Amazon Fire TV devices feature a ton of entertainment options with native support for many of the best video streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. The Fire TV Stick also offers access to a decent collection of apps to enhance your media streaming experience, including the Amazon Silk browser and Spotify.
However, as with any other internet-connected device, the traffic you generate from your Fire Stick is visible to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). That’s not ideal. Everyone should consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to keep their private data out of the reach of ISPs. VPNs can also help you access region-locked content in some cases, but note that many video streaming services are actively working to prevent this workaround.
Individuals who plan to stream illegal content with their Fire Sticks may also need a VPN. To be absolutely clear, we do not support or condone using a VPN to cover up illegal activity. Yes, in theory, a VPN should make such activities undetectable. However, like any other technology, VPNs are subject to failure and exploitation, so you should not consider yourself exempt from copyright law if you do use one. If you get caught performing illicit activities online, you are legally responsible for your actions.
Installing a VPN on a Fire Stick can be a bit of a hassle in some cases, but don’t worry; we take you through every step of the process. Just make sure to read our entire guide. If you have any issues or want to discuss your own experiences, make sure to leave a comment. Use FireStick VPN #1 tricks and tips to get the most out of your device.
How do VPNs work?
I’ll provide significantly more detail in a future post about how they really work, but in its simplest form, you can think about a VPN as a tunnel connecting two points.
The “start” of the tunnel is your computer or device that you are using to connect to the Internet – in this case, the Fire Stick. The “end’ of the tunnel is the server or computer you’re connecting to. Let’s say it’s Netflix. You tell the VPN software that you want to connect to the US Netflix servers and those are the ones that it connects to. As simple as that!
To anyone on the outside – your ISP for example – all they can see is the wall of that tunnel. They cannot see what you are doing and they won’t know that they should be throttling your traffic.
Now, one thing to be concerned about with VPNs is their speed. You have to think that if all of your traffic is going through a tunnel if that tunnel is not large enough for what you want to transmit and receive, it’s going to cause bottlenecks. Fortunately, the VPN I’m going to be talking about is IPVanish.
Why use one for your Fire Stick/ Fire TV?
Most people who install a VPN on their Fire are using it with Kodi, the incredibly popular media center and streaming app. But a VPN also has benefits for any streaming app you use.
- Reduce/Eliminate Throttling by your ISP – no more buffering & low-quality streams
- Change your geolocation to access content (Like BBC iPlayer, Netflix or sports streams)
- Keep your IP address private when using Kodi Addons