What Is A VPN?

Purwell

Member
Location
North Herts (UK)
I'm in the UK and there is a particular programme coming up on Australian TV that I would like to watch.
I have been told that I can stream it if I use a VPN, but I don't understand what one of those is.
Help please!
 

Chris P Bacon

Senior Member
Location
Cuenca Ecuador
Some shows limit which countries they allow their content to be shown in. Some countries also limit what content they allow to be shown within their borders. A VPN disguises your computer to appear as if its in some country or place where the content that would normally be forbidden to you, is made allowable for you.
 

There are some free ones (Not that good) and also paid versions,I have tried using one to access the BBC (IP address is London) from Australia and does not work,I think more and more country's are a wake up to VPN and add another level of security or something,BTW what was the program you wanted to watch in Australia might be able to point you in the right direction?
 

Purwell

Member
Location
North Herts (UK)
There are some free ones (Not that good) and also paid versions,I have tried using one to access the BBC (IP address is London) from Australia and does not work,I think more and more country's are a wake up to VPN and add another level of security or something,BTW what was the program you wanted to watch in Australia might be able to point you in the right direction?
Thanks, I think I'm getting the plot now.

I'm not sure exactly what the programme is called, it is about working dogs on a Pilbara ranch.
I think it might be called "Muster Dogs"
 

OneEyedDiva

Well-known Member
Location
New Jersey
I'm using Nord VPN which was rated one of the best when I first got it a couple of years ago. I like it because it's easy to disable and resume protection. Just know that some streaming services won't work when your VPN is activated. One of the reasons I got Nord was because they touted being able to stream Netflix while using it. That worked for about a year. Now sometimes, according to where in the country they've connected me to (I always use USA), Hulu, Netflix, Prime and Discover+ will not stream when it's activated. So I'll pause it for 5 minutes and even if I'm watching a 30 minute show, the stream will continue until the program is over. At other times, I have no problem streaming when the VPN is active.
 

JustinCase

UNIX/Linux
Went through the easy to understand instructions, up to the point they wanted subscription fees and personal information.
Never mind!
 
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Irwin

Senior Member
I use the Tor network occasionally if I really need privacy, but that's pretty rare. Most of my activities are pretty innocuous and boring, but on those rare occasions when I work on my plans to overthrow the government, I use Tor! :cool:
 

RFW

Certified Night Owl
If you only want to get past streaming restrictions, you should look into a good DNS service. The difference is a VPN encrypts your internet traffic and masks your IP address while a DNS service only reroutes it, making it substantially faster than VPN.
I personally use Smart DNS Proxy for this and I have no complaints. Make sure the channels/websites you want to watch are listed there and try their free trial.
 
What Is A VPN?
Lots of possibilities:
 
Hi Purwell. VPNs have become really easy to use. Nord is good though I prefer ExpressVPN. Personally I think everyone should be using a VPN. There are many benefits, one of which you noted, being able to access country specific streaming. (also very useful with Netflix.) If you have trouble, please let me know and I can provide some additional advice.
 

Furryanimal

Y gath o Gymru
Location
Wales
Dead handy..with mine set to Australia I watch channel 9.
Set to Luxembourg I can get Eurosport International
To the USA I can get all sorts of American channels.
Doesn’t work for everything....and you may have to look up a countries postcodes.
Channel 9 think I’m in Sydney.
 

Packerjohn

Packerjohn
Location
Canada
I'm in the UK and there is a particular programme coming up on Australian TV that I would like to watch.
I have been told that I can stream it if I use a VPN, but I don't understand what one of those is.
Help please!
I hear you. I really don't like it when lazy people can't write out what they mean. Perhaps that is caused by the smartphone? If they wrote out the words, then more people would understand them. eg: I need to go to the WC ASAP. This kind of nonesense is getting more and more common. What I should have said is: "I Need to go to the Wash Closet (Bathroom), as soon as possible.
 

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