What can I do with HotBot VPN?
Our app has a ton of great features, in addition to unblocking sites. We allow you to browse the web anonymously and secure your sessions with military-grade AES-256 bit encryption. Stream content, access P2P networks, and avoid ISP throttling. In addition, HotBot VPN can help you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and more. Our service is leak-free, has an app kill switch, and a strict no-logs promise. We believe in allowing you to explore the web freely, the way it was meant to be.
How does HotBot VPN unblock content?
When you connect to the internet, you usually connect through your internet service provider, or ISP. Your ISP assigns your device an IP address, which contains information about your location, among other things. When you connect to a website, that site learns your location based on the IP address assigned to you. In some cases, websites may block users from specific regions of the world, which then makes content unavailable to people in those areas.
In order to get around this issue, most people use a VPN to unblock content. The way VPNs do this is by rerouting your traffic through their own servers. In addition, they temporarily assign your device a new IP address. This new address originates outside of the region of the blocked content, and hides your identity. With these simple steps, a VPN can unblock virtually any content on the web, giving you access everywhere.
Why does content get blocked?
There’s a number of reasons content may be blocked to users. However, three reasons are the most common in today’s digital landscape. In the first case, the people behind a network block content because it is distracting or inappropriate. This is most common in schools or workplaces, where productivity is a priority. Commonly blocked content includes social media platforms and gaming sites.
The second reason sites block content is because of licensing and copyright laws. This case is most common for streaming services. For example, Netflix may be allowed to stream content to residents of the United States but not those of Canada. When this occurs, it’s often because Netflix either doesn’t have permission from the companies behind content to stream it in certain areas, or they aren’t licensed to air it, per local laws.
Finally, sometimes certain regions of the world block content by law because they want to censor the things their citizens see. It could be for political or religious reasons, or more. Locations known to censor content include China, North Korea, and Russia.
Should I use a VPN even on unblocked sites?
The simple answer to this question is yes! Aside from unblocking sites, VPNs also increase site encryption and user privacy. Many internet service providers slow or throttle service based on customer activity, but VPNs can help to avoid this as well. In addition, they can make online shopping cheaper, help researchers find unbiased resources, and more. VPNs are the Swiss Army Knives of our digital lives.
Which devices can I use HotBot VPN on?
Our service is currently available on Windows and MacOS, as well as iOS and Android devices. Stay tuned as we add more compatible devices to our line up.
Can I use a proxy instead of a VPN?
In short, it’s possible to use a proxy instead of a VPN when unblocking sites. However, a proxy, which acts as another gateway to the internet, may not always work to unblock content. In addition, they offer less privacy and security than a VPN would. Furthermore, proxies may work slowly because of heavy traffic, can disappear without notice, and may even collect and sell your data. We recommend sticking with a VPN.
Is it legal to use a VPN?
Although VPNs sometimes get a bad rap, it’s perfectly legal to use them! Their legality depends on your activities. For example, browsing Amazon to find a birthday gift for your mom is a great and legal way to use a VPN. It will automatically delete your search history and cookies and make your transaction safer. However, downloading a movie you don’t own the copyright to is illegal whether or not you use a VPN. Always use your best judgement when it comes to use and if you aren’t sure, look it up!
Have questions about how to unblock a specific website? Check out our other guides!