Lately, Internet security is a hot topic around the world. From net neutrality in the US to rampant hacks in China, the world is concerned about the Internet’s insecure nature. Most computer users have antiviruses and their Firewalls enabled. But do you have the same security for your smartphone?
Smartphones are merely small computers. You can do anything done on a personal PC on your handheld device. You can make calls, socialize and play games on your 6-inch iPhone comfortably. However, your smartphone is as vulnerable to hacks and other online crimes as your personal laptop.
To keep you protected, Samsung, LG, and a few other Android manufacturers sell a variety of smartphones with built-in VPNs. Learn why smartphone companies want you to have a VPN and how you benefit.
Security and Privacy
Research shows attackers target android device users more often than their iPhone counterparts. Depending on your phone’s hardware, you may also be vulnerable more than other users. VPNs provide extra layers of security to keep you safe as you use the Internet.
VPNs for android use a variety of security techniques. The most popular methods are PPTP, IPSec, and L2TP. Some techniques like PPTP are easier to connect than IPSec which requires a password to access. Irrespective of the technique, VPNs provide security by masking your Internet traffic to the public.
Good VPNs hide your IP address and replace it with a unique address hosted by overseas-based servers. No one can figure out your real IP address and data location. You can use public Wi-Fi hotspots without the fear of getting hacked and stay protected wherever you go.
Access Geo Restricted Content
VPN companies have thousands of servers installed in hundreds of geographical points. Some providers have up to 5000 servers based in almost every country. When you connect to a server-based in Brazil, you access to content limited to Brazilian users in spite of your real location.
It doesn’t matter where you go. VPNs ensure you access your favorite local programs at the touch of a button. VPNs are different though. Don’t expect an inbuilt program to deliver similar services to paid services.
Many Android VPN providers have unique features accessible only to their customers. Swiss-based VyprVPN offers a service called Chameleon that helps you hide the fact that you are using a VPN. Chameleon works greatly when connecting to Netflix because it blocks VPN users at times. Providers like ExpressVPN offer dedicated servers to torrent users. Some providers also have static IP addresses for high-paying customers.
The bottom line, geo-restrictions can’t stop you from accessing your favorite channels anymore. And if you also get security and privacy as part of the deal, there is no reason not to have a VPN.
If you are ever at the office and wished you could access your home Wi-Fi securely, your dreams could happen. Traditionally, using public Wi-Fi to access files at home is tantamount to attacks. Anyone on the public Wi-Fi can snoop on your data and even get hold of the files.
A VPN shields your personal data to make it possible to send and receive files on the Internet securely. You don’t have to worry about the documents getting leaked on the Internet. You are assured your home’s Wi-Fi passwords won’t leak and avoid any inconveniences caused by insecure connections.
If your android tablet is your work companion, any loss of important files could be costly. You have to grapple with the idea of paying to recover corrupted files. You may have to deal with hackers and loss of income from your clients.
When you pay for a VPN or get one for free, there is no other payment required. Your Internet connections are secured 24/7. You can make downloads safely and access Netflix and other services without additional costs. Again, it’s easy to opt-out of many VPNs. Samsung may provide an inbuilt VPN, but the giant manufacturer doesn’t force users to enable it.
Many android devices place the VPN feature under their ‘Network and Internet settings. If your smartphone has an inbuilt VPN, it always appears under a category of its own. Your smartphone manufacturer may choose to enable it by default but there is always an option to turn it off.
It is unlikely smartphones include in-built VPNs to allow users to access illegal content. But a VPN generally gives you access to a lot of downloadable files. If you are a fan of torrent sites, you get to download any files without fearing the legal implications.
In some countries, accessing torrent sites is legal. But that also means the sites are full of malicious files and scammers. A VPN keeps you secured as you search for files on torrent sites. Some providers block malware programs before you download them. Some companies offer dedicated servers.
If you decide to buy a VPN service for torrent purposes; research to ensure you get the right provider. Some VPNs like PrivacySharks are better for p2p downloading than others. Your smartphone’s inbuilt VPN may actually not support torrents. Do due diligence to ensure you can torrent safely.
Protects your from Snoopy Websites and ISP Providers
Many ISP providers throttle their customers’ bandwidth for various reasons. If you visit YouTube often, you could have your speed slowed down. Maybe the providers hate it that you play online games for 12 hours a day. ISPs have a habit of snooping on their users’ data. Keep the companies a bay by installing a VPN on your android device.
If you are not a fan of websites using cookies to post targeted ads on your wall all the time, a VPN can solve the problem. VPNs link you to anonymous IP addresses and servers, which leave the snoopy sites confused about how to target you.
With a VPN in place, you use the Internet however you want. No one gets to track your movements. Geo-restrictions can’t prevent you from accessing online content anymore and you bid goodbye to hackers.