If you’ve watched YouTube in the past few years, you’ve probably seen a lot of YouTubers shilling VPNs as part of sponsorship deals. They read the talking points that the VPN has given them as part of the ad, which always, and prominently, includes bypassing geo-blocking as a primary feature.
The problem is that bypassing geo-blocking is almost always a violation of the terms of service of most sites and service that do geo-blocking and is usually grounds for suspension of your account.
There’s a reason that sites and services block content based on your location, and it isn’t always about tyranny like the Great Firewall of China. Sites like Hullu and Netflix have deals with studios for what they can offer to what regions, and they may not be licensed to provide somethings to some locations for various reasons. Moreover, they also have deals with advertisers—or more aptly, could not work out a deal with an advertisers—and thus cannot provide certain content or service to certain regions.
When you bypass geo-blocking, you are essentially both “stealing” content that cannot be provided to you for whatever reason, and also putting the site/service in jeopardy of being sued, so they usually punish it by suspending your account.
I can’t fathom that VPNs do not know this since they make a point of highlighting it as a one of the two main features of their service, so the only conclusion is that they do not care. They only want to convince/trick people into buying the service and if you lose your account, then so what? the VPN got theirs. 🤷 😒
If the service is either so inept as to not know that bypassing geo-blocking will get you suspended, or they do know but don’t care about customers, then how safe can they be and how much can you trust them to provide the service they say and not keep logs and so on? 🤨