VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a network technology that connects people to the internet through VPN provider server. VPN apps are crucial these days, as these allow you to create a safe, secure and encrypted connection over less secure network such as internet. There can be situations when user needs a region restricted access or when the thought of being monitored on public wifi haunts them. In these scenarios providing your users with VPN app is the right approach. It not only provides them online anonymity, but also hides their IP addresses etc. that too at very low cost.
The following statistics show a tremendous increase of 165% in VPN user growth from 2017 to 2018. Even the predictions on global VPN market growth are quite promising.
Because you want your audience to stay protected from threats, stress of being hacked, identity theft, information leak of their financials, etc. So, if you are making an effort to provide your customers with 24*7 security on their mobile devices, then there are a few things you have to consider while developing it.
User security is of utmost significance in every technological stream today. With VPN apps, you can protect your audience from threats, stress of being hacked, identity theft, or financial information leak, etc.
So, if you are making an effort to provide your users with 24*7 security on their mobile devices, then here are a few things you should consider while developing it.
What can be the initial scenarios?
– Users can be either on Wifi or LTE.
– There are 3 different states of an app i.e. running, background & close state. Users can’t keep the app in running state, so your VPN Service should work in all states.
– User can switch on & off network anytime. If user has to enable VPN services everytime from the app or some settings, it would be a hassle for the user.
Here, the question is how you are going to provide users with a 24*7 VPN service? And for sure, you want to make it easy for them to keep VPN running all the time. Answer is to make your app providing VPN On Demand services.
What is VPN On Demand and how it works?
It is actually a rule that implies on VPN service which allows the system to automatically connect or disconnect VPN based on some specific criteria.
Possible criterion can be as follows:-
How you have to test the VPN app for above implication?1. Check if VPN is actually working on the device
2. Check if VPN stays connected in all of the 3 states i.e. background, closed, or restart state.
Once you are done with the above test cases, the app is good to be distributed among your team and testers but not to the public because these are just the initial considerations.
What can be other challenges?
VPN On Demand setup is not all about setting it up on mobile end, but also supportive settings should be enabled on the VPN server. You may face challenges in some other scenarios as well. Some of them are as follows which may help you to test and improve the experience of your app:-1. VPN speed
What you can do about this? You can set up different servers according to the reach of your customers. Not only this will help you in providing good speed to your users by staying nearby but also by putting less load on a single server. Along with this, you can choose encryption mode accordingly.2. Losing VPN connection
Another reason for this can be VPN server settings not supporting your app’s VPN On Demand service accurately. By checking the following values of VPN server, you can overcome this.
After these considerations, you are ready to publish your app on the store. As the part of protocol, we highly recommend A/B testing just before you go live. This will save you from any behavioural differences in your app on testing and production mode.
Pro Tip : Once live, your app might not get updated while connected with VPN.
The solution for this case is to check the app’s latest version on the store from your app and notify your users about the update if available. Simultaneously, you need to disconnect the user from VPN programmatically for the app to be updated and intimate the same to users.
Note:- Above content does not have specified value for few parameters as it is important to keep in mind that behavior and challenges may vary based on VPN Protocol you are using. (It can be IKEV2, IPSec, OpenVPN, etc.)
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