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Just got myself a Firestick streaming device from Amazon when it was 20% off 2 weeks ago. Mainly to get Netflix with this. Found a lot of advises on line that I should get VPN with this. Also my Norton Security on my computer keep telling me to get their VPN suscription for safe browsing. Is this necessary ? Any of you use VPN service ? If yes, which one ? Thanks.
 

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I use Hotspot Shield from Mexico to show I am in Canada when I chat with Shaw Direct. I will also use it once in a while with Netflix to get better selection of shows. It is free for those uses.
 

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I have been looking at VPNs. I too have Firestick. No real need for VPN (yet!) except for switching location. So far, I am using the free version of Windscribe. It is based in Toronto. https://www.reddit.com/r/Windscribe/ It can be installed direct from app store on Firestick. I have not done that - just using it on computer so far.

Paid versions of Windscribe and others like NORDVPN are not exactly low cost if you only need to use them occasionally.

This site has a comparison of VPNs. Not totally up to date, but lot's of info.

Looking for cheapest pay VPN? I so far have looked at this list:
Fastestvpn https://fastestvpn.com/buy-vpn?a_aid=5b80030f787a0
Surfshark https://surfshark.com/
PIA https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/
PureVPN https://www.purevpn.com/order-now.php?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=aff-35741-vpnservicepro.com
Cyberghost https://www.cyberghostvpn.com
NordVPN https://join.nordvpn.com/order/?menu=pricing
Ivacy https://www.ivacy.com/buy-ivacy-vpn/?utm_source=aff-22035&utm_medium=Affiliate
IPVanish https://www.ipvanish.com/

There are of course hundreds more!

Seems location or jurisdiction of company is important for some (are they likely to be "audited" )
Also method of payment may provide a trail to user.

Just something to research until golf weather returns :) If anyone finds THE best deal, please post :)
 

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I've used PIA for years...no complaints.

Keep meaning to look at Nord but then PIA renews and I forget about it for another year. Meh. I'm sure both do the same thing.
 

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May the Fourth with you all !

Thank you all for the replies.

I am still contemplating if I need this for normal use. Getting more selection of videos on Netflix is not important to me, The Firestick is mainly for YouTube. I often like to check out the travelling videos there. So I can watch it from my TV instead of the computer. Movies and TV I always get them from my local library. Will take a free one month trial with Netflix and Amazon Prime first and then decide.

A99, do you find the speed ot the internet slow down when you use VPN with the Firestick ?
 

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I am still contemplating if I need this for normal use. Getting more selection of videos on Netflix is not important to me, The Firestick is mainly for YouTube. I often like to check out the travelling videos there. So I can watch it from my TV instead of the computer. Movies and TV I always get them from my local library. Will take a free one month trial with Netflix and Amazon Prime first and then decide.

A99, do you find the speed ot the internet slow down when you use VPN with the Firestick ?
If you don't have a specific reason for a VPN (geoblocking, etc) you don't really need it.

VPNs do slow down the connection but for most low bandwidth/slow activities (web browsing, emails, etc) you'll likely not notice it.
 

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A99, do you find the speed ot the internet slow down when you use VPN with the Firestick ?


Benting, I only installed Windscribe on my laptop, just to learn a bit more about VPNs. I don't have high speed internet (14Mbps) but I haven't noticed any difference in speed on video sites. Windscribe is close to home. I suppose the VPNs located further afield might be more prone to slowdown.

From what I read, those who don't want authorities nosing into their on-line usage, prefer not to use VPNs in countries where laws allow that sort of prying.

Doesn't sound like you need a VPN yet. So far, I only turn mine on if I want to access country specific sites. Countries are limited on the free Windscribe(10) and you get just 10Gb/month. I only so far used Canada/USA/UK and only 0.5Gb :). Haven't decided yet which VPN to install on the Firestick.
 

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Netflix doesn't allow VPNs to bypass geoblocking (can only access through non-VPN connections).

I use it to less than fully legally acquire content that is not easily and cheaply available to me, while avoiding any copyright complaints from rightsholders through the ISP.
 

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If you don't have a specific reason for a VPN (geoblocking, etc) you don't really need it.

VPNs do slow down the connection but for most low bandwidth/slow activities (web browsing, emails, etc) you'll likely not notice it.
I can game on NordVPN. Some VPNs actually market themselves to lower ping for gaming. I can do the same by chosing a VPN server close to the game server to tunnels all traffic directly from there. Sometimes it lowers the ping and sometimes it doesn't, it's pratically negligible in my experience.

It's the free ones that slow down your internet or cheap ones without enough server location options. I wouldn't buy a VPN for the sake of reducing ping but a good one certainly doesn't necessarily hurt it either. Sometimes a server gets bogged down and you just need to switch to another
 

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I recently noticed that despite using a VPN, the sites I accessed still knew I was in Canada. Checking into this, I found that one of the possible reasons was because browsers like Chrome, Firefox and others default to providing sites with your location. They 'may' ask you first if it is OK. However, you can turn this off. This article describes the problem and how to turn off geolocation:

https://proprivacy.com/privacy-service/guides/disable-geolocation-in-browsers

There are other ways sites can determine your location, but for now this hopefully cured the problem I had noticed. Won't know for sure until I am out of Canada.
 

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Regardless if you're getting a pop up regarding needing a VPN for your fire device I'd still suggest you go for one. I've been using Surfshark for a while now on my Firestick and haven't had any issue with it. I even use it on my phone. The VPN is cheap plus allows unlimited multi-logins.
 

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I'm not sure what security benefits a VPN really has, so your ISP doesn't know what IP you're connected to, but the VPN provider knows this.
Also several VPN providers sell this data.

So you're basically giving some third party, that you don't know, the information you're trying to hide from your ISP.
 

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Also several VPN providers sell this data.
Really? Source? The paid VPNs are selling my data? (I use Nord)

So you're basically giving some third party, that you don't know, the information you're trying to hide from your ISP.
Exactly. A third party domiciled in another country that doesn't keep logs and has no interest in revealing my details.
As opposed to Rogers, Bell, Shaw, etc who would turn over my records in a heartbeat.
 

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Rogers Cable is now giving customers free access to the Hollywood Suite of movies.

It can be accessed through the guide or channel number, but is also available on the voice control on the Ignite remote control.

Example........If you want to watch western movies just say "western movies" and all the movies from Hollywood Suite will come up along with Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO and Disney.

We have all the packages so it is a handy way to see all the movies available in one place, rather than searching through all the programs.

Hollywood Suite offers tons of movies from the past eras, so there is lots of good content available.
 
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