In Q4 of 2020, Google launched a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for Android’s higher storage tiers. Just in time – statistics show that cybercrime has gone up by 400% since the pandemic. People are now spending more time on their devices, and hackers are aware.
As you may know, VPNs protect you by allowing you to surf the Web anonymously. They let you choose a server in a different location and encrypt your data, making it hard for hackers to access it.
Still, it’s not uncommon for a VPN to disconnect when the internet is unstable. When the connection gets better, your gadget automatically connects to the public options, leaving you prone to attacks.
It’s for that reason that Google One plans to tweak its settings to deactivate the internet as soon as the VPN goes off. It’s only when the VPN loads and starts working that traffic will resume.
In addition, if you switch on your phone or restart it, the VPN will instantly connect.
Most established private virtual networks such as Surfshark, Private Internet Access, and Perfect Privacy, amongst many others, already work this way by using a kill switch. Google is definitely on the right track.
Note that Google One’s version 1.92 is currently in beta.
The tweak is not yet available to the public. It’s hard to tell when it will be, but hopefully, we hope to see the changes soon.