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07/28/2021, 18:14
New in VPN Tracker 365: TeamCloud Groups

Have you explored the exciting new TeamCloud features in VPN Tracker 365 yet? In the latest update, we’ve added support for TeamCloud Groups. Find out all you need to know and how to get started in our roundup post…

NEW: TeamCloud Groups

What are Groups?

TeamCloud Groups are a new addition to VPN Tracker 365 and give you full control over who can access your VPN connections and Shortcuts.

Need to share a connection to TeamCloud but don’t want to grant everyone in your team access? Use TeamCloud Groups to quickly set up dedicated user groups for chosen team members – whether it’s IT admins who need access to private company networks or remote workers who need to reach branch offices from home.

Use the new Groups feature to organise your team and easily grant or restrict VPN access where required.

Groups will also be compatible with other upcoming features in future releases, to allow teams to give new features or restrictions to just part of the team.

sharing a connection with a user group in teamcloud

Who can set up TeamCloud Groups?

In order to set up and manage dedicated TeamCloud Groups for your team, you will need:

  • A VPN Tracker 365 VIP license
  • Manager or Organizer status in your team (learn more)

You can set up a maximum of 15 Groups for your team. Feel free to let us know if you need more.

To receive a group connection, you need to be at least a member of the respective team and have a VPN Tracker 365 Team Member Plus or VIP license.

How to create TeamCloud Groups

Go to your Team in the VPN Tracker 365 sidebar menu and select User Groups. Here you can create new groups for specific use cases.

Once you have set up Groups, you will see them on the overview page. Click on a Group to manage its settings or add members.

new teamcloud groups feature

When you have set up connections for certain groups, you can view them here under Group connections.

Sharing a VPN connection with a Group in TeamCloud

When you export a VPN connection to share with your team, you can now choose pre-defined User Groups to share the connection with.

Select a connection to share, click Share with Team, then, go to Who can access and choose your Group:

Sharing a VPN connection with a user group in TeamCloud

What else is new in VPN Tracker 365 version 21.6?

The latest VPN Tracker 365 version also adds the following changes and improvements:

  • New sign in view
  • You can now set your account profile picture directly on my.vpntracker.com
  • UI improvements in Sharing views
  • TeamCloud improvements
  • SonicWALL SCP: Compatibility improvements
  • OpenVPN: Compatibility improvements
  • Additional bugfixes and improvements

The new TeamCloud services are currently in the Beta stages. Please let us know if you experience any issues, or have any feedback.

Be the first to test new TeamCloud features

In addition to Group support, we have many more exciting new TeamCloud features coming up on our development roadmap.

As always, all the latest features will be exclusively available for Insider Program members to test and review before the official public release.

Find out more about beta testing.

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07/07/2021, 18:21
New: Introducing TeamCloud (Beta) – Centralized Security Management for Teams

Today we are thrilled to be introducing TeamCloud: a centralized security management solution for teams using VPN Tracker 365.

Along with TeamCloud, we’re also introducing two new VPN Tracker editions for easier team management. Here’s everything you need to know…

Introducing TeamCloud (Beta)

VPN Tracker 365 TeamCloud (Beta) is a centralized, cloud-based security management solution for teams, featuring the highest end-to-end encryption standards to keep your connection data secure.

  • Share and roll-out pre-configured VPN connections and Shortcuts
  • Change VPN connection settings remotely
  • Centrally manage endpoint security settings (coming later)

Sharing a VPN connection via TeamCloud in VPN Tracker 365

How will TeamCloud help your Team?

TeamCloud streamlines endpoint security management for companies.

Whether you’re onboarding new team members, switching to a remote work setup or implementing key security changes across your team, TeamCloud allows you to securely and seamlessly manage connections and security – with no end-user action required.

TeamCloud features:

  • Deploy VPN connections & Shortcuts to your team instantly using secure end-to-end encryption
  • Update connections and automatically roll out changes across your team
  • Instantly delete connections from users’ devices with Remote Connection Wipe
  • Determine and configure endpoint security settings (coming later)

TeamCloud benefits for consultants (Pro and VIP)

TeamCloud will also give consultants working with customer VPN connections a huge productivity boost:

  • Easily share client connections with colleagues via one shared, central workspace
  • Any changes to connections are automatically shared with your Team, so everyone always has the latest settings
  • Support for up to 15 teams (with VPN Tracker 365 VIP): Join your client’s team and share a pre-configured connection with them

No more exporting connection files, no more outdated settings – just one shared set of up-to-date VPN connections.

Who can use TeamCloud?

TeamCloud is available for all existing VPN Tracker 365 users. The included features and storage depends on which plan you have:

  • VPN Tracker 365 VIP: Manage 15 connections or Shortcuts for a team, share with up to 15 teams
  • VPN Tracker 365 Pro: Manage 5 connections or Shortcuts for a single team
  • VPN Tracker 365: Receive 1 connection or Shortcuts from a single team

Compare all editions

Try out TeamCloud (Beta) today:

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New VPN Tracker 365 Editions for Teams

Today, we are also adding two new editions, specifically designed for TeamCloud:

  • VPN Tracker 365 Team Member

and

  • VPN Tracker 365 Team Member Plus

If you are rolling out connections using TeamCloud, Team Member and Team Member Plus are great choices for the regular members on your team to use a connection. They support TeamCloud connections using any VPN protocol available in VPN Tracker 365.

Important: To use VPN Tracker 365 Team Member or Team Member Plus, you need to be part of a team where someone has VPN Tracker 365 Pro or VIP and has set up a TeamCloud connection. These plans are exclusively for Teams and can only receive VPN connections. They can’t be used standalone to create connections.

Which plan is right for my team?

A VPN Tracker 365 Team Member plan supports using one VPN connection in TeamCloud and is therefore a good choice for a regular user connecting to a single company VPN, e.g. from a home office setup.

With support for up to 5 connections, a VPN Tracker 365 Team Member Plus plan is the better option for users with slightly more advanced requirements: I.e. connecting to multiple branch offices. Added pro features such as InfiniConnect, Personal Safe for Shortcuts and Advanced Connection Checker also make this plan option the right choice for managers, team leaders, travelling sales agents and non-technical executives.

Both new licenses allow the use of all supported protocols – including PPTP connections on Big Sur.

Need to configure connections or manage a team?

In order to set up VPN connections to share with your team, you will need a VPN Tracker 365 Pro or VIP license. These are best suited to admins and technical users who need to make changes to security settings or connection configuration.

Example: An admin for one small team of users with fewer advanced VPN requirements needs a VPN Tracker 365 Pro or VIP plan. For network admins and consultants managing multiple teams of users, a VPN Tracker 365 VIP plan which includes features such as multi-team support and Corporate Branding is the right choice.

For a complete overview of which features are available with which licenses, please refer to our Editions Guide.

How to Use TeamCloud (Beta)

Setting up TeamCloud for your team is really straightforward. Get started by sharing your first VPN connection with team members.

What you need:

Sharing VPN Connections in TeamCloud

Once you have configured a connection, you can share it with team members:

  1. In the “Status” or “Configure” view, choose “Share with Team…”
  2. Select your sharing options
  3. Share with your Team

That’s it.

Your connection will be shared using secure end-to-end encryption, so each Team member will get their own encrypted copy of the connection, that only they can access:

Start testing TeamCloud (Beta) today

All new TeamCloud is ready and waiting for you to start testing with your team! Download the latest VPN Tracker 365 version here to explore the new features.

Feedback or questions about the new TeamCloud features or VPN Tracker 365 Team editions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our support team.

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06/01/2021, 16:29
VPN Tracker 365 21.4 is now available – all you need to know

VPN Tracker 365 version 21.4* is now available for all customers to download! As well as introducing a fresh new my.vpntracker UI, this update also brings some key changes to the app for both team- and individual users.

NEW: vpn tracker 365 version 21.4

Get up to date on everything that’s new in the latest version in this detailed update guide…

*Version 21.4 also including any subsequent minor updates to follow the main release.

What’s New in Version 21.4?

Here are some of the key highlights of the latest VPN Tracker 365 version…

Introducing Personal Safe

Connection Safe has had a major rebrand and we are thrilled to be introducing Personal Safe to VPN Tracker 365!

Why Personal Safe?

We decided on the name Personal Safe to better reflect its versatility in being able to sync and store so much more than just your VPN connections in the cloud.

Personal Safe uses the familiar and secure Connection Safe encryption technology to keep all your VPN connections, passwords, and Shortcuts* synced and safely stored across your personal devices.

*Personal Safe for VPN Shortcuts is exclusively available in VPN Tracker 365 Pro and VIP plans.

New: Personal Safe can now also be enabled or disabled for all connections at once. Go to your “VPN Tracker 365” > “Preferences” and open the Personal Safe tab to see a list of your synced Shortcuts and Connections and update your preferences:

Managing your Personal Safe settings in the latest VPN Tracker 365 version

This rebrand paves the way for a major update coming up later this year. Stay tuned for more details!

New connection sidebar design

A design refresh in version 21.4 also brings a fresher look and feel to VPN Tracker 365.

new app sidebar in vpn tracker 365

Tip: Company logos for VPN Tracker teams are exclusively available in VPN Tracker VIP plans. View upgrade options…

New for VPN Tracker 365 Teams

As well as your connections and VPN Shortcuts collections, you can now also access all your essential team information in the redesigned sidebar menu.

Both Team Managers and regular team members can now benefit from an optimized teams view, as part of the brand new my.vpntracker UI refresh.

For team members: Access your team page from within the VPN Tracker 365 app via the re-designed sidebar or at my.vpntracker.com – where you can find contact information for your team manager(s) and an overview of your current VPN Tracker plan.

New team member overview page in VPN Tracker 365

For managers: View and manage your team directly in the VPN Tracker 365 app.

View and assign available plans, invite and remove members, and customize your team’s information in your personalized team profile:

team admins view in vpn tracker 365

Simplified cross upgrade workflow

Cross-upgrading your plan is now easier than ever thanks to the integrated cross-upgrade workflow available from version 21.4 in VPN Tracker 365.

Come across a feature you’d like to unlock access to (e.g. Network Locations for Connection Checker)? VPN Tracker 365 will direct you to the new store view listing your options so you can upgrade at the click of a button and get your new plan there and then:

new cross-upgrade workflow in VPN Tracker 365

Team members can now also request a license upgrade directly from the app. Select the license you would like to upgrade to (e.g. VPN Tracker 365 Pro) and your team manager will be automatically notified of your request.

vpn tracker 365 in app upgrade request

Request a plan upgrade to unlock specific features


Your team manager will be automatically notified of your request

Further Improvements

The VPN Tracker 365 team has also carried out the following fixes and improvements for you:

  • OpenVPN: Topology subnet configurations pushed by the server are now set correctly
  • OpenVPN: Pushed DNS options now no longer override VPN Tracker 365’s configured DNS settings
  • OpenVPN: Improved error messages for cipher mismatches
  • Net Scanner: Addresses no longer appear truncated on older macOS releases
  • Accounting: A formatting issue when exporting to Numbers has been corrected
  • A Personal Safe syncing issue for VPN Shortcuts has been resolved
  • UI issues with the Connection Notes field have been fixed
  • The animation when resizing the connection list has been improved
  • An issue with certain certificate formats that could cause VPN Tracker to crash has been fixed
  • Layout issues under macOS Big Sur have been fixed
  • Stability and performance improvements

Download the Latest VPN Tracker 365 Version Today

How to update

Version 21.4 is available to download today from the VPN Tracker 365 website. Alternatively, open the VPN Tracker 365 app, go to “VPN Tracker 365” > “Check for Updates…”, where you can install the latest version.

Unlock access to pre-release versions

P.S. Want to be the first to test new VPN Tracker 365 features and updates before the official release? Find out about our exclusive Insider Program here.

Until next time,
Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

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05/31/2021, 16:21
Introducing the new my.vpntracker – fully optimized for teams

Over the past few months, exciting changes have been happening behind the scenes at VPNTHQ – today we’re thrilled to be introducing the all new my.vpntracker!

This brand new UI streamlines the existing Team Management tools and workflows you may already be familiar with, and also introduces some new features that pave the way for some major changes we have coming up further along the pipeline.

In this guide, we’re taking you on a tour of everything that’s changed on my.vpntracker and how to take advantage of the latest team features.

What’s new?

This exciting refresh adds several useful changes to my.vpntracker that make managing your VPN Tracker 365 account even easier.

Quick Overview – New in my.vpntracker:

Brand new UI

my.vpntracker has a brand new look! As well as bringing a fresher feel to the service, the stylish new user interface is more streamlined and offers a responsive design which works better on devices of all sizes.

New features like the updated sidebar menu and practical invoice search function also make the overall user experience much more straightforward.

brand new streamlined user interface in my.vpntracker

Re-designed team page

Non-manager team members now see a redesigned team page that lists their team manager and plan information.

If you are using the VPN Tracker 365 app and have an urgent question or find yourself in need of advice, you can now head straight to your team page, where you will find information about your plan as well as contact information for your team manager:

New team member overview page in VPN Tracker 365

Easy license upgrade request workflow

If you come across specific features in VPN Tracker 365 that you need to unlock, you can now also easily request a license upgrade directly from the app. Select the license you would like to upgrade to (e.g. VPN Tracker Pro) and your team manager will be automatically notified of your request.

vpn tracker 365 in app upgrade request

Request an update in the app and your team manager will be automatically notified.

Improved personal plan overview

The new my.vpntracker tidies up the main user interface and gives you quicker access to your Personal Safe, active devices, and invoice history.

Access all your personal subscriptions and billing information under “My Subscriptions”, where you can also gain direct access to the VPN Tracker 365 store:

new personal plan overview in my.vpntracker

New for Team Managers

This new refresh also brings some key improvements for team managers to give you the best possible overview of all your available plans, team members and team info.

Sleek new interface for easier Team Management

Find all of your most essential team info in one convenient location. The improved my.vpntracker service now takes you directly to your Team Overview page, where you can navigate and manage all the most important aspects of your team.

View and assign available plans, invite and remove members, and customize your team’s information in your personalized team profile:

personalized team overview in my.vpntracker

Manage corporate branding and onboarding tools

In the Team Overview, you can also access your corporate branding configuration: Update your team name and add your team logo to be visible in your VPN Tracker 365 app sidebar (VIP plans only.)

Adding a corporate logo in my.vpntrackerPractical tools like new Team Domain Discovery and your team’s personalized invite link are also located here to make the onboarding process even easier.

Integrated store view

Need to purchase or cross-upgrade plans for your team? The new integrated store view smooths out the purchase process and allows you to handle everything all in one place.

Get a detailed overview of all available plan options and finalise your purchase with ease, with a simple two-step checkout process.

new integrated vpn tracker store view at my.vpntracker.com

Start testing the new my.vpntracker today!

The new and improved my.vpntracker is ready and waiting for you. You can manage your account here.

Feedback or questions about your account or the new Team Management features? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our support team.

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05/19/2021, 18:17
VPN Tracker 365 – Now with Support for Fortinet SSL VPN!

Have you heard? VPN Tracker 365 now offers support for Fortinet SSL VPN!

Alongside support for all major VPN protocols, including IPSec VPN, OpenVPN, L2TP VPN, PPTP VPN (for Big Sur exclusively available in VPN Tracker 365 Pro and VIP), Windows SSTP VPN (Pro and VIP) and SonicWALL SSL, we have now also increased our range of supported protocols to include support for Fortinet SSL VPN connections.

Support for Fortinet SSL VPN connections is exclusively available in VPN Tracker 365 Pro and VIP plans. Existing subscribers can get a pro-rated upgrade at my.vpntracker.com

Connect to Fortinet SSL VPN on your Mac

Set up your Fortinet SSL VPN connection in VPN Tracker 365 to securely connect your Mac to your FortiGate firewall, whilst also benefiting from a wide range of advanced security features.

Need help getting started? Our detailed configuration guide helps you set up your Fortinet SSL connection step-by-step.

New in VPN Tracker 365: Support for Fortinet SSL Traffic Control

We’re pleased to announce that VPN Tracker 365 21.3.2 adds support for traffic control on Fortinet SSL connections!

Take full control of your connection and tell VPN Tracker exactly where you want to send your VPN traffic. Don’t want to send traffic to certain IP address or subnets over VPN? Simply exclude them! Have a Host to Everywhere VPN but only need some addresses over VPN? Tell VPN Tracker to only send traffic to those IPs over VPN.

 

Download the latest VPN Tracker 365 version to get started.

Also new in VPN Tracker 365 21.3.2

As well as support for traffic control on Fortinet SSL connections, Version 21.3.2 also brings the following changes and improvements to VPN Tracker 365:

  • Additional compatibility improvements for Fortinet SSL VPN connections
  • Improved compatibility with new OpenVPN server releases using OCC
  • PPTP for macOS Big Sur: Custom MTU sizes now work correctly
  • Fixes an issue with importing connections under mac OS 10.12
  • Performance improvements for OpenVPN connections
  • Stability improvements

 

Unlock access to pre-release versions

Want to be the first to test new VPN Tracker 365 features and updates before the official release? Find out about our exclusive Insider Program here.

Until next time,
Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

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02/05/2021, 18:12
NEW: VPN Tracker Installer Package – Rollout VPN Tracker 365 for Your Whole Team

With so many businesses currently operating on a remote scale, IT admins have their work cut out for them. As our business has also been affected by the change to remote working over the last year, we wanted to make it easier for admins to manage groups of remote users and get them set up with a secure and functioning VPN connection.

In this guide, we show you how to use the brand new Enterprise Installer Package to easily get your whole team set up with VPN Tracker 365 in just a few simple steps.

How to Rollout VPN Tracker 365 on Multiple Macs

VPN Tracker team managers can now easily get team members set up with VPN Tracker 365 thanks to our new Enterprise Installer Package for a more simplified rollout process.

How it works

1. Download the Installer Package file from the VPN Tracker website

Use Remote Desktop (or similar software) to remotely install VPN Tracker 365 on your team’s Macs. This will install all required components, including those that need an administrator password (see note on System Extensions in the next step.)

Download the package here.

2. Pre-authorize the System Extension for Team Members

VPN Tracker 365 uses a System Extension to create a secure VPN tunnel and manage network traffic. A System Extension needs to be explicitly “Allowed” by a user in System Preferences.

For Enterprise rollouts on MDM (Mobile-Device-Management) Macs, you can pre-approve VPN Tracker’s System Extension using a special profile. 

For information on how to create a profile to pre-authorize System Extensions, please consult your MDM vendor’s documentation.

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Starting with macOS 11 Big Sur, a System Extension is used: com.vpntracker.365mac.SysExt

On macOS 10.15 Catalina and lower, VPN Tracker 365 uses a Kernel Extension (KEXT) . The following bundle identifiers can be used to pre-authorize the KEXT:

  • New versions (version 21 and later): com.vpntracker.365mac.kext
  • Older versions: com.equinux.vpntracker365.kext

Please see Apple’s Support Document for more details.

Once you have successfully installed VPN Tracker 365 and pre-authorized the system extension, users can simply click and launch the app, without needing an admin password. For licensing, each team member needs their own equinux ID and plan. Find out how to set this up in the next step.

3. Set up Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

Team Management makes it easier for admins to manage user groups, including new user onboarding, assigning and revoking licenses, and managing billing preferences.

You can set up and manage your VPN Tracker 365 team at my.vpntracker.com.

The Team Management Guide explains this in more detail.

More ways to simplify the rollout process

As well as the Enterprise Installer Package, VPN Tracker 365 offers several other features to simplify the onboarding process and get new users set up in no time.

Reserving plans

New colleague joining the team? Invite individual team members to join your team via the Team Management tab at my.vpntracker.com. Here you can also reserve plans in advance so they are ready to go as soon as they’ve signed in.

Team Access Options

Whether you’re switching your whole team over to a remote work setting or onboarding a large group of users, VPN Tracker 365 has a range of access options you can use to invite new users to your team.

Join via link: Each team has a personalized invite link. Post this in your secure chat channel or intranet to allow colleagues to request access.

NEW: Join via email address. Team Discovery allows new users to enter their company email address to automatically be shown associated team domains and request access.

Export Connections

Once team members have successfully joined your team and been assigned a plan you can use the export and deploy feature to share and distribute a company VPN connection via email.

Click on your company connection in VPN Tracker 365, choose “File > Export” from the top menu bar, then set an export location and enter an import password for maximum security:

Users can simply double click the attached connection file and enter the import password (if you have one.) The connection is then available in VPN Tracker 365 and ready to use.

VPN Tracker 365 for Businesses

For enterprises and larger organizations wanting to get started with VPN Tracker, a VPN Tracker 365 Biz plan is the best way forward.

As well as all the advanced features included in an individual plan, VPN Tracker 365 Biz users have exclusive access to a Key Account Manager and priority support.

Check out our Buyer’s Guide for more information and to generate a personalised quote for your business.

Until next time!

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02/02/2021, 18:32
NEW: VPN Tracker 365 now supports PPTP VPN Connections on Big Sur

VPN Tracker 365 version 21.1.1 is now live and welcomes full support for PPTP VPN connections on Big Sur – exclusively available in Pro and VIP plans.

This new update also brings even better compatibility for IPSec and OpenVPN protocols and a couple of important Connection Safe improvements.

PPTP support is here!

We are pleased to announce that VPN Tracker 365 now supports PPTP connections on Big Sur.

Version 21.1.1 boasts a new, advanced PPTP VPN engine specially optimized for macOS 11 Big Sur and Apple Silicon, with full support for all new system security architecture.

Another great bonus of this major new update is the inclusion of custom MTU calculations, ensuring optimal reliability on difficult internet connections.

Important: PPTP support on Big Sur is exclusively available for Pro and VIP plan holders. Existing customers requiring PPTP VPN support can get a pro-rated upgrade at my.vpntracker to unlock access to this must-have feature.

P.S. Thinking of upgrading to Big Sur or switching to a new M1 Mac? As a Universal App, VPN Tracker 365 is the best choice when it comes to setting up a PPTP VPN connection on your new Mac. Learn more.

Using a PPTP VPN Connection on Big Sur

Setting up a PPTP VPN connection on Big Sur is easy:

  1. Download the latest version of VPN Tracker 365
  2. Create a new “Company Connection”, go to the “IPSec/L2TP/PPTP” tab and choose “Connection based on PPTP Protocol”
  3. Now enter the IP address or Host Name of the PPTP server you want to connect to, give your connection a name, and export it.

Your PPTP connection is now ready to use! You can find more detailed information about setting up a PPTP VPN connection to use on macOS 11 in this guide.

Further Improvements

Version 21.1.1 also brings the following improvements to VPN Tracker 365:

  • OpenVPN: Improved compatibility with Sophos SSL configuration files
  • IPsec: Improved connection reliability under macOS Big Sur
  • IPsec: SecurePoint devices profiles now show authentication settings
  • Connection Safe: Issues with sync keys are now self-healing
  • Connection Safe: Syncing reliability improvements
  • Additional stability and performance fixes

Unlock PPTP Support on Big Sur

VPN Tracker 365 version 21.1.1 is available to download now. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback on the new version.

Until next time,
Your VPN Tracker 365 Team

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11/19/2020, 18:18
VPN client for macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur brings some major changes to the Mac – both design-wise as well as under the hood.

This means that VPN clients such as Shimo, WatchGuard IPSec Mobile VPN Client for Mac, Pulse Secure, NCP and others are not supported by the new macOS release.

So if macOS Big Sur breaks your VPN client and it has stopped working, check out VPN Tracker 365. It works with most major VPN standards and supports over 300+ different VPN devices out of the box, with detailed setup guides.

Download VPN Tracker 365 for free and get your VPN connection up and running with macOS Big Sur.

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11/10/2020, 17:42
The new VPN Tracker 365 is here – VPN for macOS Big Sur

Today we’re releasing VPN Tracker 365 version 21, better known as ‘the Big Sur release’.

Quick Breakdown

  • VPN Tracker 365 for macOS Big Sur is now available!
  • VPN Tracker 365 version 21 offers full support for macOS 11 and upcoming Apple Silicon Macs, as well as some key behind the scenes changes.
  • Download the latest version here

It’s been a busy few months re-building VPN Tracker to get things ready for today, so we wanted to share some of the behind the scenes with you. Let’s dive in…

VPN Tracker 365 version 21 - with support for Big Sur

Behind the scenes of VPN Tracker 365 version 21

Goodbye KEXT

For a few years now, Apple has been encouraging developers to stop using so-called Kernel Extensions (KEXT) – bits of code that can run at the lowest levels of the OS.

VPN Tracker used a KEXT to receive, decrypt and send network packets at a low level, in order to be able to do more advanced routing and create non-standard packets required to work with certain VPN gateways.

At WWDC 2020, Apple announced macOS Big Sur – along with several new and updated APIs – and without support for Kernel Extensions.

But did Big Sur have the new APIs we needed to build a KEXT-less version of VPN Tracker?

An all new VPN engine

VPN Tracker 365 supports 5 different VPN protocols: IPsec, L2TP, SonicWALL SSL, OpenVPN and PPTP. Unlike some VPN apps that repackage 3rd party libraries, VPN Tracker 365 is the only VPN client that has custom protocol implementations. This allows VPN Tracker to fully manage your VPN connection and makes multiple connections work together seamlessly.

To get VPN Tracker 365 ready for Big Sur, we needed to re-architect the entire app using the new APIs – kind of like ripping the engine out of a car and replacing it with an entirely new motor.

Our team has been working on the new update since June and after a long beta period, we’ve successfully got most VPN protocols working perfectly with macOS Big Sur – we’re still putting the final touches on PPTP support, which we hope to have ready shortly.

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One more thing…

Apple will announce Macs using Apple processors today… and VPN Tracker 365 is ready. We’ve built the new version to run natively on Apple Silicon, so you’ll get the full performance of your VPN from day one.

Nitty Gritty Details

  • The new VPN engine uses a modern XPC-based architecture to allow the various VPN protocols to talk to the main app and each other
  • With the new System Extension APIs, we’re still able to support complex IPsec VPN devices that aren’t supported by any other VPN client on the Mac, including SonicWALL with Simple Client Provisioning and devices that only support old NAT-T standards
  • We’ve updated the UI for macOS Big Sur with slightly lighter colors, a new-look app icon, and new preference icons for a fresher feel
  • The new VPN engine architecture is only used under macOS Big Sur – macOS Catalina and below still use the tried and tested VPN engine optimized for those OS versions (though with a newer version)
  • VPN Tracker’s versioning is now easier: it’s just plain old “21”, the “365” is no longer part of the version number you’ll see in the Finder
  • The first time you launch the new version, you’ll need to install an updated VPN engine and go through some setup steps
  • For admins managing teams using MDM software, note that you’ll need to add Team ID “MJMRT6WJ8S” to your allowed list of System Extension providers
New VPN Tracker 365 icon for Big Sur

Get it today

The new version will be rolled out to existing customers via an in-app update over the next week and can be downloaded immediately.

And that wraps up our major new version – we’re excited to get this version out in time for macOS Big Sur and look forward to your feedback!

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04/23/2020, 16:23
VPN Tracker 19.6.6: Connection Improvements for Remote Work

With so many of us now working from home, we’ve been getting a lot of input from our customers and have focused on improvements for remote work situations in VPN Tracker 19.6.6.

We’ve focused on three core areas: Remote DNS, Connection Checker and general connection improvements.

Remote DNS and Split DNS Improvements

To briefly recap: when using Remote DNS, you can ask your company’s DNS servers to resolve addresses for you. This is required if you have internal pages that are only known to your internal DNS servers, e.g. “internal.corp.example.com”

Instead of sending all requests to your company DNS server, you can also only send requests for certain domains – this is usually referred to as “Split DNS”.In VPN Tracker 365 19.6.6, we have added split DNS support for lower-level tools and libraries: anything that relies on etc/resolv.conf will now get the correct split DNS settings you have configured in VPN Tracker.

We’ve also fixed a few issues, one of which is worth mentioning in particular: when using split DNS with a host-to-everywhere connection, in some circumstances all DNS queries would also be sent through the tunnel; This has now been corrected. So if your internal domains can no longer be found with the new update, check your DNS settings and make sure all the necessary search domains have been added.

Remote DNS settings in VPN Tracker 365

Connection Checker Improvements

Another big area of focus for this release is Connection Checker. If you’re working from home, it’s important to figure out the best settings for your home internet connection.

Connection Checker can tell you which VPN protocols your router and ISP support and will give you advice on what settings you may need to change to get things working.

Thanks to customer feedback, we’ve been able to improve the in-app suggestions and hints and have also fixed a few bugs.

Connection Checker in VPN Tracker 365
Connection Checker detects which VPN standards your home internet connection supports

Connection Improvements

As always, we’ve also made a number of improvements to the VPN Tracker engine, for more reliable VPN connections.

Check the full release notes for all the nitty gritty details, here are a few highlights:

  • A rare issue with Remote Connection Wipe has been fixed that could prevent some Team members from starting a connection
  • OpenVPN connections now support more compression configuration options that can be sent by the server
  • Several fixes that could occasionally prevent IPsec VPN connections from coming up right away
  • Improved error flow when updating your company login password for L2TP, OpenVPN and SonicWALL SSL connections

How to Update

Go to VPN Tracker 365 → Check for Updates… to get the update right away. You can manage your update settings under VPN Tracker 365 → Preferences:

Checking for updates in VPN Tracker 365

Test Nightly or Beta Releases

If you’re the VPN admin for your company, a reseller or just like getting the cutting edge, you can also enable Nightly or Beta updates under VPN Tracker 365 → Preferences.

You’ll be able to get early access to new features and will be able to test any upcoming changes with your connections before they are rolled out to all users.

Can I go back to an earlier version?

If you ever run into any issues with a beta or regular update and want to try an earlier release, here’s what to do:

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