A personal VPN connection can be setup on any modern computer as well as many mobile devices, including an iPhone. Users can also install such a connection on an iPod Touch device. Using a mobile device such as an iPhone at home does not represent huge security hazards. A home network is safe as long you have installed the necessary security protocols. However, most users tend to use their mobile devices at public places such as coffee shops that offer free wireless hotspots.
Such public places are frequented by hackers since it is very easy to hack into a device when it is connected to a public wireless network. Therefore, in order to protect a device from getting hacked, it is imperative that a personal VPN connection be employed. The installation process of a VPN connection is different for most devices. However, it is quite easy to accomplish as long users are aware of the necessary steps to setup personal VPN connection on iPhone or iPod Touch.
How to Setup Personal VPN Connection on iPhone
Before a user can actually setup a personal VPN connection on a mobile device, it is imperative to sign up with a VPN service provider. After signing up, a user is provided with a username, password and server configuration settings. There are three types of VPN protocols that users can choose when signing up for a service: PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling Protocol), L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) and OpenVPN.
To Set up PPTP on an iPhone:
1) Launch the ‘Settings’ application
2) Select ‘Add VPN Configuration’
3) Select ‘PPTP’
4) Enter the username, password and server address given by the service provider
5) Click ‘Save’
The VPN configuration will then be saved. To enable the VPN connection:
1) Launch the ‘Settings’ application again
2) This time there will be a ‘VPN’ switch at the top of the ‘Settings’ application
3) Slide the ‘VPN’ switch to the ‘ON’ position
The VPN connection will now be enabled. All internet traffic, including emails, chats, web browsing and more, will be sent through the encrypted tunnel to the VPN provider. To disable the VPN connection, navigate back to the ‘VPN’ switch in the ‘Settings’ application and slide it to the ‘Off’ position.
Connecting to the Internet on an iPhone or iPod Touch is most secure through a personal VPN. The iPhone VPN will ensure a user’s online activity is protected from their ISP and malicious third parties.
Author Bio: Ian Burns writes articles about iPhone VPNs and security. His articles help explain the importance of security on public Wifi and hotspots.