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Android users are becoming more interested in setting up a VPN to secure their devices. A lot of up-and-coming VPN providers are coming out with VPN apps for Android devices. Sadly, these new apps will only work for Android 4.x and higher. Many users of older Android versions are getting left out. And with mounting security and privacy concerns, their choices are limited.
We have heard a lot about government snooping by the NSA and foreign governments. We know about data mining by Internet companies and data brokers who sell our information to marketers. We are also very much aware of the threat of online identity theft that leads to credit card and bank theft. And these days there’s the danger of hackers gaining control our devices and recruiting them to join their botnets. Setting up a VPN is a security essential.
Android VPN Security
The majority – about 70% – of mobile device users prefer Android. As a highly flexible open source platform, this is not surprising. Device manufacturers who support Android are also a factor here. A great platform on awesome devices is a winning combination. But security weaknesses and news of online crime and government spying leave a lot of Android users feeling unsafe. This is particularly true for users of older Android versions. Setting up a VPN that is compatible becomes a tedious task for them.
There are a few providers that offer support for Android devices. One downside is that setting up a VPN with these newer apps only works for Android version 4 and higher. With half a billion Android users out there, the potential threat to those using older versions is too great to ignore. Sadly, VPN providers who do offer an Android VPN app for version 2.x often fall short in terms of essential security features.
VPNs have been around for quite some time, but it is only recently that many providers have realized the need for setting up a VPN to ensure mobile device security. This means that most Android VPN apps are for Android versions 4.x and higher; or for Ice Cream Sandwich and not for Jelly Bean or Gingerbread. This narrows down the VPN choices for many Android users who are content with their versions. Fortunately, there are a few VPN providers who have anticipated Android’s rise to popularity. One reputable provider in particular offers a high level of security, privacy and anonymity, and speed. ExpressVPN has consistently offered an Android compatible VPN app with the highest encryption and protocol security available. With an ExpressVPN account, setting up a VPN to secure Android devices as low as version 2.x is easy. And they won’t experience any compatibility issues or bugs in the VPN.
Upgrading an Android device to a higher version, or rooting the device, has become a common practice. This can solve some VPN to Android version compatibility issues. Sadly, this is not possible for some because of the Brick Bug issue that affected many earlier devices. Rooting the phone to allow modifications can brick the device, so many users are limited to their original versions. These users need an app that was specifically designed for their Android device version so it can work properly to ensure their device security. ExpressVPN offers just that for users interested in setting up a VPN for Android 2.x devices.
Setting Up a VPN for Security and Speed
ExpressVPN uses OpenVPN by default. OpenVPN is the latest and most secure tunneling protocol known to VPN technology. Secure Socket Tunneling (SSL) cryptographic keys are used. SSL based protocols cannot be blocked, so they are the most difficult to disable. SSL requires digital data authentication certificates, known as the SSL handshake, before data can be read. It encrypts your data packets and tunnels your IP packets for multi-level data and traffic security. OpenVPN runs over UDP and TCP/IP protocols, which offer the tightest security to date. Devices that do not support OpenVPN can take advantage of setting up a VPN with ExpressVPN’s protocol flexibility.
The OpenVPN encryption protocol, unlike other protocols, does not affect connection speeds. High speeds have benefits apart from convenience. ExpressVPN offers 128-bit to 256-bit encryption with other secure protocols like SSTP and L2TP/IPSec. Setting up a VPN with ExpressVPN software also ensures high data integrity and tunnel stability. The system also offers SSL based SSTP, which is another secure option that has a lighter load. Basically, the faster your data travels, the less chance anyone has of catching anything.
VPN technology is not fool-proof, of course. Spies and hackers are always updating themselves on security measures. They will always work hard to break through. But with the most advanced security protocols and the fastest speeds, you can stay ahead of them. Hackers know that as with any code, it is only a matter of time before it is broken. Setting up a VPN that gives users fast speeds means that they won’t have any time to try any deciphering methods.
Setting Up a VPN for Privacy and Anonymity
ExpressVPN provides only high quality VPN servers in all of their locations worldwide. The security and integrity of the server is what protects users. This in turn relates to the security of the IP addresses provided for users connected to these servers. ExpressVPN IP addresses are not traceable back to the user. The users’ original IP addresses and associated data are safely hidden. When users are setting up a VPN connection through the ExpressVPN server, they get a high level of anonymity for browsing and for any other online activity.
Online privacy, anonymity, and security are today more coveted by Internet users than ever before. VPNs have long aided netizens in this fight, but there has never been a greater need for firm VPN privacy policies, high VPN speeds, and strong data and traffic encryption. No user or single device should be left out, as the tiniest hole in an individual’s device network can cause leaks and compromise their privacy and security. If you have an older Android device, setting up a VPN to secure it is essential. Using a VPN that was designed for compatibility with your Android version is part of tight security.