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11/12/2018, 17:38
That’s What You’ve Been Waiting For – Siri Shortcuts in VPN Tracker World Connect 1.1

We’ve updated VPN Tracker World Connect for iPhone and iPad. The new version 1.1 is now available on the App Store! It is packed with nice improvements and we’re really excited for you to try it.

Siri Shortcuts integration is a key feature of this update. Shortcuts make it easy to automate everyday tasks with iPhone or iPad – from launching a music app to ordering a taxi. So now you can connect to VPN just by tapping a shortcut icon, or even easier – by asking Siri!

It is also possible to combine multiple shortcuts into the one workflow. For example, you can open a website before starting your VPN Tracker connection, then connect to VPN and open that same page – all with one tap. To build your own Shortcuts, just go to the Shortcuts app and search for “VPN”. To add a custom Siri voice command for your preferred VPN destination, go to the Connection view and tap the “Add to Siri” button.

Our global network of secure servers is always expanding. This time we’ve added more international destinations – welcome Italy, Hong Kong and Philippines! You can already check out the connection and test the speed – they’re really fast, aren’t they?

Finally, we’ve improved stability and performance of the app to make sure you have a smooth VPN experience.

Download the latest VPN Tracker World Connect 1.1
on the App Store

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Start now! Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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10/31/2018, 13:50
Business Trip 101: Recovering from a Lost Laptop

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

 

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10/24/2018, 12:11
NEW: Dark Mode Support and More in VPN Tracker 365

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.

 

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10/11/2018, 14:21
3 Easy Tips for Effective Remote Working

Remote working is becoming more and more common. Even large companies are allowing their employees to work from home for a part of the week. Still for some people it can be tough to adjust to such freedom and keep working effectively. Here are some tips for a stress-free switch.

Remote working is better with social interactions

Make sure you have enough social interactions

The biggest danger of working remotely is staying isolated. So make sure you have enough time and opportunities to interact with your colleagues. Set up weekly video calls, engage when you need any advice, or simply say hello in your corporate messenger – all these are the ways to feel a part of the team.

It’s also so easy to slip into complete physical isolation while working from home. Push yourself to get out, meet with a friend for a lunch or make some exercise in the park. Staying home for the whole day can make you crazy in a week, even if you are a complete introvert.

Set up your remote working space

Comfortable working conditions can significantly increase your productivity. First of all, plan, where you would like to spend your day. Find a quiet place where you can leave your belongings and work without any distractions.

However remote working doesn’t mean you have to stay home all the time. Perhaps a nice cafe or library can motivate you for an effective day. Still it’s important to make sure your work through public Wi-Fi connection is secured. Use VPN Tracker World Connect in order to protect all your sensitive data from any hacking attempts. Our VPN Tracker World Connect instantly encrypts your internet activity to secure your work through any public Wi-Fi network.

VPN remote working

Another trick here is to invest into your working space. Companies are providing their employees with comfortable places to work, full of refreshments, newest tools and tech accessories. You can also prepare for your day to go smoothly. A pair of good headphones will keep you away from loud noises and comfortable chair will help your back to stay healthy.

Take advantage of you remote work and find the most comfortable working clothes. You can stick with an old pair of jeans or choose a fancy dress if it helps you to stay motivated. No one will judge your for over- or underdressing, at least until you are not on the video call. However stay away of your pajamas – separate working clothes will signalise your brain that it’s time to work.

Make sure you have access to your employer’s network. Nowadays most companies restrict availability of their inner sources for data protection. So don’t forget to choose a reliable VPN provider to connect to your company’s files. Download VPN Tracker 365 and set it up in a few easy steps with the help of our detailed configuration guides. Alternatively you can just get in touch with our support team if you’re stuck.

Plan your remote working schedule

Make a schedule

Many people think that remote working lets them have much more time for themselves. However they’re wrong. It’s just so easy to overwork when your laptop is always nearby and you can easily check mail or begin another small task. Give your day a fixed structure and plan not only its’ beginning and ending, but also breaks. No one can work productively without taking small breaks for a bit of stretching or a cups of coffee.

Making a shared schedule will also let your colleagues know when you are available or busy and shouldn’t be interrupted. Thus you can plan to work in your peak hours when your productivity is on top.

Remote work can seems challenging in the beginning, but with time you’ll find out the best way for you to stay on track. Try our easy tips for the first steps to the effective work from home.

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

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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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Start now! Requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later

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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:

Download VPN Tracker for free
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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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