For most of us, the idea of shielding our internet use from prying eyes is utterly appealing. Whether we’re using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or a hotel, or even at home if we feel a little more adventurous, connecting to a VPN while online is the simplest way to ensure that our personal data and activities remain secure.
VPNs are often seen as synonymous with security. After all, a VPN creates a secure tunnel out of your device that prevents anyone from snooping on your internet activity. In reality, a VPN can do much more than secure your online activities – it can also encrypt your entire internet connection, preventing third parties from gaining access to your personal data even when you’re connected to unsecure networks.
Why Use A VPN With Netflux?
While a VPN can provide all of the above benefits, it can also have some significant drawbacks. For instance, your internet connection may still be vulnerable to snooping and data breaches when you’re using a VPN. If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi network at a hotel, coffee shop, or other public location, then your data may be at risk. Even if you’re using a VPN to connect to a secure network at work, there’s no guarantee that your activity will stay secure once you connect to the internet at home. Some VPNs can even slow down your internet connection if you’re connecting to a remote server or if you’re on a public network.
In addition to security risks, VPNs can be quite cumbersome to use. Each time you want to connect to the internet, you have to initialize a VPN connection first. On top of that, you have to ensure that your software client is up to date and that you have enough battery power in your device. Many people experience significant battery drain while connected to a VPN. If you’re connecting to a remote server, then the VPN overhead can even put a dent in your data plan allowance.
What Is Netflux?
If you’re not familiar, Netflux is an app that you can install on your mobile device to provide a secure connection to your WiFi network and to eliminate annoying online connections that you don’t need. While most people use VPNs to connect to WiFi networks at coffee shops, hotels, and other public locations, Netflux allows you to do the same from home. Using Netflux is much simpler than connecting to a VPN because there’s no need to establish a connection first.
This brief intro to Netflux will cover the essentials to get you started. However, if you want to learn more, you can check out the official website at www.netfluxapp.com.
How Do I Use Netflux?
Once you’ve installed the app on your mobile device and connected to your WiFi network, you’re presented with a main menu. From here, you can access the dashboard to check your connection status or log into your account if you’re already connected. In addition to browsing the app’s main menu, you can connect to other WiFi networks or to a VPN to establish a secure connection and hide your IP address.
To use Netflux, just tap on the network name of your WiFi network and you’ll be connected automatically. Once you’re connected, your iPhone will display a green dot in the top right corner to indicate that it’s secure.
If you’ve already connected to a VPN and are on a secure network, then all you have to do is tap on the network name of your WiFi network again to verify that you’re on the same network. Otherwise, you have to click on the Settings icon to connect to a WiFi network that’s not protected by a VPN. Once you do that, you’ll see a red dot in the top right corner to indicate that your iPhone is not secure and that it needs to be connected to a VPN to gain full access to the internet.
On the desktop, clicking on the wifi network name will also connect you to that network, whether it’s secured or not. If you’re not sure whether or not your network is secure, then click on the Security Settings link at the bottom of the window to view the network’s security settings. Ensure that everything is set to private (except for the VPN that you’re connecting to) and that your firewall is turned on.
Setting Up Your VPN
If you’re connecting to a secured network with a VPN, then the first thing you should do is open your VPN app and click on the Connect button. In case you’re connecting to a public network, then your VPN app will ask you to log in with your username and password.
You also need to enter the name of the network you’re connecting to (it can be either the network’s domain name or its IP address). Make sure that the identity of the network is verified, and when you’re done, click on the Activate button to continue.
On the desktop, you’ll need to ensure that your VPN software is up to date. You can do that by either connecting to the internet via a secure connection or checking for software updates manually. Most VPNs offer both avenues for updating their software, so you don’t have to choose just one.
Using Netflux With A VPN
Once you’ve connected to a VPN, you can choose to use it with Netflux to access the internet securely. To do that, open the Netflux app and tap on the green dot in the top right corner to connect to your VPN. Once you’re connected, the green dot will change to a yellow dot. This indicates that your VPN is currently shielding you from eavesdropping and that you can use it to access the internet securely.
If you’re on a secure network with a VPN, then all you have to do is tap on the network name of your WiFi network to verify that you’re on the same network. This will connect you to the network and establish a secure connection to the VPN. You’ll then see a green dot in the top right corner change to a yellow dot.
From here, you can use Netflux as you normally would to access the internet. When you’re disconnected from the VPN, then the dot in the top right corner will turn green again. This indicates that your device is now back to being unsecure and that you can use it to access the internet without a VPN. If you forget to connect to the VPN, then you’ll notice the dot turn red when you reconnect to the WiFi network.
On the other hand, if you’re not on a secured network or if you’re on a public network, then you’ll have to click on the Settings icon in the top right corner to connect to a secure VPN server. Once you do that, you’ll see the top right corner change to display a yellow dot, signaling the VPN’s security.
From here, you can choose to use Netflux with or without a VPN. If you want to use a VPN to access the internet, then you have to click on the drop-down menu next to the Server option and choose VPN from the menu. When you’re done, click on the Set Option button.
How Do I Use Public Wi-Fi?
If you’re not connected to a VPN, then you have to find a way to secure your internet connection when you’re on the go. Fortunately, thanks to a feature called Wi-Fi Lockdown, all you have to do is ensure that your device is connected to a trusted network and then you can use the internet as you normally would. You don’t have to do anything else.
To use Wi-Fi Lockdown, all you have to do is open the Settings app on your device and navigate to General. From here, you can enable Wi-Fi Lockdown or turn it on if it’s already enabled. Once you do that, you won’t have to worry about insecure public Wi-Fi networks when you’re online. Your personal data and activities will remain secure, even when you’re on unsecure networks. If you forget to turn on Wi-Fi Lockdown, then you’ll notice that your device automatically connects to insecure Wi-Fi networks when you’re on the go. This can be quite frustrating if you’re not used to connecting to unsecure networks, so it’s worth your while to turn this feature on. Besides, it can also help protect your personal data in case you have an internet-connected device nearby (e.g., a laptop). If that device is also connected to a public Wi-Fi network, then it will use that network as another point of reference to establish a more secure connection with your device. If you forget to turn on Wi-Fi Lockdown, then your device will automatically connect to insecure public Wi-Fi networks when you’re nearby.