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. “Once you allow our enhanced community, your whole cell and Wi-Fi site visitors shall 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 group writes in at the moment’s announcement.
Google notes that the VPN additionally shields your whole site visitors from Google itself and that it isn’t tied to your Google account or cellphone quantity.
The VPN is a part of what Google calls its “enhanced community” and the second a part of this announcement is that this community now additionally permits for a quicker change between Wi-Fi and cell networks. Once you allow this — and each of those options are at the moment in beta and solely accessible on Fi-compatible telephones that run Android Pie — your cellphone will mechanically detect when your Wi-Fi connection will get weaker and fill in these gaps with mobile knowledge. The corporate says that in its testing, this new system reduces a person’s time and not using a working connection by as much as 40 p.c.
These new options will begin rolling out to Fi customers later this week. They’re off by default, so that you’ll have to go to the Fi Community Instruments within the Undertaking Fi app and switch them on to get began. One factor to remember right here: Google says your knowledge utilization will probably enhance by about 10 p.c while you use the VPN.