In a recent article, we showed our readers how to sideload Popcorn Time on their iOS 10.3 iPhone or iPad. That article received a tremendous response, and we are humbled by it. But not many people know that they need a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, service to be able to watch their movies and TV shows in peace with Popcorn Time on their iOS devices – without their Internet Service Providers’ prying eyes trying to invade their privacy.

In case you missed that article, here’s the link:

No Jailbreak Required: How to Sideload Popcorn Time on iOS 10 iPhone and iPad

But once you’ve done that, you’d best get a VPN service that can mask your IP and effectively make you anonymous on the web. We offer a few tips to get you on the right track.

 

How to Choose the Right VPN Service for Popcorn Time

There are three criteria that are generally used to find the right VPN service for Popcorn Time on iOS 10.3 – or any other streaming software such as Kodi 17.1 that can be sideloaded onto your iOS 10.3 device, for that matter.

First of all, remember that cheap or free is your worst VPN partner. Shell out a few bucks, and you’ll find that it’s a lot cheaper than subscribing to multiple streaming services, and it’s going to keep you relatively safe from prying eyes. I say ‘relatively’ because no technology is foolproof.

That said, the first thing you need to do is choose a premium VPN operator that possibly offers a free trial (most do) for new users to try out their service.

The second thing is to see if hackers are using it. Sorry, I meant to say “security researchers.” Hackers (darn, I did it again – now where’s that backspace key gotten to) depend on anonymity for their livelihood, so if they’re using a particular VPN service, it’s got to be good enough for most others.

The third act is to take ownership of the fact that you are, in fact, treading on thin ice when you use Popcorn Time or Kodi 17.1 (or any version) or any other software that streams or downloads content from multiple – usually anonymous – sources on the Internet. No matter what VPN, proxies or any type of IP masking service you use, no method is 100% foolproof. If you can live with that, then proceed.

Here are some of the top VPN service providers that meet the first two criteria (only you can meet the third, obviously.)

ExpressVPN is considered by many to be the top VPN service, with 1000+ servers across 78 countries and rates starting as low as $8.32. The downsides are that only two devices can use a single paid account, and you will need to set up separate logins for each device.

IPVanish – the name says it all – is a great service as well. They only have about 500 servers, but offer more than 40,000 IPs across 60 countries. Downside? They’re located in the United States. But they’re cheap, starting at $6.49.

PureVPN offers 80,000+ IP addresses from 500+ servers in 141 countries. Based in Hong Kong, PureVPN offers plans for as little as $2.95 – Popcorn Time, anyone?!

Use Google Search to find and sign up with any one of these security companies, and your Popcorn Time on iOS 10.3 iPhones and iPads will be even more pleasurable.

STOP, READ, PROCEED: Our coverage of this topic does not mean that we promote, support, condone or in any way approve of copyright violations of any kind. We expressly DO NOT. Copyright violations kill creativity and punish the creators for no fault of their own other than being conduits for brilliant and entertaining content. Be extremely prudent in your use of software that facilitates the streaming or download of such content. There are any number of streaming services that can give you more than you money’s worth. You have been appropriately advised.