I’m as concerned about Internet security as the next person. Probably more than the next person, considering many of the “next persons” I know use their dog’s name as their sole Internet password. OK, that’s a bit of a joke. Or is it?

In any event, using a virtual private network, or VPN, is a helpful way to protect yourself online, especially (but not only) in those situations where you are bouncing onto free WIFI, such as at your local coffee shop. I researched premium VPNs, that is, those that cost some money rather than are free. There are free resources out there, but paying a modest amount, in my experience, means in many instances that you get some support in case you run into problems.

I researched online paid VPNs and came across GhostPath, which receives pretty high marks. So I decided to give the service (monthly at $10) a try. After receiving prompt, courteous and helpful tech support, I’m pretty convinced. I’ll probably be moving to their yearly account to enjoy comparative savings.

So I thought I’d share what I learned with GhostPath’s support help about

How to Set up your Android device to use GhostPath VPN

  1. Subscribe to the GhostPath service (FYI: Your GhostPath username will not be the same as your email address!)
  2. Download and install the OpenVPN app from the Google Play store.
  3. On your phone or tablet, visit the https://ghostpath.com/servers page and download the OpenVPN file for the server you want to use. It will end in .ovpn.
  4. Open the OpenVPN app on your Android device
  5. Menu | Import
  6. Import Profile from SD card (this is where you pick the .ovpn file you downloaded, which corresponds to a GhostPath server)
  7. Connect
  8. Select Certificate | Continue

Note that this worked for me using a Moto X device running Android 4.4.2 and a Nexus 7 running Android 4.4.3.

And that’s it. Up and running securely in just a few minutes. And a benefit? Watching the World Cup live becomes a heck of a lot easier.

Do you have a different or easier way to connect to a reliable VPN on your Android device? Leave a comment below.

And as we mentioned passwords and security, here’s some information on recent Internet security issues, and some tips on good Internet password practices.

Image source: Capitol Theatre, 17 November 1944 by Sam Hood, from State Library of New South Sales in Flickr Commons

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