Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN creates a secure connection between you and the internet. It provides you with an extra layer of privacy and anonymity, so you can:
Using a VPN hides your real IP address and encrypts your internet connection. Here are a few examples of what that looks like in real life:
Now that you know what a VPN does and how it works, let’s take a look at what you can do with a VPN:
If you’ve sent your bank details to anyone online or use public WiFi networks, you’re at risk of exposing your personal information to hackers (especially if you are using a public WiFi hotspot!).
A quality VPN will use the most advanced encryption to secure your data. It’ll also ensure that any websites receiving your private data can’t trace your device, which keeps you as anonymous as possible.
At times, your ISP may deliberately slow down your Internet connection. It could be because it detects that you’ve gone over a certain data limit. Some ISPs even use this strategy to try to get you to upgrade your connection. The practice is known as “throttling.”
With a VPN, your activity remains private, and not even your ISP can see it. T.at means it can’t throttle your bandwidth, so you may actually see an increase in speeds
There a lots of Free VPN options to choose from, and can be accessed easily by logging into the Google PlayStore and doing a simple search for "Free VPN"
Keep in mind a "Free" VPN may not always be user friendly, or cause issues such as:
increased lag in your internet signal strength
and may not always provide the best results
Repeated need to re-connect
Keep in mind as with most things from the Google PlayStore - you get what you paid for.
There are also lots of high quality, easy to use and manage Paid VPN's also available through the Google PlayStore. The benefits of using a Paid VPN are typically:
Higher Quality Interface
Ease of Use
On your box, go into the Apps section from the Homescreen, and find the PlayStore. Click and log in using a valid Google Username and Password
Search for "VPN" and you will be shown a variety of Free and Paid VPN's to choose from, find the VPN you want to try.... and click Install
Once the VPN app is installed, you will have the option to "Open" The app you just downloaded... click OPEN
You may need to set up an account if it is a PAID VPN, follow the steps in the app to set up your VPN - This may require selecting a Region you want to use... Select a Region, and click Connect
Once the VPN has connected, you can exit the VPN and return to your streaming app and see if this has resolved your issues. If NOT, then repeat these steps to find a VPN or Region that works for you.
In Canada, online Streaming is legal, so typically hiding your IP Address is not needed, however there are circumstances where specific events (such as worldwide Sporting events where the large Telecom and ISP companies may use a method to reduce access to streams, called Geo-Blocking. This is where they mandate that specific ISP providers block access to certain streams or streaming services.
In this type of situation a VPN allows you to bypass this Geo-targetted (or region specific) limitation, and continue to access the content you are trying to enjoy.
EDMI does not in anyway provide access to or provide VPN services, but suggests if you want to become more familiar with this type of application, there are plenty of resources availabkle through both Google and Youtube.
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