Why You Need an Online Casino VPN
Last Updated 31 July, 2020
As mentioned elsewhere on this website, we believe that using a VPN is an integral part of hooking onto online casinos, particularly when you are living in Australia.
For those that are unfamiliar with the term VPN, it means virtual private network, and once you hook on to it either through your computer or your smartphone you can then choose to hook out to another country using the VPN Provider’s array of global servers.
By doing so you do two things:
- You hide your true Internet address from your internet provider or Telco, so they can’t tell what your doing.
- You’re online address assumes the country that you have logged into via your VPN.
For instance, if you log onto a VPN Canadian server, your IP address would assume a Canadian location so in effect you are now no longer an Australian online but you are a Canadian.
For signing up to an online casino in another country, you first need to find out what countries are not allowed to sign up, and in some cases that means Australia.
So, if you’re trying to sign up to an online casino elsewhere in the world and you’re using your Australian IP address let’s say through Telstra, then you will be locked out and unable to sign up. Some online casinos use what is called a ‘geo-location restriction’. This is where a VPN comes into its own.
Instead, look on the online casino website, look for the section that displays what countries are disallowed, then select a country that is allowed for sign-ups and then hook on to your VPN and select the appropriate country location, if it is available. Use something safe, like New Zealand, Canada, UK etc, rather than exotic countries.
What VPN to choose?
There are many VPN’s out there in the marketplace, all offering bells and whistles and cheap monthly costs. Some good examples for Auatralian users include:
- PrivateInternetAccess (PIA)
There are many review sites. I prefer not to take their advice because in some cases the reviewer might be in the ‘back pocket’ of whatever VPN they are endorsing. Again, do your homework.
The average cost per month to use a VPN service is around A$10.00. The cheapest we’ve seen is the Swedish VPN Mullvad which comes highly recommended at approx 5 euro, or A$7.00 per month.
- ProtonVPN has a free service, which is a bit limited, but still, this is one of the better free services going, that is: if you don’ t want to chuck money at a VPN.
- I have used Mullvad previously on a mobile, but as at June 2020, they no longer support devices below Android 7. They say, they support 3 levels down from current, which is: 9, 8, and 7. Bear in mind, Android 10 is out sometime soon, so Android 7 support will be scrubbed off the list.
Also for Australian users, check the Whirlpool Forums to get some very good insights and overviews of VPN’s from the community there. Some of the dialog can get a bit verbose but you might be able to glean some useful nuggets of information.