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.
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 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.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.