Netflix Bans VPNs, Fails

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Netflix Bans VPNs, Fails

If you, like many other dedicated binge watchers, have discovered the joys of accessing British or German Netflix through the use of VPNs, get ready to have your joy crushed. That’s right, Netflix is on to you. The company has modified it’s terms and conditions, which now forbid the use of VPNs and threaten to “terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we reasonably believe that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service”. Basically what this means is that if Netflix catches you using a VPN, it can cancel your membership.

So What Exactly is a VPN?

A VPN, which stands for “Virtual Private Network” is a nifty little plugin that will do two main things for you. First, it can trick the internet into thinking you’re somewhere else (like Britain of France), and it can also protect your data when using unsecured internet connection. This used to help people access foreign Netflix from America (or anywhere else in the world), but now you could be punished for accessing the site with your VPN.

What Does This Mean For You?

If you do use a VPN to access international Netflix titles, the ban shouldn’t be a huge problem for you. According to WIRED Magazine, the providers of VPNs will continue to modify their services to get around the ban. Hulu created a similar ban in 2014 which was unsuccessful, so providers feel confident that they will have no trouble bypassing Netflix’s new Terms and Conditions. For instance, the VPN Browsec allowed me to access my Netflix account via the Netherlands!

Nice try Netflix, but you failed!

 

 

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