When dealing with the matter of Internet security and anonymity, one quickly comes across the term “Virtual Private Network”, or VPN for short. This virtual network is employed so that your data can be encrypted and transited across the Internet.
In this article, we will show you how you can get a French IP address using a VPN and thus reap the benefits of streaming or browsing on all devices.
Why Use a French VPN Anway?
Using a VPN, you can quickly and easily secure your Internet traffic, but also get advantages when surfing and steaming, since you can use a French VPN to access content normally reserved exclusively for French users.
In the following article, we’ll go into more detail about each of the topics mentioned.
Bypass geo-blocking with a French IP address
Some online content is reserved exclusively for French users, who are usually identified by IP address located in France. Such content can include local public service announcements, media libraries, as well as country-specific websites or streaming content. This phenomenon is also known as geo-blocking.
Using a VPN server located in France, you can spoof a French IP address and thus appear indistinguishable from other French users online.
So, if you want to access French content of any kind from anywhere in the world, a French VPN could be extremely useful to you.
Stream French content
The media libraries of various streaming services can differ, depending on the country. A well-known example here would be Netflix, as the content is greatly varied. But this is also the case with other steaming providers. The following list should give you an overview of where you can finds country-specific content with your French IP address from Shellfire:
- Canal +
- Amazon Prime Video
- Sky Go
- Rakuten TV
- Apple TV
Anonymity & privacy with a French IP address
Using Shellfire’s VPN can help you browse online in a more anonymous and secure manner. But how exactly does it work?
A VPN server is located between you and “the Internet”. You establish an encrypted connection with the VPN server in France. Think of this connection as a tunnel which protects your data and passes it “through” the Internet. The VPN server then receives a request from you to access a website, for example. Since Shellfire’s server is located in France, it also receives a French IP address. The website then sends the data to the VPN server, which encrypts the data and then sends it back to you.
All communication between you and Shellfire is securely encrypted and you get a French IP address quickly and easily. The process may sound tedious, but due to modern technology, it is done in a fraction of a second!
How to Simulate a French VPN with Shellfire?
We can provide you with the right app for all common platforms and operating systems. Whether for your computer or laptop (Windows, Mac OS X) or for your mobile device (Android or iOS). You can always find the latest version of the appropriate software in the Downloads section. To install it correctly on your computer, for example, you should follow the steps below.
- Open the installation file after it has been successfully downloaded.
- Select the appropriate language and confirm with “OK”.
- Then click on “Next”.
- After you have read the terms and conditions carefully, confirm them with “Next”.
- Then install Java with “Next”.
- Select the components you want to install and confirm your selection with “Next”.
- Now you can select the director in which you want to install the software. After making your selection, click on “Install”.
- After the installation is finished successfully, start the software and log in with your Shellfire account (which you should have created before starting).
- After logging in, select the server list and then select a server in France. Then click on “Connect”.
- Done! Your computer is successfully and securely connected one of Shellfire’s French servers!
How to Spoof a French IP Address on Other Devices?
In the following video, we show you how you can set up a French IP address even on devices that don’t support VPN. Examples of these are Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Apple TV, various Smart TVs, and also streaming sticks like 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 a VPN on these devices and, as demonstrated in the video above, it works quickly, easily and reliably.
Is Simulating a French IP Address Legal?
The use of a VPN is generally permitted. Nobody can forbid you to connect to a computer via the Internet.
However, it is possible that individual services prohibit the use of a VPN in their terms and conditions. This is the case with Netflix, for example. Theoretically, Netflix can block your account if it detects repeated use of a VPN, but this only happens very rarely. More often, however, what will happen is that you will be denied access to the content.
By using Shellfire’s VPN server, you can quickly and easily encrypt your Internet connection and thus navigate safely and anonymously online. If you want to avoid geo-blocking and have access to original French content even abroad, you should create an account with Shellfire!
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