Whether you’re a world traveler or a digital nomad, remote work or even just wanting to watch Netflix from the couch more often than not you’ll want to be connected to the internet from wherever you happen to be located. No longer do you need to be tethered to a WiFi hotspot or rely on hotel or airport WiFi if you want to access your favorite content.
Luckily there’s an easy solution to this problem: the Firestick. A Firestick is a tiny device that connects to your phone via WiFi and allows you to access the internet and use your phone’s functions (such as its camera and its microphone) via a dedicated app.
Because of its small size and light weight the Firestick is perfect for taking with you anywhere. This means you can always have internet access wherever you go – whether you are in a coffee shop, a hotel, or even the airport. In fact, some people even use them as their primary internet connection because of their portability and ease of use.
To continue along this topic let’s take a quick look at NordVPN, one of the best VPNs available on the market today.
NordVPN was launched in February of 2019 and is a subsidiary of Nord Group, a company known for its Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s brands. The NordVPN team also worked with some of the largest technology companies in the world including Microsoft, Cisco, and Sonic. The goal of the partnership was to create the best VPN product possible. To do this the team tested dozens of VPNs from all the major brands and eventually settled on NordVPN. As you might imagine, the best VPNs are usually the ones that are highly secure and offers a sleek, intuitive design.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at the features that set NordVPN apart from the competition.
One of the biggest selling points of NordVPN is the lack of logs that are kept by the company. As the name implies, NordVPN does not log any of your internet activity. This is a massive selling point for people who want to remain anonymous while using the internet (especially since many VPNs collect and keep logs anyway). Furthermore, since NordVPN does not log your data it cannot be subpoenaed by the authorities. Of course, this only applies to countries where these legal actions can be taken. As we mentioned above, VPNs that are heavily-regulated by governments around the world (especially in authoritarian countries) will inevitably keep logs and can be forced to comply with any data request.
Even more impressively, NordVPN is capable of delivering some of the fastest speeds on the market. While some VPNs can slow down your internet connection when you are connecting to a server that is experiencing heavy loads, NordVPN stays smooth and uninterrupted. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that the VPN uses cutting-edge technology to keep your data secure and encrypted while it travels to the server. Essentially, servers located all over the world enable users to connect to any corner of the internet with essentially no lag time. In fact, some people use NordVPN and access the web during the day in different time zones and from all over the world without experiencing any downtime or performance issues.
NordVPN isn’t lacking in terms of features and, in many ways, it sets itself apart from its competition by focusing on providing a streamlined experience for its users. For example, one of the more notable features is the ability to create multiple VPN accounts on one device. This is a huge time-saver for people who use VPNs frequently and has lessened the amount of accounts that get mixed up in the process of everyday use. Another feature that helps streamline the usage experience is the fact that all of the apps for the various platforms (including iOS and Android) are linked together so that whenever you make a change it is reflected uniformly across all apps. This can be a real time-saver when you are using one of the more complex features of the app such as Wi-Fi protected password sharing or accessing files on a remote server (via FTP) through your VPN.
On the subject of security, NordVPN uses the latest encryption technologies and security measures to keep your data secure while you use the internet via a VPN. All of the apps and websites that you visit via a VPN are encrypted before they are transmitted so that even if someone were to gain access to some of your personal data it would be virtually useless. In terms of privacy, NordVPN keeps no logs and does not sell or give out any identifiable information about its users to any third party (including government agencies).
Value For Money:
Last but not least, let’s not forget about the value that NordVPN offers for money. At the time of this writing the VPN is currently available for $2.99 per month with a three-year commitment available for $5.45 per month (with a free trial). Let’s put this into perspective: not only does NordVPN come with unmatched features and performance for the price (unsurprisingly, given all the above), but it is also one of the most financially-responsible VPNs out there. The company puts an emphasis on value for money and regularly provides discounts for prepaid or monthly billing (which is highly beneficial for customers who use it regularly).
Choosing a VPN that is affordable and offers enough features and performance to be worth using is not an easy task. For a long time now, VPNs have been dominated by large, corporate entities who want to capitalize on the growing trend of remote work and digital nomads who want to keep their personal data secure while they work remotely. As more and more people look for ways to save money while maintaining a high level of security the affordable and feature-rich VPNs such as NordVPN become even more appealing.
Setting up NordVPN on Your Firestick
Since NordVPN is so portable and simple to use you might wonder how it is possible to set it up on a Firestick. In order to do this you will need to download and install the NordVPN app on your phone first (for Android and iOS devices).
Once you have the app on your phone you can connect to WiFi hotspots that are protected with a VPN and access the internet via a secure connection. Some people also like to use these connections to access resources on an internal network (where the VPN server is located) so that all of their computing devices are protected and any sensitive data is kept private.
After you have your internet connection set up via the app you can use it to access the services on websites that require authentication (i.e. you need to have a Google account to access the Gmail service). You can also use the apps on your phone to connect to WiFi hotspots and other devices that are protected by a VPN so that all of your personal data is kept private while you are connected. Once you have your device connected to the internet you can use it to access content and functionality as usual (you won’t have any trouble accessing your email or other online accounts because they are all encrypted).
Some people prefer to use dedicated apps on their devices rather than the ones that are pre-installed on the phone. While apps for Android and iOS work well together the NordVPN team recommends using the dedicated apps for more functionality because they can be updated more frequently than the pre-installed versions (especially if you use them regularly).
Using NordVPN with Amazon Prime Video
Since we already mentioned above that Netflix is one of the main interests of the company that created the Firestick we will take this opportunity to show you how to use NordVPN with Amazon Prime Video.
All you need to do is download the Amazon Prime Video app (available for iOS and Android devices) and then you can start using the VPN to gain even more value from your Amazon Prime membership. When you open the app you will see a familiar screen (except it will look a little different because the VPN is active). If you are using the app for the first time you will have to create an account (with a valid email address) and then you can proceed to the next step.
After you have signed up you will see the main menu where you can access all of the content that is available via Amazon Prime Video (including movies, TV shows, and documentaries). To continue with the overview, when you are using the app you can click the gear icon in the upper-right corner to access the settings. Here you can select which location you want to connect to (there are over 190 countries available and the choices are updated regularly). You can also turn on or off the VPN for individual apps (if you are using them with the Amazon Prime Video app) or for the entire device (if you are connecting through a dedicated app for the Firestick). Additionally, you can change the encryption protocol and the number of connections that are allowed simultaneously (the default limit is three).