Most of us use a VPN to keep our personal data secure whenever we’re online. Even better, a VPN with a cryptics theme can add a touch of class to your Android experience.
Unfortunately, connecting a VPN to your smartphone can be a hassle. You need to remember a lengthy username and password, or worry about your personal information falling into the wrong hands. Fortunately, VPNs make for great companion apps and with a little bit of preparation, can be set up quickly and easily.
Set Up Your VPN
To make the process of setting up your VPN as easy as possible, try using a VPN provider that offers a dedicated app. Whether you download the app directly to your mobile device or connect to it wirelessly, the process is the same and will save you a great deal of time.
To set up your VPN, simply follow the prompts. You will be asked to provide your email address and a new password. Make sure to write these down, as you will need them later to connect to your VPN. You also have the option to connect to the VPN via an available public Wi-Fi hotspot. Once you’re connected, you can use the VPN provider’s website to confirm your subscription. You will then be able to use the app to connect to any of the services offered by the VPN.
Add Your VPN to Your Mobile Apps
Most VPNs are designed so that you can add them to your mobile apps. Once you’ve set up your VPN connection and confirmed your subscription, you will be able to access all of the apps and sites that you add to your VPN. Doing this from the main Settings app on your phone can be a bit cumbersome, so it’s usually done via speciality-focused apps. A common example is the Twitter app. Once you’ve logged in with your credentials, you can access your timeline, follow accounts and monitor your Twitter activity from within the app.
Nicer still, you can add a VPN to your WhatsApp, Instagram or Facebook apps via a dedicated VPN app. Doing this makes it much easier to keep your personal information secure while you’re socialising. You no longer have to worry about your personal details being exposed in the event that someone takes a photo of you during your session or if you accidentally send a message with your personal information in it. Using a VPN app with these platforms makes it much easier to keep your personal information secure because all of your activity is logged and stored on these platforms’ servers. This being said, always remember that their terms and conditions may apply.
Encrypt Your Data
We always need to look out for security whenever we’re on the internet, especially when using public Wi-Fi. When you set up your VPN, you will be asked to select a suitable encryption method for your network. You can either choose to use the VPN’s default setting or select a specific protocol. We always recommend using a VPN with at least two-way encryption. Doing this offers the best possible level of security without affecting your download speeds too much.
Use a Hardware Key
It’s great when a VPN app integrates with your phone’s alarm system, so you can set it up to automatically authenticate your login every time you wake your device. Sadly, not all VPNs offer this feature and if they do it is usually restricted to premium plans. If you’re worried about someone else accessing your account, you can always use a hardware key to better protect your personal data. Simply plug the key into the back of your phone, when you log in you will be prompted to enter a 6 digit code. After entering this code, you will be securely logged in.
Consider Free VPNs
Last but not least, we have free VPNs. These are usually limited to basic services with a freemium model that offers you limited functionality. You will usually find these apps in the Google Play Store. One thing to keep in mind is that while most free VPNs will happily take your credit card details, some may ask you to pay with cash or perform other illegal activities to prevent fraud. If this sounds like you, then it might be best to look for a VPN that doesn’t require payment. Otherwise, you might be putting your personal information at risk.
Once you’ve set up your VPN, you can use the app to connect to any of the services offered by the VPN. Doing this from the main Settings app on your phone can be a bit cumbersome, so it’s usually done via speciality-focused apps. A common example is the Twitter app. Once you’ve logged in with your credentials, you can access your timeline, follow accounts and monitor your Twitter activity from within the app.