1. muchospanish's Avatar
    I'm not a privacy nut. Is https sufficient? I get the feeling I'm safe on iOS.
    04-17-2016 09:22 AM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Many use a VPN. I never have in the 4 years I've owned an iPhone, and no problems at all. I guess it depends on location and use habits. I'm really not sure. I've just never seen the need for it.
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    04-17-2016 12:45 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    A good deal of people access their work computers or work email from their devices or from their home computers, and many companies require the use of a VPN to connect to their computers/servers to safeguard the data therein. Others who frequent various websites, check email, and access their home servers from public Hotspots also use a VPN connection to safeguard them and their data. Therefore, in that respect, a VPN connection is very important. I use a VPN connection in conjunction with the examples above.
    Last edited by Just_Me_D; 04-17-2016 at 09:13 PM.
    04-17-2016 05:28 PM
  4. muchospanish's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses. I also haven't felt the need for one on iOS. I definitely would be using one on a laptop. I read about a hacker who could see what everyone was doing on their laptops in Starbucks, but I don't think he'd have been able to do it on iOS. I'm not 100% sure, though.
    04-17-2016 08:58 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses. I also haven't felt the need for one on iOS. I definitely would be using one on a laptop. I read about a hacker who could see what everyone was doing on their laptops in Starbucks, but I don't think he'd have been able to do it on iOS. I'm not 100% sure, though.
    You're welcome. Now in regard to iOS, if I'm using my iPhone or iPad Pro on a public Wi-Fi network then I will automatically initiate an VPN connection. It's second nature to me.
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    04-17-2016 09:16 PM
  6. doogald's Avatar
    Though it was a little flawed and a little irresponsible, the CBS news show 60 minutes last night had a segment about dangers of using public WiFi on mobile phones. One key flaw is that somebody could sit in a place like Starbucks with their own WiFi access point that looks just like Starbucks and be able to intercept your traffic if you connect to it rather than to the Starbucks AP. Well designed apps and email accounts that use TLS/SSL connections would be fine, but they showed how they were able to get the reporter's full Uber account information, including the credit card that she was using for the account (though it's possible that they intercepted that by compromising her insecure email account - they never said that they just got the data from the WiFi packets.)

    It's rare when I use public WiFi - I just use mobile data when I am out and about - but, when I do, I immediately connect to a VPN service, just in case.
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    04-18-2016 10:00 AM
  7. Rockdog97's Avatar
    I've seen VPN services on places like Groupon advertizing a lifetime subscription for like $50 (or whatever the cost is).. does this sound reasonable?
    04-18-2016 12:58 PM
  8. 604ac's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses. I also haven't felt the need for one on iOS. I definitely would be using one on a laptop. I read about a hacker who could see what everyone was doing on their laptops in Starbucks, but I don't think he'd have been able to do it on iOS. I'm not 100% sure, though.
    I "could" attach to an open WiFi spot and collect every packet using a phone or laptop. Doesn't matter if you have Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, or other OS. What matters is if you are on a secure HTTPS site, using SSL or if you are on a VPN. The best, or one of the best, VPN apps is TunnelBear. They use AES 256-bit encryption. It can run on any platform (not sure about Linux) and it's inexpensive (maybe 2 Starbuck's coffees a month). https://www.tunnelbear.com/apps/ios
    Last edited by 604ac; 04-18-2016 at 05:17 PM.
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    04-18-2016 05:04 PM
  9. doogald's Avatar
    I've seen VPN services on places like Groupon advertizing a lifetime subscription for like $50 (or whatever the cost is).. does this sound reasonable?
    I bought a lifetime subscription to proXPN on StackSocial last fall for $39. I believe that they have this sale often. ProXPN has been a great service for me. In fact, here is a link to that deal: https://stacksocial.com/sales/proxpn-premium-lifetime

    proXPN is usually $6.25/month.

    However: they do use only PPTP on iOS, which is not the most secure VPN protocol. I think it's good enough to protect snooping eyes at a hotel or in Starbucks, but packets can be captured and cracked offline later. If you are trying to protect illegal activity, I wouldn't use one of these. If you are trying to keep creeps at Starbucks from seeing your traffic, I think you'll be fine with one of these solutions.
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    04-18-2016 05:11 PM
  10. Rockdog97's Avatar
    I "could" attach to an open WiFi spot and collect every packet using a phone or laptop. Doesn't matter if you have Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, or other OS. What matters is if you are on a secure HTTPS site, using SSL or if you are on a VPN. The best, or one of the best, VPN apps is TunnelBear. They use AES 256-bit encryption. It can run on any platform (not sure about Linux) and it's inexpensive (maybe 2 Starbuck's coffees a month). https://www.tunnelbear.com/apps/ios
    Are you on iOS 9.x.x?
    04-18-2016 05:40 PM
  11. 604ac's Avatar
    Are you on iOS 9.x.x?

    No, sadly, my only Apple device is my iPhone 6. However, when money allows we will be getting an Apple desktop.


    Sorry, misread your question, getting use to the Apple version #'s. Yes, my iPhone 6 is running iOS 9.3.1.
    Last edited by 604ac; 04-18-2016 at 11:41 PM. Reason: user error
    04-18-2016 11:34 PM
  12. Damien_Eternal's Avatar
    Im also interested in using a VPN. What would people here recommend for a good and reasonably cheap VPN service?

    EDIT: Im talking for iPhone/iOS. My laptop doesnt get used in very many public spots at all.
    Last edited by Damien_Eternal; 04-19-2016 at 12:38 AM. Reason: Additional Info
    04-19-2016 12:37 AM
  13. RoCutler's Avatar
    I have Vpn enabled on my home network using an enabler on my mac.
    Cutedge Systems has ones for the last few version of macos, and are free. They use all the native apps in macos, and make a simple gui to manage them.

    If I need files, or want to be safe when I use a unknown public wifi service, then I just turn it on.

    The chances of someone sniffing the packets from spoofed wifi access point is slim, and I'd hope that employees of places who provide wifi would approach anyone acting shady, or unplug any unattended devices from wall sockets etc.
    Last edited by RoCutler; 04-19-2016 at 05:06 AM.
    04-19-2016 03:41 AM
  14. muchospanish's Avatar
    I'm mostly concerned about when I'm traveling outside the country. When I'm here, I use my cell data.

    So:
    1. My files are safe regardless from hackers, thanks to sandboxing
    2. My https connections are safe, so I can log into iCloud and Gmail, do online banking, however one of the Wordpress sites that I maintain doesn't have an SSL certificate

    But:
    3. Apps that may not be secure will expose me
    4. Someone can see which sites I'm going to (not important to me)

    I'm not sure where keystroking fits in.

    Anyway, If I travel for a month, I can use TunnelBear for just $7. Nice. Thanks for the tip.
    04-19-2016 08:05 AM
  15. 604ac's Avatar
    I'm mostly concerned about when I'm traveling outside the country. When I'm here, I use my cell data.

    So:
    1. My files are safe regardless from hackers, thanks to sandboxing
    2. My https connections are safe, so I can log into iCloud and Gmail, do online banking, however one of the Wordpress sites that I maintain doesn't have an SSL certificate

    But:
    3. Apps that may not be secure will expose me
    4. Someone can see which sites I'm going to (not important to me)

    I'm not sure where keystroking fits in.

    Anyway, If I travel for a month, I can use TunnelBear for just $7. Nice. Thanks for the tip.
    If you only need TunnelBear for a short time or only specific surfing needs you can use the service for free. However, you are limited to 1GB a month.
    I bought the annual bundle so it's $61/y CDN, unlimited data.

    I'm not a fanatic about privacy but I am starting to keep certain things at bay. Mainly Google (I use none of their apps or services any more) and ads. TB is on my phone all the time, speed loss is not a very noticeable drop but it's there, just as with any VPN service. Have fun with it, the internet should be open content but it's not. VPNs make it happen.
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    04-19-2016 09:56 AM
  16. krazeej412's Avatar
    Has anyone ever tried this app? I'm trying to find out if it's worth downloading. How important is a VPN on iOS?-imoreappimg_20160421_012843.jpg
    04-21-2016 12:28 AM
  17. 604ac's Avatar
    Has anyone ever tried this app? I'm trying to find out if it's worth downloading. Click image for larger version. 

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    Since it's "free" I don't think that it would be much effort in trying it out. Performance and encryption may or may not be up to par. Is it full of ads or prompting you for in-app purchases? Are you tracked or logged by the service? Just questions to think about 😎
    04-21-2016 07:10 AM
  18. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    I've seen VPN services on places like Groupon advertizing a lifetime subscription for like $50 (or whatever the cost is).. does this sound reasonable?
    I just use Browsec for free. But yes, that's pretty reasonable if it's a well known and trusted VPN. Most VPN's would charge you around that for a year's worth of usage.
    08-21-2016 08:06 PM
  19. Honey Beagle's Avatar
    Many use a VPN. I never have in the 4 years I've owned an iPhone, and no problems at all. I guess it depends on location and use habits. I'm really not sure. I've just never seen the need for it.
    VPN slows down internet to much.
    08-21-2016 08:20 PM
  20. Tartarus's Avatar
    VPN slows down internet to much.
    Depends on which VPN service you use. There are some great ones out there.
    08-21-2016 08:37 PM
  21. Honey Beagle's Avatar
    I used Opera VPN application.
    08-21-2016 09:03 PM
  22. Bazza1's Avatar
    I tend to switch over to VPN when I'm out and using 'free' Wi-Fi (like at a coffee shop), but only if I'm thinking of doing online banking and /or accessing docs and files. If its to run a news app or game (for example), not so much.
    At home or on my provider's data plan, I don't worry about it.
    muchospanish likes this.
    08-25-2016 03:16 PM
  23. Kenneth Keim's Avatar
    I don't usually use a vpn here in the US, but when I'm traveling I use it a lot, esp in Asia and countries like China, where the government monitors you a lot.
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    09-09-2016 07:54 AM
  24. Gabrielanicolao87's Avatar
    Citizen of advanced countries mainly of the USA, UK Australia, and China are suffering from hackers, data snoopers, and surveillance programs. Your internet activities are not protected if you have not configured VPN for iPhone. No matter what operating system you are utilizing your traffic is not encrypted.

    Check Necessary features in a VPN

    1. Compatibility
    2. Servers
    3. Speed
    4. logging policy
    5. Anonymity



    To configure your VPN, follow the steps:
    1. Visit Settings
    2. Go to General
    3. Tap Network
    4. Tap VPN
    5. Tap Add VPN Configuration
    6. Along the top you will see some tabs, you'll need to select which type of configuration you need. In most cases, you'll choose IPSec (unless your system administrator has told you differently). For this example, I've used IPSec.
    7. Enter the information for your VPN in the corresponding fields. If you used a proxy, make sure to enable it towards the bottom of the settings page.
    8. Tap Save
    10-27-2016 06:30 AM
  25. yousef1997's Avatar
    It depends, if you are using your private home network, I don't think it is very important, but if you are using a public network( airport wifi, coffeshop wifi) then it is important to use one to protect your traffic data.
    11-25-2016 02:12 AM
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