The Internet offers many advantages and disadvantages. It helps you stay in touch with people around the world and access information quickly, but it’s also a vector for spreading malware on a large scale. Therefore, it is imperative to protect yourself online, especially when using public Wi-Fi networks.
Samsung, the famous smartphone maker, offers an inbuilt tool for users to protect their devices while browsing. Secure Wi-Fi, as it is called, is one of the many pre-installed tools that come with modern Samsung smartphones (opens in a new tab).
Secure Wi-Fi is a built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN (opens in a new tab) allows you to encrypt your web traffic and browse IP addresses from other locations. For example, you could be in Saudi Arabia surfing the web using an American IP address. This way, you can access content that is generally blocked in Saudi Arabia because a VPN hides your location.
Secure Wi-Fi is a freemium tool. You can protect up to 250MB of traffic each month for free and upgrade to a paid plan if you want to exceed this limit. The app is compatible with most modern Samsung devices.
How to Enable and Use Secure Wi-Fi
You must have a Samsung Account to use Secure Wi-Fi and other apps developed by Samsung. You can create one for free if you don’t already have one.
Once signed in to your Samsung account, follow these steps to enable Secure Wi-Fi:
- Open your Settings menu and press the Biometrics and security option.
- Swipe to Secure Wi-Fi and press it.
- Review the information and press Continue.
- Provide all necessary permissions. Faucet Protect to start protecting you while browsing.
- Click on Protection program to display the current plan you are using. The default free plan allows you to protect up to 250MB of traffic each month. Hurry Upgrade to subscribe to a new paid plan.
Secure Wi-Fi can automatically protect your connection once your phone connects to any network. To enable this feature, press Automatic Wi-Fi Protection on the Secure Wi-Fi main page. You can press the to change to turn it off or on at any time.
You can also exclude specific apps from secure Wi-Fi: tap More options (three vertical dots at the top of the screen) and press Settings. Click on Protected appsand press the to change next to an app to turn protection on and off.
You can monitor your Secure Wi-Fi usage history. Faucet Protection activity to view our usage for the last seven days or tap Month to display data for the previous month instead.
How secure Wi-Fi works
Secure Wi-Fi routes your web traffic through a filter to prevent you from accessing malicious websites. Samsung didn’t develop this feature alone – it collaborated with McAfee, a well-known antivirus software (opens in a new tab) vendor.
McAfee maintains an extensive block list of malicious domain names that it updates frequently. By enabling secure Wi-Fi, if your device attempts to connect to a domain name on this blocklist, it will automatically terminate the connection. The idea is to prevent you from interacting with websites that serve as vectors for cyber threats, such as adware and malware.
The default free plan allows you to protect a maximum of 250MB of traffic per month, which is small – you can hit that limit within a few hours of browsing. However, you can pay $0.99 / £0.99 / AUD $1.49 for unlimited traffic for 24 hours or $1.99 / £1.99 / AUD $2.50 per month. If you decide to pay, it is advisable to opt for the monthly option instead of spending $1 every 24 hours.
Secure Wi-Fi settings and additional options
Secure Wi-Fi offers many configurations and settings to help you get the most out of the app. For example, you can add the app icon to your home screen for quick access.
Go to Settings >> Biometrics and security >> Secure Wi-Fi. Faucet More options >> Settingsand you should see the following options:
- Show icon on app screen: Add the Secure Wi-Fi icon to your app drawer to find and access it quickly.
- Protected apps: Select which apps will use data over secure Wi-Fi.
- Deny access to usage data: Secure Wi-Fi automatically collects usage data, but you can disable collection with this option. Click on Deny access to usage datafaucet Settingsand tap the switch next to Allow usage tracking to turn it off.
- Use HTTPS protection: If you upgrade to an unlimited plan, you can use secure Wi-Fi to add an extra layer of protection to your HTTPS traffic.
- Delete personal data: This option will delete all your browsing data and disable secure Wi-Fi.
- About Secure Wi-Fi: to view the current version, terms and conditions, privacy notice and software licenses.
Disabling Secure Wi-Fi
Secure Wi-Fi provides enough browsing protection for everyday users. But, it is not suitable for everyone. Also, the app can annoy users with its pop-ups every time you connect to a new Wi-Fi network.
Samsung doesn’t let you uninstall Secure Wi-Fi like a typical app, but there is a workaround.
Go to Settings → Applications → Secure Wi-Fi. Go to Storage, then tap Erase data and Empty the cache. This will delete all data associated with secure Wi-Fi. Thereafter, you will still see a notification from Secure Wi-Fi each time you connect to a new network, but you can ignore it. This method makes the app “inactive” on your device.
Additionally, you can turn off notifications for the Secure Wi-Fi app. If you do, it won’t bother you every time you connect to a new network.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you must have and sign in to a Samsung Account to enable and use Secure Wi-Fi. If you delete your Samsung account at any time, your secure Wi-Fi data follows suit.
Paying for Secure Wi-Fi grants you a license for a single device. You need to pay another license if you want unlimited safe browsing on another Samsung device. However, Samsung allows you to transfer a protection plan from one device to another once a month.
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