What’s the Best VPN Protocol for Android?
A common misconception about VPNs are that they can only be accessed through your PC or Mac. This is probably because a lot of the time, clients are using VPNs to connect to a private network set up by their work company, and as such, their only experience of using VPNs is on their computer. However, as this blog points out, Android smart phones are an extremely popular mobile platform for a variety of different VPNs. With this in mind, today we’ll be having a quick look at the best VPN protocols for Android.
VPN Protocols Supported by Android:
- Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). This is probably the first protocol you should go for if you’re using an Android. PPTP uses the internet to connect a remote client to a private server. It’s simple both to maintain, and setting up. PPTP should be your first choice primarily because it’s easy to install, but also because it generally works well with a variety of WiFi networks – the kinds of networks you are often likely to connecting to on your phone.
- Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP). If you can’t get PPTP to work with your android, then L2TP is you’re next option. The L2TP is a protocol used to tunnel data communications between two sites over the Internet. A lot of times, this protocol is used alongside IPSec to increase the security of the data being transferred. Importantly, L2TP depends on clients and servers using certificates or a shared key for the purposes of authentication. A bit more tricky to set up, but L2TP has advanced encryption, giving you a high level of security.
- Open VPN Protocol. Finally, if you are not using PPTP or L2TP on your Android, then the Open VPN protocol should be The protocol used by OpenVPN is a customary combination of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. The Open VPN protocol uses a shared key (shared prior to the authentication process), certificates, or by using usernames and passwords. Easy to install, a very quick protocol, and with a good level of security, the Open VPN protocol is also a good choice for Android.
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