The market for VPNs is flooded with options, many of which work great. But if you’re looking to try something new, you might need some help. That’s why we’ve collected these top tips on how to install and use NordVPN on your FireStick.
Get The Right Hardware
The first step to making any kind of machine work for you is getting the right hardware. While there’s no exact science to creating a computer system that’s perfect for VPNs, there are some general guidelines you can follow. One of the most important things to consider is the network adapter. The FireStick supports both Ethernet and Wi-Fi networking, but if you’re using the former you’ll need an Ethernet-to-Wi-Fi bridge such as the TP-Link Archer C7. Alternatively, you can use a standard Ethernet jack to directly connect to a network with no need for a Wi-Fi bridge. The downside is that you’ll have limited speed compared to using an Ethernet-to-Wi-Fi bridge.
Install The Right Software
Once you have the right hardware, you can move on to installing the right software. One of the most essential things to consider with any software is the platform it’s designed for. While it would be great if all applications were available for all platforms, this is rarely the case. If you’re using a version of Windows (most VPNs are), you’ll need to make sure that your FireStick is powered up and that it’s connected to the Internet via a broadband connection. Then you can install the software.
Ensure You Have The Right Encryption
Now that you have everything set up perfectly, you can move on to configuring the VPN client. First, you’ll need to ensure that you’re using the right type of encryption. Most companies that provide VPN services offer multiple types of encryption to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about using weak (or no) encryption. For maximum security, you should go with AES-256-bit encryption because it’s one of the most secure algorithms out there. Just make sure to avoid any weak encyrption (using MD5 or SHA-1) as it makes your data more susceptible to being hacked. You should also look into PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy) which provides you with the benefit of maintaining confidentiality even if someone obtains access to your network.
Create A System Restore Point
When you connect your FireStick to the Internet using VPNs, you’ll be giving the software on the device access to your personal data. As a safety precaution, you should create a system restore point before you start using the VPN. This will allow you to rollback your device to its previous state if you need to restore something that you’ve modified. To create a restore point, you’ll simply need to press and hold the Shift key while your device is booting up. This will open up a system menu, from which you can select Create a restore point. You can use this feature to make a copy of your USB or internal storage before you connect the device to the Internet.
Back Up Your Data
Another important step you need to take is backing up your data. You should have a plan in place to regularly back up your most important data on a removable storage device. It’s a good idea to have a separate device dedicated to storing your backups just in case your primary hard drive fails or is damaged. Since your FireStick is essentially a small computer, you’ll easily be able to access your backups should the need arise. It would be wise to regularly back up your system as well as your data because if you lose your system files you’ll have nothing left to recover. The data on the other hand can be recovered using most any data recovery application or service.
Use The Right Host
One more thing you need to take into consideration is the host you’re going to use. The most recommended one at the time of writing is NordVPN because it has fast servers located around the world and is easy to use. If you want to try a different VPN service, you can always find reviews online or talk to the customer support team to get more information.
Avoid Free VPNs
It’s always a good idea to look for options that are free. There are many free VPNs out there, but keep in mind they are usually pretty limited in terms of the number of servers and locations they offer. If you want to use a free VPN to gain ultimate flexibility, you should look for a premium service that offers a good amount of servers located in various parts of the world. You can also check out our list of the best free VPNs that offer powerful features and a reliable customer support team.
Choose A Compatible Browser
When it comes to using a VPN on your FireStick, the first thing you’ll need to do is download and install the right browser. You should get a secure, private, and reliable browser that’s also easy to use. Let’s be honest here, nothing’s worse than using a slow, unsecure, and poorly designed browser when you’re trying to log on to a secure server to keep your personal data private. The worst kind of browser is one that’s been hacked by a third party. Avoid using these kinds of browsers if you value your privacy. You should look for an option that’s been verified to work well with IPVanish, NordVPN, and Private Internet Access.
Now that you have everything setup correctly, you can use your new VPN service to gain secure access to Wi-Fi hotspots, private networks, and the Internet itself. Be sure to let us know if this article was helpful and feel free to leave any feedback or questions below.