Google Offers Secure WiFi VPN

from the just-like-that dept

For years and years we’ve been wondering why the market for WiFi VPNs was so small. By now, most people should know that WiFi isn’t the most secure connection, but that a VPN can encrypt and protect most of your data. In fact, for a while, it seemed like the only player in the space was HotSpotVPN — who offered a service for $9/month. I use it (and am using it right now, in fact), but it’s always seemed like a space that could use some more entrants. A few months ago, JiWire got into the act as well, but it still seemed pretty small time. Now, apparently, that market is going to be shaken up. Someone who prefers to remain anonymous just pointed out that Google is now offering what appears to be their own wireless VPN offering. However, unlike these other offerings, Google’s VPN offering is going to be free. Of course, how long will it be until the conspiracy theorists start screaming about this one? I’m willing to bet that Google is being “non-evil” about this, but someone is going to complain that this means Google can see where your surfing, since your connection will run through their VPN system. Either way, assuming it works, it’s great to have a free VPN solution out there that can encrypt data while surfing WiFi.

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Mike (profile) says:

Re: VPNing

You miss the point of a service like HotSpotVPN… you don’t have to run the hardware yourself. OpenVPN may be a cinch to set it up, but you have to set it up and manage the machine. The point of HotSpotVPN is that many small businesses and individual users don’t have a spare machine available or they can’t manage such a machine even if they did.

Chris says:

Privacy Concerns?

From their Privacy Statement, not really surprising:

“Google may log some information from your web page requests as may the websites that you visit. We do this to understand how Google Secure Access is being used and to improve our services. Google Secure Access does not log cookies and strips potentially sensitive query data from the end of requests to help better protect your privacy.”

“Google will not sell or provide personally identifiable information to any third parties except under the limited circumstances described in the Google Privacy Policy.”

Sandra says:

Another free alternative: iPig

iPig ( does the same as Google Wifi does, but offers an OPTIONAL server component as well, so you can set up your own VPN server.
And unlike OpenVPN is is _really_ easy to use. Works like charm for our users.
Very important for me: It has the option to block your traffic if you are not connected to VPN – so you do not check your email by mistake without using the iPig VPN.

Bill says:

I would not trust free VPN services, sounds enticing, surely.
But I believe any free service disguises some sort of undercurrent.
No matter if it is provided by an unknown entity or by such a trusted
corporation as Google. When you pay you have a firm right to demand the
services you paid for, the support team is always there to assist you,
this is what I can say about
Not a single claim, only positive references.
Would recommend it to the others also.

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