The biggest challenge with accessing the internet while travelling, is maintaining a steady connection. And when you’re trying to connect with your network using your VPN server, it can get worse. One of the requirements of setting up a good VPN is a static IP address, but this is hardly possible when the client device, (phone or tablet), is in motion throughout, with network connections changing every few miles. On seeing a device with a different IP address trying to connect, the server is likely to think it’s a hacker and cut off the connection entirely.

What is mobile VPN?

The answer to this problem is VPN that is customized for mobile devices, also called mobile VPN or mVPN. Here, the server behaves the same way as in a conventional VPN setup, being stationary and connecting to multiple users via an IP address. However, the mobile device does not connect with the server using the actual network IP address that keeps changing; it uses a logical IP address that remains the same regardless of the location of the mobile device. So, as far as the server is concerned, the client is just a device with a single, static IP address. This managing of changing ‘care-of’ addresses is done by the mVPN software. What’s more, mVPNs use UDP instead of TCP to transfer data, which is faster and more efficient.

How does mobile VPN ensure data security?

The encryption of the connection tunnel in mVPN works the same way as in conventional VPN, although in some cases, mVPN clients might have additional authentication to ensure a secure pathway. However the mobile device many be connected, whether it is through a Wi-Fi network at a coffee shop or a cellular network, VPN performs data encryption which makes it hidden from hackers. Additionally, users are advised to choose HTTPS over HTTP, or SFTP over FTP to assure further security while performing operations like logging into their bank account. Besides hacking, a good mVPN protects against any sudden cutoff in network signal, without shutting down applications completely, later requiring a restart when the connection is restored.

How to choose a mobile VPN?

VPN is available for all kinds of devices Android, iPhone and others. Selecting the right VPN for your device depends on a number of factors, like: security or authentication required at client end or good connectivity even in places with weak cellular networks. Windows Mobile provides inbuilt mobile VPN as a VPN component.

Who needs mobile VPN?

While it is obvious that people working in corporate environments need to stay connected to their office networks all the time, mVPN is also widely used in other industries and professions. Emergency services like police, fire and ambulances use VPN to connect with their home network and they cannot afford to lose their connection because of a moving vehicle. Other industries that use VPN are workers in utilities services, like repairmen.

As you see, more and more people across various industries are logging in and accessing their networks even while travelling. With smartphones and tablets becoming commonplace, people are doing the bulk of their online transactions on the move and this has made VPN for mobiles a necessity. Choose the one best suited to your needs and conduct your business online with a worry-free mind.

The article is contributed by Gloria Philips on behalf of for VPN lovers and for those who want to use internet on their mobiles.

By Hypesol

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