I have always used a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on my legacy BlackBerry’s, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Though, I never could find a solid solution when BlackBerry 10 first released. I stopped looking and basically forgot about it.
However, something compelled me to look again. Sure enough, in BlackBerry World there were finally options. Granted, only two and none of the “big names” in VPN services for BlackBerry 10. Fortunately, some smaller providers still support the platform – and I chose VPN45.
Unless you have the luxury of a corporate VPN, as a general consumer VPN45 is probably the best solution for BlackBerry 10. The pricing is right and customer support is quick in their response.
With VPN45 there are two pricing options: $1.99 per month, or $19.99 per year. To test, I picked the one month plan (in case the service was awful I didn’t mind parting with only $1.99).
Luckily, the VPN45 native BlackBerry 10 app provided full documentation on how to add your new VPN profile to your BlackBerry device. The instructions basically apply to nearly any VPN provider.
VPN45 attempts to keep everything anonymous. The app will automagically generate you a username and password. It only requires your BBID, and payment is made directly through BlackBerry World. The app permissions are pretty limited.
The VPN45 company looks to be based in the Middle East, but their VPN service routes you in USA IP addresses. Thus far, it seems to be very fast, without any noticeable latency. VPN45 allows for unlimited data transfer, but you can still track your upload/download amount.
VPN45 fancies itself around keeping your browsing anonymous to them and anyone else. They explicitly state:
- We don’t care who you are.
- We don’t care what is your email.
- We don’t care from which country you are.
- We don’t care what you browse.
If you choose to use VPN45 or a different VPN provider, here’s how you can add it to BlackBerry 10:
1. Go to Settings > Networks and Connections > VPN
2. Click the + sign to add a new VPN profile.
3. Begin filling in the credentials provided to you buy VPN45 (or any other VPN provider) once you’ve picked your price plan and the app generates your login info.
Some other VPN provider’s details may differ from these.
With VPN45, nothing else is required beyond the Gateway Preshared Key. The rest will get autofilled later.
4. Click save. Then click on the new VPN profile to begin the connection process.
Once correctly connected, you’ll notice a small key icon in the top-right bar, next to the signal-strength icon to let you know the VPN is in use and your connection is now anonymous.
You can also setup an Auto-Connect capability. For some reason, with VPN45 they advise not to do this. However, I have noticed some drop-out of the service. Thus, I setup auto-connect and this way BB10 will always try to ensure you connect to VPN45.
Why use a VPN? You’re likely already a privacy advocate by being a BlackBerry user. With the revelations of the NSA bulk collecting data (illegally) on people all over the world, a VPN will ensure your browsing data and other communications are further secured from prying eyes.
Additionally, a VPN is a nice feature to have if you reside outside of the USA, but still want access to American content (YouTube videos, Hulu, Netflix, etc).
For the general consumer using a BlackBerry 10 device, VPN45 seems to be the easiest and most efficient solution available. From start to finish, the entire setup will take you between 5-10 minutes, even for a novice.
We hope this guide will aid you in better securing your BlackBerry 10 smartphone and anonymizing your presence.