Twitch, the video platform loved by millions, is finally available to users in Canada. But, unlike many platforms we use today, you can’t actually connect to Twitch using a VPN. And that’s because of Canada’s new data-privacy laws.
What is a VPN, and why do I need one if I already have a Tor browser?
Let’s dive into the details.
What is a VPN, And Why Do I Need One If I Already Have a Tor Browser?”
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) connects your devices to a VPN server, which is operated by a company like NordVPN. With a VPN connection in place, your device becomes part of a secure private network that can only be accessed by other devices within the network. In other words, with a VPN, everything looks like it’s in Canada, but your device is actually working from the other side of the world.
This is especially useful if you’re outside of your home country. If you travel a lot for work, or if you live in a country where your internet service provider isn’t particularly trustworthy, then getting a VPN is a must.
Why should I use a VPN to watch Twitch instead of normal web surfing?
Well, first off, you should use a VPN for all of your daily internet activities. Why? Well, when you use a VPN to access websites, your activity can’t be traced back to you. This means that, even if your internet service provider is compromised, or even if your device is being actively traced, no one will know that you were snooping around the internet.
So, in short, using a VPN makes it harder for someone to identify your online activity. While this may not seem that important when you’re just using it to check your email or stream TV shows, think about all the data that’s being collected. Where do you think it’s going? To be sold to the highest bidder, of course!
Why Can’t Twitch Be Watched On NordVPN?
NordVPN doesn’t offer servers in Canada, and so Twitch can’t be accessed via a VPN within Canada. Fortunately, there is a way around this.
Twitch is accessible via a VPN connection from anywhere, as long as your device is connected to a VPN server. So, as long as you remain connected to a VPN server while on Twitch, you’ll be able to watch content as if you were in Canada. But how long do I have to remain connected for?
Well, you can’t use the VPN while you’re on Twitch, or else you’ll cease to be connected to the server. But once you disconnect, you’ll have to wait 30 minutes (in Netflix’s case) before you can reconnect. This is to prevent someone from performing a man-in-the-middle attack and changing all the information that your device sends while connected to the VPN.
So, it’s important to note that while you’re on Twitch, you have to remain constantly connected to the VPN server or you’ll lose access. And this is why you can’t use a VPN for Twitch.
Can I Use My Own VPN Server To Connect To Twitch?
If you have a VPN server at home – and you do, otherwise, you’d probably be using one – you can connect to Twitch using that server. Just make sure that you’re not blocking any ports or restricting any functionality on the VPN server, especially when you’re not sure what you’re doing. Otherwise, you might break something.
Why would I do that? Well, if a VPN isn’t installed properly or configured correctly, then it could potentially stop working altogether. Especially if you’re using a custom server or a server provided by a third party, you really should know what you’re doing. And if you’re not sure, then maybe it’s best to just leave things alone.
Can I Use A VPN To Browse The Internet In Secret?
Yes, you can. One of the major benefits of using a VPN is being able to browse the internet in secret. Meaning, without anyone knowing that you’re surfing the web. This is helpful if you’re worried about your anonymity on the internet. Or if you simply want to be able to surf the web privately.
There are hundreds of VPN websites and apps available, all of which ensure that you remain anonymous while browsing the web. And with most VPN providers offering some level of anonymity, it’s highly likely that you’ll have no trouble finding a VPN that suits your needs.
Why Use A VPN Instead Of A Pro-Content Filter?
It’s always great to have a content filter for blocking pornography, or keeping young children safe while surfing. But often, these filters can be easily bypassed by tech-savvy users. Meaning that any minor child could easily access sexual content or extremely graphic images, if they really wanted to. And it’s often the case that even when parents are aware that their kids are trying to access adult content, they don’t always know how. Or they think that, because their browser is on “incognito mode”, it will automatically block any content.
With a VPN, however, this is not the case. You must actively choose to expose yourself to pornographic content or other types of potentially dangerous material. Otherwise, the anonymity that you’re looking for will remain intact.
This is mainly because, as we discussed above, a VPN prevents your activity from being traced back to you. Meaning that even if your device is compromised, or if your ISP is spying on you, your personal information will be safe. And this is why you should always prefer to use a VPN whenever possible.
How Can I Use My VPN To Access Netflix?
Netflix is one of the most popular websites in the world. And even if you’re not a fan of the platform, you can’t deny that it’s achieved greatness by providing an easy to use, no-hassle approach to movie and TV show streaming.
With most other streaming platforms, all you need to do is install the app and you’re good to go. But with Netflix, you need to make sure that you’re connected to the Netflix servers in the UK. Or, at the very least, live in Britain.
This is because Netflix doesn’t offer a global service. It focuses primarily on the UK, US, and a handful of other countries. So if you want to use Netflix, you have to either live in one of these countries, or you have to be in Britain. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.
But don’t worry. There is a way around this. And it’s actually quite a simple one.
If you’re in Britain and you want to access Netflix, all you need to do is install the VPN app for Android or iOS, and you’re good to go.
Why? It’s all down to the fact that, unlike other websites and streaming apps, Netflix does not block or restrict VPN connections.
So, all you need to do is connect to a VPN, once you’re on Netflix, and you’re good to go. As long as you remain connected, you’ll be able to access all of Netflix’s content. And if you leave the app open on your phone, you’ll continue to be able to use it even when you’re not connected to WiFi.
Is There A Difference In Quality When Watching Netflix On A Fuelled VPN Vs A Pro-Content Filter?
This really depends on what you’re watching. If you compare Netflix’s standard definition streams against those watched through a VPN, you’ll notice a significant drop in quality. Not to mention that some shows and movies are completely unwatchable on Netflix’s standard definition platform.
So, while watching Netflix, you do lose some quality. But, if you consider that quality stream to be an asset, then the loss is more than acceptable. Especially if you realize that you’re helping to preserve the environment by not using a cable.
As for the difference in terms of storage. When watching Netflix, you’ll notice that your device will constantly ask for more space. Especially if you have an old phone, this may be a problem. Especially if you have a 16 GB phone and you’re watching TV shows that take up 20 GB of space.
But if you have a huge memory card, or you’re streaming from a hard drive, then the quality should be more than good enough. And you won’t really notice any difference at all.