Recently, the Kodi app has become the streaming media of choice for many users who are looking for a low-cost solution to watching and downloading the latest television series, movies, documentaries, and other forms of visual media. As the open-sourced streaming media waxes in popularity, attention began to be beamed on whether the app and its video source are actually safe for use. Given the current state of the Internet where a security loophole is just one mistaken click away, users are right to be worried.
The Kodi app pulls videos from the most popular streaming platforms across the Internet. Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Crackle, Spotify, Hulu and others can be streamed via the app, making it an easy choice for many of those who don’t wish to spend money on simultaneous subscriptions to multiple video streaming platforms.
The Kodi app provides videos, music, documentaries, etc, to users via video hosting sites. By far the most popular of these is OpenLoad, though Vshare and FlashX are also used quite often. These hosting sites provide the requested videos in high quality, meaning that the user gets to enjoy what legit subscribers to popular streaming platforms like Netflix enjoy, but at little or no cost using the Kodi app.
Expectedly, this has only served to increase the app’s popularity even more. With versions available on Windows, Android, set-top boxes, etc., but we shall focus on the Kodi Windows app in this article. Both as an app and as a browser add-on, Kodi boasts of pride of place among the free streaming community.
Therefore, when reports began to surface of errors caused by malware, infected systems, and loss of private information due to the Kodi app, it sent the user community into a flurry of questions relating to the app’s safety and how best to proceed when confronted with a pairing error. As veteran Kodi users would tell you, you can’t access videos hosted on OpenLoad unless you first pair your device.
Therefore, this article will show you how to fix the Olpair error on Kodi. Once you’ve grasped the nitty-gritty of pairing your Kodi box with OpenLoad, you can freely and easily watch and download what you want from the OpenLoad host site.
Why are Users Getting Pairing Errors on Olpair.com?
Originally, Kodi users didn’t need to pair their devices with Olpair at all. They just found whichever video they wished to watch, clicked a link, and sat back as the requested stream hosted on OpenLoad began to play. Normally, a site like OpenLoad wouldn’t mind in the least: the more the site is used, the more people can be shown the ads which it relies on to make money.
However, the Kodi app soon became a source of annoyance for OpenLoad. Because Kodi users were using their streams without a browser, it prevented them from making proper traffic reporting in Google Analytics, which in turn seemed to affect their bottom line. Without a means to monitor streamers using their servers, it became difficult to serve ads and also monitor those using their servers. For a while, the streaming host blocked Kodi from using their servers. Users who tried to view a video posted hosted on OpenLoad began to see error messages like the following:
To play this video, authorization is required. Visit the link below to authorize the devices on your network: https://olpair.com then click ‘Pair’
Soon, a compromise was devised — Olpair.com.
Olpair is shorthand for OpenLoad Pair. As its name implies, it enables users to pair the Kodi box with the OpenLoad website. Everyone wins this way. The user gets to stream what they want while OpenLoad gets to make proper traffic reporting and also serve ads on its platform.
However, that’s where the mutual benefits stop, if warnings from security experts are to be believed. Apparently, the Olpair.com website is embedded with crypto-mining code that takes advantage of a user’s computing power while they stream media. In other words, when you’re on Olpair.com, your machine is doing two things: playing the media, and mining cryptocurrency for others without your consent.
Coupled with the fact that the pairing process itself opens the user to security and privacy vulnerabilities, Olpair.com becomes a website to be careful of. During pairing, the website connects the site’s IP address with your computer’s IP address. This way, it gains access to information like your location, time, and browsing activity.
How to Protect Yourself on Olpair.com
Though there is no evidence that this information is used for nefarious purposes, it doesn’t mean that such abuses of privacy don’t exist. If you have to use this medium to stream content, it is better to come prepared by taking precautions.
- Use a Security Software
The best way to protect yourself? Use an antivirus software like Auslogics Anti-Malware to keep your system safe and secure. With its 24/7 real-time protection enabled, chances of your PC becoming infected when you visit Olpair.com become miniscule. It will deactivate any hidden malware code on the website and prevent cryptocurrency mining software from turning your machine into an impromptu laborer.
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Not to mention, there are so many redirections and pop-ups when you visit sites like Olpair.com, but Auslogics Anti-Malware will warn you off any questionable sites you’re redirected to while preventing them from automatically downloading hijacking software into your system or installing it as a browser add-on.
- Use a VPN
Since Olpair.com uses the IP address you’ve given them to access your information, you can throw them completely off your scent by giving them another IP address instead of your own. This not only ensures they don’t have a chance to use your data for any nefarious purpose, but it also protects you against unwanted legal ramifications of using Olpair (and Kodi).
By using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you shroud your IP address under a smokescreen IP generated by the VPN. You could be in Australia while the IP generated from your device shows a New Zealand or American address. The duplicate IP will, of course, contain bogus information which any tracking software on sites like Olpair is bound to swallow hook, line, and sinker.
- Don’t Click Links Unnecessarily
Another step to take is to not click any side-link at all. Just focus squarely on the pairing process and do nothing else. Those links are programmed to redirect you elsewhere and clicking them is an open invitation for malware to gain access to your PC.
Finally, if you can, spend the extra bucks on a subscription to whichever streaming platform hosts the show you wish to watch. Your selection of content might be limited that way, but you will get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you won’t have to battle against malware, hijackings, and mining attempts.
- Disable Olpair Pop-ups in Your Browser
Of course, you’re going to get pop-ups from Olpair.com. It is one of the prices they assume you’re prepared to pay in exchange for the services they offer. You, naturally, might find one or two pop-ups here and there bearable. However, when you get inundated with content notifications and browser pop-ups every five seconds, it becomes annoying.
To get rid of the nuisance, just disable pop-ups for the website in whichever browser you use, then you won’t be bothered anymore. Here’s how to do it in Chrome:
- Click the Chrome menu icon (three vertical dots) at the top right of the browser.
- Click Settings.
- Scroll down the Settings page and click Advanced when you find it.
- Navigate to “Privacy and security” and click “Site settings”.
- Click “Pop-ups and redirects”.
- Under the “Allow” option, look for Olpair.com.
- If the site is listed, click the three vertical dots next to the site name.
- Select Block.
- If the site isn’t listed, click the Add button, type in the site URL, and click Add.
How to Fix Kodi Pair Error for Olpair
Having said all that, here is what to do if you experience an error when trying to use Olpair.com.
- Pair your Device
As mentioned above, you’re going to keep getting errors on Olpair when using Kodi if your device is unpaired. Olpair.com needs your information and therefore won’t give you access to OpenLoad until you provide it a way for it to easily get that information. That is what pairing is all about.
Don’t worry, as long as you have Auslogics Malware running or use a good VPN, you don’t have to feel too much trepidation about it. If you simultaneously use both a malware blocker and a VPN, so much the better.
- Open your Kodi app.
- Open your browser and go to Olpair.com.
- Answer the puzzle correctly to prove you’re not a robot.
- Tick Pair to pair your device with OpenLoad.
Once done, you can stream your desired content hosted on OpenLoad. However, this service will only be available for four hours at a time if you’re a free users. To gain access to OpenLoad on a permanent basis, you have to subscribe to a paid membership.
- Disable Captcha in the Kodi App
Some users testified that disabling the Captcha option from within the Kodi app helped to remove authentication issues on hosting platforms like OpenLoad. It is worth trying out if you’re unable to play Kodi streams hosted on that platform.
- Launch the Kodi App.
- Click Add-ons in the settings pane on the left.
- Right-click “Olpair add-on” and click Settings.
- Click Playback.
- Find the “hosters with captcha” toggle and turn it off.
That’s it — how to fix the pair error on Kodi. This should prove useful for those getting a recurrent error while trying to stream on OpenLoad. The tips on protecting yourself on the site should help you avoid the more egregious dangers of video hosting sites.