You can find the term “VPN” (Virtual Private Network) in many places. The basic principle behind it is simple – all you Internet traffic is first encrypted and then transmitted to a VPN server. The advantages of this technique are manifold.
In the following article, we will explain how using a Shellfire VPN impacts streaming aspects, geo-blocking and anonymity, and demonstrate how you can set it up quickly and easily.
What Are the Advantages of an Italian IP Address?
With Shellfire’s VPN, you can communicate very quickly and easily using an Italian IP address. But how else can this benefit you?
Stream Italian content
In every country, the framework agreements under which streaming providers are permitted to broadcast their content differ. This means that a “US” Netflix has a different catalogue than an “Italian” one. However, this does not only apply to Netflix – the principle applies to almost all streaming providers. In extreme cases, it even ensures that certain media content can no longer be accessed at all.
For example, it’s advantageous to use an Italian IP address to access content from the following streaming providers and Italian TV channels:
- Canale 5
- Italia 1
- Amazon Prime Video
- Sky Go
- Rakuten TV
- Apple TV
When you use Shellfire’s Italian VPN server, it makes your Internet Service Provider (ISP) believe you are connecting to the Internet from Italy. This means that even if you are on vacation abroad, you can still enjoy your authentic Italian television. Of course, this isn’t just limited to media for public consumptions!
By using a VPN, you can also bypass country-specific “firewalls”. A famous obstructive example would be China and the country-specific firewall. Using a VPN, you can ensure that your Internet doesn’t get “filtered” or restricted.
In extreme cases, geo-blocking can prevent you from accessing websites or media content. However, there are also milder versions, where only certain content is hidden. With a VPN from Shellfire, this is no longer a problem!
Anonymity & privacy with an Italian IP Address
To put it simply, the VPN provider is the mediator between you and “the Internet” All search requests are first encrypted by Shellfire’s software and then forwarded to the VPN server in Italy. This forwarding can be imagined as a strong tunnel which securely passes your data through the Internet. The server in Italy then makes the request for you to the website you entered and then receives the data back from the website. The result is ten sent back to you through the secure tunnel and you can then access the desired web content. Though it sounds complicated, it can be accomplished in a fraction of a second!
The advantage of using Shellfire’s VPN is that no one from the outside can see what pages you are requesting and what data you are sending. With a VPN you can navigate safely and anonymously online.
How to Set Up an Italian VPN with Shellfire?
You install the software on a PC with Windows using the following guide:
- After downloading, open the installation file.
- Select your language and confirm with “OK”.
- Then, click on “Next”.
- After accepting the terms and conditions, click “Next”.
- Then install Java by clicking “Next”.
- Install all components you need and click “Next”.
- Select the target directory where you want to install the software. Then click “Install”.
- After the installation, start the program and log in with the Shellfire account you created in advance.
- After logging in, select the server list and choose your Italian server. Then click on “Connect”.
- Done! Your computer should now connect to the server with a secure internet connection.
How to Simulate an Italian IP Address on Other Devices?
In the following video, we will demonstrate how you can simulate an Italian IP address even with devices that do not inherently support a VPN. This includes Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Apple TV, diverse Smart TVs, and 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 it Legal to Simulate an Italian IP Address?
The short answer – yes, it is legal! Basically, no one can forbid you to connect to a computer over the Internet. After all, this is the basic principle on which the Internet is based. However, in some cases you may violate the terms and conditions of the provider. As a famous example, Netflix has announced it will block the account in cases of repeated use – however, this rarely happens in practice. If a provider notices a VPN server, it will usually only deny access to the content.
Connecting to a VPN server to ensure more secure and anonymous Internet access sounds complicated at first. However, we hope that we were able to show how fast and easy it can be with Shellfire! If you want to have an Italian IP address in just a few minutes, you should create a Shellfire account right now!
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