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Photo: JOCA_PH (Shutterstock) VPNs are an important digital security tool for political activists, journalists, and security researchers, but they’re now popular among general internet users thanks to the increased privacy they offer—and because they let you access region-locked content. How to VPNs work? If you’re completely new to the world of VPNs, the basic premise is this: VPNs hide personally-identifying information like your IP address, location, and internet browsing data from anyone who tracks you online. This includes your internet service provider, advertisers, websites, governments, and even other private users on the same networks. VPNs port your connection through proxy servers located in other countries that mask your true location, and it’s through these proxy connections that you can trick websites and streaming apps into thinking you live in a different part of the world. Can you use a VPN to watch region-locked content? Setting up a VPN to watch international Netflix (or Hulu, YouTube, and other streamers) is super easy—assuming using a VPN is legal in your country. VPNs are legal in the US, but you should check your local laws if you live elsewhere or plan to travel. What kind of VPN should I use to watch international Netflix? With that legal note out of the way, the first step is to find a suitable VPN. There are tons of VPNs out there, and some are better ( and more trustworthy ) than others. But if watching region-locked content is the sole reason you’re using a VPN, […]