What is VPN Split Tunneling?

Split Tunneling does exactly what it stands for: split your internet traffic. With split Tunneling, you have the ability to route internet traffic through the VPN network or your local network.

VPN Split Tunneling protects the traffic you route through the VPN network, and at the same time, you don’t lose any access your local network and devices connected on that network. Available on Windows, Android, Android TV.

VPN split tunneling: Traffic pathway branching into two directions: one goes via a VPN tunnel and the other via regular connection.

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 traffic sent through the VPN network goes through the VPN server in an encrypted manner.

However, with split tunneling, you have the option to choose which information goes through the VPN server (encrypted) and the rest through your ISP (not encrypted). The option to route your internet traffic through the VPN or your ISP is a blessing especially when you don’t want to access certain websites without any encryption.

Benefits of having split-tunneling:

  • Watch foreign TV shows/movies while using the internet with 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 finishes your bandwidth
  • You can’t access LAN devices while you’re connected to the VPN

The true advantage of using Split Tunneling drives 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 and for accessing your home country’s content, you can route the traffic through the VPN network.

Is there a risk when using Split Tunneling?

Split Tunneling is a robust feature that provides convenience to your internet activities. There are so risks associated with split tunneling. However, when split tunneling is enabled, users bypass PureVPN’s AES 256-bit military-grade encryption that’s there to secure your online activities against hackers, cybercriminals and prying eyes.

If you set up split tunneling to exclude certain traffic from the protection of your VPN, your internet service provider or a third party could access that traffic. To protect your online activities, use only VPN-protected connections when you handle sensitive data, access restricted websites or P2P.

How does Split Tunneling works with the PureVPN apps?

With split tunneling in place, your internet connection reduces any jams and conserves bandwidth as the internet traffic does not have to pass through the VPN server. But the good thing about using Split Tunneling with PureVPN is that you’ve got unlimited bandwidth.

Another advantage of 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.

VPN Split Tunneling on PureVPN's apps

•App for Windows: PureVPN's app for windows comes prepacked with Split Tunneling feature that opens great opportunities for you online.

•App for Android: PureVPN's app for Android boasts the revolutionary feature that provides convenience when you wish to watch TV shows/movies on your Android phone and access work files simultaneously.

•App for Android TV: PureVPN's app for Android TV is preloaded with exciting options and split tunneling tops the list. Configure it on your Android TV and enjoy an online experience like never before.

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