Apple VPN as the Company’s Latest Privacy Service

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Michael Grothaus argues that an Apple VPN should be the company’s next privacy service.

The obvious existing bundle this VPN could slip into would be iCloud. Apple could offer an “iCloud VPN” service to all paid iCloud subscribers. And because Apple controls all the hardware and operating systems of the devices it makes, its VPN setup could be dead simple: if you’re signed into iCloud on your device, iCloud VPN is set up, running, and protecting your browsing activity from outsiders without you having to click a single button.

I’m not so sure I want an Apple VPN. Remember, this would mean that Apple could potentially know all of your network traffic unless they had a no logging policy.

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  1. Guido Rahdas

    I always use NordVPN on both iPhone and MacBook. So it’s a huge middle finger for hackers! I purchased it last month with a code SALENORD and got 75% discount, so it’s not expensive. It doesn’t drop the speed, without VPN its 80mbps and with Nord it’s 75mbps, so the difference is barely noticable. I don’t trust other VPN providers, as they might sell your data and use it for ad and spam targeting.

  2. 1252

    In 2019 9 of 10 VPN providers says that are not loging, but specify how many devices / connections are allowed per one account. Guess how they manage to count the connections?

  3. Macfox

    Good discussion everyone. I for one would certainly trust Apple over others. I have several (3) VPN’s that log data. Only one doesn’t. But having and Apple product would most probably be my first choice.

  4. Lee Dronick

    “unless they had a no logging policy.”

    Well having a no logging policy, and not logging are two different things. That being said, I agree with John about trusting Apple more than some other VPN services.

  5. John Kheit

    Why wouldn’t Apple have a no login policy. And use differential privacy techniques to obfuscate your identity. Or even use your Apple ID to resolve your ip to your own router that supports being a vpn from anywhere. Furthermore, I trust Apple to not have logs and maintain your privacy than some small vpn company running out of costa Rico…

    • geoduck

      I agree with you, up to a point. Apple has the resources and infrastructure to do a VPN right. Plus as they don’t make their money off of selling user data I would trust their No Logs policy.

      The only place I disagree is with the Costa Rica part. As Apple is in the US they would be subject to requests for data, and that data would be shared far and wide. I am currently using NordVPN which has a very good rep, but their servers are based in, if I remember correctly, Honduras. I find that safer than being based anywhere within the five-eyes group.

      • John Kheit

        We disagree. I am familiar with nord and was alluding to it as a market leader. It is in Costa Rica iirc. Yes apple would be subject to US subpoena but it has fought against illegal us calls for data. The only company that has. And if they do not keep logs, a us subpoena would be useless. If you think it’s less likely that the costa ricin govt won’t take data it wants, or less likely some rich dude running nord Wont abusie the data, well fair enough, but we can agree to disagree.

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