Google Pixel phone browsing activities on Fi networks are now more secure
What do you want to know
- Google has unveiled a new Fi feature that adds additional protection for mobile traffic on Pixel phones.
- The new feature is designed to automatically encrypt all browsing activity on Pixel devices when connected to a Fi network.
- This feature is available for the Pixel 7 series up to the Pixel 4 lineup.
Google Fi plans already include privacy and security features like blocking spam and robocalls, but the service is beefing up security for Pixel phone owners with a new feature that shields mobile traffic from prying eyes.
Google has announcement (opens in a new tab) that starting today, Fi automatically encrypts all mobile data traffic for many of its top Android phones, from the Google Pixel 7 range to the Pixel 4 series running Android 12 or higher. This means that your Google Fi mobile connection is private by default, with no additional steps required on your part.
For the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro specifically, the new security feature complements the built-in VPN that comes with the latest and greatest Pixel phones at no additional cost to consumers.
This automatic encryption feature also applies to Wi-Fi connections. All you need to do is activate the Fi Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is available on any smartphone as well as the Pixel range. The service is designed to protect your browsing activity from attackers if you are on an unsecured network, such as public Wi-Fi networks.
The latest Fi feature reinforces the security infrastructure already in place for Android phone users on Fi. Late last year, Google Fi launched end-to-end encryption for phone calls on its network.
Google notes that these privacy and security features are powered by Protected Computing, which includes a technology toolkit for processing data in a secure environment.
Along with this announcement, Google also rolled out passkey support for Android and Chrome as part of the celebration of Cyber Security Awareness Month. Passkeys are the cornerstone of an industry-wide effort to make passwordless logins mainstream across apps and websites.
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