Cyprus is a stunning place, but amid all the swimming and sunbathing, eventually you will just want to sit down and watch some blue planet on BBC iPlayer, or some back to back reality tv on Netflix.
This is where VPNs comes in.
VPNs are quite simple to understand. Basically, they allow you to present your internet requests to the world as if they are coming from somewhere else.
This can be ideal if amid a holiday in Cyprus the new episode of your favourite tv show comes out, or as a permanent resident, you always must wait years for the new seasons to get to you.
Using a VPN, you can represent yourself as in the UK or North America, or almost anywhere else in the world you can think of. This means that you can watch the content you want.
With beautiful weather comes the wonderful ability to be outside a lot. You will likely have portable devices such as laptops and tablets, and enjoy logging into various establishments Wi-Fi so that you can get your dose of the internet alongside your vitamin D.
This is where VPNs can become very vital in a modern world.
You may not be able to trust the owners of your local beach bar or the other customers connected to the network, but with any VPN in this article, all your internet traffic will appear as an encrypted connection to a single location of which they can get no private information from.
It is completely legal to have and use VPNs in Cyprus. It is also legal to use VPNs to unblock content filtered by region.
The easiest way to use VPNs on mobile devices is by using apps from their appropriate stores, either Google Play store or Apple store. On a laptop or desktop you can get standalone software for Windows, Mac, or Linux.
You can also have VPN software which is built into plugins for various browsers, for example, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. These give you the added control of just affecting the connections used from your browser rather than everything on your computer.
With the above list it can be a bit daunting to pick out which VPN is best for you in Cyprus, but don’t jump back in the sea yet, we will get you to your video content quickly enough.
Firstly it’s always a good idea to try things out without the hassle of signing up for a payment of any kind. Looking at the list above, the free options are TunnelBear and Windscribe.
The key differences between these two are the data allowance.
TunnelBear offers 500MB a day. This is somewhat limited and will not cover any kind of HD content as an hour-long show in high definition is often over 1GB.
If you are likely to use the VPN to watch short clips and low-quality content on a daily bases long term, this ultimately is the package which gives you the most data at around 15GB a month.
Windscribe gives you 10GB a month but it is allocated monthly. This means that even though its less data than TunnelBear provides, it does increase the amount of hour-long high definition shows you can fit into it from 0 to 8 or 9. Additionally, it would allow room for films.
If you are going on holiday to Cyprus, the option of Windscribe should be very attractive. In a week’s holiday, if that was the only time you were planning on using the VPN, you would have 10GB for Windscribe and a maximum of 3.5GB on TunnelBear.
If you are a heavier user turning your nose up at these plans, there is still some opportunity for free use, with NordVPN having a week’s free trial and HideMyAss having a full month’s free trial.
Both have unlimited data usage.
All the paid products described also have a money back guarantees which can be taken advantage of.
If you are willing to pay, then none of the products described will let you down. HideMyAss has the most countries available, followed by ExpressVPN.
HideMyAss also has the largest number of simultaneous devices which can be used at 6, followed by NordVPN at 5.
At the time of writing, for a single month, HideMyAss is the cheapest, followed by NordVPN in second and ExpressVPN as the most expensive.
Taking all these factors into consideration, the winner and the best VPN to use in Cyprus is HideMyAss. Windscribe is the best free alternative. If you are not from Cyprus, check VPNs for other countries.
Sometimes technology such as VPNs may sound complex but ultimately, they aren’t aimed at technical geniuses, they are aimed at giving everyone the chance to be safe and secure while having the content they deserve regardless of where they live.
It’s a great equaliser and often these bits of software are as simple as turning them on or off.
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