If you are looking for the safest and fastest way to stream, the ExpressVPN Netflix combination is the best way to go. This option allows you to maintain internet speed while accessing the entire library of Netflix offerings.
Why use a VPN to watch Netflix?
Have you ever been watching Netflix and all of a sudden this Whoops, something went wrong streaming error shows its unwelcome face? This usually happens when you are using a proxy server.
Let’s talk about proxy servers and why you should not use one.
Yes, they hide your I.P. address, but in exchange you are literally handing over control of your internet traffic to a different person. These proxies are just someone else’s computer acting as a conduit between you and the web. On top of that, the ads are unbearable.
These “free” products could ultimately cost you quite a lot. They have no security measures in place and definitively put your privacy at risk.
With that out of the way, the primary reason you should use a VPN when watching Netflix is to protect your privacy. However, most people utilize VPNs to unlock Netflix’s entire catalog of content.
Why does Netflix block VPNs?
In short, licensing restrictions. Each country has their own set of licensing laws they have to apply to the various offered content. Due to these restrictions, Netflix and other streaming companies block certain content from being viewed, depending on the country.
This is the primary driving factor behind Netflix’s blacklisting of VPN usage, which they do through their advanced VPN detection system.
How secure is ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN is extremely secure with 3,000+ servers in 160 locations spanning 94 countries — and they’re constantly adding more.
Further, they use AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with 256-bit keys. 256-bit keys means 2256 or 1.1 x 1077 possible combinations.
That’s 115,792,089,237,316,195,423,570,985,008,687,907,853,269,984,665,640,560,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 combinations!
This is the same encryption level that the U.S. government uses to protect classified information.
In addition, your activity or connection logs are not stored. This prevents third parties from intercepting your data. Their VPN servers run exclusively on volatile memory (RAM), not on hard drives. All software and data on a server is wiped every time it is powered off and on again.
Will a VPN slow down my streaming?
The quick answer is yes. This is particularly true if you use a free VPN. You will undoubtedly experience degraded streaming speed and quality. A major cause of this is location of the server that you connect to. For example, if you are U.S. based and connect to an Icelandic server, you will experience a speed reduction. Put simply, the geographical location of VPN servers play a critical role in connection speed.
ExpressVPN allows you to find the VPN server closest to you and also run tests to avoid degraded speed. In fact, in certain cases, it can even increase your speed.
Furthermore, they offer unlimited bandwidth, so you can unchain yourself from any download limits set by your ISP or other VPN services you may have used previously. On top of this, ExpressVPN’s team of engineers tests speeds from multiple endpoints every single day to continually optimize speeds.
To find the fastest VPN server location for Netflix streaming, simply run the Speed Test and choose the U.S. server location with the highest Speed Index.
Netflix’s speed recommendations are:
|500 kbps||Minimum quality|
|1,500 kbps||Normal quality (less than 480p)|
|3,000 kbps||SD quality (480p or better)|
|5,000 kbps||HD quality (720p or better)|
|25,000 kbps||Ultra HD quality (1080p or better)|
ExpressVPN is available on all of your devices
ExpressVPN is a premium provider that unblocks Netflix not just on the VPN, but also using MediaStreamer. This makes it possible to use with non-VPN compatible devices, such as Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and smart TVs.
So regardless of which device you plan to use for your next Netflix bingeing session, ExpressVPN has you covered.
How much does ExpressVPN cost?
The pricing of ExpressVPN is $8.32 per month if you sign up for an annual subscription. If you prefer to pay month-to-month, you can do that as well for $12.95.
With that said, we are going to call this out now, ExpressVPN is more expensive than some of their competition. The adage “you get what you pay for” certainly applies here.
Thank you for reading. If you’re into online privacy and want some quick entertainment, be sure to check out SplashData’s recent list of the most commonly hacked passwords.