The short: We’ve got disappointing news for VPN users on iOS.
What’s the point?: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are supposed to provide a private tunnel for your data and conversations to connect between your device and the internet.
That’s what we thought.
However, Michael Horowitz, a self-described independent computer expert burst that bubble in a blog post
titled “VPNs on iOS are a scam”.
alleged that a long-standing bug in iOS stops VPNs from completely encrypting all traffic – and Apple has been aware of it since 2020. Yikes.
At first, they appear to work fine… But, over time, a detailed inspection of data leaving the iOS device shows that the VPN tunnel leaks. – Horowitz.
Apple’s bugs: Top VPN service provider – ProtonVPN discovered this bug two years ago and alerted Apple to prevent unencrypted data leakage by terminating internet connections and re-establish them through the VPN when a VPN is enabled.
However, in iOS 13.3.1 and later versions, devices connected to a VPN still could not cancel and reopen connections. Consequently, a user might unwittingly keep some of the risky connections they were using before activating the VPN.
Final thoughts: This isn’t looking good for Apple. iOS users are not receiving the protection they deserve when using VPNs. Proton, Horowitz, and Apple know, now so do you. So it’s time to rethink what you do when you turn on that VPN.
And on Apple’s side, they need to fix this fast!
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