The problem with Wi-Fi networks and VPNs
Like we noted in a previous post about the right time to use a VPN, you may not want to have a virtual private network (VPN) running all the time. However, this can leave you open to security risks — especially if you’ve turned off your VPN and forget to turn it back on.
There are many risks associated with public Wi-Fi networks that can put your data and information, especially personal and financial information, at risk. A VPN helps protect against these risks, but only when it’s turned on.
The solution: A VPN helper that’s watching out for you
Wi-Fi Threat Shield is a new feature in Avast SecureLine VPN for Android that can provide protection on Wi-Fi networks even when SecureLine VPN isn’t enabled. This can help protect you against the risks posed by public Wi-Fi networks and the risk of being unprotected because you don’t have the VPN on.
When enabled, the Wi-Fi Threat Shield automatically performs a silent check whenever you connect to a new Wi-Fi network.
If it detects a threat on the Wi-Fi network, it will either automatically connect the VPN for you or give you a warning, depending on how serious the detected threat is.
This provides an extra layer of protection for your Android device on Wi-Fi networks, even when you don’t have the VPN running.
Currently, though, the Wi-Fi Threat Shield is not enabled by default. This means you have to turn it on in Avast SecureLine VPN for Android.
Turning Wi-Fi Threat Shield on (or off)
To enable (or disable) the Wi-Fi Threat Shield, open Avast SecureLine VPN for Android and go to Settings.
Once in Settings, find Wi-Fi Threat Shield and tap it. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to turn it On or Off using the slider, as shown below.
The Wi-Fi Threat Shield gives you a way to have protection for your Android device on Wi-Fi networks, even when you’re not using a VPN. You can think of it as a VPN helper that’s watching out for you, even when you don’t have your VPN turned on.
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