Streaming your favorite TV shows, movies and live sports from home is one thing; streaming it while you’re on-the-road is another altogether.
Whether you’re a big Sons of Anarchy fan or you’re more the American Chopper type, you can watch it on Hulu, if only there was a way to stream on-the-go.
Well, as luck would have it, there is!
In this article, you’ll learn how to use a VPN to watch Hulu, Fubo TV and other streaming services on your laptop, phone, or tablet when you’re away from home.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a better way to access the internet. Instead of using an unsecure WiFi line at your nearest rest stop or using your mobile data service as a WiFi hotspot, you install an app on your internet-capable device to hide your identity while more securely accessing the internet.
A VPN functions by creating an encrypted tunnel for data to pass through to and from a device you’re using to access the internet.
Normally, when you use a streaming app, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) receives the request, then redirects you to the site or app location you wish to access.
However, when you use a VPN to link to the internet, it routes both your request and the incoming data from the location you’re accessing through a separate, anonymous server.
A VPN offers you a number of benefits that make streaming while away from home a breeze:
- Privacy – Keep others from spying on your online habits.
- Security – Protect the personal data stored on your phone, laptop or other streaming device.
- Anonymity – Keep your IP and geographical location hidden while using the internet.
- Ability to unblock sites – Access sites restricted by ISPs, governments and others.
So, to sum up, by using a VPN to keep your IP and geographical location hidden while you use the internet, hackers can’t access your system to install spyware or malware, big data can’t track your viewing habits, and you can view programming in other countries where certain U.S. programming is geo-restricted.
Once upon a time, VPNs were only available as physical boxes you needed to plug in and mount on a shelf or desk, etc. These days, however, you can purchase a virtual VPN (or digital VPN) that operates from within your machine (eg. phone, laptop, tablet, etc.)
With a digital VPN, the same device you use to stream is also your VPN. This allows you to ride without any extra weight to carry.
So, once you’ve chosen, installed and created login credentials with a virtual VPN using the instructions provided with the software, here’s how you use it to watch a streaming service:
- Open your VPN and log into your account.
- Use your VPN to locate the nearest accessible cellular tower to connect to a server located within the U.S.
- Download and install your streaming app of choice (eg. Hulu, FuboTV) and subscribe to the service.
- Open and log in to your streaming app and search for or browse to the programming you want to watch.
- Kick back and enjoy.
You shouldn’t have to choose between watching The Motorcycle Diaries and hitting the road, and, now, thanks to digital VPNs, you don’t have to.
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