VPNs used to be exclusive for businesses, but now they have gone mainstream. VPNs are service providers that help protect your internet traffic by routing it all through an encrypted tunnel to a remote server. Encrypting it makes it harder for third parties to snoop on your internet data, including your ISP.
Phone Guardian is a free VPN for mobile devices; we usually do not recommend a free VPN to secure your internet traffic.
If you are looking for something quick and convenient, you do not spend much time surfing the internet, and do not put in any sensitive information like your credit cards; then this free VPN might be a good choice for you.
Phone Guardian is a free mobile device application developed by Distimo apps; this app helps protect your privacy and all your online activities when you are connected to the WiFi. It keeps you safe through using a Virtual Private Network, VPN, technology that scans all of your internet traffic for unprotected data while you are connected to an unsecured WiFi network. If you have the protection feature on, It will go through your traffic; if it detects unencrypted data, it will automatically encrypt all that traffic. The encryption will protect you from hackers and other threats on the internet.
Phone Guardian is a VPN service, but unlike other VPNs out there, they don’t mask your IP address or actual location. This is the reason why traditional VPN providers have a subscription fee, and this one is for free.
The most important aspect of VPN is its ability to keep you protected on the internet; with this VPN, you are never fully protected.
It blocks ads, checks on all your phone applications, and goes through the websites you are browsing, but this app does not give you the same level of protection as other VPNs. They do not disclose how many servers they have or their location, but it does mention that Phone Guardian does not hide your IP address, so there might not be any designated servers they own.
The table below shows the standard features VPN services provide:
|Kill Switch||Not available|
|Ram-based server||Not available|
|Geo-censorship bypass||Not available|
|Split tunneling||Not available|
|Dedicated IP address||Not available|
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Phone Guardian is missing several crucial security features, and you will only end up with limited protection.
The app's interface is amazing, you've got Max, the husky that protects you, on the home page waiting to greet you. You can pet him or throw him a bone; you get to walk through the app with him.
The phone application itself is user-friendly and self-explanatory, there are no hidden features what you see is what you get. When you stop the protection feature it gives you the option to pause it for a limited time or shut it off completely. It also shows you exactly what it is protecting you from and showcases all the apps and websites opened on your phone and puts it in a timeline.
As this is a Guardian app review, it is important to mention their customer support. If you have any issues or feedback, you can only reach them through email, and that’s at [email protected]. However, if you have the app available on your phone, you can send them a message from there. All you have to do is open up your menu and press ‘Help & Support.’ Then, you can put in a request from the FAQ page.
Unlike other VPNs, Phone Guardian VPN does not have any hidden fees, and it is entirely free; at the same time, they do not have ads popping up every few seconds to compensate for the free features. Instead, they provide their free and easy services by collecting market trend research; they do this through pooling your usage trends. They are collecting thousands of data so that yours won’t stand out, and you could always opt-out of sharing your information. The data collected on your usage trend helps other app developers create better apps. So you use the app, and in return, users consent to share their information that tells market research on mobile behavior.
- Geo-location data.
- Classifications: your age and gender.
- Identifiers: your first and last name, email, internet protocol, unique personal identifiers.
- Trends from your personal information: Your preferences, characteristics, behavior.
If you are not comfortable with Phone Guardian gathering your information, you opt-out from their app; users can go to settings > Data Privacy Preferences and toggle on/off the option of ‘Data Collection for Market research by App Annie.’