Out in the woods, Or in the city
It’s all the same to me
When I’m drivin’ free, the world’s my home
When I’m mobile
©1971 The Who, Polydor Records, London, United Kingdom
Little did Pete Townsend of the rock group “The Who” know back in 1971, that his song Goin Mobile would be somewhat prophetic. Fast forward 43 years and the world is now very mobile. With mobile technology evolving at lightning fast speed, people are on the move now more than ever. Not since the migration of the Clovis people has humanity seen such fervent mobility. We are no longer tethered to or laptops and desktops for connectivity with our immediate circles and beyond. The blazing popularity of Wi-Fi and Hotspot technology has made this connectivity easier than ever, but is it safe? Your mobile devices are at risk.
One mobile device line has blazed a trail all its own. The Samsung Galaxy line is giving the iPhone world a run for their money. Staying safe and anonymous on Samsun Galaxy phones is the focus here. Using VPN technology, you can safely and anonymously traverse the web without detection from anywhere in the world. Here, I’ll show you how to setup a VPN on Samsung Galaxy phones.
Setup a VPN on Samsung Galaxy phones
- The Good news: all of the Samsung Devices use Android system. Setting up a VPN is relatively simple.
- The bad news: There is no bad news to this. Most VPNs work with Android platforms.
Before you do any configuring of a VPN on a Galaxy device, you should first subscribe to a reputable and reliable VPN service. Many VPN sites offer a free service, however, when you’re on the go, I recommend using a service that is affordable and offers complete coverage and support for mobile devices. After all, if you can afford the Samsung phone or tablet, the VPN service is worth its weight.
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How to Setup a VPN on Samsung Galaxy Phones
Now that you have set up your VPN account, and you have all the information you need, it’s time to setup the VPN on your Galaxy device. Here are the steps:
- Open your Applications menu
- Once in Applications, select the Settings icon
- In Settings, find the Wireless& Networks icon, press it
- Scroll down to VPN Settings and tap it to open
- Select Add VPN
- This is where it gets a little dicey: in the Add VPN menu you have a choice of VPN Protocols to choose. This decision will come mainly from your VPN service provider and from the level of security you wish to have. The most recommended is the L2TP/IPSec PSK protocol (or higher). My Galaxy Note 8 offers a list of protocols that range from PPTP to IPSec Hybrid RSA. When in doubt, go with what your VPN provider recommends. The higher the protocols, the tighter the security. Be aware there are slightly different setup procedures for the PPTP and the L2TP/IPSec, etc. protocols. PPTP requires that you select Enable Encryption. L2TP/IPSec on some devices may ask for an L2TP Secret and DNS Search Domains. This information should be provided by your VPN provider when you set up your account.
- Once you’ve selected the protocol, enter the VPN information you obtained when you set up your account with your service providers such as the VPN name, VPN server and login credentials, etc.
- When you enter the login credentials, you will get Connect to Network, tap it to test that the information you entered works and connects you to the VPN server.
That’s it! You have now setup a VPN on Samsung Galaxy phones. When you want to disconnect, all you do is tap on the VPN icon in the notifications panel, tap the VPN name and tap disconnect. You are now truly “Goin’ Mobile”!