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How to Install VyprVPN on Amazon Firestick

So you are aware, if you have not purchased VyprVPN yet, you will not be able to finish this tutorial.

I have also written a comparison of the best VPN for Kodi and Firestick/Fire TV

There is not a lot of information out there on how to install and set up VyprVPN on the Amazon Fire TV Stick so i figured I would create a tutorial. I created a very similar tutorial for NordVPN and the Firestick which has been extremely helpful to a lot of people, so why not do the same for VyprVPN.

Vypr VPN has a native Android app that can be downloaded from the Play Store, but it wasn’t specifically built to be used on the Firestick. So, here is a little tutorial that will help you get a very solid VPN up and running on your Fire TV stick. If you don’t have VyprVPN yet, you can click here to sign up and get 3 months free.. It’s only $5/month for the one year plan and they have a 3-day free trial which is pretty cool, so in case you are struggling to set it up for some reason, you can always just cancel. But with this tutorial, you should have no issues.

I assume most people are here to use this VPN for Kodi, which Vypr VPN is perfect for because it is so secure. But it is also great if you watch other things on your Fire TV Stick like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video which have geo-restricted content. That is what I personally use it for and highly recommend a VPN.

It is happening a lot in the UK and I’m pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before they begin cracking down here in the United States and everywhere else across the world. Don’t pay thousands of dollars in fines when you can pay $5/month or less to be safe.

So, without further ado, here is how to install Vypr VPN on Kodi and FireStick/Fire TV

Tools Needed to Complete This Tutorial:

  1. Amazon Firestick or Fire TV
  2. Android Phone (If you don’t have one, borrow one from a friend — iPhone will not work for this)
  3. Connection to the Internet
  4. VyprVPN Subscription

The first thing you need to do is set up your firestick to be able to accept applications from unknown sources. Go to Settings > Device > Developer Options. This will allow you to download applications and send applications from your phone to your firestick in a few minutes.

On your Amazon Firestick/TV – go to Search and type “Es file” then navigate to the word and select it to search it.

Download the app ES File Explorer to your firestick. You do not need to open the application yet, just download and install it.

Next, get your Android Phone out and go to the Play Store. Here, you want to download three different applications.

  1. OpenVPN for Android
  2. Apps2Fire
  3. Es File Explorer

Next step is to open “Apps2Fire” and find setup on the top menu. You may need to scroll to the right a little bit to find it.

 

This is where you need to put your Firestick IP address into the field. In order to find your IP Address, go to your Firestick and navigate to Settings > Device > About > Network and you should see your IP Address there looking something like this. it will be the number in this type of format ###.###.###.### – You may not have 12 numbers but it will be 4 groups of numbers separated by periods.

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After entering this IP into Apps2Fire setup, you are now able to send the app you downloaded earlier from your phone to the firestick.

On the top navigation menu of Apps2Fire, find Local Apps all the way to the left. Find Open VPN for Android, then click it to install it which will automatically install it on your firestick. If you want to check to make sure it installed on your fire tv stick, you can verify it in Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications. Don’t worry about going to it at this point, you only need to verify that it installed correctly.

Now, on your Android phone, click this link https://support.goldenfrog.com/hc/article_attachments/214728647/GF_OpenVPN_10142016.zip to automatically download a zip folder containing the configuration files you will need. You need to unzip it. With Android phone it’s simple. simply click unzip at the top right when you navigate to the folder. If you don’t know how to find the file folder, go to Apps > My Files > Internal Storage > Downloads and it should be there.

After you unzip it, you will have two folders inside the main folder “OpenVPN160” and “OpenVPN256”. The  160 and 256 correspond to the encryption level, the higher the number, the more encrypted it is. You might as well select the 256-bit encryption and then search for your country/city that is closest to you. I chose OpenVPN256 > USA – Miami.ovpn because it is closest to me in Tampa.

Next, go to ES File Explorer on both your Android phone and your firestick. For the phone, it will be in your “Apps” section and for the Firestick, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > ES File Explorer.

Next, please open ES File Explorer on both devices, phone and firestick. For the firestick, ES File Explorer will be under Manage Installed Applications where you just saw Open VPN was installed.

On your Android phone and inside the ES File Explorer application, click the menu at the top left and go to Local > Download as shown in the image below.

The server config files folder you downloaded moments ago from the link should be there in the top left corner. Click the folder, then click either 160 or 256 folder and find the file for the country/city that you selected a moment ago. Long press this (press and hold) to select it. Then down in the bottom right, click “More” with the three dots and then click “Send”. It will tell you to enter a name. This doesn’t matter, just click OK on the default which for me is ESuser.

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Before doing this next step, make sure ES File Explorer is open on your firestick. If it is, then proceed.

ES File will begin searching your network for another device. It should find your Amazon Firestick. My firestick is labeled AFTM. Click on AFTM or whatever yours is named. Then, look at your TV screen and a confirmation message should show up. Click OK on the TV to download the file from your Android phone. Once it is downloaded, you may exit ES File Explorer on the TV.

You no longer need your phone for anything, well unless you are reading this article on your phone.

On the Firestick, go back to Manage Installed Applications and Click on “OpenVPN for Android”.

At the top rght of the application there should be a small down-arrow icon. Click this for downloads.

If the “open from” dialog menu doesn’t open up immediately, click the menu on the top left and click internal storage. Your config file should be there. If it isn’t you may have saved it in a weird, so click on ES File Explorer, which is right under Internal Storage and find the file in the folder you saved it in. Again, it should automatically go into internal storage.

Now just click the file to begin the process and you may need to click the checkmark at the top right after it asks you to name your configuration. Go back to the opening screen of “OpenVPN for Android” and click profiles and then click on your VPN config file. You will need to login to your VyprVPN account once you click on your profile that you just created.

You may want to go to Settings at the top and check the boxes to automatically “Connect on Boot” and anything else you may want.

After that you should be connected and good to go. A notification will likely pop up on your scren saying you are connected at whatever IP address you chose on the config file. Enjoy!

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5 Best WordPress Hosting Service Providers of 2017

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There are tons of different WordPress hosting providers and we could be here for days if I listed them all, so I wanted to only list the top 5. Several factors went into these decisions ranging from, speed, performance, customer support, and overall features.

WP Engine      best vpn for kodi

 

 

Site: WP Engine

Cost: $29/month for a single site or $99/month for up to 10 sites. Get 2 months free with annual plan.

I rank WP Engine as the best WordPress hosting service provider. They are on the more expensive side, starting at $29/month, but you get what you pay for. I personally use WP Engine for any freelance development work I do and I encourage all my clients to purchase it as well. And if you have multiple sites, you get the $99/month plan and it really isn't that expensive, especially for the quality you are getting.

WP Engine is specifically made for WordPress and nothing else. That is all they do and they are the best. They have several features that no other hosting provider will give you without charging you ridiculous prices. Some of those features include:

WP Engine Page Speed Performance Tool

WP Engine delivers page performance intelligence to help you speed up your website, which improve your search engine rankings and keep your visitors happy. It is included in your monthly fee and built right into your user portal. You simply enter any page URL and it will run a series of tests and tell you exactly what needs to be done, how fast it loads, etc.

It will then provide recommendations of exactly what to do and also you show a timeline of what your users see and how long they have to wait to see that particular part of the page.

Staging Environment

If you are a web developer and you are building a site for you client, you always struggle with trying to show the client the site before publishing it. You have to set up tunnels to your local server through complicated npm packages in your terminal that rarely work. I know because I've tried many times.

You can literally just click a button inside the WordPress dashboard to copy from live to staging. Then you can work on your staging environment and show the client your staging URL. When they give you the OK, you just click one more button and it is automagically pushed to the live site. It is ridiculously easy. Here is a brief tutorial showing you step-by-step how to set it up.

Best Customer Service

If you aren't the most technical person (which is perfectly OK), you may need to reach out to customer service to help you. I have experience with GoDaddy customer support and it is the absolute worst. WP Engine, on the other hand, is amazingly helpful. They are a 3x Stevie Award winner for "Best Customer Service and Support". They are available via phone or live chat 24/7. No more having to email and wait 24 hours for a return email and it didn't even answer your question.

Enterprise-Level Security

Security is extremely important with any website and WordPress is no different. There are so many idiots out there trying to hack people's websites. WP Engine has the best security available. It was built specifically for WordPress just like everything else they do. No other hosting provider really provides anything in the way of security. You are on your own to secure your site. But not with WP Engine. (Remember, I said you get what you pay for).

They will automatically keep your WordPress installation up-to-date (if you want) and will even work with you directly to help you upgrade. They have real-time security threat detection running 24/7 and will automatically block anything they pick up. You don't need to worry about doing any of it.

Even with all that, it is still possible to get hacked. No website is hacker-proof. But if you do, WP Engine will fix your site for FREE, no questions asked. No other hosting provider would ever offer this.

Free Migration Plugin

If you currently have a WordPress site up and running on a different hosting provider, but you want to switch, WP Engine will give you access to their free migration plugin which will easily migrate your site to their new hosting platform. It is extremely simple and anyone with zero technical knowledge can handle it. You can sign up, choose your hosting plan, and migrate your site to WP Engine in under 30 minutes. If you struggle for any reason, simply reach out to live support and they will walk you through it, no sweat.

Read more about WP Engine...

 

HostGator

Site: HostGator

Cost: $6.48/month for 1 domain for 1 year payment up front with coupon WDA50. Total should be $77.70 for one year. This coupon is good until Dec.31st, 2017. Multiple domains is just a couple dollars more per month.

HostGator is a huge company with nearly 1,000 employees. They host over 8 million websites and counting. They are one of the top ten largest hosting companies, so they know what they are doing.

HostGator's Optimized WordPress hosting is an excellent choice for hosting on a smaller budget. Or maybe you don't need all the features that WP Engine provides, so you want a less expensive option. HostGator is a great option then. This site is actually hosted on HostGator and has been for a couple years now and have never had a single issue.

I did a load test on this page specifically and I was able to have 136 people on the website at the exact same time before my load time went above one second. 136 people may not seem like a lot, but it actually is. At the time of this writing, this site gets around 400-450 page views per day and I never even come close to 20 people at the exact same time. The most I have noticed in Google Analytics was five people, so you can see the value here. The starter plan is good for up to 100,000 visits per month.

Host Gator has a number of features that work well with WordPress and make your life easier.

2.5x Speed

This is the most important feature of HostGator. A fast loading website is great for Google rankings and provides a great user experience. You will increase your website's speed by 2.5x the cheaper shared hosting plans with their WordPress optimized cloud hosting. Your site is served up by a CDN (content delivery network) which caches your website on multiple layers and allows it to be served to your users much quicker.

Free Site Transfer

If you already have a WordPress site hosted somewhere else, they will gladly help you migrate it over for free, because let's face it, these companies want your money, so they will do anything to get you to switch to them. But that's a good thing and it works out in your favor.

Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth

This is pretty standard for most of the reputable hosting providers, but it is worth noting. Image you set up a WordPress blog and begin getting a ton of traffic and all of the sudden your host just shuts down your site with no warning. It wouldn't be the first time. But since you are unmetered, you are free to use as much bandwidth as you want.

Now, if you really do get that many people, you would probably want to upgrade your hosting anyway to make sure everything is still running smoothly, but you wouldn't need to worry about that until you are getting maybe 4 or 5 thousand people per day.

cPanel

If you don't know what cPanel is, it is a graphical interface that allows you to manage your website, with no coding required. It really comes in handy with your WordPress installation.

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You can use it to manage your WordPress databases, create email accounts like email@yourdomain.com, email forwarding, auto responders, and many more things.

Other Features

Some other features worth stating:

  • 99.9% uptime guaranteed
  • Automatic malware removal
  • 24/7/365 support vis live chat, phone, or email
  • They back up your site automatically every week, just in case.
  • Free email at your domain
  • One-click WordPress installations on your domain
  • $100 in free advertising with Google Adwords
  • Green web hosting - Climate Friendly, Wind Powered, Certified RECs

View all of HostGator's WordPress hosting features

 

Siteground

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Site: SiteGround

Cost: $3.95/month for 1 site, $5.95/month for multiple sites

Site Ground has been around for a while and built themselves quite a reputation for being a great host for WordPress sites. They have specifically built their servers for speed and security and they work perfectly for WordPress hosting.

Their base plan ($3.95) covers all the standard WordPress hosting features you would expect. It has a one-click installation setup so you don't have to do any of the techie stuff.

Automatic Updates

They have an automatic updater that keeps your WordPress installation up to date, as well as your plugins. That is really important because most people never bother to update their plugins and that is how you get hacked. If you have really old third-party plugins on your site, you always run the risk of being hacked. They also back up your site on a daily basis just in case something does happen.

Free Cloudflare CDN

This is a really cool feature from SiteGround. If you don't know what a CDN is, it is a content delivery network. A CDN is a great way to speed up your site, which can mean better search engine rankings for you. It stores cached versions of your website in multiple geographic areas, which reduces the time it takes for the server to send your site to the user.

Official Recommendation

SiteGround is officially recommended by WordPress.org as one of the best and brightest WordPress hosting providers.

See the full list of features and plans for SiteGround

 

Bluehost

Site: BlueHost

Cost: $3.95/month for one site and $5.95 for multiple sites

BlueHost has been around for a very long time, 21 years to be exact, so you know they must be doing something right. They are another host that is officially recommended by WordPress.org. They are rated #1 in hosting for small businesses and they have 24/7 support via phone, email, and live chat. They also offer a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked.

Scalability

BlueHost recommends you start small with the basic plan. Once you grow your site and begin getting serious traffic, you can easily switch to their more powerful servers and private dedicated hosting with a simple click of a button. There is nothing more to it.

Enhanced cPanel

They built an enhanced version of cPanel, based on cPanel with a few extra features to make hosting WordPress that much easier for you.

Free Domain Name

If you sign up for BlueHost, they will provide you with one free year of a domain name, up to $15.99, which is more than enough to secure a .com domain.

See the full list of BlueHost WordPress hosting features

 

InMotion

Site: InMotion

Cost: $5.99/month for two websites or $7.99/month for 6 websites

InMotion hosting is another company that has been around for a long time and has been doing dedicated WordPress hosting for many of those years. They are very well-known and have an excellent reputation. You can easily migrate your existing WordPress site to their hosting platform for free or create a new site with WordPress automatically installed on your domain by InMotion. They also give you a free domain with your purchase of hosting.

Optimized for Speed

Ok, so every company says this because this is obviously a top priority for most people, but they really do optimize for speed. They have upgraded all of their hosting plans to use SSDs (solid state drives), which are approximately 20x faster than standard HDDs (hard disk drives). If you have a SSD on your computer at home, then you know what I am talking about.

Managed Security

InMotion has all the latest security standards in place and monitor your site security around the clock. They offer protection from hacking, DDoS protection, advanced firewall protection and automatically back up your site on a daily basis.

Automatic Updates

If you don't have the time or you don't want to mess with constantly updating your WordPress to the latest version, don't worry, because InMotion hosting will take care of everything for you (if you want them to) at no extra charge.

Drag and Drop Web Builder

Your hosting plan comes free with BoldGrid drag and drop WordPress theme builder. They also have free pre-built themes in several different categories for you to choose from if you don't already have a theme or know how to code one from scratch.

See the full feature list of InMotion WordPress hosting

 

Best VPN for Amazon Firestick, Fire TV and Kodi

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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.

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:

 

IPVanish best vpn for kodi

 

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You can sign up for IPVanish here

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.

You can read more about IPVanish Firestick / Fire TV features here

Unlimited Bandwidth

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.

Servers Everywhere

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.

Click here to see the full list of features for IPVanish

 


 

NordVPN

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You can sign up for NordVPN here

Cost: Best value is $3.29/month for two years. Use coupon 2YDeal2017

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.

Bitcoin Accepted

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

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You can sign up for NordVPN here

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.

 


 

VyprVPN

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You can sign up for VyprVPN here

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:

App Integration

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.

See the full list of VyprVPN features here

 


 

 

PureVPN

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You can sign up for PureVPN here

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.

Antivirus/Anti-Malware

PureVPN offers antivirus and anti-malware protection for your device so you know you can be safe while browsing or streaming.

Ad-Blocker

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.

WiFi Security

When you are connected through PureVPNs server on any WiFi hotspot, you are 100% secure from any hackers, snoopers, or scammers.

Click here to see the rest of PureVPNs features

 


ExpressVPN

 

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You can sign up for ExpressVPN here.

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.

Speed Test

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.

Split Tunneling

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.

Referral Program

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!

Click here for a full list of ExpressVPN features

How to Install and Set up NordVPN on Amazon Firestick or Fire TV for Kodi

If you have not purchased NordVPN yet, you will not be able to complete this tutorial.

Unsure of which VPN to try? Here is my comparison of the best VPN for Kodi and Firestick/Fire TV

There is not a lot of information out there on how to specifically install and set up NordVPN on the Amazon Firestick TV. Nord VPN has a native Android app that can be downloaded from the Play Store, but it wasn’t specifically built to be used on the Firestick. So, here is a little tutorial so you can finally hide your IP details from your ISP and anyone else who might be watching, and watch your favorite Kodi apps. If you don’t have NordVPN yet, you can click here to sign up. Sometimes the special deal pops up to get it at $3.29/month, but if it doesn’t, at checkout you can enter the coupon code 2YDeal2017 to get it for $3.29/mo

I assume most people are here to use this VPN for Kodi. That is what I personally use it for and highly recommend a VPN. People are getting arrested and fined in the UK right now because they are not concealing their identity. It is only a matter of time before that begins happening in the US and other parts of the world, if it isn’t already. So, without further ado here is how to install Nord VPN on Kodi and FireStick/Fire TV

Tools Needed to Complete This Tutorial:

  1. Amazon Firestick or Fire TV
  2. Android Phone
  3. Connection to the Internet
  4. NordVPN Subscription

If you do not have an Android phone, I suggest you borrow one from a friend. Amazon Fire OS is built on top of Android so iPhone will not work here.


First and foremost, if you haven’t already, make sure your Fire stick or TV is able to accept apps from unknown sources. This can be found under Settings > Device > Developer Options. Turn on ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources.

On your Amazon Firestick/TV – go to Search and type “Es file” then click on the word to search it.

That should bring up ES File Explorer. Download that app to your firestick.

Then, pull out your trusty Android Phone and navigate to the Play Store. You will search for and download three different apps here. The first is “Open VPN for Android”, the second is “Apps2Fire”, and the third is “Es File Explorer”.

Next step is to open “Apps2Fire” and find setup on the menu.

Enter the IP Address of your Amazon Firestick into the field. To find your Fire stick or Fire TV IP Address, go to your Firestick and navigate to Settings > Device > About > Network and you should see your IP Address there looking something like this. I have crossed mine out for security reasons. (I love being able to edit my images with a pen on my Galaxy Note)

firestick find ip address

After you have connected you Firestick by entering in the IP address, you can now send the “OpenVPN for Android” app to your firestick. Go to Local Apps on the top menu of “Apps2Fire” all the way on the left-hand side. Scroll down to find the OpenVPN app. Click it and then click install. This will install it on your Amazon Fire stick TV. You should be able to see it from the list of apps  under Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications. No need to go to it yet. We will be doing that shortly. That is just to verify it is there.



Now, on your Android phone, go to https://nordvpn.com/ovpn/ to find a list of configuration files. Each one is prefixed with a country code. For example, if you are a US citizen, or you want to make sure you have a US IP address then scroll down to the ones that start with “us”. If you will notice, they have ones that have tcp and ones with udp at the end. Try a TCP one first as TCP is typically a more reliable connection. If it isn’t working then go with a UDP. I have tried both and they both worked for me.

Next, go to ES File Explorer on both your Android phone and your firestick. For the phone, it will be in your “Apps” section and for the Firestick, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > ES File Explorer.

Go to your Android phone and inside the ES File Explorer, click the hamburger menu at the top left and go to Local > Download.

The server config file you downloaded moments ago from the NordVPN website should be there. Long press this (press and hold) to select it. Then down in the bottom right click “More” with the three dots and then click “Send”

ES File Explorer will now search for another device on the network. Assuming you opened ES File Explorer on your Firestick/TV then you should see one device. Mine is labeled AFTM. Click on that device. Then look at your TV screen for a confirmation message and click “OK” to download the config file you are sending from your phone. Exit out of the application on your firestick once it is downloaded. You do not need to go to the file or anything.

On the Firestick, go back to Manage Installed Applications and Click on “OpenVPN for Android”.

At the to right click the little download icon with the down arrow.

If the “open from” dialog menu doesn;t open up immediately, click the menu on the top left and click internal storage. Your config file should be there. If it isn’t you may have saved it in a strange place, so click on ES File Explorer, which is right under Internal Storage and find the file in the folder you saved it in. Again, it should automatically go into internal storage.

Now just click the file to begin the process. Go to the opening screen of “OpenVPN for Android” and click profiles and then click on your VPN config file. You will need to login to your NordVPN account at some point here.

Then go to Settings at the top and you may want to check the boxes to automatically “Connect on Boot” and anything else you may want.

After that you should be connected and good to go. You may now use Kodi on a VPN or Prime TV or anything else you use the FireStick or Fire TV for.

Using Bower to Only Install Specific Files Instead of Entire Directories

If you have any experience using Bower to install packages such as Bootstrap or jQuery, you most likely have to run into the issue of installing a bunch of junk that you don’t need.

When I want to use Bootstrap on my site, I only want bootstrap.min.css and bootstrap.min.js but I get the entire GitHub repository instead. That is my biggest gripe with Bower, and really only gripe.

Last night I stayed awake until 3am working with Grunt and Bower, trying to get Bower to only install the specific files that I wanted and not the entire repo. Finally, after quite some time, I figured it out. Let’s get started…

First, you must have Bower installed. if you don’t, then type into the terminal to install globally:

npm install -g bower

Then, you need to install Bower-Installer globally from the terminal.

NOTE: You must have Node.js installed. If you don’t, and you are on a Mac, and you have Homebrew installed, run brew install node. If you are Windows, go to the Node.js site and install it from there.

If you don’t have Homebrew yet, run:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

Once you have node installed, run:

npm install -g bower-installer

Then navigate to your project directory (the root of the directory), and in the terminal, type:

bower init

Bower will ask you a bunch of options. Most of the stuff you don’t really need to answer. The name you must and it must be unique. For version just write 0.0.1 or something. If you need help with any other options, the Bower website explains each option in detail.

Now you will have a file called bower.json in the root directory of your project. We need to add a couple things in this file. Open the file in Sublime or whatever text editor you use and let’s go to work.

The example I am going to show you is for adding Bootstrap, jQuery, and Velocity.js since I am doing front-end work here. I will show you an example of my entire bower file and tell you what exactly I added to make this work.

{
  "name": "gruntbower",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "dependencies": {
      "bootstrap": "latest",
      "jquery": "latest",
      "velocity": "latest"
  },
  "install": {
    "path": "vendor",
    "sources": {
      "bootstrap": [
        "bower_components/bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css",
        "bower_components/bootstrap/dist/js/bootstrap.min.js",
        "bower_components/bootstrap/dist/fonts/*"
      ],
      "jquery": [
        "bower_components/jquery/dist/jquery.min.js"
      ],
      "velocity": [
        "bower_components/velocity/velocity.min.js",
        "bower_components/velocity/velocity.ui.min.js"
      ]
    }
  },
  "authors": [
    "nate"
  ],
  "moduleType": [
    "node"
  ],
  "license": "MIT",
  "ignore": [
    "**/.*",
    "node_modules",
    "bower_components",
    "vendor",
    "test",
    "tests"
  ]
}

NOTE: You can find the file paths to the file you want on that specific project’s GitHub repo.

Here, I have added dependencies for bootstrap, jquery and velocity and stated that I want the latest version of each.

Next, I add an "install" object with "path" and "sources" properties. The path I put vendors, which is a folder I created within my project where I like to keep files from outside sources. I come from Ruby on Rails and I am used to a vendor folder. You can name the folder whatever you like.

If you want to go deeper, you can create a css and js folder inside vendors or whatever you named it and tell Bower to put all CSS and SCSS/LESS files in the css folder and all JS files in the js folder. It is really up to you.

"install" : {
    "path" : {
      "css": "vendor/css",
      "js": "vendor/js",
      "/[sc|le]ss$/": "vendor/css"
    },

The final step is to go back to the terminal and write:

bower-installer

That’s it! You now have the correct files in exactly the place you want them, without all that other crap that Bower typically installs.