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We’ve seen television take a massive hit in the last few years. Not only is the younger generation no longer interested in watching ads, it also prefers to have all of its devices and subscriptions in sync. The industry’s answer to this is the smart box.
There have been many different devices by some of the biggest technology conglomerates that have tried to bring TV into the millennial’s home. As of now, Firestick by Amazon seems to be leading the race. Rather than using a satellite or a cable subscription to watch your favorite shows, movies, and documentaries, you can now stream them all over your internet connection.
Before we take a look at how to install CyberGhost on Firestick, let’s take a look at why you might want to get a Firestick in the first place. Firestick has more storage (8 GB) than most other devices of its nature, such as Google Chromecast or Roku. It also has 1 GB RAM and access to tons of different apps as well as games.
The main reason for buying the Firestick is the massive amounts of content you can stream on it. Not only does it integrate seamlessly with Amazon Prime, but you can also use it to watch almost every other mainstream streaming service, such as Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer.
One thing you may have noticed is that to get the most out of the Firestick, you need to have paid subscriptions to various different services. That is not true, as you can enjoy many different alternative streaming platforms such as Kodi and YouTube as well.
However, services such as Kodi come with their fair share of problems. Let’s go ahead and take a look at them, and then find out how you can have a safe streaming experience by using CyberGhost for Firestick in 2021.
How to install CyberGhost on Firestick
One of the problems that many people used to have with CyberGhost was that it did not have a dedicated application for the Firestick. Thankfully, that is not the case anymore and installing CyberGhost is incredibly easy as of now.
Remember that you will need to have a CyberGhost subscription before you can use it. You can head to the pricing page on their website to buy a subscription, or you can do it within the app. Once you subscribe, you will be able to simultaneously use CyberGhost on up to 7 devices.
Here is how you install CyberGhost on FireStick:
- Turn on your Firestick and head to the search bar in the top menu.
- Search for CyberGhost and download the “CyberGhost VPN” application.
- Open the application and log in with your username and password.
- Here, you can either tap the connect button and begin using CyberGhost on the server that performs the best for you, or you can tap on the Best Location dropdown and select the server that you want to connect to. For example, you may want to connect specifically to a US server if you are planning on using Netflix or a UK server for BBC iPlayer.
- You can now begin using the VPN. Remember that it is also possible for you to see statistics on each server and set certain servers as your favorites so as to easily use them the next time around.
How to use CyberGhost on Firestick through OpenVPN protocol application
It is also possible for you to not download the application and instead connect to Firestick through the OpenVPN app. Let’s take a look at how to do that.
- Download the ‘Downloader’ application from the search function.
- Head to your settings and enable Apps from Unknown Sources. It is found in the Device category.
- Download the OpenVPN .apk file by launching Downloader and typing/copy-pasting it. (the link is: https://www.appsapk.com/downloading/latest/OpenVPN%20Connect.apk)
- Download the application and install it when prompted to do so.
- Begin setting up OpenVPN on the application. A detailed guide can be found here on the CyberGhost Support forums.
Limitations of Firestick
Firestick can help you access services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, but it cannot circumvent the geo-blocks that have been put in place. For example, it’s quite well known that Netflix has more content in the US than it does in most other countries due to licensing fees. With the Firestick, you’ll only be able to access Netflix in your own region.
Netflix is not the only streaming service that restricts content based on location. The BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. This means that even those living in the UK won’t be able to watch it while travelling abroad.
Using CyberGhost on your Firestick device can help you get around these blocks. Not only that, but it will also solve many different safety and privacy concerns that you may have when using the Firestick.
Firestick safety and privacy concerns
If you end up using a platform such as Kodi with your Firestick device, you will also probably use plug-ins that allow you to stream content that you will otherwise have to pay for. This means that you can be sued for consuming content that you do not have access to.
On top of this, a lot of these plug-ins are developed by third parties, and you have no way of knowing if they are mining your personal information and then selling it for profit. A third-party plug-in can easily take as much information as it wants from your device.
Since your Firestick will be using the internet, this means that you will also have to face all the standard privacy and security concerns that go along with using the internet in modern times. Many times, it will be your own government that is taking a look at what you use the internet for.
For these reasons, it is best if you use a VPN like CyberGhost for Firestick as it can ensure anonymity on your end. Let’s take a look at how it does that.
How CyberGhost for Firestick helps keep you safe
VPNs like CyberGhost are the best one-stop solution that makes sure no one can see what you’re doing on the internet – you can learn more about it from our CyberGhost review.
Once you’ve set up CyberGhost on your Firestick, you can stream anything you want without any concerns about your privacy.
A Virtual Private Network is a service that routes all of your internet traffic through another server that is hosted at a remote location. When you are connected to a VPN, anyone who tries to take a look at your browsing history will only be able to see that you are connected to a VPN, thereby ensuring your safety.
Since you are connecting to a server that is hosted remotely, you can choose where this server is located. The service that you are connecting to (e.g., Netflix) will assume your location to be that of the VPN server.
Netflix and other streaming services have a very good VPN detection system, which means that only a few VPNs work on it. With CyberGhost, Firestick can access most, if not all, streaming services.
If you’re not an advanced VPN user, the application method should work just fine for you. Remember that although the OpenVPN method is much more difficult to set up, the security offered by both of these methods is almost exactly the same.
After going through all of the steps mentioned in this guide, you can rest easy knowing that not only do you have complete anonymity when streaming with your Firestick, but you can also access every single piece of content that is available on the service that you subscribed to. Considering the fact that everyone pays the same amount, it is only fair that everyone gets to enjoy the same content!
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Nadin has been tinkering with computers and gadgets for as long as she can remember. She has extensive knowledge about various topics, including IoT, Linux, digital security, and more. Nowadays, she works as an IT network professional and writes helpful guides in her free time.