A couple of months back I revealed to you one of my secret travel tools: Hotspot Shield, a VPN service that allows me to watch videos and protect my computer around the world. Now Hotspot Shield has asked me to share another really handy use for their product: watching international sports.
Now I know I’m not an avid sports fan, but the World Cup is different. It’s so fun and international, that even a dedicated couch potato like me can’t help but be interested.
It also holds a special place in my heart: Mike and I actually met during the last World Cup in 2010. We were in New York at a work event, but almost everyone was secretly checking their scores during the presentations. I’ll never forget him with his too long hair, in his blue and white Argentina jersey, simultaneously trying to flirt with me and watch the game.
Now here we are 4 years later, with a lot more stamps on our passports, married for almost 9 months now. I’m pretty sure Mike will dig out his Argentina jersey and we will watch quite a few games. But there’s a problem:
The World Cup is generally not that well broadcasted in the US, particularly once our national team falls out of the running. If you want to watch more of the games, you are kind of out of luck, unless you have a way to bypass firewalls and watch the games on an international service.
Connect to your Hotspot Shield.
British services like BBC and iTV broadcast all of the games online, however they are only viewable from within the UK. With Hotspot Shield you can hide your location, select a UK virtual location and make it appear as if you are connecting from England, allowing you access to all the games.
Hotspot Shield is also a handy tool for those who are lucky enough to actually travel to Brazil for the games. Dodgy wifi networks can leave your computer vulnerable to attack, but activating a VPN gives your computer an extra layer of protection.
This service covers all the main platforms such as Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android. There are two versions, a free one and an inexpensive elite version that many people choose to upgrade to because of its additional features (especially the one that enables you to choose from different virtual locations).
Get behind the Shield, free download from your:
Windows or Mac: http://bit.ly/1nm7DOS
Where are you watching the world cup from this year?
This post was written by me, brought to you by Hotspot Shield