Android systems can be vulnerable to all sorts of cyberattacks. And many of these could be mitigated or prevented by using a VPN. Here are just a few examples.
In order to securely transfer data between computers, both systems need to have SSL/TLS certificates. These are provided by private companies and installed in apps or on web pages so that you can be sure that they utilize proper encryption.
However, sometimes apps have a bug such that they don't check that a certificate is genuine. This could allow for Man in the Middle attacks where your connection is hijacked by a threat actor pretending to be the web page or service you really wanted.
A VPN app prevents this several ways. When you're connected to PrivadoVPN's network, you are using encrypted servers with genuine certifications. Further, the VPN app will always verify the authenticity of a certificate and immediately close down the connection if it doesn't check out.
When you are sending information over a shared network, like a mobile WiFi hotspot, for example, you could potentially be spied on by other people using that same network. Normally this isn't an issue if you're using encryption, but apps with insufficient transport layer security either don't encrypt your data or have decryption options that can put your personal information at risk.
Having VPN apps always running on your Android device means that even if a particular app suffers from insufficient transport layer security, your data will stay encrypted and secure.
Frequently apps will keep certain data locally to speed up performance, but this can pose a problem if that data isn't properly secured.
Application cache data leaks allow threat actors to identify that local data and get things like your browser history, financial records, or even usernames and passwords. These can be major threats to your privacy.
When you have a VPN app running, however, your data will be encrypted regardless of whether there is a leak or not, rendering it useless to would-be attackers. Further, the encrypted tunnel that your VPN app creates is ideal for keeping cyber criminals from seeing if any potential leaks are even present.
Without question, yes, you need a VPN to secure your Android devices. The best VPNs can foil many of the most common cyber attacks. They protect your privacy and keep threat actors from accessing your network.
Beyond even that, your ISP might be recording your every web page visit, download, or streaming entertainment. This is a fairly common and almost flippant violation of your privacy. A VPN can stop this from happening and secure your connection end-to-end.
Speaking of your ISP, you might not realize it, but they could be throttling your speeds based on what kind of data you're transferring. Hiding that data can bypass throttling and give you the fastest possible connection.
A VPN defends your online privacy in two distinct, but complimentary ways.
In general, no, it is not illegal to secure your privacy with a VPN. However, there are some caveats to that.
First of all, illegal activity done through a VPN is still illegal. You can't download copyrighted material, for example, without breaking the law.
Secondly, not every virtual private network is legal in every jurisdiction. Some countries will put limits on what VPNs can operate within their borders or ban them outright.
Nothing here should be construed as legal advice. While most places have no laws in place restricting VPN use, you should consult your local government and a lawyer for the most accurate advice.
We use the best encryption in the world, 256-bit, for our VPN. Android app users can feel safe on our servers because of how strong this protocol is.
The "256" refers to how many numbers are used in the encryption key. In order to break that encryption, it would require a computer to try 2256 potential combinations. The world's fastest computer, which is roughly 1 million times faster than the average high-end Android system, would still take 27,337,893,038,406,611,194,430,009,974,922,940,323,611,067,429,756,962,487 years to break 256-bit encryption. Put another way: 27,337,893 trillion trillion trillion trillion years.
PrivadoVPN's free account is, by far, the best free VPN you can use for your Android devices. Here are just a few reasons why PrivadoVPN free for Android provides better security and more features than other VPNs.
Protect your privacy right now by signing up for a free PrivadoVPN account and installing the app.
We have optimized our servers to get you the fastest possible speeds. Every connection that goes through PrivadoVPN's servers is not only secure, but using the highest quality traffic routes. That means you won't have to worry about your speeds suddenly dropping during peak times.
It doesn't take much to try out our speeds for yourself. Download the PrivadoVPN app for Android and connect to any of our super fast servers. You'll immediately see the difference.
Yes, we offer a full, 30 day money back guarantee on our paid plans. Try our VPN for Android and see for yourself what kind of speeds you'll get on our servers, how useful IP masking can be, and the improved security that comes with 256-bit encryption.
If you are unhappy in any way with the service, we'll gladly refund your payment.
One of the features that we offer as part of a PrivadoVPN Premium plan is a SOCKS5 proxy. This is a security tool for people who want super fast P2P speeds on their Android client without sacrificing the privacy that comes from IP masking.
Unlike a full VPN, a SOCKS5 proxy does not encrypt your data. However, that speeds up your connection by eliminating the time it takes to scramble everything in Android, then put it back together on the other end.
A SOCKS5 proxy does improve your online security by hiding your IP address. Accessing the SOCKS5 servers will change your online identity so that you appear to be in another geographical region or simply preserve your online anonymity.
We highly recommend that you install the mobile app on your Android devices and use that to connect. There are several reasons for this.
First of all, manually installation can open up additional vulnerabilities that we've already accounted for. Our mobile apps are tested and retested before they ever get released to prevent unauthorized access.
Secondly, all of our apps come with a Kill Switch option that makes it easy to shut down your mobile data if you lose connection to the VPN. This is especially important with mobile devices because even moving from one WiFi to another could cause a temporary service loss. It might only be a matter of seconds, but that's plenty of time to lose a bank password or your social security number.
Finally, using our apps is just easier. We've spent countless hours debating the UI to make sure that it's as simple as possible to choose a server and secure your data. The PrivadoVPN Android app is the product of teams of people asking themselves, "What is going to make it easy for our customers to get the best possible security?" You don't have to worry about your connection when you're using our app.
Now you can protect up to 10 Internet connected devices with a single PrivadoVPN Premium account. You no longer need to worry about whether to activate your VPN on your Android smartphone or your Chromebook, you can protect them both, as well as the phones, tablets, and streaming media devices of the rest of your family.
That means everybody can enjoy the security of a VPN with a hidden IP address and 256-bit encryption wherever they are.
Protect your desktops and laptops from spying and anonymize your online activity at home or out and about with the PrivadoVPN app.
On a phone or a tablet, you can make sure that everything you send and receive on it is encrypted, sent through a secure tunnel, and routed through our extensive server network.
Whether you're watching on an Internet-ready TV or using an add-on device, you can protect your stream with PrivadoVPN.
You don't have to choose what devices to protect while you're at home. Install PrivadoVPN on your router and protect everything connected to your network.