If you already have Chromecast, or maybe you are thinking of purchasing one, but want to stay protected while using it, keep reading this article.
No matter which device you are using or where you are using it, as long as it’s connected to the Internet you are exposed to a lot of potential threats. The best way to feel protected, safe, and anonymous while browsing the Internet is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It’s a safe way to reach even the most “distant” content on the Internet, without worrying about Geo-restrictions, or any kind of surveillance or possible cyber-attacks. And as a device that works only with an Internet connection, Chromecast requires this protection as well.
However, before going into the details of why it’s important for Chromecast users to have a Virtual Private Network on their device, let me first explain both of these terms.
We will start off with Chromecast, which is actually a device, or more precisely a set of three devices, designed to meet various streaming needs of even the pickiest users. Besides the basic one – Chromecast – there are two others, the Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra. They are all controlled by your smartphone or tablet and they transfer whatever is playing on your device to your TV. Once a Chromecast is connected to a TV or a stereo, the only thing you’ll need is your mobile phone/tablet. There is no need for remotes of any kind. Just pick a movie from your phone’s Netflix library, and start watching it on your TV. Once you select a video, this digital media player will find it online and stream it to your TV. Moreover, if you only want to stream music, news or podcasts, Chromecast Audio is the right choice for you, and if you want a more advanced experience than the usual Chromecast, you should go with Ultra Chromecast.
On the other hand, although this digital media player is not for everyone’s taste, a VPN is and should be. It’s the best way to protect yourself against threats on the Internet, as well as enjoy some features that you weren’t able to before. A Virtual Private Network works like a tunnel, encrypting all of your Internet traffic, thus making it invisible for your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Why is this important? Sometimes, your ISPs store a lot of private information that you are not even aware of. Additionally, without them tracking you, there isn’t a way for you to get into trouble for downloading that movie or album, although it may be illegal in your country. Moreover, a VPN will mask your real IP address by providing you with a different one from their servers. This way, you will be able to reach any content, even if it’s blocked in your region. All you have to do is check if the VPN provider has a server in this particular country, connect to it, and with their IP address assigned to you, it will appear as if you are in the chosen country/region.
So why should you use a VPN on your Chromecast? Well, from all the obvious reasons. Because it’s a device using the Internet to help you stream, you will need a VPN for easier streaming, reaching blocked content, bypassing Geo-restrictions, and above all – for protecting yourself and your privacy. By using a suitable VPN provider, you’ll have all the anonymity you need. However, in order to choose it, you first need to know a thing or two.
First of all, you need a provider with only the best security and privacy features, one that offers a no-logging policy, and the strongest protocols and encryptions. Moreover, because you will need it for streaming, make sure they have great speeds unless you want to be stuck on endless buffering. Finally, the provider must have a decent amount of servers, placed nicely all around the world. Besides, the more servers, the higher the chances of having a speedy connection.
In order to make it easier for you to decide on a suitable VPN provider, here is a list of three of the best ones when it comes to streaming with Chromecast.
The best VPNs for Chromecast
ExpressVPN is one of the top providers, a position this company has been keeping for quite some time now. And it comes as no surprise after seeing everything that it can do. Starting from probably one of the most important features nowadays for Internet and VPN users, ExpressVPN can indeed bypass Netflix’s restrictions. It also offers a large variety of servers and server locations all around the world and thousands of IP addresses that will help you reach any blocked content. Moreover, it has only the best security protocols and encryptions, making it more trustworthy than other VPNs in the industry. It’s fast and great for streaming, torrenting, and gaming. There is a slight downside to this, though. ExpressVPN is slightly more expensive than other providers, and it only offers up to 3 simultaneous connections at a time. If you want more connections, you can simply set up ExpressVPN on your router, but this will make you lose a large portion of your connection speed.
IPVanish is among the most used VPN providers on the market, and ever since its beginnings, it has received many good reviews both from experts and its many users. One of the reasons behind their success is because they own and maintain their own servers and infrastructure, specifically designed for VPN traffic. This makes their servers super speedy, making streaming a pleasant experience. The network includes servers in around 60 countries worldwide, which is a pretty decent number. Moreover, IPVanish has a no logging policy and is available as an app for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android devices.
In comparison to the previous two providers, PIA is slightly more modest when it comes to features. Maybe the biggest disadvantage is that it offers a more limited list of servers. Their server range covers around 30 countries, but they are strategically placed in the most used locations from VPN users. Their servers have good speed but are slightly slower than the ones offered by IPVanish or ExpressVPN. On a more positive note, PIA is a very cheap provider, affordable even for users on a budget. Also, it offers up to 5 simultaneous connections, which are a great number compared to the industry standards. This VPN is compatible with Windows, Android, Mac OS X, and iOS, as well as with routers with DD-WRT (PPTP and OpenVPN), Tomato, and PfSense operating systems.