If you live in the UK, or frequently travel to the UK, you need to protect yourself against the Snooper’s Charter! Here at equinux we’ve decided to take steps to protect our customers again the controversial “Investigatory Powers Bill” – also known as the “Snooper’s Charter” – and have added a special security option to VPN Tracker World Connect. Users can use the new option to protect their privacy and personal data on their Mac, iPhone and iPad.
What is the Snooper’s Charter and why should you care?
The mass-surveillance bill gives the British Government and 48 governmental organizations unprecedented access to your data: Internet and telecommunication-providers now have to collect and store so-called “Internet Connection Records” (ICR) for 12 months. That means all your internet activity, including which websites you visit, which search queries you used, chat records etc, is being collected.
How to fight back: Stay anonymous with VPN Tracker World Connect and encrypt your entire internet traffic
If you live in the UK or often visit, you need to act now. VPN Tracker World Connect offers a new Magic VPN option called “Bypass UK”. It automatically figures out which VPN servers are best for your connection and connects you to a server outside the UK. That means your data is encrypted and stays private.
VPN Tracker World Connect customers can rely on the highest encryption standards (AES-256 with DH-Group 18) and thanks to unlimited VPN data, you can leave it connected all day.
Increasing numbers of organizations are moving parts of their IT infrastructure to Amazon’s AWS cloud. It provides great reliability, flexibility and easily scales up as your organization grows. Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) makes it easy to set up multiple services in one virtual network on AWS.
But as essential data and services move to AWS, it’s important that you and your employees can access them securely over an encrypted connection.
How to create a VPN server for Amazon AWS VPC
VPN Tracker 365 now offers a built-in Configuration for AWS VPC and will walk you through creating a VPN server on AWS, configuring it for maximum security and finally creates a configuration you can simply upload to AWS.
macOS Sierra will be out on September 20th and brings a number of improvements and security updates. So we wanted to give you an update on what it means for VPN Tracker.
VPN Tracker is ready for macOS Sierra
VPN Tracker 365 is ready for macOS Sierra today – so you’re all set and can start using Sierra immediately. We’ve improved a number of back-end components so things work smoothly with the new version.
And of course this update is free for all VPN Tracker 365 plans.
But that’s not all…
PPTP VPN – now in VPN Tracker 365
Apple has removed support for PPTP VPNs in macOS Sierra. That means you’ll no longer be able to connect your PPTP VPN via System Preferences.
So we’ve added PPTP support to all VPN Tracker 365plans: it’ll find your existing PPTP VPN connections and automatically import them for you.
Then you can simply connect to your PPTP VPN with VPN Tracker. You can even take advantage of features like VPN shortcuts and automatic connection actions. PPTP VPN support is available with all VPN Tracker 365 plans only (PPTP is not integrated in our one-time purchase version VPN Tracker 9).
We’ll be rolling out PPTP support as a free update to VPN Tracker 365 customers over the next few days – if you’re eager to give it a try, download it today and test it free.
These days, WiFi hotspots are pretty much everywhere: Most airports, cafes, train stations and hotels offer public WiFi which is great news for travelers, or if you’re just trying to stay within your monthly data allowance.
But the last thing you need is stress about is the safety and security of your internet connection…
Unfortunately, when using public wifi, you could be at risk to security attacks on your data, or on sites and services you’re accessing. Your passwords, usernames, bank accounts, login details, credit card numbers, etc. are basically floating through the air and are ripe for the picking.
VPN Tracker World Connect lets you easily protect all your data on any internet connection or wifi hotspot. It makes sure everything is encrypted and secure. Sipping your coffee at Starbucks? Just open World Connect and choose Secure Connection with Magic VPN. World Connect will finds the fastest secure VPN server and automatically protects all your data and personal information.
VPN Tracker World Connect is available for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so all of your devices are covered whether you’re working from the Marriott or Skyping from Dunkin’ Donuts. So next time you’re out and about surfing on a public wifi hotspot, don’t take any risks and try out VPN Tracker World Connect for free.
Apple’s new macOS Sierra, is just around the corner. How to keep your VPN up an running
A couple of days ago, Apple released the fourth Beta version of its newest operating system. It’s time to get your system ready. With VPN Tracker 365, the switch is seamless. Your data connections are protected under macOS Sierra, without any additional configuration necessary.
How to setup VPN Tracker 365 for macOS Sierra?
VPN Tracker 365 can be started, as soon as you’ve installed the macOS Sierra Beta. All existing VPN connections and VPN shortcuts are automatically taken over by VPN Tracker 365 without any additional configuration. You can immediately connect to remote networks securely via VPN.
And what about the rest of your internet connections?
VPN Tracker 365 not only protects your business connections via Company Connect, but also offers the option of an additional protection for protecting your personal privacy for the rest of your internet connections (World Connect). You can use multiple VPN connections simultaneously: Securely connect with your business while at the same time, use the VPN World Connect for personal global connections. VPN Tracker World Connect is the first real VPN service which can be relied upon for secure internet connections for both private and business use.
We’ve released an update to VPN Tracker today that improves VPN reconnection reliability and includes important security updates:
For us and for most of our customers, work gets done in a variety of places: at the office, at home, in the airport, at a hotel – anywhere. So it’s really important VPN Tracker is good at dealing with location and network changes – there’s nothing more annoying than opening up your MacBook and having a bunch of network error messages fly at you, disrupting your workflow.
Get work done – anywhere
We’ve re-architected the way VPN Tracker deals with network changes and sleep / wakeup situations: Our team spent the last few weeks obsessively closing MacBook lids and pulling out network cables, making sure nothing gets in the way of your workflow.
These improvements also apply to VPN Tracker’s actions: whether you use Network Locations, Wifi-triggers or just always want VPN Tracker to auto-connect, you can get on with your work and VPN Tracker takes care of the rest.
The update also includes several security improvements and is available now for VPN Tracker 365 and VPN Tracker 9 customers. Just open the app to update.
VPN Tracker is the market-leading VPN client for OS X. Our team hears from customers every day who rely on VPN Tracker to get work done remotely on their Mac. Last year, we launched VPN Tracker 365, our first service-based version of VPN Tracker. With VPN Tracker 365, customers benefit from ongoing improvements and service-based features such as Remote Connection Wipe, as well as free major upgrades and security updates.
After launching VPN Tracker 365, we received feedback from some customers who told us they prefer a traditional license-based model, or that subscription purchases are tricky within their company or organization.
Today we’re introducing VPN Tracker 9: a brand new version of VPN Tracker designed for OS X El Capitan that can be purchased as a one-time license:
VPN Tracker 9
VPN Tracker 9 supports the latest IPSec VPN security encryption standards and convenient productivity features, including VPN Shortcuts, Automatic Connection Actions, Quick launch menu bar and location triggers.
Teams, Enterprises and Workgroups will love new Team Management and Deployment options included with VPN Tracker 9 that make it super simple to deploy VPN Tracker to everyone on staff.
Here are the main differences:
The Future Roadmap
Going forward we’ll continue to offer both models: VPN Tracker 9 customers will have the option of upgrading to future major versions for a low upgrade price, and VPN Tracker 365 customers will receive all upgrades free of charge for the lifetime of their plan.
VPN Tracker 9 is available immediately from the equinux Online Store as a one-time purchase. It supports OS X 10.9 – OS X 10.11. Existing VPN Tracker customers can purchase a discounted upgrade. Future upgrades will also be available to existing customers with a discounted upgrade price.
VPN Tracker is also available as VPN Tracker 365 – a service offering the same great connectivity features, plus ongoing major upgrades for all OS X versions and additional service-based features including SecureDrop encrypted file sharing and Remote Connection Wipe – now included with all VPN Tracker 365 plans.
We’re committed to offering the best and most secure VPN experience on the Mac and are pleased to do so with VPN Tracker 9 and VPN Tracker 365.
VPN Tracker 365 gains more control and higher security with the new VPN Tracker 9.1 version and Remote Connection Wipe.
You have to give external consultants temporary access to your VPN? Or need to revoke VPN connections from a departing team member? With the new Remote Connection Wipe feature in VPN Tracker 365 VIP, you can now remotely wipe VPN connections assigned to your team with just one click.
equinux Product Manager Adrian Thomas explains the importance and functionality of the new VPN Tracker 365 VIP feature in full detail.
1. What does Remote Connection Wipe do?
VPN Tracker 365 Remote Connection Wipe allows a Team Manager to remotely remove all team connections from a team member’s computer.
2. How much does Remote Connection Wipe cost?
Remote Connection wipe is included with all VPN Tracker 365 VIP plans.
3. What would I need Remote Connection Wipe for?
The majority of VPN users use their Mac out and about on the go. If a MacBook ever gets lost or stolen, there’s a risk that remote access to your network could fall into the wrong hands. With VPN Tracker 365 Remote Connection Wipe, you can prevent unauthorized VPN access by remotely deleting the connection.
4. Why use Remote Connection Wipe? Can’t I just lock a user out on my VPN gateway?
Remote Connection Wipe offers additional security by removing information about your VPN infrastructure. You may also want to use Remote Connection Wipe for compliance purposes or when working with external contractors.
Remote Connection Wipe also has the added benefit of working with any VPN connection, even those that don’t offer user authentication. This lets you to block VPN access for an individual user without having to distribute a new connection to your entire team.
5. How secure is it? What happens if your servers are blocked?
We designed VPN Tracker 365 Remote Connection Wipe to have multiple levels of security: In addition to an active wipe command, there are also multiple fallback mechanisms built into the system to verify a connection can only be used by authorized team members.
6. Can I wipe just one specific connection I have given to a user?
No, VPN Tracker 365 Remote Wipe always wipes all the connections given to the affected team member, rather than individual connections. This is by design, as it allows us to build the system without having any information about your connections. This gives you the convenience of remote access control, without exposing your connection information to cloud servers.
For more fine-grained control, you can take advantage of multiple teams and restrict access to specific connections via team membership.
7. Can I undo Remote Connection Wipe?
No. While you can reinstate a Team member, you’ll need to redistribute your team’s VPN connections to that user before they’ll be able to connect.
8. What are the System Requirements?
You can perform a Remote Connection Wipe on all your VPN Tracker 365 VIP team member plans. Make sure your users have the latest version of VPN Tracker 365 installed (version 9.1 or higher) and be sure to specify your team in the Export settings.
You have to allow external consultants temporarily access to your VPN or need to revoke VPN connections from a leaving colleagure? With the Remore Connection Wipe fucntionality of your VPN Tracker 365 VIP plan you can remotely wipe VPN connections that have been assigned before to a team with just one click.
Use Remote Conenction Wipe that is part of your VPN Tracker 365 VIP plan to enable a complete new level of VPN security. Remotely delete all VPN connections distributed to a team member with just one click. Remote Connection Wipe is your additional level of security for your VPN infrastructure.
Remote Connection Wipe is a new VPN Tracker 365 feature and is now available as part of the VPN Tracker 365 VIP Plan. For current users of older VPN Tracker versions, VPN Tracker 365, is available starting at $49 (€49) per year. New customers can start using VPN Tracker 365 VIP starting at $17.99 (€17.99) per month.
Make 2016 a more secure and productive year: As a part of the VPN Tracker 365 Plan, the equinux team is constantly improving all of the security features as well as the performance of VPN Tracker. Users will see immediate benefits with an upgrade to VPN Tracker Version 9.0.5.
Improved the Secure Drop key handling
Addresses an issue that could occur when ending a connection
NEW: Team Management CSV import: You can now batch-import a csv list to roll out VPN Tracker at my.vpntracker.com
All features, security updates, and upgrades are included during the plan’s term for all VPN Tracker 365 customers. VPN Tracker 9.0.5 can be downloaded here.