How Useful are VPNs for Consumers?

More and more, peoples live are taking place online. As a result, VPNs (virtual private networks) are also becoming increasingly more important. As in “analog” life, it is important to have free access to all information and maintain one’s right to privacy in the digital world. VPNs make this and more possibly by bypassing what’s known as geo-blocking.

There are also many uses for consumers. For example, you can effortlessly access your favorite foreign shows or visit government-blocked websites with important information. Shellfire’s VPN is especially impressive with its easy and intuitive interface.

Our article explains a few VPN basics you need to understand the basic operation of a virtual private network and its advantages.

How Do VPNs Work?

Using a VPN makes sense especially if you are a citizen or live in an authoritarian country like Russia, China, Iran or Syria. In these countries, the governments restrict access to many websites including, for example, platforms that are usually publicly accessible in other countries, such as Facebook, YouTube, Google or Instagram. There are restricted by what’s known as geo-blocking and thus made inaccessible for local IP addresses.

As such, a VPN allows you to keep accessing these blocked sites by moving your IP address to another location. You find out more details about how this works and the technical specifications on our blog.

What Are the Advantages of a VPN for Consumers?

A VPN is especially useful for accessing blocked content which interests you. This might include blocked or incomplete media libraries from other countries’ TV channels or paid services like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and so on. These services often only offer locally accessible content, which is consequently not available in other countries. So if you want to enjoy the full entertainment spectrum, a VPN makes perfect sense.

If you are a fan of foreign sports, for example, you can also access channels and content that is not actually available in your country. As an example, it would be possible to watch the Japanese J-League, the North American NHL or other sports leagues that are not or only very rarely broadcast in many countries across the world.

VPNs also make surfing the net more secure. Data packets that are sent and/or received by you are specifically encrypted while using a VPN and are thus more difficult to intercept, especially when using public WiFi networks, which are very susceptible to what’s known as phishing.

Furthermore, VPNs virtually disguise your real location and place it in a separate, distant locations. This ensures that authoritarian states or companies who might be monitoring you and looking for your data can’t easily suss out your location.

How to Set Up a VPN?

At the moment, Shellfire is available for Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS. To set up a Shellfire VPN, first download our VPN software for the operating system of your choice.

Next, install Shellfire VPN and follow the instructions within the app. This will get your VPN up and running in a matter of minutes.

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What devices are VPN compatible?

VPNs are now available for almost all devices that have internet access. Even for devices such Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick or Google Chromecast, there are simple solutions that make browsing safer and more anonymous, while also helping you bypass annoying restrictions and unblock blocked content.

In the following video, we demonstrate how this works:

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Is VPN Use Legal?

In principle, the use of a VPN is not prohibited. In countries like China, Iran or Russia, however, the situation is quite different, with severe penalties including even long-term incarceration.

While you can use a VPN in most countries with a clear conscience, you should think twice before doing so in an authoritarian country and exercise caution. Otherwise, you can get into trouble. In other places, you may violate the terms and conditions of streaming providers and be banned from using them.

Conclusion

VPNs have many uses and make a good amount of sense in most countries. Even if the factor of fundamental freedom does not come into play as much in your country as in certain others (fortunately), everyone who appreciates good quality entertainment as well as anonymity and security should use such a helpful bit of software.

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