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How to Protect Online Safety When Using Smartphones?

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Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, have become increasingly popular as Internet connections have become more susceptible to malicious third parties. Choosing a VPN provider, however, can be difficult. There are a variety of providers on the market, each claiming that their VPN service is the best. In order to compare the providers, research is necessary. There are specific indicators that a VPN service will meet or exceed the user’s expectations. These indicators are listed below.

Privacy

Privacy is the top concern. Privacy procedures, however, vary widely between providers. Because it can prove to be expensive to host their own servers, many providers rely on outside companies to provide the hosting for them. This means that there are no guarantees for uptime or reliability.

 

Without a guarantee, a user cannot be certain that their personal information will not be exposed. Choosing a VPN provider that is directly responsible for hosting and maintaining their own servers is in the user’s best interests.

Multiple Protocol Options

A quality VPN service provider will offer the user more than one protocol option. The protocols most commonly offered by providers include OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and PPTP.  These protocols provide varying levels of security and speed. PPTP, while being one of the fastest protocols, is less secure than the other two options. PPTP can be used for a variety of devices and is very easy to install. A big advantage is that this protocol is supported by mobile devices as well as desktop computers.

Of the three choices, OpenVPN is the most secure and offers significant speed as well. Data is protected with digital certificates. This makes it the most secure option of the three. Software is necessary to install this protocol, but the process is simple. The main problem that users encounter with OpenVPN is that it is only supported by most desktop devices.  It cannot be used with most mobile devices. For users who wish to have a VPN on the go, PPTP or L2TP are better options.

L2TP/IPsec also offers an increased level of security. However, its speed is a bit slower due to increased CPU processing. Data is encapsulated but twice to ensure data integrity. This further protects any sensitive information that the user may be transmitting. Custom configuration is required to set up this protocol. Like the PPTP protocol, it is supported by many devices, including mobile ones.

These two factors go a long way in helping a user determine whether an Android VPN provider is worth choosing. VPN providers should be willing to answer any questions and offer customer support prior to purchase. If customer support is lacking, the user is better off going with a provider who values their technical support department.

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Jason Mosby writes articles about VPN security and the Android OS.  Using the VPN for Android he is able to access his favorite sites securely, even on public Wifi. His articles help explain issues concerning technology and security.

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