Free vs Paid VPNs. Which Is Better for Streaming Netflix in 2021
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Free vs Paid VPNs. Which Is Better for Streaming Netflix in 2021

Are you excited about the release of the most awaited series on Netflix but just learned it’s going to be released on American Netflix? We all know that content available on Netflix differs in regions because of the license issues, also known as geo-restriction.

However, courtesy of the VPN service, we can access American or UK Netflix anywhere in the world.

Lucky for you, this article discusses the best free VPN for Netflix [Based on 135+ Free VPNs Test] along with their comparison with paid VPN versions.

Does VPN Enhance Netflix Streaming Experience?
A virtual private network (VPN) creates a secure tunnel between your computer and the server, thus encrypting your identity and online traffic.

Moreover, paid and free VPN versions allow you to unblock geo-restricted streaming content on Netflix. However, the advanced security algorithm by Netflix detects the VPN connection, especially the free versions, and blocks the user for good.

It’s a universal fact that you can’t get a good-quality product for free. Unfortunately, the same rule is applicable when it comes to free VPN services.

The most significant role of VPN is to hide your online identity, offer the desired protection against cyber threats, and provide access to geo-blocked content.

However, a VPN provider is certainly not a charity or non-profit organization, and the above services provided to the users can’t be free. As the VPN providers need to run their business, they can limit the VPN services to a limited time or compromise your security and privacy to make money.

On the contrary, the paid VPN service charges a monthly or yearly subscription fee to generate income and manage their server networks.

Moreover, paid VPN offers a reliable and secure connection protected by top security protocols, including:

● AES 256-bit encryption
● Kill switch
● IPv6 leak protection.

The paid VPNs offer unlimited access to all the server locations worldwide. It means you can connect to the respective region server to unblock regional Netflix.

Problems and Risks with Free VPN
Moreover, there are some following problems and risks involved in using the free VPN services:

● It can track you online, access your personal information and sell the data to the advertising companies that display unwanted ads on your screen.

● It can hijack your browser and redirect to a partner website without your permission or consent.

● Some VPN services such as Hola VPN offer free P2P connection by sending your online traffic to someone else’s device and routing their traffic through your computer. However, this way, the VPN service poses a serious risk of DNS or malware attack.

● The free VPN service provider may sell the unused bandwidth to the data market to earn some money.

● Many free VPN services are unreliable in terms of online security and offer weak data encryption.

● Free VPN versions usually offer limited usage and bandwidth, such as 500MB a month.

Keeping in view the above points, it’s better to opt for a risk-free paid VPN you can trust.

However, you can use a free VPN for a short duration, such as a work trip. Furthermore, you can choose a free VPN service to ensure protection while using public open Wi-Fi networks.

Free Trial of Premium VPNs
You can choose the Express VPN, offering access to more than 40 Netflix libraries without compromising the speed. However, it’s not entirely a free VPN; instead, it provides a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Moreover, you can also check the 45-days money-back guarantee of CyberGhost. This way, you can access Netflix libraries of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

Another good news is you can use the Hotspot Shield free US server to access American Netflix. However, it comes with a daily data limitation of 500MB, which translates to one hour of streaming.

Lastly, you can use the Hide-me five free servers to access the Netflix libraries of Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, and the US. Furthermore, you get to enjoy 10GB of free data each month for streaming.

However, you can only use the VPN service on one device. Additionally, the connection may be inconsistent, and the free servers may not allow you to access the site.

Paid VPNs
ExpressVPN is one of the most reliable paid VPNs to access American Netflix. Moreover, it uses advanced security protocols, including Ikev2, OpenVPN, and L2Tp-IPSec protocols.

You can also use the CyberGhost that offers a multihop feature and a relatively large network of servers.

If you want to use a paid VPN service long-term, you should select the Surf Shark VPN, courtesy of its cheap subscription plans.

Final Thoughts
27.1 percent of people around the world are using VPN services by the end of 2020. A VPN service is no longer a luxury but necessary to unblock geo-restricted content and protect your online identity from hackers.

It’s recommended to use a free VPN service in case of an emergency for a shorter duration; however, you should invest in buying reliable VPN services without any speed or bandwidth limitation.

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