It’s a fair question, and one I get asked at least once a week: Do I need VPN for Kodi?
I don’t know…Do you think you need to lock your front door at night?
Or do you think you need to lock your car when you park it downtown?
Of course you do.
Not everyone is looking to steal your car or break into your house, but why would you ever make it easy for the ones that are?
Think of a VPN for Kodi as locking the door to your streaming device. It’s taking that extra step to keep yourself secure. For a refresher on what a VPN is and what it does, check out my article Why use a VPN for Android TV boxes.
You’re lying to yourself
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “It’s only a streaming device. I don’t care if it gets hacked. There’s nothing on there that I care about.”
Maybe you don’t care about your what’s on your streaming device, but hackers do.
There’s a whole industry out there that will sell your personal information. You’ve probably heard about credit companies like Equifax, cell phone companies like Verizon or retailers like Home Depot getting hacked. Millions of customer’s email addresses and credit card information were stolen and sold on the dark web. Chances are, you know someone that was affected.
But hackers are after more than your email address and credit cards. They’re after you in more subtle ways.
They’re after your Netflix account.
Trend Micro, a well-known internet security firm, warns that stealing Netflix accounts has turned into a big business. With access to your Netflix login, suddenly thieves have access to not only your email address, but your address, phone number, and some basic payment information as well.
What’s worse, you’re probably using that Netflix password for something else, right? Maybe something you do care about.
Even if you don’t use Netflix, Kodi itself is at risk– especially if you’re streaming from unknown sources.
You never know who created those free streams and what they may have hidden inside.
I’ve already done an article on the security risks of bad Kodi addons, and another article about premium Kodi addons and IPTV services that may not be all they’re cracked up to be. But there’s more you should know.
If you care about protecting your personal information, you need to secure your streaming device with a Kodi VPN.
You’ve got usernames and passwords on every device you own. You need to protect them just like you’d protect the front door of your house.
3 great reasons why you need a Kodi VPN
Kodi isn’t illegal, but the way you’re using it probably is.
Team Kodi, the organization of programmers that actually created the popular media player software, insists that they do not provide any movies or music content themselves. “Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third party online services. The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content.”
That’s all well and good, but according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Kodi “taps into an ‘infringing ecosystem’ of content add-ons and portals, with more than 750 websites offering such infringing devices or software.” They estimate that two out of every three active Kodi users access pirate sites like TVAddons.
The most popular use for Kodi is to let its users to stream movies and television for free. Are you really surprised that the movie studios want to shut it down?
Reason #1: Keep your stuff private
There’s a difference between privacy and anonymity. And both are important reasons to use a VPN for Kodi.
Think of privacy as not letting anyone stand over your shoulder and watch what you do. In this case, the most common “person” standing over your shoulder is actually your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
And make no mistake, they are very interested in your streaming habits.
If you’re a cord-cutter, they want to know. Once they know you’re a cord-cutter, your ISP is going to charge you insanely high fees.
Why? Because they can.
It costs money to run an ISP. The more data their customers use, the more costs they have. They’d much rather have customers who scroll through their Facebook feed rather than download movies from torrents because they much less data.
Unless you like higher fees, using a VPN for Kodi can help keep your ISP in the dark about your streaming habits.
Reason #2: Be a ghost in the system
Anonymity is something different. If privacy is about keeping your stuff to yourself, anonymity is about concealing who you are.
Companies will pay a ton of money for your personal info.
ISP’s will sell your browsing history to advertisers, which is nothing new. But in 2017, the rules have changed and they don’t need your permission to do it anymore.
The more you’re online, the more data your ISP will have about you, and the more they can sell to the highest bidder. If you want to protect your streaming habits (as well as your Internet browsing), it’s a good reason to use a Kodi VPN.
Reason #3: Watch without limits
Do you like being told what you can and can’t watch?
I hate it. That’s the biggest reason why I use a VPN for Kodi and my other streaming services. It’s called geo-blocking and it’s how they limit what you can watch based on where you live.
The big companies like Netflix and Amazon are getting better about figuring out where you really live, even if you’re using a VPN. But I still find a lot of international websites that I can access, simply by using a VPN to log into a server in their country.
Depending on where you live, your government could also be limiting what websites you can access. We’ve all heard that China censors certain websites, but did you know that the same thing happens in the United Kingdom and Australia too? In case you’re wondering, the United States is a little different. Instead of merely blocking the sites, they seize the domains and shut them down.
Some of the more popular blocked websites include:
- The Pirate Bay
- Kickass Torrents
So far, over 400,000 subscribers in the UK alone have been subject to these bans. If you live somewhere where the government is trying to decide what you can and can’t watch, using a Kodi VPN can help you get around their limitations.
Best VPN to use with Kodi
I’ve been using a VPN for a few years and gotten to test several of them. NordVPN and Le VPN were two of my favourites, but I’ve recently switched to IPVanish.
Testing a VPN isn’t like testing a TV box. It’s more like being in a relationship. You need time to live with it and find out all of the good stuff and all of the bad stuff too. A VPN may be right for someone else, but not right for you. Does that make sense?
Over time, I found a couple of warts with both NordVPN and Le VPN that soured those relationships. In this industry, you hear a lot about IPVanish, so I thought I’d check them out.
Clear and Simple
I like things that are simple to use. I believe that if something needs to have an instruction manual, then it’s too complicated for the average person.
So I loved it when I opened the IPVanish Fire TV app for the first time. Everything was laid out in a way I could easily understand. There’s no clutter on the screen and you can instantly tell what’s going on.
The default is to find the best available server in the US city with the best connection. Sound good? Hit the big green button and you’re on your way.
Wondering if you’re connected and what your speed is? There’s a huge “On\Off” status icon and a scrolling chart showing your connection speed and how much data you’re using.
IPVanish gives you as much information as you need without being overwhelming. It lets you get connected and get on your way without wasting time.
I’m paying a lot of money each month to get a faster Internet connection. The last thing I want to do is slow down that connection by using a VPN for Kodi.
If I have to choose between speed and security…speed wins. Every time.
Thankfully, IPVanish doesn’t make me choose.
They have over 850 servers around the world and quick options to choose the best available server at any moment. You’ll keep the Internet speed that you’re paying for and still protect yourself while you’re doing it.
Here are some of the reasons why I love IPVanish VPN for Kodi:
- Apps for all of your devices: Specific apps for Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Windows, Mac OS-X, iOS and many routers.
- Multiple streams at once: 5 simultaneous connections on multiple devices.
- Tons of servers: 40,000+ shared IPs, 850+ VPN servers in 60+ countries.
- Top notch security: IPVanish has 256-bit AES encryption, which would literally take decades to crack using a brute force attack.
- Unlimited server switching: Change servers any time to get content from different countries instantly.
- Bitcoin accepted: For even more anonymity, IPVanish accepts Bitcoin payments.
- 24/7 customer support: Get help whenever you need it.
- 7-day money-back guarantee: No risk to try it out for yourself.
VPN for Kodi: The Verdict
Let me be very clear: If you use Kodi for anything but streaming your own stuff from your own hard drive, then you need to use a Kodi VPN.
Personally, I think that IPVanish is the best VPN to use with Kodi. Is it right for you? Maybe. Maybe not. I recommend trying it out for yourself.
The important thing to take away from this article is that you need to use a VPN to keep yourself safe while streaming.
Have you found a VPN that you love? What VPN do you use with Kodi? Let us know in the comments below.