It finally happened. You are at an airport or in a café and urgently need to use public Wi-Fi and save your phone's data plan. However, they worry about a secure connection. They've heard of VPNs, but they seem complicated and expensive. What should I do?
Do not worry. VPNs are easier to use than you think, and most are cheaper than you may have heard. Here's how to set up and securely surf a VPN on your iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) or Android device in less than 1
Why do I need a VPN on my phone?
Are all Internet-connected apps on your phone up-to-date and are they running versions that were released after 2016, for example? How about your operating system – is it the latest version of Android or iOS ? If the answer to any of these questions is "I do not know," try using a VPN on your phone whenever possible. It may be difficult for malicious actors to exploit everyday users over public WLAN, but outdated software can give them the opening they need to steal passwords for their most confidential accounts.
If you are concerned about the risks associated with using public WLAN to check confidential business emails, account balances, or flight and passport information, a VPN provides a degree of security.
Select a VPN.  Whether you're using an iPhone or an Android device, your first step is the same: Find a VPN that's compatible with your device. So goes:
1. Browse the CNET list of. If you just want to surf the public Wi-Fi network safely, look for a VPN service whose servers are in your current country. The general rule of thumb is: the closer the hardware is, the faster the connection.
2.. We love 30-day warranties and 7-day trial periods, but completely free VPNs are rarely secure and often just a way for immature businesses to get their data under control.
If you want to invest in a VPN over the long term, you will need more than 10 minutes of research time. However, if you are ready to make a deeper dive, the CNETwill be helpful.
After selecting the VPN you want to use, follow these steps to get it working on your Android device:
1. Open the app Google Play Store on your phone and tap the search bar at the top of the screen.
2. Enter the name of the VPN you want to use and select it from the list of apps displayed. Check out the creator of the app to make sure you download the official app instead of a generic product. The name of the company and app creator should match. Click Install and wait for the app to download.
3. After installing the VPN app, exit the Google Play Store and return to the home screen of your phone to open and open the VPN app.
4. When you open a paid VPN app for the first time, you are prompted to provide your credentials or sign up for the service. If you are prompted to sign up with an email address (which is the case with almost all services), check your email address for a confirmation link from your new VPN provider.
For all apps listed in the CNET VPN Directory, the process is broadly the same: you'll be asked to select and pay for your preferred subscription level. We always recommend choosing a service with a 30-day refund policy so that you can test the service until you find the service you need.
Android devices require additional steps to allow a VPN to run permanently in the background. We do not recommend this for most users – a 24/7 VPN quickly unloads the battery and can force you to exceed the data limit too soon if you have selected a VPN provider to hold their customers' data use covering.
This means that by default, almost every new VPN you use is only up and running when you open and activate the app. Remember to turn it off when you have finished surfing.
How to get a VPN up and running on your Apple iPhone:
1. Go to your home screen on your iPhone and tap on the app Store to open.
2. Tap the tab Search in the lower right corner of the screen and then the field Search at the top of the screen.
3. Enter the name of the VPN you have selected and select it from the displayed list. Then tap the Get button that appears to the right of the app's name. Like any other app, you'll need to verify the app install with your passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.
4. When your installation is complete, close the App Store and return to your Home Screen .
5. Just as when using a VPN on Android for the first time, the first time you use a VPN on the iPhone, you'll be prompted to create a new account and select your preferred subscription level. Check your e-mail inbox for confirmation links provided by your VPN provider when you sign up with an e-mail address.
Almost all VPN apps ask you to connect to an automatically-selected server based on your location for the fastest surfing experience. From now on, whenever you want to use your VPN, tap the VPN icon on the home screen before you start surfing the Internet. Click the App button to connect, then return to the VPN app and turn it off when you're done.
Now there. Did not I tell you it's easy?