Yes, you can add a VPN to your TV
You can use many methods to protect against cyber-attacks, including strong passwords, antivirus software, a virtual private network (VPN), privacy-focused browsers, and more. Tap or click here for our list of essential privacy tools to help you stay safe online.
A VPN puts a layer of protection between you and the internet. Instead of connecting to a potentially unsecured server, your internet traffic goes through an encrypted tunnel, securing data both ways. This hides your IP address, encrypts internet traffic and protects your browsing history.
You want to secure all your devices with a VPN to stay protected, including your smart TV. The benefits of a VPN also extend beyond security.
Watch movies not available in your region
When a VPN assigns you a new IP address, it can be used to fake your location to anywhere the VPN service has servers, including other countries. The upside is that you can bypass geo-blocking and watch streaming content that may not be available in your area.
The largest streaming services have a global network and their content varies by region. A title can move between regions and become available in one while leaving the other. Another title may be available exclusively in one area and will never be shown elsewhere.
Simply change your location via your VPN and log into your streaming accounts. You’ll see content based on the location you’ve chosen.
Please note that using a VPN can cause your ISP to throttle your connection, but a good VPN will prevent this.
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Live Sports/Local TV
Using a VPN can give you access to more than just exclusive streaming content. You can watch sporting events from different countries which is great if you like a sport that is not so popular in the US like cricket, hockey, rugby and more. Even in the event that a live event is available here, you may prefer the coverage and commentary from another region.
The same principles apply to local TV. YouTube TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Stream, Sling TV, and others offer live TV streaming that may vary by region or even city. If you change your location, you can view local content from that area.
Prevent your ISP from collecting all your data
Your internet provider gives you access to the internet for a subscription fee. The deal should end there, but it doesn’t. ISPs are known to spy on your activities to learn more about you. This can be used to target you with ads.
According to the FTC, your location history, TV habits, search history, and even the contents of your emails are collected by ISPs. Not only does this information help build a profile of you and target you with personalized ads, but the data may also be sold to third parties. Tap or click here for our report on invasive ISP practices.
The good news is that a VPN not only hides your web activity from cybercriminals, but also from your ISP. No one can identify you or your device as all your traffic goes through the VPN server.
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You can set up the ExpressVPN native app on your Android TV, Fire TV and Chromecast with Google TV. This gives you a simple interface and allows you to change your location right from your TV while enjoying the privacy benefits of Express VPN.
Simply search for “expressvpn” on your Android TV, Fire device or Chromecast device and download/install the app. Then log in to your ExpressVPN account to activate the app and follow the on-screen instructions to set up.
Once done, you can connect to a default VPN server location or go to another available server location.
You can use ExpressVPN on your TV in other ways. Tap or click here to learn more about setting up your TV†