The Amazon Fire TV Stick is an entertainment hub with access to a lot of streaming services. One issue with any streaming service though, is that due to licencing restrictions some content will likely be unavailable in your region. The best way to bypass these location-based licence restrictions is to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network.
A VPN masks your IP address by tunnelling all of your network traffic through a VPN server, making it appears as if the server is making all of your web requests. This article will cover the best free VPNs for Firestick. All of the apps recommended below can be found and installed through the Amazon Firestick App Store.
Windscribe offers a very generous 10GB of data a month to its free tier users who have confirmed their email address. With no data throttling and connections available in more than ten countries, free users should be able to bypass most location-based content filters. Windscribe offers a no-log policy to all of their paid and free users as well as top-of-the-line 256-bit encryption.
Tip: “Throttling” is a restriction applied that limits your overall connection speed.
While technically unthrottled, the VPN servers available to free users may run slowly enough to cause buffering on streams due to congestion. However, the US Netflix library is accessible, if your connection is good enough.
Paid licences are also available starting from $4.08 per month for a year-long package.
Hide.me offers 2GB of data per month to its free tier users, with five locations and no download speed throttling. While Netflix and some other streaming services may not be unblocked, P2P and torrenting services are actively supported. You don’t need to provide any details to start using the free tier, as no registration or sign up is required at all. Hide.me also use the top-of-the-line 256-bit encryption and have a strict no-log policy that applies to its free tier.
Tip: A “no-log policy” is a commitment from the VPN provider to not store any logs. While the exact commitment will vary between providers, the general concept is to not store any logs of your usage data. This means that the VPN provider can never monitor your usage or hand over usage data to law enforcement agencies.
Paid plans are also available from €4.99 a month for a 2-year package.
Free VPNs are available, but there are not many that support the Amazon Firestick. In general, you should be aware that free VPNs tend to be slower, more restricted and can even log and sell your usage data. Paid VPNs are much more reliable, offering faster speeds and unlimited downloads. No-log privacy policies are far more common and they are far more likely to be able to bypass the VPN blacklists of Netflix and other streaming sites. As such, we also recommend the following Paid VPNs.
IPVanish – From $3.70 a month for a 2-year package.
IPVanish offers an unlimited and unthrottled VPN connection that is able to bypass most VPN blacklists to access services like Netflix. IPVanish offers the standard premium VPN features of top-of-the-line 256-bit encryption and a strict no-log policy. Included in the price is 250GB of “SugarSync” encrypted cloud backup. More than 1400 VPN servers are available, in over 50 countries, across six continents. A single licence includes support for up to 10 simultaneous connections, so you can protect all of your devices.
Tip: 256-bit encryption is the strongest modern standard of encryption. It means that there are 2^256 possible combinations of values for the encryption key. The number of possible combinations is so large it would be infeasibly difficult to correctly guess the encryption key, even with dedicated access to super-computers for centuries.
NordVPN – From $3.49 a month for a 3-year package.
NordVPN also offers an unlimited and unthrottled VPN service that can reliably bypass VPN blacklists for sites such as Netflix. NordVPN have an independently audited no-log policy and offer top-of-the-line 256-bit encryption. Some other features include a kill switch, double VPN, Onion over VPN, and a dedicated IP option. More than 5400 servers are available to choose from in a total of 59 countries, although not all countries have servers that support all features.