Google's Project Fi gets an improved VPN service2018-11-14 17:33 by Daniela
Tags: Project Fi, VPN
Google will extend the Project Fi VPN to all connections so that users benefit from enhanced security and privacy whenever they use data. By default, Fi already uses a VPN service to protect users when they connect to the roughly two million supported Wi-Fi hotspots. Now, Google is expanding this to cellular connections, as well. Google's new enhanced network will also make it possible for faster connections by intelligently switching between Wi-Fi and cellular.
Project Fi is what's known as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Google doesn't own any towers or spectrum licenses to create a mobile network, so it leases space on other carrier networks to sell its own service. Currently, Fi works on T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular.
This update means all traffic will be filtered though a Google VPN, regardless of which carrier provides the connection. The point is granting users some cherished anonymity: Google claims that browsing activity won't be stored on company servers, and your traffic won't be tied to your Google account. Of course you'll have to take them at their word, and that browsing data can, obviously, still be connected to your account if you're logged into Google Chrome.
"When you enable our enhanced network, all of your mobile and Wi-Fi traffic will be encrypted and securely sent through our virtual private network (VPN) on every network you connect to, so you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that others can't see your online activity," the company writes in today's announcement.
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