Kindle Fire HD at a glance
The Kindle Fire HD is the second generation of Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of colour touch-screen tablet computers. It was announced on September 6, 2012 and is available in two form factors, 7 inch and 8.9 inch. Kindle Fire HD is running a modified version of Android OS 4.0, with some improvements exclusively available for Amazon’s customers.
However, there are some cutoffs as well. Amazon hasn’t seen fit to enable full VPN support on the Fire HD. That’s one of the main reasons I later switched to a Nexus 7. I use mine frequently in Virginia and need a US-based VPN to access some restricted websites from abroad, etc. The Nexus 7 has full VPN support. It’s easy to set up and works perfectly.
Don’t despair, with a little effort you can run the VPN on the Kindle Fire HD. So, how to get connected, you ask? I’ll tell you right away, but first let’s name top reasons why you should be using the VPN.
Top reasons to use a VPN on the Kindle Fire HD
The principal use of this tablet is video and audio streaming, web surfing and media consuming in general. You may, for example, connect to a public WiFi with your Kindle Fire HD. But using a public WiFi isn’t secure at all. Browsing unprotected is a major security concern for modern-day commuters. If you want to browse the Internet in a safe way, you have to use a VPN.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a network owned by a service provider (ISP).
VPN use military grade encryption to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted. Simply put, VPN will encrypt your traffic and prevent hackers or the computer geek next door, to sniff on your browsing history and visited links.
VPN will also allow you to change your IP address, thus unlock some geo-restricted services while abroad.
How to connect the VPN?
As I said earlier, Kindle Fire HD doesn’t support the VPN by default, so you will need these two things:
- First off, get yourself a reliable VPN account such as HideMyAss, and
- To properly configure your router for VPN or to share PC’s connection (in which case you won’t need a router). There are many tutorials on the Internet on how to acomplish this task.
The best VPN service for the Kindle Fire HD
I recommend the Hidemyass VPN service (read the review). They offer a 30 day money back guarantee, and packages starting at $6,5 for a month (when buying a few months upfront, of course).
If you have additional tips on how to protect the Kindle Fire HD, feel free to post them in the comments section below. I’m eager to answer any question you might have.
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