It is becoming more and more popular to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to browse the internet. A VPN is useful for a variety of applications. Most people use a VPN for streaming providers, to avoid possible geo-blocking and to ensure anonymity and privacy online.
In this article, we’ll explain how to get a English IP address. We’ll also explain how a VPN works and what it can be used for. With Shellfire’s VPN, this is very easy.
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What Are the Advantages of an English IP Address?
Using a British IP address can be useful for circumventing Internet censorship in certain countries. In countries like China and Russia, a UK IP address can be particularly useful in expanding the significantly restricted Internet offerings. In doing so, geo-blocking can be circumvented and access to content from various streaming providers can be accessed.
Geo-blocking is also used in other countries, which means that content can only be accessed with a local IP address. Due to contractual obligations, some content cannot be accessed with a foreign IP address. Similar policies also exist in England.
Streaming from England
Similar geo-blocking mechanisms apply not only to public media libraries, but also private libraries such as Amazon of Netflix. Here’s a list of possible providers for which a UK IP address could be useful:
- Amazon Prime Video
- Sky Go
- Rakuten TV
- Apple TV
As you see, there are numerous providers where an English address could be helpful.
An English IP address can grant you special access to these platforms, which you might not have with your local IP address. This allows you to watch movies and series that are normally accessible from England.
Anonymity & privacy with an English IP address
A VPN “tunnels” the online connection between devices. The data packets between the two ends of the connection are packaged separately, which leads to higher data security. This can be particularly advantageous in public WiFi zones, where it makes it much more difficult for other network members to view the data packets.
How to Set Up an English VPN with Shellfire
Shellfire offers VPN software for Windows and Mac OS X, or as an app for your Android or Apple smartphone. First, go to the Downloads section to download the appropriate app for your desktop, smartphone or table.
The next step is to install it. If using Windows, proceed as follows:
- Open the installation file.
- Select a language and click “OK”
- Click on Next.
- Accept the license agreement and click “Next”.
- Then click “Next” to install Java.
- Select the components you want to install, then click “Next”.
- Select a target directory for installation, then click “Install”.
- After installation, click “Next” and then “Finish”.
- Start the program and log in. Alternatively, create an account for Shellfire beforehand.
- After logging in, select the server list on the left.
- Sort the countries by name by clicking “Country” and then search for England in the list.
- Select a server and click Connect at the bottom.
- Now your PC should connect to the server.
How to Simulate an English IP Address on Other Devices?
In the following video, we demonstrate how you can simulate a UK IP address even on devices which don’t support a VPN by default. This includes Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Apple TV, various Smart TVs, and streaming sticks like the Amazon Fire TV-Stick or Google Chromecast.
Shellfire VPN is by far the easiest and often only solution on the market to enjoy the benefits of VPN on these devices and, as you saw in the video above, it works quickly, easily and reliably.
Is it Legal to Spoof a UK IP Address?
Using an English IP address to circumvent geo-blocking is not generally illegal. In individual cases, however, it may violate the general terms and conditions of the streaming provider. In the worse case, this can also result in them blocking the account associated with the streaming platform.
You have now seen how easy and helpful it is to use a Shellfire VPN and set up a UK IP address. You can bypass geo-blocking and stay safe online. Install Shellfire on your smartphone or PC now to get started right away.
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