So you’ve purchased a High Performance Academy course, cancelled your plans and settled down to start learning, only to see a blank space where our video should be. This may be because our video sharing platform Vimeo is blocked in your country but fear not, we have a solution and don’t worry, it doesn’t involve campaigning to your local government or moving to another country. All you will need to do is set up a nifty little thing called a VPN.
What is a VPN?
Most of the time, when you connect to the internet, you do so via an ISP (internet service provider) which redirects you to any website you wish to visit. This means that all your internet traffic goes via their server so they can see everything you do online, kinda creepy right? Where a VPN (virtual private network) comes in is that when you access the internet via this instead of your ISP, it hides your IP address and encrypts all your data by sending your internet traffic through a remote server. Using a VPN will trick Vimeo into thinking you are accessing it from another location, enabling you to watch our videos (woohoo!)
How can you get a VPN?
There are some VPN providers who will charge you for their services but for our purposes, a free provider will be absolutely fine. A quick Google search will bring up a plethora of options but a good example is Betternet which can be installed as a Google Chrome extension or if you don’t use Google Chrome, it can be installed as an app on your device. If you go with the Google Chrome extension, all you need to do to launch it once installed is click on the shield that will appear to the right of your address bar and click connect. If you go with installing the app, things will change a bit depending on your device but just open the app and follow the prompts.
You should be up and running in no time but if you do run into issues, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will see how we can help.