IPVanish Releases iOS App

The IPVanish development team just released a mobile app for iOS users.  Members can use the iOS app to access the IPVanish VPN network on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.  We look forward to testing the new app over the weekend and will share our thoughts next week.  In the meantime check it out for yourself.  IPVanish offers unlimited VPN access from just $5.20 a month along with a 7-day money back guarantee.

IPVanish iOS app

Members have free access to IPVanish client software for Windows, Mac and Linux.  Along with mobile apps for iOS and Android.  You can download the new iOS app directly from iTunes.  You’ll need iOS 7.0 or higher to run the app.  From there you can access the IPVanish network which includes 7,000 IP addresses spanning 110+ servers in 47 countries around the world.  They allow two simultaneous connections on a single account.

Once again we look forward to testing the new IPVanish app over the weekend and will bring you the results early next week.  In the meantime check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.  You can visit VPNSP.com to learn more about VPN clients and apps.  Follow us @VPNSP for the latest news and deals.

iVPN Windows Client Beta

The iVPN team is testing a new Windows client.  They have invited all members to try out the new software.  You can download it directly from their web site  The client has a standard look.  With dropdown boxes for server location and protocol/port number.  The settings tab gives users access to customize the client.  They have some nice advanced features to help ensure the users privacy while using the iVPN service.

iVPN Windows client

Here’s a list of features from the iVPN client post:

  • Full Privacy leak detection/alert and blocking – The application will immediately block all connections and alert the user with a popup screen when it detects that traffic may flow outside of the VPN e.g. if there is a disconnection for any reason. No traffic can flow (incoming and outgoing) until the user explicitly clicks on the ‘unblock’ button. Note, this feature is not available on Windows XP.
  • Fully automated updates of new VPN gateways – The application will transparently check for a cryptographically signed list of servers every few minutes. This means that we can deploy new servers and you will have them available within minutes. The server list is cryptographically signed to ensure the integrity of the data i.e. no MITM attacks where the server IP’s are changed to one under the adversaries control.
  • Notification of upgrades – When we publish a new version you will receive a notification within the application that a new version is available to download.
  • Start at login – Ensure that the application is always loaded when the operating system starts.
  • Automatically  connect to last server on startup  – If you always connect to the same server you can now have the application connect automatically on startup.
  • Automatically connect to last server when joining insecure wifi – If you connect to a WIFI network without encryption enabled the client will automatically establish a VPN connection to the last server you connected to.
  • Built in OBFS Proxy – If you are located in a jurisdiction where OpenVPN is blocked you can enable the built in OBFS Proxy software to obfuscate your connection to the VPN server, bypassing common Internet filtering systems.
  • Additional ports – You can now connect to all singlehop servers on UDP/53 and TCP 80. UDP/53 is commonly used for DNS request traffic and is often open when all other ports are blocked.

Visit iVPN.net to learn more about their service along with downloading the new Windows client.  You can also visit VPNSP.com to learn more about VPN providers.  Follow us @VPNSP for the latest news and updates.

Golden Frog Releases VyprVPN 2.0

Yesterday the team over at Golden Frog announced the availability of VyprVPN 2.0.  The new client and mobile app went into beta testing in mid-October.  Now it’s ready for public release.  You can download VyprVPN 2.0 for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.  Members have full access to the new software.  You can visit the Golden Frog site to learn more about their online privacy (VyprVPN) and storage (Dump Truck) services.

VyprVPN 2.0

Here are a few of the features listed for the new VyprVPN 2.0 release:

  • New 2.0 user interface design – more intuitive and easier to use
  • Speed graph with download and upload speeds.
  • Set favorite servers for quicker access
  • Ping test to find the fastest servers
  • IP location map for the Android app
  • Switch between Manual and On Demand for iOS

The Golden Frog team has been quite busy this year.  With the addition of several VPN server locations along with the latest VyprVPN 2.0 release.  We look forward to seeing what comes next from their innovative team.  In the meantime head on over to the Golden Frog site to try out their latest client and mobile apps.

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A First Look at CyberGhost 5.0

September 2013 update – CyberGhost 5 beta 2 is now available.  You can learn more about it here.

We had the pleasure of testing the new CyberGhost 5.0 beta today.  When we wrote about the upcoming beta a few days ago we thought it would be longer before the release.  It was a nice surprise to receive an email from the CG team with the good news.  After a quick download and install we were up and running on the all new CyberGhost 5.0.  You can test it out as well by visiting the beta test page on the CyberGhost VPN site.

CyberGhost 5.0

As you can see in the image above we connected to a server in the United Kingdom from the United States.  After running a speed test we were impressed with the performance.  Achieving download speeds just under 10 Mbps and upload of 6 Mbps.  Connections to the UK and Germany were faster than the US.  This isn’t meant as a review though.  We were pleased with the network performance and choice of server locations.

CyberGhost Coutry Selection

The interface is SO easy to use.  You can let the client choose a location or select one manually.  When we tested the client was showing open servers in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, United Kingdom, United States and the Ukraine.  With fifteen servers available at the time we connected.  Remember this is on a free account.  Premium users will have more options.

CyberGhost connection interupted

What happens when the VPN connection drops?  It’s bound to happen from time to time.  We had it occur once while using their Los Angeles server.  When that happens the CyberGhost 5.0 client will display the message shown above.  You’ll notice that the software disabled our Internet connection in order to protect our privacy.  You have the option to unlock or reconnect.  The client will automatically try to reconnect after a few seconds.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our first look at CyberGhost 5.0.  We’re impressed by the time and effort their team put into the client.  The user interface is intuitive and very easy to use.  We will continue to test and share our impressions.  With a review to come once the software leaves the beta phase.  From what we can tell there shouldn’t be too many bugs to work out.  Remember you can visit their beta test page to join in.

You can read our CyberGhost review to learn more about the service or visit cyberghostvpn.com.

IPVanish Enhances Android App

IPVanish released an app for Android members earlier this summer.  As a Note 2 and Nexus 7 user we enjoy using the app.  For a version 1 release it was well suited to meet our needs.  The new version 1.08 includes some enhancements.  Especially for those who travel or experience frequent drops from their cell network.  Existing users will be prompted to upgrade.  Enjoy unlimited VPN access for just $10 a month.

IPVanish Android App

Here’s a summary of the new features from the IPVanish blog:

  • Switching to airplane mode. IPVanish switches into “Waiting for usable network connection” state. Once airplane mode is disabled, IPVanish reconnects.
  • Installed IPVanish on a Nexus 7, disabled the Wi-Fi router it was connected to. IPVanish enters “waiting for usable Network connection” state. Reconnects once signal is back.
  • Disabled 3g within the Android emulator, IPVanish trys to reconnect all the time.

The Android app uses OpenVPN for the best possible privacy for your mobile device.  You can use it to switch between any of their 100+ servers in 44 countries.  Switching locations and IP addresses whenever necessary.  We used the client while traveling earlier this summer and found it to be very reliable.

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Auto Connect to IPVanish VPN

IPVanish recently rolled out a new version of their popular Windows VPN client software.  The update includes enhancements to the auto-connectivity feature.  IPVanish members can connect to any VPN server automatically when the client launches.  With the option to choose between OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP protocols.  You can even set the client to launch when Windows starts up.  New to IPVanish?  Save 10% off unlimited access.

IPVanish auto-connect

Not to confuse anyone.  You can always just open up the VPN client and connect to any server location you want.  This is a more advanced option that helps you connect to a specific location each time the software launches.  To set up auto-connect simply click on preferences.  That will bring up a box like the screen shown above.

To enable the feature check the box next to “Connect automatically when IPVanish starts“.  Then you have some options.  You can choose to connect to the last server used, closest server by network latency, or select a specific server.  Right below that you can also select which protocol to use.  We’ll dive into each option.

  • Last server used – connects to the last server you previously used
  • Closest server by network latency – good option for peak performance.
  • This server – select between 100+ servers in 44 countries.
  • Protocol – choose OpenVPN (TPC or UDP), PPTP or L2TP

That’s all there is to configuring the auto connect feature.  Visit IPVanish.com to download the latest release.

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ibVPN Releases Android App

ibVPN recently released an Android app for their online privacy service.  Free trial users and paid members have access to the Android client.  The app is now out of beta and available on Google Play.  You can also download it directly from ibvpn.com.  They have a “New VPN Client for Android” message on the left hand side of the home page.  Just click through and download it from there.  Remember to share any feedback or suggestions.

ibVPN Android app

Earlier this summer we tested PureVPN’s new Android app.  The ibVPN client is similar.  That’s a good thing.  It’s easy to use.  Once you log in the app will choose a location.  In our case it chose Phoenix by default.  Since that’s further away we tapped on the location drop down and selected a server in Chicago.  There are several options to choose from.  You can read our ibVPN Android review for a full list of locations available in the app.

We were impressed by the performance and server selection.  With locations available in eighteen countries.  They even specify a handful of P2P servers in the Android client.  Switching between server locations is simple to do.  Testing on a Samsung Note II we achieved 4 Mbps download speed on an AT&T 4G connection.

ibVPN has a full assortment of client software.  With a nice Windows VPN client.  Along with Android and iOS apps.  Their prices starting at $4.95 a month for unlimited VPN access.  ibVPN is one of a handful of VPN services we’re keeping a close eye on this year.  They have been around a long time and provide good service for a low price.  Give the new app a try.  They offer a 6 hour free trial which is enough time to check it out.

PureVPN One-Click Android App

The PureVPN development team recently launched a new version of their Android app.  Members can now access PureVPN servers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom with one click.  The app is included free with their VPN service.  They have free Android and iOS apps.  Along with client software for Windows and Mac.  Sign up during the PureVPN birthday celebration to save 65% off unlimited VPN.

PureVPN Android App

We tried out the new Android client and were impressed with the ease of use.  You can let the app decide which server to connect to automatically or choose for yourself.  With options in the US, UK and Canada.  Read our PureVPN Android review for a full list of server locations.  After connecting we ran a speed test and were able to achieve 3.38 Mbps download speed on our Samsung Note II using the AT&T mobile network.

The PureVPN app supports rooted and non-rooted devices running Android 4.0 or later.  You can download the new version 1.2 release from Google Play.  If you have any iOS devices PureVPN offers a nice iPhone  app as well.  You can download it from the iTunes app store.  It helps set up your iPhone or iPad to connect.

If you’re wondering how the Android client works we can explain in just a few words.  Once you’ve got the app on your phone or tablet simply open it up and enter your PureVPN username and password.  Then tap connect to automatically connect or select from their list of servers in the United States, United Kingdom or Canada.  From there you’ll connect to PureVPN using OpenVPN to secure your data over their network.

CactusVPN Mac Client Review

Earlier this month CactusVPN shared some exciting news with us.  After a lot of hard work their team has released a Mac version of their VPN client software.   The Mac OS/X version includes advanced features including app killer.  Helping users ensure their apps don’t communicate if the VPN drops connection.  Members can download the client for free while new users can sign up from just $4.99 a month.

CactusVPN Mac client

We’ve tested and use CactusVPN’s Windows software.  The similarities in the Mac client are obvious.  Letting users easily switch between systems and enjoy the same features and benefits.  Connect to their servers in the United States, United Kingdom or the Netherlands.  Your server access is dependent on which VPN plan you subscribe to during the sign up process.  Let’s take a closer look at the main user interface.

CactusVPN user interface

We like the clean interface design that CactusVPN was able to present.  It’s very easy to follow.  First you choose a country (US, UK or NL).  From there you can select a specific server location.  The next step is to choose a VPN protocol.  We highly recommend OpenVPN for the most secure connection.  PPTP and L2TP protocols are also available.  After you’ve selected the server and protocol simply click Connect to enable the secure tunnel.

Next we’ll take a look at the settings tab:

CactusVPN Mac client settings

The settings page presents you with a number of options.  The startup settings will let you set the behavior of the client when you start your system.  You can have the CactusVPN software run at startup and login.  With the option to minimize when started or once connected.  The reconnect settings are important.  This is where you tell the client what to do if the connection drops.  We suggest you turn this on to help protect your privacy.

The final settings tab let’s you configure app killer:

CactusVPN app killer

This is where you protect apps from communicating if your connection drops.  First you’ll want to add an app to the list.  Then check the box to restart on reconnect.  If your connection drops the app will automatically close.  Then it will restart once a connection is reestablished.  You can protect multiple programs.

That’s all there is to it.  Visit Cactusvpn.com for more details and to download the new Mac client.

VPN4ALL iPhone App Review

iPhone users will be happy to hear that VPN4ALL has an app for iOS.  The app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S and 5.  Along with iPod Touch (3rd generation or newer) and iPad.  It requires iOS 4.3 or higher.  Assuming you have all that covered head on over to the iTunes app store and download the latest version.  You’ll need a VPN4ALL account first.  They offer mobile VPN access from $5.95 a month with term discounts available.

VPN4ALL iPhone App

There are a few key features that we really appreciate.  For starters the VPN4ALL iPhone app will stay on even after your iPhone goes into sleep mode.  That’s an issue with other iPhone VPN apps.  They also include antimalware and antiphishing protection.  Those with children will appreciate the parental controls.  As you can see above the app let’s you choose between country servers.  You can also track data usage and view status.

Check out VPN4ALL’s iOS client and let us know what you think.  You can read our VPN4ALL review to learn more about the service or sign up for a mobile account to enjoy their new iPhone and Android apps.