Friday , June 15 2018

Google may be readying a new VPN service for open WiFi networks


It seems that with the public release of Android 5.1, many enthusiasts have been digging through the new features to see what there is to see. One of the things that John Freml from Pocketables found was rather interesting — Google Connectivity Services, which appears to provide the framework for a public VPN service.

By digging around behind the scenes, John managed to view some prompts and screens from the new VPN service, but sadly yet, it isn’t quite functional. You can see the screen-grabs below:

Once you reach the VPN connection request screen, though, the process stops — there’s nothing behind it, not yet anyway. This could be a new service in the offing for when Google might get into public wireless services, or it could be a more general service for people to use regardless of their carrier or their location. Whether everyone would want their traffic flying through Google’s servers is something else, though.

VPNs do have their application for the average user these days, with many of us using insecure public WiFi hotspots, or even hotspots at work, where traffic could theoretically be listened in upon, and your online activities monitored. By running a VPN, your Internet traffic is encrypted, and all a would-be eavesdropper would be able to see is encrypted packets running to a foreign server — in other words, nothing useful.

I know I definitely use a VPN when using any public WiFi, and you probably should too, but if Google gets in on the game, it’ll make it just that little bit easier for everyone else!

Source: Pocketables.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Valued Guest

More customised data which leads towards more targeted ads. Not good for usre.

Paulette Dodson
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Not happy with the results.. seriously

Valued Guest

It’s all about directed ads in the end…

Ausdroid Reader

Perhaps it is to support their telephony service they are launching in the states. I’m sure it wouldn’t be cool for voice communications to go over an unsecured connection.

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I setup a VPN to my home router to use on unsecured networks. Having a VPN that automatically turns on when connected to unsecured networks is a welcome addition.

Valued Guest

Which router do you have? Thanks

Valued Guest

Many popular routers have this option. Asus, TP-Link… and those that don’t can run DD-WRT which has a VPN server built in. I use an OpenVPN server… setup is a little tricker than PPTP or L2TP, but it works so much better once it’s set up.

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