How to Use PureVPN to Access Netflix (No Logs)

Introduction

Netflix became one of the most popular movies and TV show streaming services a few years back, making it an essential part of any home entertainment setup. While Netflix is available through many different streaming platforms (including iTunes, Xbox, and others), it’s probably best known for its extremely reliable and easy-to-use app for iOS and Android devices. If you use Netflix a lot, then you’ll want to make sure you have one of the best VPNs to hide your activities from prying eyes.

Why Use a VPN with Netflix?

If you stream videos frequently on your device, then you’re likely already aware that keeping your activity private is an essential component of online security. Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) knows exactly what you’re doing online because they control the infrastructure that delivers the content you watch, but they don’t necessarily have to. By using a VPN, you’re taking a step to protect your privacy by encrypting your Internet traffic and making it extremely difficult to track.

Further to that point, many VPN services keep logs which can then be accessed by law enforcement and interested third parties. While it’s not necessarily illegal to use a VPN, it’s certainly not beneficial for your online security to keep such logs. In fact, a good VPN will give you the ability to access Netflix regardless of whether or not you’re logged into your account because they won’t retain any logging data.

Setting Up

On the iOS and Android app stores, you’ll find hundreds of VPN apps. It’s not unusual for there to be a significant price variation between those that boast the best ratings and reviews and the cheapest ones that barely do the job. For the best overall experience, you should opt for paid VPNs (that is, unless you can find a free one that meets your needs) since they usually feature some of the most interesting features found in no other app or system, not to mention strong security through encryption.

Features

Whether you’re using a VPN for legal reasons or just want to keep your activity private, there are several features you’ll find useful. Many paid VPNs offer kill switches which automatically disconnect you from the Internet if a server falls under attack or goes down. This prevents your personal information from being leaked or accessed by unauthorized parties.

Then there’s the option to select servers that are closer to your geographic location, which can significantly improve your Internet speed and reduce lags. Many VPN apps let you connect to servers across the globe, so you might notice a difference depending on where you connect from – connecting from the U.S. to Canada might noticeably improve your experience, while connecting from Germany might make Netflix load more slowly than usual. The type of content you view will also affect your performance, with documentaries usually taking longer to load than something like a mindless rom-com. This is one of the reasons why it’s generally best to browse Netflix from a computer rather than a mobile device – your computer’s screen is much larger and has a better Internet connection than your phone’s screen, so you won’t feel the lag as much while browsing the site.

There are also many helpful security features built into many VPN apps. For example, many offer a kill switch that automatically disconnects you from the Internet if a server is under attack and prevents your personal information from being accessed by unauthorized parties. Many allow you to configure a lock screen so anyone who tries to connect to your device while it’s protected will be denied access, and the majority of those that do allow such access require you to enter a login and password before they will finally let you back on the network. Some even allow you to choose a phrase that will be required to be said by any one trying to connect to your device – not an ideal situation for anyone who doesn’t want to be automatically authenticated when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network.

Then there’s the issue of maintaining anonymity when using public Wi-Fi. With the explosive growth of businesses offering Internet access through mobile devices, more and more people are frequently connecting to public Wi-Fi spots to browse the web or stream videos. However, as we’ve discussed, keeping your activity private is an essential part of online security, so it’s important that you don’t jeopardize this by allowing others to easily connect to your device while it’s connected to a public network. This is why many mobile VPNs offer features that allow you to hide your activity from prying eyes while using public Wi-Fi – the ability to completely anonymously access websites and stream videos without the worry of your personal information being leaked is incredibly appealing.

Once you’ve successfully connected to Netflix, you can also view personal recommendations for movies and TV shows that will suit your taste. You won’t find many better ways to find content that you’ll love than via a personalized recommendation from someone whose opinion you trust – your friends’ suggestions or those of well-known Hollywood figures, for example. Some even offer feature-rich homepage designs that allow you to browse the web via a streamlined interface that’s extremely easy to use. In fact, some of the better VPNs for Netflix let you add friends on social media platforms via their app, so you can quickly access their content recommendations when you log in.

Security

We’ve already discussed the importance of keeping your personal information private, but let’s not forget that, in addition to ensuring your privacy, a good VPN for Netflix will also help keep your activity secure. Many VPNs offer military-grade protection through strong encryption which scrambles your data so even if someone gets access to your personal information, it will make no sense to them.

Then there’s the issue of data retention. Regardless of whether you’re using a VPN for legal reasons or just want to keep your activity private, you’ll want to make sure that the company you choose doesn’t keep any logs which can then be accessed by law enforcement or interested third parties. The general rule of thumb is that VPNs which retain any data whatsoever should be avoided – these are usually a sign that the company isn’t taking security seriously, so it’s better to be safe than sorry when choosing a VPN for Netflix.

Keeping all of this in mind, let’s take a look at how to use PureVPN to access Netflix (No Logs).

Step 1: Install the PureVPN App

For our example, we’ll be using the PureVPN app because it’s the best overall option when it comes to accessing Netflix, but it’s not necessarily the only one. You can find much cheaper options if you don’t want to pay for a VPN plan, but we’d still recommend opting for the app due to its various useful features, slick design, and user-friendly nature. It’s also one of the few VPN apps available on the App Store that allow you to connect to Netflix (the others require you to go through a third party website to do so).

If you don’t have the app yet, you can find it in the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Once it’s installed, open it and click on the link in the top right to connect to the VPN.

Step 2: Log In

You’ll be taken to a login screen where you can enter your login credentials – you’ll need to have a Google account for the Google Play Store and an Apple ID for the iOS App Store.

You can also enter your email address if you have an account with the Apple App Store, otherwise you’ll only be able to use the Google Play Store.

If you’re using the Google Play Store to download the app, you won’t need to worry about entering any login details since it’s already attached to your Google account. Similarly, if you’re using the App Store to download the app, you won’t need to enter your email address since it’s already attached to your Apple ID. You can, however, still enter your login details if you want to use the Google Play Store or App Store to browse the web or stream videos (through your VPN, of course!).

Step 3: Configure the App

Once you’ve successfully logged in, click on the gear icon in the upper right to open the menu. From here, you can choose various options including making changes to the way the app works. We’ll be opting for the default settings, but you can contact the app’s support if you want to make further tweaks.

The first thing you’ll want to do is add a server – this is a location where your data is stored when it’s encrypted. When connected to a server, your activity is encrypted, meaning that only you and the server can read it. Remember: your ISP may still be able to track your activity, even if it’s encrypted! Adding a server is easy – just click on the “+” button in the upper right of the screen and search for the closest server to your location (you can also use GPS for added flexibility).

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