By default, Fi already makes use of a VPN service to guard customers once they hook up with the roughly two million supported Wi-Fi hotspots. Now, Google is increasing this to mobile connections, as properly. “When you allow our enhanced community, your entire cellular and Wi-Fi visitors can be encrypted and securely despatched by our digital non-public community (VPN) on each community you hook up with, so that you’ll have the peace of thoughts of understanding that others can’t see your on-line exercise,” the workforce writes in at the moment’s announcement.
Google notes that the VPN additionally shields your entire visitors from Google itself and that it isn’t tied to your Google account or telephone quantity.
The VPN is a part of what Google calls its “enhanced network” and the second a part of this announcement is that this community now additionally permits for a quicker change between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. When you allow this — and each of those options are presently in beta and solely obtainable on Fi-compatible telephones that run Android Pie — your telephone will mechanically detect when your Wi-Fi connection will get weaker and fill in these gaps with mobile information. The firm says that in its testing, this new system reduces a person’s time and not using a working connection by as much as 40 %.
These new options will begin rolling out to Fi customers later this week. They are off by default, so that you’ll have to go to the Fi Network Tools within the Project Fi app and switch them on to get began. One factor to remember right here: Google says your information utilization will doubtless improve by about 10 % while you use the VPN.