also looking at our 5 best VPNs for Smart TV. This will give you a more in-depth look at using a VPN with a Smart TV device.

There are a lot of apps that provide Video on Demand for Smart TVs. Some are only available in specific countries, and nearly all can benefit from the unblocking capabilities that come with an IPTV VPN. 

IPTV VPNs For Tablets and Smartphones

If you mainly watch TV on mobile devices, then you will be happy to know that all the services on the list offer iOS VPN apps as well as VPN apps for Android. They also offer simultaneous VPN connections, meaning you can use these VPNs on your mobile device and your computer with one subscription.

This means you can securely unblock any IPTV content that you wish on your mobile device. This is true both at home and on public WiFi networks – the VPN is installed directly onto your device – letting you unblock more video streams on the go.

How fast does my internet need to be to stream IPTV?

Most people estimate that in order to stream HD content from an IPTV service you will require internet that has faster download speeds than 3 Mbps (for standard definition videos) and over 25 Mbps for streaming 4K HD content. 

Even the fastest VPNs are likely to slightly impact the speed of your internet connection, so you will need to have internet speeds slightly faster than the speeds quoted above to enjoy streaming without any buffering. 

IPTV VPN Conclusion

Using a VPN for IPTV is the best way to maximize the number of shows, movies, and live TV, that you get to watch online. Nowadays, online TV is the norm with Netflix at the center of a video on demand explosion. No matter whether you use a set-top box, an Android device, a Smart TV, or a computer with VLC or Kodi: a VPN on Kodi or VLC will let you see more content.

The VPN providers in this article have been specially selected because they provide the best service for streaming IPTV. Fast connections, masses of servers around the globe, and strong privacy make these VPNs unrivaled when it comes to IPTV. All of these services are top-of-the-range, but all differ slightly: so please check the summaries for each VPN before making a decision. And remember, they all have a money-back guarantee – so feel free to test a few!


  1. ExpressVPN

    – The best VPN for IPTV. It has super-fast servers, excellent apps for popular devices, and unblock everything!

  2. CyberGhost VPN

    – An easy to use IPTV VPN and great value for money. It has great apps, it unblocks all popular IPTV services.

  3. Private Internet Access

    – The most secure VPN for IPTV. It also unblocks all popular IPTV services and will keep you private when streaming.

  4. Surfshark

    – The cheapest VPN for IPTV. It’s love by its users, is packed with features like Smart DNS making it easy to use on smart TVs.

  5. VyprVPN

    – A great all-round VPN for IPTV. It has slick apps for all popular devices and offers users fast servers.

FAQs