Best Kodi VPN 2018 UK: The best paid and free VPNs for XBMC
If you like binge-watching films, sports, TV shows, or just streaming your own content from a local hard drive, you’ve probably downloaded Kodi. It’s the best bit of streaming software around and, because it’s free and open-source, Kodi can be tailored it to your every need.
But there’s a way to make Kodi even better, and that’s by using a virtual private network (VPN). Get one of these, and it’ll make your Kodi experience more secure and possibly faster too.
Interested? Keep reading to find out the best VPNs for Kodi in 2017.
Please note that many addons contain content that isn’t officially licensed and accessing such content could be illegal. In short, if the content is free, but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
What is a VPN?
When you connect to the internet, your computer is assigned an IP address which tells websites what country you’re connecting from. This information can result in a site blocking content that’s deemed as not accessible in your region.
A VPN circumvents this by acting like a virtual trap-door, essentially making it appear as though you’re connected from an entirely different part of the world. The result? Your origin identity is hidden and you can access geo-locked services that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to, such as Hulu, HBO Go or American Netflix.
There are several VPNs out right now so, to make things simpler, we’ve put together a shortlist of the VPNs we recommend when using Kodi. We’ll also be updating this page with more VPNs in the future, so keep checking back.
The 4 best VPNs for using with Kodi
1. CyberGhost VPN (from Free)
CyberGhost has quickly become a really well-known VPN service and, after using it for just a short time, it’s easy to see why. Simply put, CyberGhost is one of the easiest VPNs to use and lets you start a VPN-enabled browser session with just one click. Like other paid-for VPNs on the market, CyberGhost doesn’t store details of your connection activity either. CyberGhost can also be used for free meaning it’s a great way to try out the service to see if you want a VPN in the first place. The only limitation on the free tier is your connection speed and lack of free slots available on networks if they’re especially busy. You can currently get CyberGhost on a £4 PAYG basis.
2. NordVPN ($3/mth)
NordVPN is currently one of the most powerful VPNs you can get. Drawing upon 695 worldwide server locations across 54 different countries, NordVPN has great coverage allowing you to connect from and to pretty much anywhere in the world. What’s more, NordVPN’s software is relatively straightforward and, as with other VPNs, it doesn’t log or store your connection details. Finally, just like the other VPNs mentioned here, NordVPN uses a kill switch that shuts down your entire connection if your VPN ever goes down. That means there’s no way your real IP information can get leaked. At the time of writing, you can get NordVPN for just $3 per month.
3. ExpressVPN ($8/mth)
Although ExpressVPN isn’t as well known in the Kodi community, it’s still one of the best VPNs you can use for Kodi. ExpressVPN doesn’t store any activity logs, so your privacy is maintained and it’s also historically been one of the best VPNs for watching US Netflix in the UK. ExpressVPN also comes with a great support network and, if you’re unsure about or satisfied with the service, you can take advantage of its 30-day money-back guarantee. After that, ExpressVPN will cost you $8 per month for a 12-month contract.
4. IPVanish ($6/mth)
There are several Kodi VPNs around right now, but IPVanish is certainly one of the most popular among the Kodi community – largely because of the amount of freedom it gives users. Of the VPN services in our list, IPVanish is one of the more legally dubious as it allows access to torrent services and offers a strict no activity-logs policy – meaning details of your connections won’t be stored. It’s also easy to use on both desktop or mobile and, when it does go wrong, IPVanish offers impressive customer support. IPVanish costs around $6 a month, at the time of writing.
Please note that many addons contain content that isn’t officially licensed and accessing such content could be illegal. It is the user’s responsibility to comply with all applicable laws in their country in regard to use. Dennis Publishing Ltd excludes all liability for such content. We do not condone and are not responsible for the infringement of any intellectual property or other third party rights and shall not be liable to any party as a result of any such content made available. In short, if the content is free, but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.