Google One is the company’s all-in-one cloud storage service that unifies your Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos storage. The VPN function just got a new feature that users should enjoy. Thanks to XDA Developers, we now know that users will be able to pick apps to bypass the VPN.
This feature is much more convenient than disabling the Google One VPN
XDA Developers discovered this in an APK teardown a few weeks ago. The function is now starting to make its way to some users. This feature makes it easy and straightforward to pick which app that you want to bypass the VPN.
You just go to your settings and go to VPN Settings. Under the advanced settings, you’ll see the option to “allow apps to bypass VPN.” From there, you’ll be presented with a list of your installed apps. This basically adds the app to an allowed list
that just won’t run on the VPN.
This could alleviate a lot of headaches for people who need certain apps off of the VPN. Sometimes, apps can have trouble operating on a VPN. Before, you would need to disable the VPN as a whole in order to do this, and there were obvious issues with that. Now, you’ll be able to just choose which app that you want to pass over the VPN and keep the others safe. Google is still rolling the feature out, so if you don’t have the feature just yet, just hang tight.
What is a VPN and why is it important
Nowadays, cyber-security is extremely important. There are bad players out there who can easily steal your information when you connect to a public Wi-Fi connection. Any sensitive data that you have passing through the network can be scooped up by a hacker. Information like your home address, bank account number, or information about your family is vulnerable.
This is where a VPN comes in. It stands for Virtual Personal Network and the name says it all. It’s a way of protecting your data when on a public network. It puts a veil over your data that passes through the network, which makes it harder for hackers to find and take your information.
You can also view content that’s not available in your area. Sometimes, content like videos from streaming services is region locked- you can’t access them if you live in a certain part of the world. When you use a connection from your country, you are bound to that country’s servers. This means that you can only access the content that’s available in that country. A VPN gives you the ability to change which servers that you use, giving you access to the region-locked content.
There are tons of VPN services that can be utilized for cheap, so it would be worth it to look them up if you care about your cyber-security.