VPN recognized by certain streaming services

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__peksa__
__peksa__ Posts: 5 Explorer
edited February 6 in F-Secure VPN

Hi,

I wanted to inform that the Fsecure VPN Finland server is now recognized by a certain service I have been using earlier. Another VPN provider I have access works though. Hence, I was wondering if you can do something about the issue?

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  • Firmy
    Firmy Posts: 1,755 Community Manager
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    Hei @__peksa__

    Thank you for your reply.

    Streaming services may prevent access to F-Secure VPN and other VPN services to enforce their content distribution rights and copyright agreements with content owners. F-Secure VPN works by redirecting your internet traffic through its servers and disguising your IP address to appear as though you are browsing the internet from a different location.

    When someone uses F-Secure VPN to access a streaming service, they can bypass the geographic restrictions and appear to be accessing the service from a different location. However, this can violate the content distribution rights and copyright agreements of the streaming service and its content owners.

    To enforce their agreements, streaming services use various measures to detect and block VPN traffic, including F-Secure VPN. This may include monitoring IP addresses and other network traffic to identify VPN usage and blocking traffic from known VPN servers or IP ranges.

    Despite providing privacy and security benefits, VPNs can also be used to circumvent geographic restrictions and infringe on content distribution rights. As a result, streaming services may block VPN traffic to protect their content and enforce their agreements with content owners.

    You can read more about this at this link https://community.f-secure.com/vpn-en/kb/articles/8940-why-am-i-unable-to-access-yle-areena-areena-yle-fi-when-using-f-secure-freedome-vpn

    A possible workaround to this issue is to turn off the VPN and then turn it back on to obtain a new IP address that is not blocked by the streaming service. Additionally, users can consider using the F-Secure VPN app to bypass the VPN on Windows and Android as described in the following links:

    https://help.f-secure.com/product.html#home/freedome-windows/latest/en/task_902BF56C2ADF493EB8FE92839D36A4B1-latest-en

    https://help.f-secure.com/product.html#home/freedome/latest/en/task_902BF56C2ADF493EB8FE92839D36A4B1-freedome-latest-en

    Thank you and have a good day.

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  • Firmy
    Firmy Posts: 1,755 Community Manager
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    Hello @__peksa__

    Thank you for your post.

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. We really appreciate it. 😊

    If it's possible, could you kindly provide us with some additional details regarding the streaming service providers that have recognized F-Secure VPN? We're quite curious and eager to learn more about this.

    Hence, I was wondering if you can do something about the issue?

    Also, we'd be grateful if you could shed some light on the issue you're trying to address with F-Secure VPN. This way, we can better understand the context and offer any assistance if needed.

    Thanks again for your help and have a fantastic day ahead. 🌞

  • __peksa__
    __peksa__ Posts: 5 Explorer
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    Hi,

    So I stay often in the UK but have typically bought subscriptions to services from Finland so I’m using VPN to enable e.g streaming.

    I have earlier succesfully used F-secure VPN to watch Formula-1 via my official paid subscription https://f1tv.formula1.com/ but they blocked me last week. However, when using another VPN provider, I can still do it so it’s not gps location related.

  • __peksa__
    __peksa__ Posts: 5 Explorer
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    Thanks,

    indeed their prevention efforts are understandable. However, from just technical point of view wanted to inform you that Fsecure VPN is recognized while others may not be. Btw. I tried to turn vpn on/off multiple times.

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