Having trouble finding the right WiFi hotspot or experiencing slow downloads when using public WiFi? You’re not alone. Most people use public WiFi without a care in the world, but oftentimes, that wireless connection is provided by someone else, which means you’re at the mercy of the network and its speed.
You have options, though. You can use a VPN to securely and anonymously connect to the Internet on public WiFi.
Here’s how to use the Internet via Avast VPN on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
Install Avast VPN
First, you’ll need to install the Avast VPN app. This app connects you to a VPN server, which encrypts all of your internet traffic and blocks unauthorized parties from peering into your data. It’s a free app, so you have nothing to lose.
To get started, head to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and search for “Avast VPN” or “VyprVPN.” You’ll see a few different apps, but click or tap on the one that suits you best.
The installation process will take you through a quick tutorial that will walk you through the app’s main features. After you’ve installed it, launch the app and log in with your email and password. You can use the app to create a free account, if you don’t have one already. A free account lets you use all of Avast VPN’s features, including downloading files, watching videos, and using the chat function.
Connect to Internet & WiFi
Now that you have the app installed, you can start using it.
Launch the app and click or tap the green button in the top right corner. A blue bar will then pop up, asking you to connect to a WiFi network. You can type in the password for your WiFi network, if you’re using a password protected network, or click the “connect automatically” option if it’s already set up. The app will then connect you to the network and give you a little message that you’ve connected successfully.
From here, you can start using the Internet via Avast VPN. You’ll see a menu on the left side of the screen with your connected networks, along with names and logos of the companies that provide these networks. Just click on the network that you want to use and you’ll be connected immediately.
Use the App as Normal
Once you’re connected to the Internet via Avast VPN, you’ll see a menu on the left side of the screen with your connected networks, along with names and logos of the companies that provide these networks. Just click on the network that you want to use and you’ll be connected immediately.
From here, you can search for the website you want to visit, click the name of a file to download it, watch a movie, or chat with someone using the app’s chat function. You can toggle the apps keyboard to enter characters, or click the envelope icon next to the search bar to quickly email a URL or make a phone call.
The app has numerous other useful functions, such as a QR code generator that makes it easy to direct people to a website with just a quick scan of their smartphone’s camera. You can also bookmark websites and folders for easy reference in the future. And if you’re on a trusted network, your personal security is greatly increased because the app connects you to a VPN server that is dedicated to helping you stay anonymous on the internet.
What’s great about Avast VPN is that it’s very simple to use. Even if you’ve never used a VPN before, you’ll have no problems understanding how it works. Your connection is always encrypted, and no one, including the company itself, has any idea what you’re doing or where you’re connecting to. This makes it ideal for anyone who is looking for a way to use the Internet privately and securely.
How to Use the Internet via Avast VPN on a Laptop or Desktop Computer
If you have a desktop computer or a laptop, you can use it to access the Internet via Avast VPN just like you would on a mobile device. Just make sure that you have a wirelessly extended WiFi connection to connect to a trusted network.
To use the Internet via Avast VPN on a laptop or desktop computer, you’ll need to download the app first. Then, you’ll need to connect to a WiFi network that is enabled for sharing. After that, you’ll need to open the app and click the blue button to the far right of the screen, labeled “Allow less secure apps to access your network.”
This will allow your laptop or desktop to connect to the Internet via Avast VPN. When you’re prompted for a password, use the usual access credentials for your WiFi network.
Use Public WiFi Safely
You can also use public WiFi safely with Avast VPN, as long as you know how to use it wisely. Make sure that you’re in a trusted location while you’re on public WiFi and that the network is not set up to spy on you or track your activities. You can use these tools to find out if a public WiFi network is safe to use or if it’s better to use a VPN to connect to the Internet:
- Check out the reviews for the network you’re connecting to
- Search for the network’s name in your area’s phonebook
- Search for the network’s SSID (Service Set Identifier)
- Click the “information” icon near the connection
If any of these tools return any results that indicate the network is suspicious or untrustworthy, it’s best to avoid using it altogether. Instead, connect to a VPN server as soon as possible.
To avoid potentially insecure networks, you can use the Private Proxy to access blocked content and websites, watch videos and Netflix shows without ads, and play online games safely and anonymously.
Keep in mind that not all public hotspots are created equal. Some are completely free and open to the public, while others may be slightly less accessible, even though they charge you nothing for using their services. This is why it’s important to be careful about where you connect and what you do while on public WiFi.