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How to protect yourself against WPA2 KRACK attacks

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Keep your WiFi traffic completely secure with VPN Tracker World Connect

Security expert teams are warning about a critical security breach in the current WPA2 WiFi encryption standard. Potential attackers are now able to break, monitor and manipulate WPA2 encryption with so-called “KRACK attacks”; caused by a weakness in negotiating security key management.

Be proactive –  What you can do to mitigate security risks from KRACK-Attacks:

In order to keep your sensitive data safe from prying eyes, you should use a VPN. VPN Tracker World Connect will keep you safe while using WiFi on your Mac and iOS devices until security fixes start to roll out for clients and network hardware.

VPN Tracker World Connect instantly encrypts all your online activity with the highest encryption standards. Whether you are away on a trip, working at the office or simply at home, your data is protected on every WiFi connection.

Download VPN Tracker World Connect for macOS and iOS

The leading network device providers are currently working on security patches for this issue. Be sure to keep checking if a patch has appeared for your WiFi device. You can find more technical information about KRACK attacks here: https://www.krackattacks.com

VPN Tracker 365 now supports Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateways

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The US Manufacturer, Ubiquiti, founded by former Apple developer, Robert J. Pera, rolled out into the network scene at the right time. Their high-performance wifi technology with easy centralized management have made Ubiquiti one of the most in-demand networking solutions on the market. On top of that, Ubiquiti has been brought to the spotlight with its UniFi Access Points. Their high quality coupled with a relatively inexpensive price tag has made Ubiquiti one of the most sought after brands in the networking market. UniFi also offers great gateway options for small teams, start-ups, and larger corporations.

So how can you use your Ubiquiti UniFi as a VPN gateway for your Mac? No problem with the latest Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateways firmware and with VPN Tracker 365. With our new and detailed Ubiquiti Configuration Guide  in VPN Tracker 365, getting Macs connected to VPN on your UniFi is effortless.

VPN Tracker 365 Gateway support
NEW More than 25 VPN Gateways are supported

With the latest version of VPN Tracker 365 (Download), we’ve added support for additional new VPN Gateways from well-known manufacturers: D-Link, FortiNet, NETGEAR, Watchguard and ZyXEL.

D-Link: DSR-1000AC, DSR-250N

FortiNet: FortiGate 30-50 Series, FortiGate 60-90 Series, FortGate 100-200 Series, FortiGate 300-500 Series, FortiGate 600-900 Series, FortiGate 1000 Series, FortiGate 3000 Series, FortiGate 5000 Series, FortiOS 5.x und neuer

NETGEAR: UTM 9S/UTM 25S, UTM 50/100

Watchguard: XTM Series, Firebox M-Series, Firebox T-Series

ZyXEL: USG60W, USG60, USG40W, USG40, USG310, USG210, USG110, USG1900, USG1100, ZyWALL 110, ZyWALL 310, ZyWALL 1100

The new models are listed below, you can find all 300+ supported devices on our compatibility page.

Update & Availability: The latest VPN Tracker 365 version with Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Support is free with your VPN Tracker 365 Plan (Download the latest VPN Tracker 365 version here).

New customers can get their VPN Tracker 365  for only 69.99 EUR per year (covers all personal Macs). Benefit from the robust and secure VPN Tracker features for your business and personal needs. Customers with older VPN Tracker versions can upgrade for a discounted offer. VPN Tracker is compatible with macOS Sierra and already supports the latest Public Beta of macOS High Sierra.


			
						
		   
						
							
		

SHA-1 collision and what it means for your VPN security

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Recently, a team of researchers at Google announced that they had successfully created a SHA1-collision. Our VPN experts are going to outline what that means and what security implications it has for VPN users.

What SHA1 is used for

SHA1 is a cryptographic hash function that is used to verify signatures and other security-related files. Basically, it lets you quickly check that the file or digital signature you’re being shown is actually the real deal.

What’s all the fuss about?

In the last few years, researchers theorized that it might be able to create a fake file that matches a genuine file’s SHA1 signature. It was all just a matter of computing power and given the way technology works, that it would be possible in the next few years.
At that’s exactly what has happened: the Google team used a clever technique and Google’s vast server infrastructure to create a fake PDF file with the same SHA1 hash as their reference file.

What does SHA1 have to do with VPN?

When using a VPN, the server and VPN app go through several steps that let each side verify they’re talking to the right person. There’s Phase 1, during which both sides set up a secure channel to talk over. Then they use that during Phase 2 to establish the actual VPN tunnel used to transmit encrypted data.
SHA1 can be used in both of these setup phases to verify the authenticity of the data being exchanged and is configured by default for many VPN vendors.

So is a VPN that uses SHA1 at risk?

For single files like their PDF example or website certificates, Google’s research definitely shows that switching to SHA-2 is an important and necessary step.
However for VPNs, the attack is not feasible due to the short key lifetimes used:

In Google’s research, they needed the equivalent of 6500 single CPU-years to create their fake file.

In your VPN tunnel, a SHA1 hash is only used for 1 hour on average, before it is swapped for a new key. And the hash algorithm is used to verify a packet that has already been encrypted. So an attacker could only use this attack to sneak a fake packet into your data – and they’d have to compute in within 1 hour. To actually read your data would still be impossible, as the encryption algorithm means there are effectively two layers of security an attacker would need to break.

Security setup within VPN Tracker 365

 

Extra protection: use SHA-2 with your VPN

The latest VPN gateways also support SHA-2 hashes (e.g. SHA-256, SHA-384 or SHA-512). These are more modern, highly secure SHA variants that can’t be broken. SHA-2 has been supported in VPN Tracker since 2015 and is in our default configuration for many popular VPN vendors, including SonicWALL.

Secure: SonicWall TZ600 Gateway (uses AES-128, AES-192 and AES-256 with SHA-256)

The future

We always recommend using the strongest encryption available to you. So switching to SHA-2 algorithms if your VPN gateway supports it is a good idea. However SHA1 is still secure, provided you use a relatively short key lifetime and, more importantly, always pair it with a strong encryption algorithm (such as AES-128, AES-192 or AES-256).

How to connect to Cisco Meraki VPN from your Mac

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Cisco Meraki network solutions are becoming increasingly popular and we’ve heard from a lot of macOS Sierra users about adding support for it in our Mac VPN client, VPN Tracker 365. Meraki devices are sleek, offer great performance and have great cloud management capabilities. On the VPN side of things, their Auto VPN technology makes them a breeze to set up securely, provided both sides support it.

We’ve updated VPN Tracker 365 with comprehensive Cisco Meraki support. We’ve updated the Auto-Config VPN technology in VPN Tracker to work with Cisco Meraki, so it’ll only take you a few minutes to get set up. The new Cisco Meraki Connection Profile supports the popular Meraki MX series.

 

Connected in minutes: Connect your Mac running macOS Sierra to a Cisco Meraki VPN Gateway

  • Open VPN Tracker 365
  • Create a new connection and choose our Cisco Meraki profile
  • Enter your Cisco Meraki gateway address

Then just follow the steps in our detailed Configuration Guide to configure VPN on your Meraki. VPN Tracker 365 automatically figures out the right configuration settings for your Meraki setup and connects you using the best settings.

Tip: We’ve added a quick link to the Meraki configuration website, so you can instantly access your config and change settings, if necessary.

We were really impressed how easy it is to set up a VPN on the Meraki MX-Series and with Auto-Config VPN, you’ll have VPN Tracker connected in minutes.

How to get started: VPN Tracker 365 with Auto-Config VPN for Cisco Meraki is now available to all VPN Tracker 365 customers ( download latest version). New customers can purchase VPN Tracker 365 starting at just 79.99 annually and benefit from all of VPN Tracker’s business and security features. VPN Tracker 365 is optimized for macOS Sierra  and supports more than 300 IPsec VPN gateways.

Using TP-Link SafeStream VPN with your Mac – now built-in to VPN Tracker 365

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VPN Tracker 365 Company Connect now supports TP-Link SafeStream VPN routers.

As the leading VPN client for Mac, we’re always improving VPN Tracker 365 and adding new protocols, device profiles and configuration options, so customers always have the choice of leading VPN products and vendors. Today VPN Tracker 365 includes support for over 300 VPN gateways: from enterprise-level VPN solutions from SonicWALL and Cisco, to cost-effective VPN products for small-businesses, start-ups and home-offices (see all compatible VPN devices).

Simple, secure and high-performance

Getting your TP-Link VPN router configured with VPN Tracker is a piece of cake: The step-by-step VPN Tracker Configuration Guide walks you through all the settings you need to make in the TP-Link web interface and in VPN Tracker, you just pick TP-Link and enter your gateway address – secure remote access to your office will be up and running in minutes.

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TP-LINK VPN devices support a variety of VPN protocols and encryption algorithms, including very strong AES-256 encryption. Our connection profile is designed to be extremely secure while also offering fast VPN performance.

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Other improvements in the latest VPN Tracker 365 update:

• We’ve redesigned the new Connection window, so it’s easier to find your device manufacturer
• Improved import of system L2TP and PPTP connections
• An issue with accessing login credentials stored in your Keychain has been fixed
• SecureDrop downloads now work more reliably

 

Pricing and availability: VPN Tracker 365 with  TP-Link support is now available for VPN Tracker 365 customers, a free update included as part of your VPN Tracker 365 plan.

New customers can purchase VPN Tracker 365 via the equinux online store, plans start from just 79.99$ annually.

 

How to create a VPN for your Amazon AWS VPC Virtual Private Cloud

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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.

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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.

Here’s how:

  • Download and install VPN Tracker 365
  • Create a new Company Connection and choose Amazon > AWS VPC as your profile
  • Open the Configuration Guide and follow the steps to set-up your VPN server on AWS
  • Finish configuring VPN Tracker
  • Export and upload the server configuration file to AWS

Done! Then create some VPN Shortcuts in VPN Tracker to make accessing your services over VPN as easy as clicking.

Download VPN Tracker 365 today to get set up with your Amazon AWS VPC VPN server.

VPN Tracker 365: Ready for Sierra & PPTP VPN for macOS Sierra

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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 365 plans: 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.

How to protect your personal data on public wifi hotspots

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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.

Be prepared for macOS Sierra with VPN Tracker 365

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VPN Tracker 365 is ready for macOS SierraApple’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.

Download VPN Tracker 365 now

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.

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VPN Tracker Update: Seamless reconnect

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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.

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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.

If you’re looking for the best VPN client for OS X , try VPN Tracker free today.