Tech Inspect: How To Stream Netflix With a Free VPN

The Netflix library in each country differs because of territorial licensing. However, there are VPNs that allow people from a different country to stream titles from Netflix USA. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) makes the Netflix server think that your internet connected device is located within the United States.

Some Background Info

A VPN sends a user's internet traffic through a dedicated server that hides an IP address and encrypts all of the data that is sent and received. The data that is encrypted can never be read by anyone. If a hacker tries viewing the encrypted data, the data will only show as basically gibberish that cannot be unscrambled. When a user does not use a VPN, their connection is open to everyone including hackers.

The Setup Process

The process to start a VPN on an internet browser is really simple after completing the installation. After the installation has completed, turn on the VPN. Within the VPN settings, choose the United States as the country and then proceed to the Netflix website or mobile app. A user must have an account on that country's Netflix to browse the content. Many VPNs require fees to be paid monthly in order for a user to choose the country that they want the VPN to be based in.

Netflix has stated that they are against the use of VPNs, but VPNs are legal and even Netflix themselves have stated that they have no way to deal with people who use VPNs. Netflix does have the ability to block certain VPN IP addresses, but typically the VPN company processes out the blocked IP addresses quickly.

Free and paid VPNs

There are several free and paid VPNs that allow a user to view the Netflix USA library of titles. Here is a list of some of the best ones.

  • Hola is a free VPN that works on every platform. The VPN states that it is a P2P (peer-to-peer) VPN. This means that the user shares their bandwidth with other users and vice versa to make the VPN connection work and to be fast. There may be some security issues because of the VPN operating as P2P. If a user is concerned about security issues, there are four other better options below.

  • Betternet works on both web browsers and smartphones. The only drawback to the VPN is that a user is required to purchase a premium license in order to choose the country.

  • TunnelBear has a free plan and paid monthly plans. The free plan only allows one connected device and has a 500MB data limit. TunnelBear works on Mac, Windows, Android, i0S and Chrome. It only takes two taps to run the VPN.

  • ExpressVPN is a VPN that a user must pay for to use. However, there is a 30 day money back guarantee. The VPN claims to have customer service available 24/7. It works on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux. ExpressVPN takes security seriously with high level activity encryption and leak protection.

  •  CyberGhost is another VPN that a user must pay for. The VPN offers a free trial and a 30 day money back guarantee. It provides an automatic kill switch, the highest possible speed, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited traffic. The VPN works on up to 7 devices.

There are many more options for VPNs that are free and need to be paid for, but a user should do research on which one would be best for them to use. Users should compare the price per month, money back guarantees, the different plans offered, and online reviews to see if the VPN is legitimate. There are VPNs that are not legitimate and that will try to steal your information instead of protect it. However, most VPNs that can be found in an internet search are safe to use.

Researching the Top Choice for the Job

While searching for a VPN to use, a user might think that the majority of them require a monthly payment. That is actually the case, but the monthly payments are typically cheap and can be as low as around $5 a month. A low monthly payment is worth it to be protected and to be able to view the wide range of movie and television show titles on Netflix USA.

For more info on viewing Netflix USA while in a different country, check this out. Plex86 provides information on the best VPNs to use for Netflix and also has a video with more information.

While viewing Netflix USA, be aware that Disney will their titles from Netflix in Late 2019 and that Castle Rock Season 2 is coming to Netflix USA.