Virtual private networks, or VPNs, are useful security tools to help you browse the Internet anonymously and avoid online threats, but you may want to think again before using one to watch Netflix. If you do, the popular video streaming service could cancel your account.
That's because the company's terms of service now include a caveat to discourage VPN use. The terms of service state Netflix "may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are … engaged in illegal or improper use of the service."
Netflix is against VPN use because some customers use VPNs to trick the service into thinking they're in another country and access different content. Due to Netflix's distribution agreements with content providers, the streaming service currently offers different movies and television depending on which country you live in. So, customers can use VPNs to trick Netflix into think they're streaming from, say, the U.K. to watch content unavailable in the U.S.