Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the upcoming GPS update for older devices, and some picks for listeners.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple’s balance of security and user freedom, and a new iCloud VPN idea.
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.
Max Eddy reviews VPNs for PCMag. Although he believes most vendors have good intentions, he highlights several examples of bad behavior in the VPN industry.
From my experience working with VPNs, I can say with certainty there is a culture of sabotage and paranoia among some vendors. Anonymous dumps of damning information about one VPN vendor get blamed on another VPN vendor. Tips come in suggesting that corporate ownership is tied to the Russian mafia or some other criminal operation. Commentators hold up one VPN review site as an example of rectitude; others say the same site is secretly run by a VPN vendor with an agenda. When there is this much disinformation and counter-disinformation (which may also be disinformation), it’s impossible to tell who is telling the truth.
Before I came to The Mac Observer, one of my freelancing gigs was writing for a VPN company. I saw some of the same things as Mr. Eddy. In both privacy and security circles, there is a tint of paranoia and conspiracy thinking, at least with some people.
This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.
Cloudflare Warp VPN is a new service the company announced back in April. Currently there is a waiting list, but Andrew got his hands on some screenshots.
We have a 25% discount on 1, 2, and 3-year subscriptions to Private Internet Access VPN, a VPN service for Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux. Private Internet Access VPN uses Blowfish CBC encryption to keep your data under lock and key, and the company maintains a no-logging policy. I’m linking to a deal on a 1-year subscription, but you can also choose 2 and 3-year options. Coupon code WEEKEND25 will take another 25% off at checkout, meaning 1 year starts at $37.49.
We have a deal for you on a two year pro subscription to Windscribe VPN. It works with iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux, and Android. The Canadian company features a strict no-logging policy and anonymous sign-up that doesn’t even require an email address. The pro subscription comes with unlimited downloads, unlimited data, and unlimited connections. A two year subscription is $59 through our deal, but coupon code WEEKEND25 brings it to down to $44.25 at checkout.
In a new blog post, ProtonVPN announced it will fully encrypt its exit servers to help stop man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.
Warp, a new Cloudflare VPN, claims to speed up your internet by using a Google-invented internet protocol called QUIC.
The Private Internet Access 2.8.0 update brings a network management tool. When you enable the feature PIA will automatically turn itself on when you connect to untrusted Wi-Fi networks. You can add networks you do trust to a whitelist, including your cellular network. If you set it not to trust cellular networks and you turn on the option to protect all networks, it means that the VPN will automatically turn itself on all the time.
The update also adds support for IKEv2. Internet Key Exchange (IKE) is part of the IPsec protocol suite, and it’s used to set up a security association. Jargon aside, IKEv2 is responsible for making a secure connection between you and the VPN server. It does this by authenticating you both and establishing which encryption methods will be used.
Among the revelations, we learn more about the company’s free VPN app that was essentially spyware.
KeepSolid has launched a free VPN app for iOS. Despite it being free, the company claims there will be no ads, no logs, and no limits. But there are in-app purchases for Turbo Mode. Enable Turbo mode to get access to 400+ VPN servers in over 70 locations around the world, an even more secure AES-256 encryption, and a top-notch KeepSolid Wise access-granting VPN protocol. Turbo Mode is free to try for seven days, and after that you’ll need a monthly or yearly subscription. To protect user personal information, KeepSolid VPN Lite applies AES-128 encryption for the free version. This protocol was deemed by the US Government to be secure enough to guard its classified information. App Store: KeepSolid – Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
The iPhone and iPad version of the VPN app TunnelBear got an update this week that adds in support for autofilling passwords from RememBear, plus a new button for adding TunnelBear to Siri for voice control. Tapping the button creates a Siri Shortcut to connect to the last used TunnelBear server, and lets you record your own Siri trigger phrase. The TunnelBear app is free, and the VPN service is free for up to 500MB usage a month. The unlimited data plan costs US$9.99 a month, or $49.99 a year.
It’s currently in closed beta and will be released in December.
Are you looking to boost your iPhone’s security by using a VPN? VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) have been around for decades now and you may have heard of them already. They help everyone, from individuals to big businesses, protect their security and privacy and have gone on to become an essential part of the cybersecurity system for many.
Over the summer Apple blocked certain apps like AdGuard and Freedom because they can interfere with how other apps work.
Privacy is all the rage in this time of surveillance and tracking. It’s gotten to the point where it’s become a sought-after commodity. And, why shouldn’t we want more privacy?
It costs US$3.99/month and blocks advertising. But is it safe to use?
Sometimes it doesn’t sound geeky but it is, other times it sounds geeky but it isn’t. With supercapacitors, VPNs, and PRAM on the list which path do you think your two favorite geeks are going to take you down today? You’ll just have to listen and learn!
Opera launched its own VPN service called Opera VPN a couple years ago with the promise it would be free for life. Turns out “life” meant about two years because Opera VPN is shutting down at the end of April.