How to Encrypt All Internet Use on Your Android Phone

When you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, your Android phone is susceptible to the same sorts of attacks as a laptop—as demonstrated by the Android data vulnerability exposed a few days ago. The solution to securing your communication is simple: You have to encrypt it. Here’s how to set up an SSH tunnel as a cheap, easy method to encrypt all your Android phone’s data.

What you’ll need:

  • A rooted Android phone: Your phone needs to be rooted in order to be able to make connections through an SSH tunnel. If you haven’t rooted your phone yet, and you’re willing to take the leap, hit up our always up-to-date guide to Android rooting to get started.
  • An SSH server: Ideally this would be rented from a web host online, but it could be any internet-connected computer with an SSH server running, including your home computer.
  • SSH Tunnel (free from the Android Market)

Why use encryption at all? What’s an SSH Tunnel?

Normally, you don’t need to worry about encryption on your phone because you’re already using your carrier’s mobile data connection, which in and of itself is pretty secure already, if only because you’re the only person using it. The problem arises when you connect to public Wi-Fi. On public Wi-Fi, anybody can listen in on everyone else’s web traffic with the right tools, and in doing so, potentially gain access to things like your social networks, your email, or worse.

SSH Tunneling allows your phone to create a secure, encrypted connection to a server located far away from the public Wi-Fi, and run all your data through that connection (like a tunnel). The Wi-Fi connection you’re using may not be secure, but when you’re using an SSH tunnel, your data will be. See our previous guide to encrypt your web browsing session using this method on a computer for the desktop version of this guide.

Follow the steps as described on lifehacker

Note Anonymiss Express: also read the comments before you begin, a number of problems you may encounter have already been mentioned and solved.

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Comment by truth on April 2, 2012 at 6:54pm

Ah, ok, like I said no worries ! Just stoked that we are getting this help from you !

Comment by Anonymiss Express on April 2, 2012 at 6:39pm

Stay safe! I haven't gotten around to the httrack thing. IRL leaves me with only 10 minute blocks in between atm.

Comment by truth on April 2, 2012 at 3:45pm

Thanks, just got a tablet :)

Comment by Anonymiss Express on April 2, 2012 at 3:07pm

Also consider https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gurkedev.wifiprot... (sent me by Rep. Dan Gordon (whoever that may be ;)))

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