What it is a virtual private network (VPN)?
What it is a virtual private network (VPN)? Basically it's a device that connects to a local network via an encrypted Internet form. This allows several things. The first is that all information transmitted from the device to the network in question is encrypted. The second is that the actual output Internet device occurs through the target network. And the third is that the device is virtually connected to the destination network.
What we want to have our Android connected to a VPN? The three things mentioned above have their uses. The first is very clear, we can connect to an open wireless network and anyone can inspect the data that we pass, as they are encrypted. The second allows our device is virtually anywhere else and we for example let's jump restrictions imposed by some servers (for example, see Netflix in Spain having a VPN with the US). And the third would allow us, for example, our local network print being anywhere in the world or access internal servers.
VPNs are widely used in the corporate world
In companies VPNs are the order of day. The reason is clear, we have displaced people in the office and can access internal servers without clear information to travel over the Internet.
For this reason Android has serial, quite some, the ability to create VPN standard from the device itself. this subway trick Configuration is very simple and explained below. Android also allows us to use different applications that create VPN to which come standard, although these applications are responsible for encrypting traffic after the device if they are not legit pose a problem.
What we can serve a VPN outside the corporate world?
As we have seen for companies the advantages of a VPN are clear. For a particular user not so much because we do not usually take home a infrasestructura to support a VPN or some servers want to access. Therefore we must focus on the two other advantages that give us the VPN security and virtual location .
If we hired a VPN service that exist on the Internet know that the connection between our Android and the server is encrypted and therefore can be connected through open or insecure Wifis without fear that can detect what we are doing (although they are not infallible ). Yes, the VPN server itself you can see it, and if the output of this Internet server is monitored can also see what we do.
The second advantage is to have a virtual location . Our device comes to the Internet through the VPN server. If this is in the US, for example, our Android will be for all purposes in the US. And that allows us to skip all restrictions on some services that are only allowed to be used in certain countries. A great application for doing this is Hello Android , very easy to use and allows you to select the starting point for implementation.
How to configure a VPN on Android?
Set up a VPN on Android is very simple, there is more to see the complete guide published Engadget On . To summarize just getting into Settings within the network portion pressing on, and click on VPN. The process may be a little different depending on the version of Android and personalizazciones but this been there since many years.
Once there you have to give the button to add network and choose the type of VPN you want to configure. Depending on the type of VPN we asked some other data, the VPN provider should have given us all. Once we have just click on our VPN to connect. The first time we ask login and password, and if we also want to store this information.
As we discussed previously, if we use the VPN is not among the standard types that come by default in Android sure you have an application in Google Play that makes use of the ability of Android VPN but managed by software. The only downside is that it must be a trusted application because all our data will be encrypted by it and therefore has access to them.