The Amazon Firestick or Fire TV allows you access to several apps. Apps like Hulu and Netflix come to mind, as well as, Prime video and many others. You can also download other applications like Kodi. This doesn’t apply to Kodi, but for Netlfix and Hulu, they have geo-locked content. Maybe you are an American, but you have recently moved to somewhere in Europe and can no longer access the American version on Netflix. You can no longer watch the shows you are used to watching.
That’s where a VPN comes in handy. You can use the VPN to change your IP address by rerouting your traffic through an American server, making Netflix think you are living in America. So, instead of you connecting directly to Netflix, you connect to the VPN, which connects to Netflix for you.
If you are looking for Netflix specifically I recommend you check out this post I wrote detailing the best VPNs that still work for Netflix
It is also great to have a VPN if you are watching apps inside Kodi on your Firestick. Governments across the world are beginning to crack down on illegal streaming (they call it illegal, I call it being free).
Another thing to note: These VPN services also will work on your desktop, laptop, smartphone, etc. so you are always protected no matter which device you are using to access your favorite applications.
Why Use a VPN?
Let’s check out some of the best VPN services out there:
Cost: $4.87/month with coupon code OURBESTOFFER
I am starting with IPVanish and rating this my best VPN solution for Kodi on the Amazon Firestick and Fire TV due to the ease of use and installation I will outline in the feature below.
Works Beautifully With Kodi and Firestick/Fire TV
I know this feature is extremely important for a lot of people with all the Kodi craze lately. This is the biggest advantage that IPVanish has over NordVPN. IPVanish has a native application that you can download straight from your Firestick (Assuming you have the second generation Firestick with the Alexa remote). There are no hoops to jump through. It just works and that’s what we all like.
Here is a super quick tutorial showing you exactly how to setup IPVanish on your Amazon Firestick:
When you are on the Home screen, go to Apps at the top. Then Categories and select the “Utility” category. Find IPVanish and download it then open it. It will prompt you for your username and password. Then click Connect or go to options to select a specific server and that’s it. Of course, you need to have purchased IPVanish before setting this up.
Nothing is worse than a company that promises you super fast service, but in the fine print, limits your usage (Yes, I’m talking about you T-Mobile). There is none of that here with IPVanish. They will never limit you or slow down your speeds due to bandwidth
Zero Traffic Logs
This is pretty standard on any reputable VPN service, but it is certainly worth noting anyway. Why would anyone want to take the time to hide their IP address and identity when their VPN provider is secretly keeping track of the usage logs? The government could subpoena their records and then you would be screwed. You don’t want that. Not keeping logs allows the company plausible deniability. That is why zero traffic logs is so important and worth noting about IPVanish.
IPVanish has servers in all corners of the Earth, so no matter where you decide to access your content, you will be protected. They have over 40k shared IP addresses and 800+ servers in over 60 countries.
Money Back Guarantee
It is definitely worth noting the IPVanish will give you your money back within 7 days if you aren’t satisfied or something isn’t working, no questions asked whatsoever.
Cost: Best value is $3.29/month for two years. Use coupon 2YDeal2017
UPDATE: NordVPN has just released a 3-year deal for $2.75/month. Use coupon code 3ydeal
I personally use NordVPN on my Amazon Firestick, laptop, and smartphone and it works great. I think it provides the best security out there. The downside is that it does not have a native app on the Firestick like IPvanish and takes a bit more work to get it to work. I wrote up an in-depth tutorial with screenshots on how to setup NordVPN on your Firestick or Fire TV, you can find that here.
Here are some NordVPN Features:
Double Data Encryption
NordVPN actually encrypts all of your data twice just to make absolutely certain that nothing can be tracked or traced to you.
Superfast Servers Everywhere
NordVPN has over 1000 servers across the world in 57 countries. They literally have servers in every continent, minus Antarctica, of course, so you can always get a fast connection no matter where you are in the world.
Automatic Kill Switch
I love this feature. If you are ever doing something online, and your VPN server goes out for any reason, it will automatically kill the app or software you were using so there is no accidental data leak. This is optional, of course.
Multiple Device Supported
You can use NordVPN on up to 6 devices simultaneously with their standard package. If you are anything like me, this is great because I watch something on my Firestick while watching something on my laptop while my wife is watching something else, so we need support for multiple devices.
NordVPN is the only provider that I am aware of currently that accepts Bitcoin, for that extra layer of security.
Edit: Since this writing, IPVanish also accepts Bitcoin
Onion Over VPN
This is for anyone that wants to surf the deep web. Using a Tor browser and this Onion over VPN feature, you can safely browse the deep web .onion domains without anyone knowing your identity
A Few Other Features
Don’t forget the coupon 2YDeal2017. Sometimes the $3.29/month deal will pop up but sometimes it doesn’t, so you may or may not need the coupon.
Cost: $5.00/month for one year (3-day free trial)
VyprVPN is right up there with the best VPN services available. Their proprietary technology is some of the fastest and most reliable on the market today. Everything they do is in-house with zero 3rd party involvement. They own 100% of their servers and their code is 100% from scratch. That is exactly what we like to see from any tech company.
I wrote an in-depth tutorial with screenshots detailing exactly how to install VyprVPN on firestick.
A few features of VyprVPN include:
There are several services that integrate seamlessly with VyprVPN, such as Feat VPN, Tunnelblick, Boxee, Shimo, OpenVPN Connect, Viscosity, and Synology NAS
Global Network Built for Speed
VyprVPN has in-house network engineers that boast decades of experience who built this network from the ground up, with speed and performance in mind. it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can easily connect to VyprVPNs super-fast network of over 700 servers and 200,000 global IPs.
They Listen to Your Ideas
You have an idea of how they could improve their service or have a new feature in mind? Go over to their forum and suggest your idea. People will vote on it and their support team will respond to you. I think that is really cool that the company is willing to listen to its customers.
Cost: $2.95/month for two years (Least expensive VPN)
PureVPN can work with your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV and Kodi, but to set it up properly, you will need either A.) A bluetooth mouse which is supported by the newer versions with the Alexa-enabled Fire remotes, or B.) You can download the App called Mouse Toggle for iOS or Android. This will turn your smartphone into a mouse and the cost is only a $2.99 one-time fee.
PureVPN has a ton of different features with many being the same as all the rest of the VPN services (256-bit encryption, kill switch, servers in every major country,99.99% uptime, 24/7 Customer Support, etc.), but I will list the ones that I have found unique to PureVPN.
PureVPN offers antivirus and anti-malware protection for your device so you know you can be safe while browsing or streaming.
PureVPN has a built-in ad blocker so you don’t have to worry about those annoying ads popping up on your screen and it also keeps your information safe from advertisers.
Compatible With Over 20 Different Devices
PureVPN is compatible with Consoles, SmartTVs, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Routers, Laptops, Desktops, Smartphones, and more.
When you are connected through PureVPNs server on any WiFi hotspot, you are 100% secure from any hackers, snoopers, or scammers.
Cost: $8.32/month for 12 months (They do offer a 30-day free trial)
ExpressVPN is a bit more expensive than some of the other VPN companies but they do offer some things that the other guys don’t.
A few features of ExpressVPN include:
TONS of Server Locations
ExpressVPN offers more server locations than any other VPN company I have come across (I have researched and used a lot). You can choose from 145+ cities in over 94 countries! Unless you live in the North Pole, I think you are going to be covered there.
I love this feature maybe the most of anything. You can test the speed of the server before you connect to it and compare it to other servers. This way, you can always be on the fastest server.
This feature is super cool. It allows you to split up your traffic so some of it is going through the VPN and some is not. There could be certain web services that you are unable to access through a VPN, so this can come in handy here, while protecting the rest of your device traffic.
30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Most of the VPNs out there only offer 7-day money back guarantees, but ExpressVPN is so sure you will like their service, they give you 30 days to get your money back, no questions asked.
Same Features as Others
ExpressVPN also offers all of the same services that their competitors offer, such as unlimited bandwidth, 256-bit encryption, unlimited speed, zero logging of your traffic, and unlimited server switches. This seems to all be pretty standard stuff when talking VPNs.
24/7 Customer Support
It is always nice when you can contact a company via live chat at 3am because something went wrong and you can do this with ExpressVPN.
If you like their service, you can tell your friends about it. Every friend you sign up gives you a free month of service. Can’t beat that!