Business Trip 101: Recovering from a Lost Laptop

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So you are on your business trip and everything seems to be perfect. You’ve checked-in online, saved your hotel reservation details on your iPhone and ordered a taxi to wait for you on arrival. As any business traveller today, you also have your MacBook with you to access your schedule or work on your projects in flight. You even have a VPN client installed, so you can connect to your office network (if not, check out VPN Tracker 365).

But – it always pays to prepare for the unexpected: Imagine opening your bag and not finding your laptop there. It could be lost or stolen, or you could simply have forgotten it back home – disaster! Do you have to cancel your entire business trip?

Stress-free business trip is possible

First thing you figure out is a replacement laptop. But then, how will you connect to your office network? You don’t have your VPN client and your definitely can’t remember all those settings… Even your software support specialist cannot send a ready-made connection to you, as your office mail is behind the VPN-firewall.

Another major concern is a privacy of your information. What will happen if your laptop is not just lost, but was stolen on purpose? Just imagine potential financial and reputational losses of your company, if someone get access to the info through your MacBook.

How can I keep data secure on my business trip?

Even with a worst-case scenario like a stolen or broken MacBook, you can prepare in advance to minimize the impact.

Always follow Mac security best practises:

  • Enable Filevault on your Mac
  • Secure your user account with a strong password
  • Minimize the amount of sensitive data you store directly on the device

But for the worst case, it’s important to prepare your recovery plan: Assume your MacBook is gone – how do you get the apps and data you need? What does your recovery solution look like?

VPN Tracker 365

For most users, the first hurdle is their VPN client: It’s the first thing you need to get working, in order to be able to get back to work.

That’s where VPN Tracker 365 Connection Safe comes into play: Connection Safe securely backs-up your connections, so you can instantly get them on your new laptop. Sign in with your account and secure password and you can instantly download and use them. 

Is Connection Safe secure?

Unlike other storage systems that rely on simple passwords and leave files unprotected, Connection Safe encrypts all your connections on your MacBook with highly-secure key (Argon3 + PKTNY) that only you know. No unencrypted data will ever leave your laptop. VPN Tracker 365 uploads the connections to a secure cloud storage, which only you can access with your user credentials and key. Even our servers know nothing about your data, as they only store encrypted data chunks. Have a look at our Whitepaper to go deeper into technical details.

We’ve designed this system to make working through VPN easier for every user, at home or during the business trip. Still we understand that data protection standards may vary significantly depending on the company.

In our latest update we’ve introduced a new feature for companies with especially strict data protection policies. From now on, VPN administrators can decide, whether to grant the particular user a possibility to store the connection in the Connection Safe.

Connection Safe New FeatureThere are different plan options for VPN Tracker 365 and you can even try it for free. Connection Safe feature is available with any plan. If you’re ready for the ultimate VPN productivity, take a look at our PRO and VIP plans

Safe travels!

Your VPN Tracker Team


iPhone XR Charging Secrets – Battery Lasts Longer yet Charges Faster?!

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Following the recent release of the brand new iPhone XR and XS models, we wanted to check out what’s new and how they perform in comparison to each other. One of the most interesting facts you’ll notice is, when comparing the technical data of the new iPhone XR with that of the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR battery actually lasts 2-3 hours longer (with up to 15 hours of internet use.)

All of this is interesting, but what we really wanted to know is how the new iPhones compare in terms of charging speed… According to Apple, all new iPhones support “Fast Charging” (albeit only when using a Lightning to USB-C cable in combination with a charging device which also supports Fast Charging.)

Our tizi Power chargers with USB-C all support Fast Charging for iPhones.

For this reason we couldn’t wait to get started with our test: How fast can the new iPhone XR be charged?

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NEW: Dark Mode Support and More in VPN Tracker 365

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VPN Tracker 365 18.3 is now available! In this version our focus was on macOS Mojave compatibility, further enterprise options for Connection Safe and OpenVPN improvements.

Dark Mode Support for macOS Mojave 10.14

As you may have heard, Apple introduced a new Dark Mode in macOS Mojave. With this update, VPN Tracker 365 now also supports this sleek new UI option. Take care of your eyes, stay better focused on your work and simply enjoy a darker interface – VPN Tracker now looks gorgeous in Dark Mode.

To feel all the advantages of Dark Mode activate it under System Preferences > General > Appearance.  

Dark Mode VPN Tracker 365

We’ve also made some UI improvements and even added alternative device vendor logos to work smoothly with macOS Mojave and it’s Dark Mode. And more good news for Mojave users –  we’ve also updated VPN Shortcuts and automatically opening at login to work with Mojave’s new security requirements, so they will now work as expected.

New Export Options for Connection Safe

We’ve already heard lots of positive reviews on our secure Connection Safe feature, and in this version we’ve added new controls for admins. 365 18.3 improves the enterprise controls for VPN admins, with additional control over exported connections.

Choose a preferred permission for user’s Connection Safe when preparing a connection for export. There are 3 options now. You can either require a connection to be stored in Connection Safe automatically, prevent it from being added or simply let the user decide.

Connection Safe updateTo have a look at this new feature go to Configure – Export settings in your administered connection.

Support for Routers Running DD-WRT 

With this update, we’re introducing a support for routers running the popular source firmware DD-WRT with OpenVPN support. This means that we now support a whole range of new devices, provided you’re running DD-WRT.

We’ve also prepared a detailed Configuration Guide to help you get started.

Trying to set-up another device? Check out our Device Support and Configuration guides page for assistance.

OpenVPN Improvements

With 365 18.3 we are introducing some improvements that will make it even easier to get started with an OpenVPN connection.

Here’s what we’ve done:

  • Introduced Host to Everywhere support for OpenVPN connections
  • Added more configuration options for SonicWALL and OpenVPN devices
  • Fixed an issue where OpenVPN connections would not work after connecting
  • Made it easier to import your configuration files

Amazon Web Services Setup Improvement

As more and more organizations are moving their infrastructure to Amazon’s AWS cloud, we are offering a full support of AWS VPC. You can find more info on the set-up in our earlier blogpost.

With previous VPN Tracker versions some AWS users may have experienced an issue when multiple users were sharing a single public IP address. Now our improved AWS setup correctly supports such a use case.

Need some further assistance with your AWS VPC connection? Please, check out our detailed Configuration Guide or send us a message.

VPN Tracker 365 18.3 Minor Improvements

  • Security updates
  • A connection will be visible, when searching for it, even if the group is hidden
  • An additional window badge will now indicate Nightly and Beta releases
  • Fixed Cisco failover support issue and an application crash while creating a TSR 

You can find a full overview of our official release notes here.


Facebook’s Onavo Protect “VPN” app was pulled – now what?

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As you’ve probably heard, Apple has pulled Facebook’s Onavo Protect “VPN” app over privacy concerns.

While Onavo Protect claimed to be a VPN, it was owned by Facebook and was capable of incredibly invasive data collection: as it set itself up to redirect all internet activity through Facebook’s servers, it could potentially monitor all internet activity, including which apps were used, white sites were visited and basically anything else you did over the Onavo connection:

A VPN needs to be trustworthy

One of our core principles with VPN Tracker World Connect is that all your data stays private and is never logged. That means that our servers do not store or log any information, making VPN Tracker World Connect the right choice for privacy-conscious customers.

If you were using Onavo and have privacy concerns, remove the Onavo app from your phone and install World Connect from the App Store. We’ve been building VPN apps that adhere to strict German privacy laws since 2002 – this is the VPN app you can trust.

Even businesses can rely on VPN Tracker World Connect to keep employees safe while out they use Hotel or Airport wifi connections on business trips.

Check out VPN Tracker World Connect today – trust us, you’ll never want to surf without it:

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Back to my Mac replacement for macOS Mojave

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In macOS Mojave, the “Back to my Mac” feature is being retired. So what alternatives are there?

Back to my Mac let you remotely access files on your Mac and use screen sharing to remotely control your Mac, using Apple’s iCloud service as a go-between.

However there’s a better, more secure way to do that – with a VPN. A home VPN connection gives you direct, encrypted access to your devices on your home network, with full security. Think of it as Back to my Mac for your entire home network! And you’re not just limited to files and screen sharing – you can access anything as if you were sitting in your house.

How to get started

First, you’ll need a router at your home or office that supports VPN connections: log on to your router configuration page and look around for “VPN” settings. Many home devices now offer OpenVPN support, including NETGEAR, ASUS and other popular home wifi routers. Alternatively, your router may offer L2TP, or (less commonly on home devices), IPsec VPN support – all of which are supported by VPN Tracker.

Download and setup VPN Tracker

Grab VPN Tracker 365 from our website and create a new connection. Choose your device manufacturer if listed, or the VPN protocol you’ll be using. Follow our detailed configuration guide on how to set up VPN on your router – if you get stuck, get in touch with our support team.

Test your connection over a hotspot

You’ll need to use a different internet connection to test your VPN setup, so either use your phone’s hotspot feature, or head down to your favorite coffee spot and hop on their WiFi. Then try out your connection.

Add Shortcuts for files and screen sharing

Once you’ve got everything configured and working, you can use the VPN Shortcuts feature to add quick links to your Files and the Screen Sharing feature on your Mac at home.

Stuck? Questions? Get in touch with our support team.

Frequent Business Traveller? Check Out These Awesome Travel Hacks

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Our top ten travel hacks for frequent travellers

Although it may be a rare and exciting occasion for some, for others, travel is just a part of their day to day life. Many business people are often required to travel long distances to get to important meetings, present at trade shows, or attend conferences etc, and there’s no denying it can sometimes take its toll.

Travel is stressful, and while there’s no real way of preventing the inevitable, we’re always looking to make things easier for you! We’ve put together ten awesome travel hacks to try and make your next journey miles easier…

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