Project Fi Adds VPN Security to Your LTE Connection

Project Fi Enhanced Network Beta Screenshots

In the security and privacy department, Google is extending its Project Fi VPN service over to cellular (LTE) connections. When enabled, every bit of data that a Project Fi customer transmits will be funneled through the VPN, keeping it private from those attempting to snoop, the networks that you're connected to, and even Google. The beta service will start rolling out to customers later this week. They are accomplishing this with an always-on VPN. It does this by rerouting the device's traffic through a private server-in this case one owned by Google.

The VPN service also promises to be fast. But this functionality is being updated so that you'll have a seamless connection as you move from Wi-Fi coverage to cellular (and the reverse). In addition, it can detect when your Wi-Fi connection is weak.

Project Fi uses the cellular networks from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, so there's a good reason for the VPN. When it does, your phone will automatically switch to the stronger cellular network.

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As long as your phone is running Android P and on Project Fi, you should get this new enhanced network toggle later this week. According to internal tests performed by Google, the enhanced network reduces the time without a working connection by up to 40 percent. But for the time being, the carrier is continuing to roll out new software features. But as these aren't all that secure and are prone to data snooping, Google provides a free VPN to help keep each user's data secure.

In case you haven't heard, Project Fi is Google's own cellular plan, with which it hopes to win over frequent global travelers.

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