Travel restrictions may be lifted, but our need for Netflix and chill is here to stay. If you’re packing your bags for a well-deserved vacation, there’s something you should know: your favorite shows may not be available in every region.
But not all is lost — you can stay up to date with the latest episodes of Gossip Girl wherever you are. All you need is a VPN. So, let’s take a look at what it is, why you should use it, and how to stream your favorite content from anywhere.
What is a VPN?
A VPN stands for a virtual private network. It’s a digital security tool that increases your privacy and online security. When you connect to a VPN server, all the data traffic on your device gets encrypted. It means that no criminal, nosy neighbor or ISP can eavesdrop on your online activities.
A VPN also changes your IP address. An IP address works a bit like your device’s home address. It shows what device you’re using, your ISP, and even the location you’re connecting from. But once you connect to a VPN, all these changes — your actual IP address is hidden, and your virtual location changes to that of the VPN server.
Why Do You Need a VPN
So, why do you need this tool? It’s not just about accessing your favorite content (more on that later). It’s also about surfing the net with the peace of mind. Here’s why you need a VPN:
You use public Wi-Fi. If you’re connected to a hotspot in an airport, library, or gym, your data might be in danger. Public hotspots are heaven for cybercriminals thanks to their lack of security and plenty of potential victims. If a hacker is connected to the same network as you, they might be able to see your every move. However, if you secure your browsing activities with a VPN, even if you connect to an insecure hotspot, your data stays safe.
You need extra security. It takes just one hasty click to infect your device and lose your data or even money. But some VPN services offer additional protection from the shady parts of the web. For example, NordVPN offers the CyberSec feature, which automatically blocks malware-infected websites and malicious ads.
You want privacy. Everything you do on the internet is being tracked: every website you visit, every ad you click, everything you buy. Would you trust a stranger with that information? If not, you need a VPN. It protects your identity so that no snoopers can trace that data back to you.
You want freedom. You shouldn’t lose access to content just because you’re in a more restrictive region. With a VPN, you can enjoy the internet without borders — just the way it was intended to be. Access your social media and favorite news outlets, and stream TV shows wherever you are.
How To Stream Content With A VPN
You shouldn’t lose access to content you love just because you’re in the wrong place. So, here’s how to stream TV shows with a VPN, no matter where you are:
Get the Right VPN
First things first, you need to pick a VPN that will best suit your needs. The main criteria? Don’t go for a free VPN. Free VPNs not only track you and sell your data to third parties but most will also slow your connection and put data caps. Even if you manage to access content, the constant buffering won’t let you enjoy it.
What else should you look for? The number of locations and servers available. We recommend choosing NordVPN. It has one of the broadest server selections, with more than 5,300 servers in 59 countries.
Another reason to use NordVPN is speed. It’s officially the fastest VPN in the world, partly because of their WireGuard-based protocol NordLynx. NordVPN also has an exclusive summer offer, so there’s no better time to start streaming securely.
Connect to the VPN
Once you pick the right service, simply connect to the VPN and start streaming. If you go for NordVPN, we recommend you select the NordLynx protocol in the settings menu first. Then, go to the map and connect to the country where your show is available by simply clicking on it. That’s it! Now you can enjoy any content securely, no matter where you are.
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