What is a VPN and do I need One?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. Large corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies use VPN technology to enable remote users to securely connect to a private network.
A VPN can connect multiple sites over a large distance just like a Wide Area Network (WAN). VPNs are often used to extend intranets worldwide to disseminate information and news to a wide user base. Educational institutions use VPNs to connect campuses that can be distributed across the country or around the world.
In order to gain access to the private network, a user must be authenticated using a unique identification and a password. An authentication token is often used to gain access to a private network through a personal identification number (PIN) that a user must enter. The PIN is a unique authentication code that changes according to a specific frequency, usually every 30 seconds or so.
Now for the big question do I need one for using Kodi?
Kodi (or the platform formerly known as XBMC) is the centralized solution for digital entertainment. Unlike most set-top boxes that are limited to streaming media from official apps, Kodi’s become increasingly popular for its versatility. As a free, open-source software application, Kodi plays nicely with tons of different devices. The former XMBC isn’t restricted to streaming video from official apps either; it allows users to watch live broadcasts from all over the world, download torrents (illegal), listen to the radio, and play nearly any other kind of digital media around.
While it is highly recommended to connect to a VPN while using Kodi, it isn’t an absolute requirement for Kodi to function. Beyond the incomparable security benefits that a VPN provides, what a VPN really does is allow Kodi add-ons to shine. There are hundreds of add-ons for Kodi, but due to geographical restrictions, many users are unable to use the add-ons that they download. With a VPN, however, digital borders disappear, making all of the Kodi add-ons accessible from anywhere.
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