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Samsung includes its VPN service in latest Galaxy Note 8 update

Samsung likely included its VPN service in response to the KRACK exploit that has affected millions of Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Published onDecember 4, 2017

Samsung might have updated its Galaxy Note 8 with the November security patch, but arguably the more important feature of the update is the company’s inclusion of its Secure Wi-Fi service.

For the uninitiated, Secure Wi-Fi is Samsung’s VPN service that lets you securely browse on public Wi-Fi networks by encrypting your internet traffic and preventing apps and websites from tracking your usage. Secure Wi-Fi has been featured on previous Galaxy J smartphones, but this is the first time it makes its way to the Galaxy Note 8.

There are a few things to keep in mind, the first being the price structure. Those who want to keep their money as close to them as possible can opt to pay nothing and get 250 MB of internet access each month through Secure Wi-Fi. Alternatively, they can pay either €0.99 or €1.99 for 24 hours or one month of unlimited browsing, respectively.

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The other is availability. Secure Wi-Fi is not an app you can go to the Play Store and download — it is baked into the actual software, so the only way to get it is through a software update from Samsung. That’s my subtle way of saying that not every Galaxy Note 8 has Secure Wi-Fi — according to SamMobile, only the international unlocked Galaxy Note 8 has the VPN service baked in, though we’ll see if that changes.

If you meet the criteria, however, make sure to visit Settings, then Connections, then Wi-Fi, and then Advanced. From there, you can enable Secure Wi-Fi and go through the setup process. If you don’t meet the criteria, remember that there are plenty of VPN options through the Play Store, including Express VPN, which we believe is the best all-around VPN service available.

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