Most people now know that a VPN can definitely protect your privacy and also increase your security when using the internet either at home or publicly. There are however some useful sideline uses and even some quirky by-product features that using a VPN can enable.
We're checking out 29 amazing things to do with a VPN that you may never have thought of and could just breathe a bit of new life in to that VPN service you're paying for and have just hanging around.
Watch Family Guy on Hulu.com from outside the US.
Book cheaper flight or car rental tickets by changing your location.
Stream Top Gear from anywhere in the world on BBC iPlayer.
Free your Torrent download speeds by bypassing torrent throttling.
Skip accepting or declining UK Adult filters.
Access the Pirate Bay in one of the many numerous countries it's blocked in.
Stop your business information from being stolen in hotels overseas.
Stop your credit or debit card being blocked overseas when ordering online by connecting to a home country server.
Watch a bigger range of Netflix movies on US Netflix with your UK, Canadian, Australian or other Netflix account.
Stream BBC News on your Android phone outside the UK.
Stop yourself getting DDOSed when gaming online.
Bypass censorship in countries like China, Turkey & Iran and access an open internet.
Surf the internet anonymously.
Use Spotify no matter what country you're in.
Access Usenet for downloads rather than Torrents and hide your download habits.
Watch Downton Abbey in the US and keep the wife happy, or if you're the wife, annoy the husband.
Watch the Premiership on BT Sport or Sky Sports when you're not in the UK.
Bypass all forms of traffic shaping and get the your full internet speed regardless of what you're doing.
Visit the Middle East and unblock VoIP services such as Skype to call home.
Read a VPN review of one of our top three providers and possibly switch to a better service.
Safeguard your personal browsing on public Wi-Fi networks.
Watch Fifty Shades of Grey on Netflix and learn how inadequate we are as men.
Watch some sneaky porn and get your own back on the wife for comparing you to Christian Grey.
Get your Dropbox files in China or read your Gmail.
Let your loved ones in the armed forces watch TV from home.
Protect yourself on holiday or vacation.
Watch Youtube videos that are blocked in your country.
Play Poker online in the US and other countries it is banned.
So there you have it, 29 new ideas that you might not previously of thought about.
We all know the very serious security role a VPN plays in our online usage but throwing in a few fun uses makes paying for the service all more worthwhile. Some of the suggestions are light-hearted and in no way do we recommend breaking any laws, however others may just keep you entertained on a slow day.
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