Google VPN – Revealed the Virtual Private Network service

Pierluigi Paganini March 15, 2015

Pocketables revealed that Google is secretly working on a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service named Google VPN for use on open WiFi networks.

Google is working to improve security of its mobile users, according to people at Pocketables the IT giant is secretly working on a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, dubbed ‘Google VPN’.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to actually connect to any VPN, using an open WiFi network, a secured WiFi network, or LTE,” reads Pocketables post. “It’s unclear when Google will launch this feature, whether it will be open to everyone or just certain types of users, or if Google might discontinue it, like it did with App Opps.”

Google VPN will allow Android users to connect to an unsecured WiFi network securely, avoiding traffic eavesdropping through MITM attacks and consequent exposure of sensitive data.

The news is still unofficial, but some users have noticed a hidden app called “Google Connectivity Services” visible under “All Apps” in the app manager.

Google VPN

The Google VPN service appeared with the installation of the latest version of the Google mobile OS, Android 5.1 Lollipop on a Nexus 6 phone.

“The app is only viewable in the list of apps in Android’s settings menu, and it can’t be launched by normal means (like, you know, tapping on it).But once it is launched, it displays a pop-up titled “Google VPN.” “To help protect you on open Wi-Fi networks, your data will be transmitted securely through a Google VPN,” it reads.” states the TechRadar in a blog post.

The pop-up also displays a “learn more” that once clicked redirect users to a Google support page. The pop-up also shows a “got it” option that opens a classic VPN connection request window, where user is asked if he would like the Wi-Fi assistant to set-up a VPN connection “that allows it to monitor network traffic.”

Google VPN 2

Google VPN is discovered only on Nexus 6 mobile device, it’s still unclear when the company will officially launch its VPN feature and how it will be available for Android users.

Let’s hope Google VPN will be available as soon as possible, meantime if you want to read more about VPN give a look to the post published by a colleague on SecurityGladiators

Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs –  Google VPN, security)

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