If you want to check your Brazilian bank account abroad or watch Brazilian TV online without restrictions, you probably need to change your IP address. This is due to the geographical restrictions that websites use to limit access to their online services. The website can tell where you’re accessing it from based on your IP address, since it’s something like a digital tracking device which gives away your location. However, if you have a Brazilian IP address, you can brows without any restrictions.
So how do you change your IP address? You need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which offers servers in Brazil. This might sound a bit complicated, but don’t let that scare you off; using a VPN is incredibly easy and in this article you’ll find helpful instructions and information about how to install one.
What Advantages Does a Brazilian IP Address Offer?
If you’ve ever tried to use Brazilian online services abroad, you’ve probably encountered an error message like “Você parece estar fora da área de cobertura”, which roughly means, “You seem to be outside the reception area”. This happens because the website has checked your IP address and discovered that it is not from Brazil. However, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) allow you to connect to servers around the world, generate a new region-specific IP address, and access many geo-blocked services.
Even better, VPNs encrypt your network traffic so it can’t be read by anyone – not your ISP, not the government, and not any hackers accessing your Wi-Fi hotspot. It can even have a positive impact on your browsing experience, since your ISP doesn’t know what you’re doing online, making it harder to justify throttling your connection.
Stream locally using a Brazilian IP address
Want to access the Brazilian Netflix catalog while traveling in another country? You’ve probably already noticed that when you travel, Netflix only ever displays the content library of the country you’re currently in, regardless of the country where you created your account. Fortunately, with the help of a VPN, you can safely access the Brazilian Netflix library and watch all your favorite Brazilian movies and series on Netflix (or any other Brazilian streaming service) no matter where you are in the world.
Here’s a list of streaming providers with whom it might be beneficial to use a Brazilian IP address:
- Directv Go
- Samsung TV Plus
Anonymity & privacy with a Brazilian IP address
While it’s true that Google and Amazon record and store just about everything we say and track out website history, and that Facebook has been known to target ads that match exactly what we have searched for online in the past, none of that has to be the case. A VPN provides the security, privacy, and anonymity we all crave when we’re online.
When you use a VPN, it’s much harder for advertisers to track your online habits. In general, the two main benefits of a VPN have to do with privacy and anonymity. Here’s how it works:
When you use a VPN, you essentially hide your location from advertisers. Let’s say you connect from an Android phone with a VPN from Berlin. You can now choose the country and even the city you want to use for your VPN connection. So, if you select the UK and then London, your ISP will not report the IP location of your actual local connection.
How to Set Up a Brazilian VPN with Shellfire?
Shellfire is a VPN service that allows you to spoof Brazilian (or any other) IP addresses. You can install Shellfire for Windows and Mac OS X, or as an app for your Android or Apple smartphone. To do so, simply go to Downloads and download the appropriate app for desktop, smartphone or tablet.
Once the download is complete, the next step is the installation. If you are using a Windows computer, simply follow the steps below:
- Open the installation file.
- Select the appropriate language and confirm with “OK”.
- Then click on “Next”.
- Accept the license agreement and click “Next” again
- Click “Next” to install Java.
- Select the components you want to install and confirm your selection with “Next”.
- Now you can select the directory in which you want to install the software and click on “Install”.
- After the installation, click on “Next” and then on “Finish”.
This completes the installation. Now start up the program and log in your Shellfire account, which you should create first. Once logged in, click on the server list on the left and sort the countries by name by clicking on “Country”. Now you only need to search for Brazil in the list. Select a server and click “Connect”. Your computer will not connect to the corresponding server and you will have a Brazilian IP address.
Is Simulating a Brazilian IP Address Legal?
In most parts of the world, there are no laws restricting the use of VPNs. However, there are some notable exceptions: in China, Russia, Iran und Oman you can only use VPNs that have been approved by the government, while in Iraq, the use of VPNs is banned altogether. When in doubt, you should first check the local legislation before using a VPN.
As we have demonstrated, a Shellfire VPN is worth it in any situation, but especially if you value date protection and privacy when browsing online. VPNs create a private network for your computer while you use a public Internet connection. They hide your IP address to make your actions on the Internet almost untraceable and allow you to access foreign websites. Install Shellfire on your computer or smartphone today and get started right away.
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