Whether you are traveling for work or leisure, using a VPN to encrypt your Internet traffic is a common-sense security measure. Now that we have reliable, affordable wireless networks in more places than ever before, being able to connect wherever you go has become essential.
The problem is that using a VPN client on a mobile device is difficult. You can’t browse the web or check your email while you are connected, and on some networks, you may even incur data charges (aka, you’ll be breaking the law!).
Thankfully, there is a solution. You can get a VPN directly on your Firestick, a small, versatile device that plugs into the back of your TV and can be used to stream content from services like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu.
Here is how you can get a VPN on your Firestick.
The Good Stuff
When you connect your Firestick to your TV, you will see a small computer appear with a lightning bolt icon on your screen. This is the Firestick app and operating system (homebrewed by Amazon).
While Firestick is officially only available for purchase from Amazon, you can still get the app for free from there. Just click the link below and you will be redirected to the Amazon App Store. Once you have the app installed on your phone, you can connect and use your Firestick with no hassle.
The Bad Stuff
Although the Firestick is a perfect fit for users who want to get a VPN, it’s not the best choice for everyone. If you are looking to upgrade your home theater to 4K, for example, you may want to consider an alternative device. (Just kidding.)
Also, if you have a habit of getting lost in Netflix binges, you may want to consider an alternative device that can be controlled remotely.
But, if you are looking for a simple, no-fuss way to get a VPN on your phone, the Firestick is the perfect solution. Just make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection and you can instantly access your VPN server from anywhere in the world.
There are two options for getting a VPN on the Firestick. You can either purchase the VPN directly from the manufacturer (most notably, Nord VPN), or you can download and install the OpenVPN app from the Google Play Store. (The latter also works with other VPN providers.)
Installing any app or setting up any service on your phone is extremely easy. Just follow the on-screen instructions and within minutes, you will be able to use the VPN on your device.
However, if you decide to purchase a VPN directly from the manufacturer, you will need to do a little more work. Each individual VPN has a different method of installation and some may even require you to register with an email address and/or create a password. These steps are typically only required once and then you will be able to use the product without any issues.
Also, it is important to remember that not all VPNs are created equal and some may create more security risks than others. If you want a simple solution that is easy to use, make sure you try out some of the popular ones first (e.g., Nord VPN or IPVanish).
If you would like, you can also find many tips and tricks for using a VPN on the Firestick in the online documentation that accompanies the product. Just click here to get started.