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Dear Utah: Get a VPN

Utah lawmakers, and the adult site itself, are restricting residents from accessing Pornhub. Here’s how to sneak around that with a VPN (virtual private network).

In reaction to a new Utah law that requires age verification to view adult-oriented websites, industry leader Pornhub has blocked anyone with a Utah-based IP address from accessing its site. Yes, we’re as shocked as you are that the #blessed Beehive State has any interest in such content ( is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, BTW).

Should a Utahn inadvertently visit Pornhub, they’ll be greeted with a message from adult film star Cherie DeVille: “As you may know, your elected officials in Utah are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, giving your ID card every time you want to visit an adult platform is not the most effective solution for protecting our users, and in fact, will put children and your privacy at risk.”

What DeVille didn’t mention, and lawmakers likely didn’t consider, is that Utah residents can easily get around this roadblock by using a VPN (virtual private network). Essentially, a VPN virtually “relocates” you to another state or country by connecting you to an IP elsewhere. VPNs have many other uses besides accessing adult content, Utahns, but we know what you’re looking for.

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CTV on VPNs’s resident internet expert Eric Chiu has crafted a trio of articles all about VPNs—little did he know just how important his research would become in May 2023. Read on, disenfranchised Utah residents.

What Is a VPN?

The nuts and bolts of virtual private networks, from how one works to all the various applications of a VPN, from enhanced personal security to watching European soccer games blacked-out in the US. The best takeaway: You get what you pay for—don’t cheap with a free VPN. A paid subscription is the most secure way to go.

Best VPN Services for 2023

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A ranking of the top seven VPNs available in the U.S., including Surfshark, ProtonVPN, and the service you probably know from every other ad on your favorite podcast, NordVPN. Eric outlines the pros and cons of each VPN, drills down into which will best serve your specific needs, and reiterates that free VPNs usually suck (though ProtonVPN does offer a decent no-cost tier).

Best VPNs for Streaming

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If you want to stream content from other countries, like the previously-mentioned European soccer and non-US TV shows and movies on country-specific streaming services, Eric’s Best VPNs for Streaming has all the deets and a pair of solid VPN recommendations. The article doesn’t mention the streaming of adult content in Utah or elsewhere, but it applies, nonetheless.

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