What to know about using a Netflix proxy 4 things to know before using a Netflix proxy

Of all the ways to watch Netflix*, a proxy server is one of the slowest, least secure, least reliable, and least convenient options. Here's why you should opt for a VPN to watch Netflix instead.

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Proxy: A slower way to watch Netflix

Random proxy servers you might find on the internet are often burdened by high server usage, which causes your traffic to move too slowly for streaming video on Netflix.

A premium VPN like ExpressVPN runs on a constantly optimized network, giving you blazing speeds perfect for Netflix or other streaming video content.

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Proxy: A less secure way to watch Netflix

Although they do hide your IP address, proxy servers offer little to no security benefits, and they often spam your connection with targeted ads. When a product is free, YOU are the product!

A solid VPN like ExpressVPN secures all of your internet traffic with 256-bit encryption, doesn’t keep activity or connection logs, and prevents third parties from intercepting your data.

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Proxy: A less reliable way to watch Netflix

Because most proxy servers aren’t well maintained, they’re prone to interrupted connections. When that happens, you’ll be on your own.

ExpressVPN offers dedicated, 24/7 support. Connection issues are rare, but when they happen, you can speak to a real person in minutes.

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Proxy: A less convenient way to watch Netflix

Most proxies only offer one or two server locations, which means there’s probably not one close to you.

ExpressVPN has server locations in 105 countries and counting, making it easy and fast to connect no matter where you are.

What’s the difference between a proxy and a VPN?

A proxy server is just someone else’s computer between you and the rest of the internet. Other sites see this computer’s IP address instead of yours.

“Free” proxies are extremely dangerous because they force you to surrender control of your internet traffic to someone who probably has an ulterior motive for providing this “service.” A test of over 20,000 proxy services found nearly all of them to inject some form of malware.

ExpressVPN creates a secure tunnel between you and the rest of the internet. This also hides your IP address, but with the added benefits of best-in-class encryption, no activity or connection logs, native apps for all your devices, and a commitment to protect your privacy.

Read more about the dangers of free proxy servers.

The ways of watching Netflix: VPN vs. proxy vs. DNS codes

How does a VPN compare to proxies or DNS codes?

VPN vs. Proxy vs. DNS Codes comparison table
VPN Proxy DNS Codes

Has reliable service

Won’t hijack traffic

Hides your IP address

Encrypts your traffic

Easy to change locations

* ExpressVPN is optimized to work with Netflix so you can enjoy online privacy and security all the time, without the VPN interfering. It should not be used as a means of copyright circumvention. We cannot see or control what you do while connected to our service, so you are responsible for complying with our Terms of Service, your content provider’s terms, and any applicable laws.


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