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How to Setup a VPN on HTC Phones (One, Desire, Sensation, etc.)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

HTC is a Taiwan based original design manufacturer of Smartphones and tablets. Unlike other manufacturers which focus only on one mobile platform, HTC produces both Windows and Android based smartphones and tablets for its own brand as well as for other companies. HTC was one of the first companies to create a Smartphone based on the Android mobile operating system. In the last few years, the company has released several Android based Smartphones such as HTC One, HTC Desire and HTC Sensation which have received a fantastic response from the customers.

Need For A VPN For HTC’s Android Smartphones

HTC Smartphones are equipped with cutting-edge 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi features that deliver superior coverage and seamless connectivity. This would give a significant boost to your productivity as well as maximize the entertainment options available to you regardless of your location. But you need to be very careful while using the free Wi-Fi connectivity provided by commercial establishments such as malls, airports, coffee shops and hotels. That’s because these networks are not designed for maximum security allowing hackers and criminals to steal passwords, social accounts and even financial data from unsuspecting public.

In order to secure your online activities on your HTC Smartphone, be it HTC One, HTC Desire or HTC Sensation; you must use an advanced security solution like a Virtual Private Network. VPNs use state of the art encryption to encrypt data which means your private data remains safe from hacking and surveillance attempts. In addition, since VPNs allow you to change your IP address, you can access IP restricted services (example, Hulu and Netflix) from a different country as well as bypass all types of online filters and firewalls (unblock YouTube, Facebook, Skype etc.).

What Are The VPN Options Available For HTC’s Android Smartphones?

If you want to set up a VPN on HTC’s Android based Smartphones (One, Desire, Sensation) then you can either opt for a PPTP based VPN or a L2TP/IPSec VPN. A L2TP/IPSec VPN is ideal for those who are looking for higher level of security (128+ bit encryption) but it is somewhat slower than the PPTP VPN. The PPTP VPN, on the other hand, provides a basic level of security (up to 128 bit encryption) but it is very easy to set up and provides better speeds than other protocols. The most secure VPN protocol currently available, the OpenVPN protocol, is not compatible with Android devices yet but you might be able to use it with your HTC device through the OpenConnect app.

How To Setup A VPN On HTC Android Smartphones (HTC One, HTC Desire and HTC Sensation)

Step 1: Before you can install a VPN, you need to close all the open apps and navigate to the home screen of your HTC phone.

Step 2: Next, tap the Settings icon that allows you to tweak parameters for just about everything. [Refer to Image 1]

Step 3: In the next screen, tap on the “Wireless and Network” option. [Refer to Image 2]

Step 4: Tap on “VPN Settings” option in the next screen for creating or managing VPN connections. [Refer to Image 3]

Step 5: Next, tap on “Add VPN” to create a new VPN connection. To manage an existing connection, you must tap on the Connection name that appears in the VPN Settings screen. [Refer to Image 4]

Step 6: Tap on “Add PPTP VPN” option in the next screen to create a PPTP based VPN connection. However, if you want to create a L2TP/IPSec based VPN connection then you must tap on “Add L2TP/IPSec PSK VPN” option instead. [Refer to Image 5a, Image 5b].

Step 7: In this step, you need to specify the VPN server details as well as login credentials supplied by your VPN provider. Open the welcome email from your VPN provider and make a note of the above details so that you can refer to them whenever you want.

First, type a simple and easy to remember name for your new VPN connection in the “VPN Name” input box. Although you are free to choose any value as the connection name, it is worthwhile to use a sensible name (such as a combination of VPN provider name and server city) as the connection name so that you can locate and start using it in no time. In case you want to create multiple connections to the same server but with different VPN protocols then you can even include the protocol name within the connection name.

Type the server URL (or IP address) of the VPN server that you noted from the welcome email. In order to connect to a different server from the same provider, you can either change the server URL (or IP address) before establishing a connection or simply create multiple VPN connections.

a) For PPTP connections, ensure that the option “Enable Encryption” is set to On. If your VPN provider has supplied DNS details then you also need to tap on “DNS search domains” and input the DNS values.

b) For L2TP/IPSec connections, you must input the IPSec key provided by the VPN company. Tap on “Set IPSec pre-shared key” and type the secret key value. In addition, you need to make sure that the “Enable L2TP Secret” option is checked and provide DNS information if it is available.

Finally, tap on Save button in order to save connection details. The new connection would appear in the “VPN Settings” screen after saving is done.

[PPTP screenshots – Refer to Image 6a, Image 6b, Image 6c, Image 6d, Image 6e]

[L2TP/IPSec screenshots – Refer to Image 7a, Image 7b, Image 7c, Image 7d, Image 7e, Image 7f]

Step 8: Once the connection is created, you need to test it to ensure that you do not face any connectivity issues. Tap on the VPN connection name, type the username/password values in the appropriate boxes and then tap on the “Connect” option. If the connection is successfully established, you will see a small key icon at the top of the screen and a “Connected” message below the VPN connection name. In order to disconnect from the service, tap on the connection again and choose the “Disconnect” option. [Refer to Image 8a, Image 8b]

October 21, 2013

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