Why You Should Always Use Kodi With A VPN & How To Pick The Best OneBy Steph Myers / May 17, 2016 / Tags: Kodi
If you use Kodi to stream TV and movies, you probably need to be using a VPN. Here are all the reasons why, and what to look for when choosing a Kodi VPN.
Kodi (formerly XBMC) is an impressive home entertainment platform. It’s easy to use, free, powerful, and flexible. You can stream endless hours of great TV, movies, sports, and other content. It has pretty much everything anyone would want in a media center.
There are just two issues. One, security. Kodi is an open-source platform, with lots of contributions from anonymous third-parties, and there are no guarantees. Two, privacy. Those cool Kodi add-ons you’ve been using to watch tons of pay-TV and movies for free? They’re a cause for concern. At best, they’re controversial. At worst, they can get you in real trouble. [See: Is Kodi Legal? Safe?]
Thankfully, there’s a cheap, easy way to protect yourself from Kodi’s security issues. Using a VPN with Kodi is simply the smart thing for security and privacy, and costs only a few dollars a month. (My personal choice is NordVPN, which I can recommend as an excellent service with the highest standards of safety and privacy protection, plus very fast streaming speeds. And I did a lot of searching and testing. It’s a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice two years running, and they have a 30-day money-back guarantee. Now through Feb. 28 you can get their winter deal — $3.29/mo for 2 years — or get it anytime for $5.75/month for an annual account.)
Will the feds swarm your living room if you use Kodi without a VPN for protection? Probably not. But when it’s so easy to stay secure on Kodi, why risk it?
There are actually several reasons why you shouldn’t use Kodi without also using a VPN. A VPN, which stands for Virtual Private Network, will not only improve your Kodi experience, but will help protect your privacy and security. Here’s why a VPN is a must-have for Kodi.
Prevent Tracking & Monitoring
There are a number of powerful entities with cause to discourage certain streaming activities on Kodi — including the government, copyright holders, and other corporate interests. These agencies are also known to track and monitor ordinary citizens’ online activities. In fact, if you’ve been using Kodi to stream bootlegged content, you may already have gotten a troubling letter from your Internet Service Provider. If you haven’t yet, you probably will.
Some of the best Kodi add-ons — the ones that let you watch lots of TV and movies for free — put you on sketchy legal ground. Your ISP routinely tracks your online activities (yes, it seems shocking, but they do). And if they see that you’re streaming bootlegged content, they may take steps to shut down your activities.
With a VPN, your IP address is hidden. It works by rerouting your connection through a neutral server, making it impossible to identify you or see any of your personal data. So your ISP, the feds, and anyone else trying to keep eyes on you online, can no longer do so.
Don’t Get Hacked
Since a VPN keeps your identity private, this works to fend off bad guys as well — hackers, scammers, and snoops. It encrypts your entire connection, so you stay secure on Kodi and keep your network safe from hackers.
Plus, because Kodi is an open-source platform, and add-ons are developed and distributed by often anonymous third-parties, it’s just smart to use protection against privacy breaches. This is true whether you use Kodi on Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, a computer, mobile, or other device.
In today’s digital world, staying safe, secure, and protecting your privacy is a major concern. Even if you don’t use Kodi for anything sketchy, a VPN offers protection and peace of mind while you’re connected to the internet.
Stream More Content
Lots of great TV you can stream with Kodi add-ons is blocked based on your geographical location. Top sources like HBO, Netflix, BBC, ESPN, ITV, Sky Sports, and many more are all geo-blocked.
With a VPN, you are immune to the location restrictions. A VPN encrypts your identity and location — which means you’ll be able to get around geo-blocks and access tons of new content sources on Kodi add-ons, including 1Channel Primewire, Phoenix, NetfliXBMC, Genesis, and IceFilms.
With a click, you can route your connection through servers located in cities and countries around the world. You can easily switch locations to unblock sources in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. In short, you’ll be able to unblock Kodi and all its TV add-ons to watch a lot more cool TV, movies, and sports.
It goes without saying that the best way to use Kodi is in sanctioned ways with official add-ons. But the truth is, that’s like telling Spring-Breakers not to drink too much at an open bar. So at least take some modest precautions and protect yourself with a VPN. It’s a cheap, easy way to get peace of mind.
How To Choose The Best VPN For Kodi
There are lots of VPN providers out there, and it can be hard to tell the difference between them or how to pick a good one. But there are differences — and some very important ones at that.
Unreliable VPNs will not only still leave you vulnerable to security breaches, but will also slow your connection. So do your research. Do yourself a favor as well by steering clear of ‘free’ VPNs. We have yet to find one that actually offers sufficient security and privacy protection.
Broadly, the main things to look for when choosing a VPN for Kodi are: best-in-class security measures, maximum privacy protection, and a good user experience (speed, unblocks add-ons, easy to use).
More specifically, any VPN you use with Kodi needs to meet certain criteria. First, the VPN must have a zero log policy, and can’t have any DNS leaks. This is an absolute necessity. Surprisingly, it isn’t something that comes standard, because plenty of VPN providers cut corners and don’t actually take your privacy seriously.
Best VPNs for Kodi> See full comparison
Also, look for a VPN provider that has private servers. Many VPNs don’t use private servers (and none of the free VPNs do), which pretty much defeats the whole purpose. You should also confirm that a VPN has anonymous torrenting and superior data encryption. An automatic kill switch is a great feature to look for.
Another big consideration is speed, so that your streaming isn’t interrupted or delayed. Also, make sure the VPN offers unlimited speed and bandwidth, so you don’t get throttled or blocked.
Look for support for multiple devices (including simultaneous use on more than one device), multiple protocols, 24/7 customer support, that it’s easy to use, and that it has servers around the world so you can unblock new content sources on Kodi.
If you want a recommendation, I use NordVPN ($5.75/mo, or $3.29/mo for 2 years), which meets and exceeds all the criteria for a great Kodi VPN. They have a 30-day money-back guarantee. Another excellent VPN for Kodi is ExpressVPN ($8.32/mo), also with a 30-day guarantee.
If you need more help choosing a VPN provider, check out our list of the top VPNs for Kodi.
If you need help setting up your VPN with Kodi, or see how easy it is to start using Kodi safely, see our article: How To Set Up A VPN With Kodi.
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