What is Split Tunneling VPN?
Split Tunneling does exactly what it stands for: split your internet traffic. With a split tunnel, you have the ability to route internet traffic through the VPN network or through your local network.
Split Tunneling VPN protects the traffic you route through the VPN network, and at the same time, you don’t lose any access to your local network and devices connected to that network. Basically, for services that require your VPN IP, they’ll get it; for services that require your ISP’s IP, you’ll get it too because the traffic will be split. Experience PureVPN on Windows, Android, and Android TV in just $0.99.
Why do I Need Split Tunneling?
When the user connects to the VPN server, it creates a secure encrypted tunnel which then passes to the greater internet. By default, any and all split tunneling traffic sent through the VPN network goes through the split tunneling VPN server in an encrypted manner.
However, with split tunneling, you have the option to choose what traffic/information goes through the VPN network (an encrypted tunnel) and the rest will go through your ISP (not an encrypted tunnel). The option to route your traffic through the VPN connection or your ISP is a blessing especially when you don’t want to access certain websites without any encryption.
Benefits of having split-tunneling:
- With this feature enabled, watch foreign TV shows/movies while using the internet with your local IP addresses
- Share P2P files without compromising your online privacy
- Access devices on your local network while using the VPN
If you don’t have Split Tunneling enabled:
- You won’t be able to access overseas and local content simultaneously
- Transmitting all data through the ISP may exhaust your available bandwidth allotment for the month, meaning you may get throttled
- You can’t access LAN devices while you’re connected to the VPN client
The true advantage of using this feature is that it derives from its convenience. The feature helps improve your work efficiency. Let’s say you’re traveling abroad. For accessing the country’s local content,; you can route the traffic through the internet; for accessing your home country’s content, you can route the traffic through the VPN network by enabling this feature.
Is there a risk when using Split Tunneling?
Split Tunneling VPN is a robust feature that provides convenience to your internet activities. There are so many risks associated with split tunneling. However, when a split tunneling VPN is enabled, users bypass PureVPN’s AES 256-bit military-grade encryptionthat’s there to secure your online activities against hackers, cybercriminals, and prying eyes, at least for the services you do NOT want VPN protection on.
If you set up a Split Tunneling VPN to exclude certain traffic from the protection of your VPN connection or VPN tunnel, your internet service provider or a third party could access that traffic. To protect your online activities, use only Split Tunneling VPN connections to protect your IP address when you handle sensitive data, access restricted websites or P2P with Kill switch protection.
How does Split Tunneling works with the PureVPN apps?
It’s easy. Enable the feature in the backend, and specify the apps you want to set up for split tunneling. Then connect to the VPN and you’re in!
Another advantage to using split tunneling is when a user is working on various sites with different functions on both networks throughout the day, split tunneling prevents the user from having to repeatedly connect and disconnect from the VPN.
VPN Split Tunneling on PureVPN’s apps
- App for Windows:
PureVPN’s app for windows comes prepackaged with split tunneling feature giving you access to work and play in one simple app.
- App for Android:
PureVPN’s app for Android boasts a revolutionary split tunneling feature, giving you unfettered access to the TV shows and movies you want to enjoy while getting unrestricted access to your work documents.
- App for Android TV:
PureVPN’s app for Android boasts the revolutionary split tunneling feature that provides convenience when you wish to watch TV shows/movies on your Android phone and access work files simultaneously.