How to configure enabling VPN
October 2, 2023
By default, Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection does not enable VPN when connecting to insecure Wi-Fi networks.
To configure enabling VPN:
- Open the main application window.
- In the main application window, click the button.
- Select Settings → Smart Protection.
- Switch the toggle to On. You will then be asked to accept the Smart Protection Statement.
- Read the statement and, if you accept the terms of data processing for Smart Protection functionality, click Accept.
If you do not accept the terms of the statement, click Decline. In this case, the Smart Protection feature configuration will be unavailable.
- Click the Settings button.
This opens the Smart Protection window.
- In the When connecting to insecure Wi-Fi networks section, select one of the following options:
- Prompt to enable VPN. When you are connecting to an insecure Wi-Fi network, Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection displays a notification and prompts you to enable a secure connection based on recommendations by Kaspersky experts. These rules may be automatically updated without notifying the user. This option is selected by default.
- Enable VPN. Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection enables a secure connection when you connect to an insecure Wi-Fi network.
- Ignore. Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection does not display a notification and does not enable a secure connection when you are connecting to an insecure Wi-Fi network.
- Click the insecure link to open the Which Wi-Fi networks to treat as insecure window.
- Select Wi-Fi networks upon connecting to which the application should enable VPN:
- Not password protected networks. Such networks can never be treated as secure. The application always enables VPN upon connecting to such networks. This setting cannot be changed.
- Networks with weak data encryption. Such networks may be under-protected because of weak encryption of transmitted data. Set the toggle to On if you want the application to enable VPN when connecting to networks that have weak data encryption.
- Networks with common names. Networks with common names may be vulnerable because it is easier for hackers to figure out the password for such a network. Set the toggle to On if you want the application to enable VPN when connecting to networks that have common names.
- Networks with WPS protocol enabled. WPS is a simplified protocol to create wireless networks. However, such networks cannot be treated as protected. Set the toggle to On if you want the application to enable VPN when connecting to networks that have the WPS protocol enabled.
- Public networks. There are many people connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, and such networks may become the target of hackers. Often, public networks have a password which is easy to remember and easy to guess. Set the toggle to On if you want the application to enable VPN when connecting to public networks.
Once Smart Protection is disabled, the transfer and processing of data required for this functionality will be stopped.
VPN may be briefly disabled in the following situations:
- When network conditions are poor
- When changing the virtual server
- When connecting to another network
- When roaming between Wi-Fi networks or access points