So you’re ready to cut the cord and you’ve heard that you can access international streaming websites with VPN and Smart DNS services. Until recently, these types of services were a well-kept secret – only used by tech savvy people who can actually tell you what a computer’s CPU is. Those of us who have to call IT for a printer jam would never have dreamed of accessing US Netflix or BBC iPlayer. Not anymore! As streaming services become more widely available, even the most technologically clueless (including myself) are taking the plunge.
But what to choose? Here are the key differences between VPNs and Smart DNS, so you can choose the service that is right for you.
How does VPN and DNS technologies work?
How VPN works
A VPN is a remote network of computers linked together over the internet. It allows for a secure browsing experience because it encrypts all of your data as it goes through a private network. This means websites won’t be able to see your IP address and you can access all of their content regardless if it is geoblocked.
Just think of VPN as an invisibility cloak. A VPN will let you wander the Internet like Harry Potter wandered Hogwarts at night.
How Smart DNS works
Every computer is assigned a local IP address. When you visit a website, it identifies where you are based on your IP address. Certain websites – particular video streaming websites, block IP addresses outside its geographic region. Smart DNS technologies bypass geo-blocks by providing you with a local IP address when accessing these websites.
You can think of Smart DNS as cybertravel. One minute your computer is connecting to the Internet from the UK. The next minute, you’re virtually connecting from the US.
What do I get with VPN vs. DNS?
While VPN and DNS both help you access geoblocked content, they each have their own benefits.
|Websites||All websites||Supported geoblocked websites|
|Speed||Slows down Internet speeds||No impact or minimal impact on Internet speeds|
|Device Compatibility||Computers||All major streaming devices|
|Privacy||Protects privacy||Does not protect privacy|
|Login||Login each time you use it||Login whenever you want to change regions|
OK. So what do I choose?
Choose Smart DNS if you…
Choose a Smart DNS service if you simply want to unlock international websites. It is the best for video streaming because it is faster and works on multiple devices.
Choose VPN if you…
Choose a VPN service if you are concerned about Internet privacy. VPN is also your best bet if you travel frequently since many hotels and wifi hot spots block DNS services.
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