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What is VPN Split Tunneling?

To understand what split tunneling is, let's first take a look at how VPNs work. When you are using a VPN, there is a singular direct connection through which you send and receive data. With it, all this data is directed through a secure tunnel between your device and the server you are connected to. This data is encrypted by tunneling protocols, and essentially cannot be traced back to your device, and it is protected from any spies or cybercriminals.

Split tunneling is a specialized VPN feature that allows you to have two connections simultaneously. In this way, you can direct some of your online traffic through a VPN tunnel, while directing the rest through an open network connection. Essentially, your activity is split up, therefore this is referred to as split tunneling. This can be very useful when you want to keep some parts of your activity private, while still having access to your local network. 

With split tunneling, you can decide which apps or websites you would like to direct through a VPN. You can privately use the internet for certain tasks, such as online banking, and be able to access devices, such as printers, on your network. This offers a great advantage of being less hassle than having to disconnect your VPN every time you want to connect to another device on your network.

Why Would You Use Split Tunneling

Split tunneling is useful in two cases:

  1. When you want to conserve internet speed while using a VPN. Trafficking all of your data via a VPN can take a heavy load on your bandwidth and will slow down the speed of your internet connection. By using split tunneling, the amount of data directed via VPN becomes less, and thus your internet speed is less affected.
  2. When you need access to both a private and open network at the same time. Because split tunneling connects you to both of these networks simultaneously, you are able to stream foreign content while still receiving local Google search results. And you can access other devices on your network, such as a printer, without compromising your online privacy. 


Although this sounds like an advantageous feature, split tunneling does have a few disadvantages:

  • Because not all of your online activity is encrypted, you can be made vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • It can be tedious and time-consuming to set up your split tunneling with the exact setting you need. You will be required to make a decision on which apps and websites need to be private and which do not need to be. Setting it up incorrectly also puts you at risk.
  • Not all VPN services have a split tunneling feature. If this is a feature you’re interested in, you will need to make sure that your VPN provider supports it.
  • It creates vulnerabilities in the workplace. Employees are able to access restricted sites, connect to networks that are not secure, or download suspicious content, without employers being aware of it. 

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Our service provides you with rest assured internet security. We feature some of the highest level tunneling protocols on the market today, including Wireguard. These features mean that your data is encrypted in such a way that its kept hidden from hackers and other cybercriminals. Our top priority is keeping your data private, and therefore we offer all-around security.

At this moment, split tunneling is a feature only available from us on Android devices. But the good news is that internet speed is one of the key components of our service. We make sure that our VPN does not slow down your speed, and with high-speed servers, we provide you with a fast connection.

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