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08/23/2018, 18:04
Facebook’s Onavo Protect “VPN” app was pulled – now what?

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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08/22/2018, 10:26
Back to my Mac replacement for macOS Mojave

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.

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07/27/2018, 14:10
How to Set Up a VPN Connection on a SonicWALL Device

Configuring a VPN connection for your SonicWALL gateway

So you’ve just got your hands on a brand new SonicWALL device and you need to configure a VPN connection to remotely connect to your office network from home? Our quick start guide will take you through the basics you need to know to get yourself set up.

Thanks to SonicWALL Simple Client Provisioning, setting up a VPN on your SonicWALL device is very straightforward and should only take you a couple of minutes. Simple Client Provisioning is available on all of the latest SonicWALL devices such as the NSA Series, TZ Series, and the PRO Series.

Pro tip: VPN Tracker is the only VPN client to offer full support for Simple Client Provisioning. Just enter your SonicWALL’s public IP address, or host name, and VPN Tracker will do all of the hard work for you. You’ll be up and running on VPN in no time!

Here’s a quick overview of how to get started using Simple Client Provisioning on your SonicWALL device:

1

Find your SonicWALL’s Public (WAN) IP address or host name.​ You will find this under “N​etwork”​ > “​Interfaces”​, or in the GlobalVPN Client on Windows.

2

Configure the Pre-Shared Key for your device. This is referred to as the “Shared Secret” on the SonicWALL. This is just an extra secure password which you configure especially for your SonicWALL device. You can set this up under “​VPN​” > “G​roup VPN​” > “G​eneral​” > “S​hared Secret​.”
Tip​: If “​Use Default Key for Simple Client Provisioning”​ is enabled on the SonicWALL, no Pre-Shared Key is required.

3

If your SonicWALL uses Extended Authentication (XAUTH), you’ll need the username and the password of a user who is authorized to access the VPN.

4

Launch your VPN client and enter the connection settings there. VPN Tracker 365 has a device profile specifically set up for configuring SonicWALL devices. You can select Simple Client Provisioning as your network configuration and fill in the information from the following steps. You’ll be connected in no time!

Read the full guide

Optimized for the current SonicWALL UI, our latest configuration guide contains all the key knowledge you need to know about creating a VPN connection on your device, as well as information about manual configuration and advanced setup such as remote DNS. With detailed step-by-steps and screenshots, you can check out the full guide here.

VPN Tracker 365

VPN Tracker 365 is the number one VPN client for macOS devices. Safely store and manage all of your VPN connections in one place thanks to ultra secure encryption standards. VPN Tracker 365 offers support for IPSec, OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP connections, as well as full compatibility with the leading security gateway manufacturers including SonicWALL, Cisco, NETGEAR, and more. Learn more…

Protect your data with VPN Tracker 365 – the #1 VPN client for OS X and macOS:

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06/28/2018, 17:13
Support for NETGEAR Nighthawk Series and more in the new VPN Tracker 365 Beta

Top Support for Brand New VPN Gateways in VPN Tracker 365

We’re pleased to announce that yet another new VPN Tracker 365 beta is now live and available for testing! This version offers compatibility with three brand new device profiles from NETGEAR, Telekom, and Sophos, as well as continued support for OpenVPN connections; the newest addition to VPN Tracker 365 announced last week.

OpenVPN Devices

To coincide with our huge new feature, OpenVPN support, we’ve built a brand new device profile in the app for the NETGEAR Nighthawk series – one of the most popular VPN gateways offering support for OpenVPN. You can now easily set up an OpenVPN connection to your Nighthawk X6 R8000, Nighthawk R7000, or other devices from the Nighthawk range, and benefit from all the key configuration settings being automatically applied in VPN Tracker 365. If you need help along the way, you can refer to the configuration guide.

IPsec Devices

For our IPsec users, we’ve also added two new device profiles. The ultra secure Sophos XG Firewall now has its own device profile in VPN Tracker 365, as well as a detailed configuration guide to take you step by step through the set up process. For our German users, the device profile for the super popular Digitalisierungsbox from Telekom is also ready for use. You can find the configuration guide here.

We’ve extensively tested all of these devices, and tried to make the configuration within VPN Tracker 365 as straightforward as possible; allowing you to get straight to work on building your VPN connections and safely and quickly connect to your company network wherever you are.

The best part? VPN Tracker 365 has been compatible with the macOS 10.14 Mojave beta since the developer launch back at the beginning of June, and that means you can fully test out all of these brand new features while getting to know the new macOS.

Want to test the beta?

We’d love for you to get started right away with testing the latest beta! That way, you can discover all of the new features and device profiles. If you want to try out OpenVPN, or one of the new devices, just enable beta testing in VPN Tracker 365:

  1. Download VPN Tracker 365 from our website, or launch from your Mac if you are an existing user.
  2. Go to “Preferences” > “General” and tick the box next to “Get early access to Pre-Release versions.”
  3. Go to “VPN Tracker 365” > “Check for updates…” to install the latest version of the app.

Tip: If you ever wish to revert to our latest public release, simple disable beta updates and download a fresh copy of VPN Tracker 365.

Protect your data with VPN Tracker 365 – the #1 VPN client for OS X and macOS:

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06/22/2018, 14:10
VPN Tracker 365 Beta – Now with support for OpenVPN Connections

VPN Tracker 365 – OpenVPN beta

After months of careful planning and testing, the moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here… Following popular demand, the first public beta of VPN Tracker 365 with support for OpenVPN devices is now live!

What’s new?

VPN Tracker 365 now offers you support for OpenVPN connections! Users with regular plans can create a single OpenVPN connection, and our Pro and VIP customers can create and securely connect to multiple OpenVPN connections.

OpenVPN in VPN Tracker 365: A quick overview:

Here’s what you can look forward to in the brand new VPN Tracker 365 public beta…

  • Use your OpenVPN connections alongside IPSec, L2TP, or PPTP connections.
  • Benefit from custom OpenVPN implementation designed exclusively for macOS.
  • Enjoy seamless integration with VPN Tracker 365’s other productive features, such as VPN Shortcuts for instant access to services you use over VPN and on-demand launching.
  • Additional integration available for Pro features such as Accounting, Network Scanner, and Export.

How to get started

Getting started with the new VPN Tracker 365 beta is easy. Follow these three quick steps to start testing VPN Tracker with your OpenVPN connections:

  1. Download VPN Tracker 365 from our website, or launch from your Mac if you are an existing user.
  2. Go to “Preferences” > “General” and tick the box next to “Get early access to Pre-Release versions.”
  3. Go to “VPN Tracker 365” > “Check for updates…” to install the latest version of the app.

Tip: If you ever wish to revert to our latest public release, simple disable beta updates and download a fresh copy of VPN Tracker 365.

Purchase a VPN Tracker 365 plan

There are plan options for practically every use case. In terms of OpenVPN, you can create a single OpenVPN connection with a regular VPN Tracker 365 plan. To create and connect to multiple OpenVPN connections, you will need a VPN Tracker Pro or VIP plan.

Existing customer? You can access your unique cross-upgrade offer via the my.vpntracker portal.

Protect your data with VPN Tracker 365 – the #1 VPN client for OS X and macOS:

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Start now! Requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later

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06/06/2018, 14:25
NEW in VPN Tracker 36518.1.1: Support for macOS Mojave beta

VPN Tracker Version 36518.1.1 – Ready for macOS 10.14

We’re all super excited for the official release of macOS 10.14 this fall. In the meantime, we’ve already started testing out the beta version which was released on Monday. If you’re anything like us, you’ll probably be doing exactly the same thing, which is why we’ve included preliminary support for the Mojave beta in our latest update.

What’s new in VPN Tracker version 36518.1.1?

Whether you are a VPN administrator, or just need to get some work done over VPN while out of the office – thanks to this latest release, you can now do all of this and still get started with trying out macOS 10.14. A VPN Tracker 365 plan is guaranteed to keep your sensitive data secure while keeping you up to date with the latest macOS version.

Over the next few weeks we are excited to start optimising the app even further for you to ensure perfect compatibility with macOS 10.14.

Other highlights of the latest VPN Tracker 365 release include:

  • Accounting data is now shown correctly on older macOS versions
  • An issue which was known to cause problems in the Network Scanner has been fixed
  • Improved logging information in TSR files
  • VPN Shortcuts now correctly stay at the saved list position
  • Further performance and stability improvements

What to be aware of in the beta version

Please be aware that macOS Mojave is still in its early stages and will require further optimization. So far, our extensive testing of the macOS 10.14 beta has highlighted the following:

  • L2TP and PPTP VPN connections are not yet supported
  • Connection group headers are not currently displayed properly.
  • Connection on/off switches are displayed incorrectly while scrolling in the app.

Since the release, we have already fixed a crash which was known to occur when launching the app under macOS Mojave.

If you run into any further issues during your testing of the beta, please let our team know.

Update today

Important – Allow beta testing: To be able to test the beta version, you need to first allow automatic updates for public betas in your VPN Tracker 365 preferences. To do this, click the checkbox next to “Get early access to Pre-Release versions.” Following this, you will always have access to the latest VPN Tracker 365 betas and will be able to test the app with the latest macOS version.

More more information about new VPN Tracker 365 releases, please visit the version history page.

Want to upgrade to a VPN Tracker 365 plan?

Using VPN Tracker 10 or earlier but want to try out the Mojave beta? Get on board with VPN Tracker 365! As an existing user, you are entitled to an exclusive discounted upgrade offer when purchasing a VPN Tracker 365 plan. Find out more here…

Protect your data with VPN Tracker 365 – the #1 VPN client for OS X and macOS:

Download VPN Tracker for free
Buy VPN Tracker

Start now! Requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later

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03/06/2018, 16:00
VPN Tracker 365 now with Juniper SRX VPN support for macOS

Introducing VPN Tracker 36518.0

VPN Tracker 36518.0 is here! This new update welcomes support for Juniper SRX-Series gateways, as well as an array of new improvements and fixes for the best VPN performance at all times. Download VPN Tracker 365

NEW Support for Juniper SRX VPN gateways

VPN Tracker now supports Juniper’s SRX-Series: the high performance gateway series that scales up from small offices to large enterprises. With VPN Tracker 365 you can now connect to any Juniper SRX VPN gateway from your Mac. Our guide even walks you through setting up multiple highly-secure VPN tunnels for multiple Mac users with Juniper Next-Generation Firewalls.

This means we have added a number of brand new devices to our list of compatible VPN gateways. The Juniper SRX-Series includes a wide range of devices, including:

  • vSRX virtual firewall
  • SRX110 Services Gateway for small enterprises
  • SRX1400 Services Gateway for medium enterprises
  • SRX5400 Services Gateway for large enterprises
  • And many more…

For our full guide on how to configure a Juniper SRX, or one of 300+ other VPN gateways , visit our compatibility page.

Further improvements and new features

Improved Microsoft Remote Desktop support

You can now create a VPN shortcut to the latest version of Microsoft Remote Desktop in the VPN Tracker 365 app. Gain instant remote access via VPN to your Windows computer with a single click, with a smart VPN Shortcut. Tip: VPN Tracker 365 Pro users can even export VPN Shortcuts to colleagues and team members, to give everyone a quick start to commonly used services.

We have also improved Connection Safe – the highly-secure, encrypted VPN connection storage and sync service built-in to VPN Tracker 365: Enjoy more efficient performance when fetching a large number of VPN connections from your secure Connection Safe.

Update today

As with all VPN Tracker 365 updates, this update, along with all of the new features, is included in your VPN Tracker 365 plan at no extra cost. Open VPN Tracker 365 and select “VPN Tracker > Check for updates” from the the drop down menu to download the latest update.

Interested in purchasing or upgrading to a VPN Tracker 365 plan? Discover all VPN Tracker 365 plans.

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10/16/2017, 18:57
How to protect yourself against WPA2 KRACK attacks

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

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07/20/2017, 09:17
VPN Tracker 365 now supports Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateways

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.


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03/08/2017, 16:48
SHA-1 collision and what it means for your VPN security

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).

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