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How to Setup a VPN on the Nexus 4

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Nexus 4 is an Android based Smartphone conceptualized by Google and developed by LG. The phone was launched in November’ 2012 and it has received a good response from the critics as well as customers. Most reviewers have praised the specifications and affordability of the device but some have complained about the lack of LTE support. The Smartphone comes with 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, up to 16 GB internal storage, 1.3 MP front-facing and 8 MP rear camera.

Need For A VPN On Nexus 4

Like most Smartphones, Nexus 4 is designed to provide maximum mobility and connectivity. The phone can pick up wireless signals from public Wi-Fi hotspots available at most malls, coffee shops, libraries and airports and allow you to carry on with your work regardless of your current location. However, the free Wi-Fi service available at commercial establishments is not without its downsides; it exposes your personal details including your sensitive data to anyone connected to the network. A lot of hackers and criminals take advantage of low security wireless networks and steal financial details and personal data from unsuspecting netizens.

In order to secure your personal and financial data while using the Nexus 4 Smartphone, you need to use an advanced security solution like a Virtual Private Network. VPNs not only encrypt your data but also provide an IP address from a different location to help you to bypass local censorship. This will allow you to secure your data from hackers and surveillance as well as help you to unlock blocked sites (Facebook, Netflix, Skype, YouTube and Hulu) at foreign locations or your organization.

Setting Up A VPN On Nexus 4

Most VPN vendors provide PPTP and L2TP based VPN connections for mobile devices. The PPTP connection is extremely easy to set up and also provides faster speeds but it lags behind in security. The L2TP protocol, on the other hand, provides higher level of encryption but is considered slower that the PPTP connections. The most secure VPN protocol currently available, the OpenVPN protocol, is not yet compatible with Android but it is possible to configure an OpenVPN connection on Nexus 4 by using the OpenConnect app. In this article, we will focus on setting up PPTP and L2TP/IPSec connections on a Nexus 4 Smartphone.

Step 1: Before you start the setup process, close the open apps and go to Nexus 4’s home screen.

Step 2: In the home screen, tap on the Settings icon. [Refer to Image 1]

Step 3: Next, tap the “Wireless and Network” option to see the different types of networking options available to you. [Refer to Image 2]

Step 4: In the Wireless and Network screen, tap on “VPN Settings” to create a new VPN connection. The option is also useful for managing or deleting existing VPN connections. [Refer to Image 3]

Step 5: Tap the “Add VPN” option in order to create a new VPN connection from scratch. [Refer to Image 4]

Step 6: Before you can input the connection parameters, you need to specify the VPN protocol that the new connection is going to use. Tap on “Add PPTP VPN” to create a PPTP VPN connection or on “Add L2TP/IPSec PSK VPN” to add a L2TP/IPSec VPN connection. [Refer to Image 5, Image 6]

Step 7: In the next screen, you can see the VPN options available to you. Type an easy to remember connection name in the VPN Name box. While you can use any name you want, it is much better use a meaningful name (for example, provider name along with server city) for the connection so that you can locate it faster (especially helpful if you have lots of connections).

Next, you need to type in the server URL or its IP address. This information is usually available through the welcome email or the FAQ section of the vendor’s site. For connecting to different servers provided by your VPN company, you would either need to create multiple VPN connections or change the server URL before establishing a connection with the service.

a) Ensure that the “Enable Encryption” is set to On for PPTP connections. You might even have to include DNS Domain information through the “DNS search domains” option if it is provided by your VPN provider.

b) Input the secret key provided by the vendor by tapping on “Set IPSec pre-shared key” option. Also, tap on the checkbox next to “Enable L2TP Secret” and specify the DNS information provided by your service provider.

Once the setup is done, tap on the Save button. The new connection should now appear in the list of connections in “VPN Settings” screen.

[PPTP screenshots – Refer to Image 7, Image 8, Image 9, Image 10, Image 11]

[L2TP/IPSec screenshots – Refer to Image 12, Image 13, Image 14, Image 15, Image 16, Image 17]

Step 8: Once the configuration is complete, you can test the new connection. For testing the connection, tap on the connection name, input your login credentials and tap on the Connect button. If the connection is successful, you will see a Connected message below the connection name as well as a key icon at the top. To disconnect from the service, tap on the connection name again and tap on the Disconnect option. [Refer to Image 18, Image 19]

October 7, 2013

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