When Android was launch in 2007, nobody could have imagined that it would surpass its biggest rival from Apple. The iOS has had a perfect architecture, so there was little room for competition in the smart phone and tablet markets.
Only Google had the courage to introduce a rival that could match the beauty of iOS.
At the latest release of Android, version 4.4.2 KitKat, we know very well that the Android forms an enormous OS platform for over a billion devices. This is far more than the number of Apple and Windows based mobile devices combined.
[Read our blog on when Android surpassed iOS as a more favorite mobile OS platform]
The issue of Android security and privacy has been of little attention for both its users and its developers. With hundreds of apps catching on Android store, we know there is little to expect for privacy and security in an Android mobile and OS.
But what if an app secured all data for all of your Android? We call it a VPN app – which is a tool to encrypt and mask your Android data from cyber goons and surveillance authorities.
We would describe you the whole process of setting up a VPN on Android, but first let’s find out why at all you need a VPN for Android.
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Why Need a VPN for Android?
It is no wonder that we depend a great deal of time on Android every day. Hand held devices, smart phones and tablets are some of the most important gadgets that store and transport our private information.
Android phones are increasingly used for online shopping, checking emails, sending/receiving media, online bank transactions, etc.
The loss or leak of data from your Android device can be disastrous. It can cost you your identity or can get your personal information into the hands of a hacker.
At the least, an insecure Android device can by a hot target for hotspot hackers who just ‘sell’ your information to marketing companies and ad publishers.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, assures that all of your Android data is safely masked and transports through unbreakable virtual tunnels.
With a VPN, you are able to conceal your true online location which is the first thing a cyber crook looks for before carrying out an attack.
With a VPN in place, your Android therefore assumes a lesser risk of online theft. Your privacy remains largely anonymous from prying eyes.
Read our blog ‘Does Weak Android Security makes it Naked for Hackers’
How to Set up PPTP VPN on Android?
Before we begin with the steps, let me make one thing clear: Android VPN set up is a matter of minutes. You need not be a tech-buzz to get the job done. A few clicks and you’re done.
Here it begins…
- Go straight to Settings; tap ‘Wireless and Networks’ then ‘VPN Settings’, and then ‘Add VPN’. Look at the screen shots below to see how this step gets done.
- In the screen that emerges, tap the ‘Add PPTP VPN’. Forget other options for now, we will get back to them shortly after our PPTP VPN set up is complete. A new screen, shown below in right, will follow:
- Tap ‘VPN Name’ drop-down and enter the name of your VPN connection. This could be your VPN provider’s name or any name you are comfortable with.
- Next, tap ‘Server Name’. This name is usually given by your VPN provider. It will be like “usa.bestvpnservice.com”. Contact your VPN service support if you have not received information for ‘Server Name’.
- You can enable the encryption here. (If VPN still does not work, try again after disabling it)
- Do not worry about DNS Search Domains until or unless you are planning to use Internal DNS Server, if yes enter them here.
- You are done with establishing the VPN connection. The next step will be to activate it.
To connect your VPN, go back your VPN settings. You will see the new VPN connection with the name you gave in step 3 above. Tap it and enter the Username and Password (VPN login credentials supplied by your VPN provider).
Finally, present OK to get connected to the VPN.
You will see a small Key like icon on the Top, which means you are now safe, secure and anonymous in the digital world. You can disconnect your VPN by going to the same area with VPN settings and tapping on your connected VPN Connection.
How to Connect to L2TP VPN on Your Android
Configuring L2TP VPN on Android follows the same process as above, except for the changes in the VPN protocol type. Establish the new connection for L2TP protocol by choosing ‘Add L2TP’ in step 2 above and follow all other steps as given for PPTP.
L2TP uses a higher level of encryption, and hence promises more security. However L2PT VPN will also drain you internet speed by a greater extent than PPTP. It is always a better idea to ascertain your speed versus the security requirements.
If you have an internet with super-fast speed, go for L2TP. Else, stick with PPTP.
As internet enters the age of cyber crime, it is important to add security shield for computers, especially mobile devices which are hot targets of hackers, identity thieves and cyber crooks.
A VPN assures a great deal of security for your Android. A single VPN account can be good enough for as many as 5 of your Android devices.
We have put up this guide on how to setup VPN on Android in as easy manner as possible, but should you face any issues, please feel free to comment or add any updates to it.