What is VPN and how do I use it with Android?

Each time you use the Internet, your connection goes through a vast network of special infrastructure across the world in a matter of milliseconds. Ultimately, your computer is connected to your Internet Service Provider (ISP), like Comcast or TimeWarner, which is in turn connected to servers, and effectively the World Wide Web, which gives you access to the Internet.

Between all this, a lot happens. For example, a hacker may intercept your data while you use the free cafe WiFi. Or, your data may travel through a firewall designed to block adult content while you are at work. There may even be an organization tracking your location as you innocently research on Google. Luckily, this can easily be almost completely fixed by the use of a VPN.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a type of connection that “burrows” a tunnel through all this unwanted infrastructure and provides an almost direct encrypted connection between you and the Internet. It can completely bypass that annoying firewall, prevent that cafe hacker from stealing your personal data and give a false location on where you are.image2

Not only does this make it safer to use the Internet from a public source, it also provides a source of anonymity. It does this by using a different server in the world. For example, let’s say I live in Europe but the VPN service I’m using is based in Eastern U.S.A. Anything tracking me will be told that I am in the U.S., even though I’m quite far from it.

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A VPN is not only used for security and hiding yourself. Many corporations utilize it in order to allow employees to access the work database anywhere in the world. The VPN connects to their servers and is able to be part of the system. This VPN however only works if it is set up for professional use by the company’s IT team.

Here is some advantages of using a VPN:

  • Enhanced security
  • Remote control
  • Share files
  • Online anonymity
  • Unblock websites & bypass filters
  • Change IP address
  • Better performance
  • Reduce costs

If all this sounds confusing, worry not as a VPN is extremely easy to use. There easiest way to use one is to download one from the Play Store. You’ll really just have to push a “Connect” button, followed by a prompt from the Android system to allow the app VPN access (for which you obviously click “Allow”).  However, a reasonable amount of free services use annoying pop-up ads and limit your data cap with the VPN connection.

This is easily overcome by subscribing to a premium service, like those listed below.

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Let’s Go!

Ready to purchase a VPN client and get started? We’ve gathered up a handful of options for you, all of which are affordable. Moreover, you can choose plans that range from one year to lifetime subscriptions. Here’s a few that can be found in the AndroidGuys Deals page.

ibVPN Family Plan: 3-Yr Subscription  -$99

  • Get up to three simultaneous connections w/ the Family Plan
  • Block web surveillance & hackers
  • Choose from 95+ VPN servers in 39 countries, including P2P servers

ZenVPN: 5-Yr Subscription – $25

  • Enjoy uninterrupted Internet surfing—ZenVPN stays out of your way as it runs
  • Easily download & install the service w/ zero configuration
  • Enjoy top-notch connectivity thanks to meticulous network allocation

SaferVPN: 2-Yr Premium Subscription – $59.99

  • Unblock geo-restricted sites, streaming services & apps to access unlimited content
  • Hide your activity, location & identity from hackers and government agencies
  • Automatically change your IP address
  • Add 256-bit strong encryption to your connection to protect your data

SwitchVPN: 3-Yr Subscription – $29.99

  • Switch between their servers, located in 30+ countries, as much as you want
  • Surf the Web at top speeds w/ unrestricted speed & bandwidth
  • Access all VPN protocols including: penVPN, SSTP, L2TP & PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol)

Others to consider:

VPNSecure: Lifetime Subscription – $59

PureVPN: Lifetime Subscription – $69

IPinator VPN: Lifetime Subscription – $14.99

proXPN VPN: Premium Lifetime Subscription – $39

VPN Land: 1 Year Subscription – $10

VPN Land: Lifetime Subscription – $49.99