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Automatic VPN connection for Wi-Fi

Jan 11, 2018 · 3 min read

Automatic VPN connection for Wi-Fi

Whether you’re a heavy Wi-Fi user or just occasionally hop on wireless networks, you put yourself at risk every time if you forget to connect to your VPN. NordVPN has you covered with automatic VPN connection feature.

How does it work?

The VPN auto connect feature lets you enjoy ultimate security on wireless networks with no effort.

Here’s how: NordVPN will automatically initiate a VPN connection whenever you join a Wi-Fi network. Once connected, your internet traffic will run through an encrypted VPN tunnel protecting it from hackers and unwanted snoopers.

All you have to do is set up the auto-connect feature once, and NordVPN will take it from there. Customize the feature by choosing when you wish to connect to your VPN automatically:

  • only on cellular;
  • only on Wi-Fi networks and ethernet (e.g., at home, work);
  • always.

The greatest thing about the auto-connect feature is you will never have to think about it again: once you’ve set it up, you will always be safe on any Wi-Fi network you are connected to.

Why do you need to protect yourself on Wi-Fi networks?

Who doesn’t love Wi-Fi? It’s convenient, saves your mobile data, and often lets you enjoy internet connections free of charge.

But there is also a dark side: public Wi-Fi is extremely vulnerable to hacking. Free hotspots are often unsecured due to poor router configurations and weak (if any) passwords. Security holes are not exclusive to public Wi-Fi networks — it can happen in people’s homes as well if the router is set up carelessly.

Cybercriminals see public Wi-Fi networks as goldmines for stealing your personal data. There are numerous ways in which they can threaten your privacy:

  • Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks

On poorly secured Wi-Fi networks, hackers can easily get in between your device and a web server. By doing so, they can read all your online traffic and capture valuable data.

  • Wi-Fi sniffing

With the help of some basic software (which is not even illegal) hackers can eavesdrop on your internet traffic running through an unsecured wireless network. Wi-Fi sniffing lets cybercriminals view the websites you visit, see the contents of any forms you fill in, get your login credentials and hijack your online accounts.

  • Malware injection

Combine an unsecured wireless network with software vulnerabilities, and there you have it – the perfect target for hackers to slip malware in. Once malware gets on your device, it can give cybercriminals access to your personal files, photos, and other sensitive information.

  • ‘Evil twin’ hotspots

Hackers can set up fake hotspots and trick you into connecting to them as if they were legitimate Wi-Fi networks. What happens next? Hackers can see your internet traffic, capture sensitive data, such as login credentials, and even redirect you to fake banking sites to get access to your account.

These hacking methods put your privacy at risk and may have severe consequences such as identity theft. If you don’t take any protective measures, you increase your chances of falling into a cybercriminal’s trap. Automatically connecting to a VPN each time you join Wi-Fi is a true lifesaver – flip the switch only once and stay protected every time you connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Set VPN auto connect for Wi-Fi now

The setting is supported on our iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS IKE apps. Go to the settings menu in the NordVPN app. Under the ‘Auto Connect’ section (depending on your OS, you may or may not have to click on it), you’ll see all the options for your auto-connect feature.

At the very least, we strongly recommend enabling the auto-connect to VPN on unsecured Wi-Fi networks. For an all-around security and ultimate privacy, you should auto-connect to VPN on both secured and unsecured wireless networks.

You can also choose where you want to be connected automatically. The following options are available:

  • Use recent connection (select a server from a list of your recent connections);
  • Use Quick Connect (you will be automatically connected to a recommended server);
  • Pick a country or server (manually select a country or even a specific server).

Auto Connect settingsAuto Connect location

So make your preferences, flip a switch and forget about it – NordVPN will keep snoopers and hackers away!

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Elle Friberg
Elle Friberg successVerified author

Elle is a content writer at NordVPN. Being ever-curious, she always finds unexpected angles in the internet privacy and security field to turn into gripping stories.

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