If you watch TV shows and movies on streaming media services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Instant Video, you know that you can watch your favorite content no matter where you are. The same goes for listening to streaming music on Pandora or Spotify.
You can stream content from your computer, smart TV, tablet, smartphone, or videogame console. You can log into your accounts from home, work, your childrens' houses, or anyplace with a Wi-Fi connection.
But, if you like to travel, or if you try to watch international channels from the United States, you know there's a geographic limitation to most streaming content. If you leave the country, for instance, the streaming content that you use every day suddenly dries up.
That's because streaming content providers like Netflix often have different payment plans, and different content in other countries. So, once you leave the country, you're blocked if you're not a subscriber there.
Except, there is a nifty way to work around these blackouts, so that you can watch and listen to streaming content as if you never left your house. One of those ways is called MediaHint.
It's a virtual private network (VPN) that hides your physical location by changing your device's IP address, or Internet protocol address. (Bonus: This helps protect you from hackers while you're online. More on this in a minute.)