The rise in popularity of an Amazon Fire TV Stick has been rapid, perhaps stimulated by the pandemic, which has seen more people having to spend time at home. Converting any TV with a HDMI port into a Smart TV and enjoying the advantages of streaming for very little money is obviously appealing.
However, users will have encountered some restrictions imposed by certain streaming services, their Internet Service Provider (ISP), and possibly even their Government.
Do We Know Who’s Monitoring Us?
These restrictions can be an infringement on our privacy. They include online surveillance or monitoring, ‘internet throttling’, which targets video streamers, content geo-restrictions that limits our access to information from certain locations, and any legal difficulties we might encounter from using third-party add-ons and apps.
However, all of these issues can be overcome whilst protecting our privacy through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for an Amazon TV and FireStick, which helps to mask our IP address and hide our online identity.
Whether we want to admit it or not, online surveillance from our ISP, or other third parties, goes on. But a Fire Stick VPN can work to conceal our IP address and direct our online activities through an anonymous server. The best VPN for Amazon Fire Stick will have the toughest encryption technologies to make it impossible for anyone to know what we’re doing online.
Have You Been A Victim Of Internet Throttling?
The act of internet or ISP throttling is more common than you might think. Have you ever found that your internet connection’s speed has slowed down or isn’t always as fast as it should? If so, your ISP is probably curtailing your internet speed, especially when you are streaming videos. This is because your online activities are being monitored, so when you are streaming using certain apps your ISP knows. You might not experience a difference for less prolific users, but if you regularly stream content, you will probably have suffered buffering problems.
ISPs use this technique to distribute a range of tasks over a range of resources in a bid to make their overall processing more efficient, otherwise known as load-balancing. It’s completely legal for them to do this and will be in the very fine detail of your contract.
A VPN can help with this issue too. When you use your Amazon TV or FireStick with a VPN, it will encrypt your online activities meaning your ISP won’t be able to tell whether you are streaming videos or simply downloading a large document. Unable to read that you are streaming means they won’t employ a throttle on your internet speed, and you can enjoy streaming at higher speeds, usually buffer-free too.
Another restriction that is imposed on you is what you can watch in your geographical location. Although you can access popular streaming services like Netflix, and Amazon Primeon a Fire Stick, your access to certain content will be limited.
For example, Netflix is available in close to 200 countries but not all content can be watched in each of those countries due to geo-restrictions, which are in place because of content distribution rights. This means you are being deprived of everything that could be available, and you might be missing out on some great entertainment.
A good VPN will have servers located across the globe, so you would just need to select one of the servers in a country showing video content you want to watch and start streaming without any restrictions. It is also possible to unblock regional content with a VPN.
Breaking the law is not something to condone, but you can do it without knowing it. Using a Fire Stick lets us quickly set up third-party streaming services where we can get free access to content that could otherwise be paid for. You might also end up streaming copyrighted content without knowing you are breaking the law, which could land you in legal trouble.
A Fire Stick with VPN can set your mind at rest because streaming activities are hidden, meaning no ISP or other entity will be able to determine what you are doing and ensure your privacy and anonymity stays intact.
Using a VPN for Amazon Fire TV Stick means you can sit back and enjoy your entertainment for little cost, safe in the knowledge nobody is prying into your private viewing.