Jun 16

VPN – Information

A VPN (virtual private network) is usually hosted securely on another network, such as the internet, to provide connectivity. VPNs are often used when working on secure information held by a company or organisation.

Free VPN Apps
Any company worth its salt in the business world will be looking to ‘make money’ one way or another, and that includes VPNs.

To do so, some free services look to make money from third party advertisers. The company makes money either based on the number of clicks those adverts attract or simply through the number of impressions.

The problem here, beyond the annoyance of seeing ads in the first place, is the fact that the service providers have a vested interest in you seeing or clicking on the adverts and so the ad-channels will see priority over other traffic and connection times may well reflect that – after all, the longer you end up looking at an advert, the more the advertiser will benefit from that.

The other key issue with free VPNs is the fact that some are run by exactly the sort of people you may be hoping to avoid by using a VPN in the first place – cyber criminals.

Hackers, conmen and other ill-intentioned web occupants are always looking for opportunities to make money off the back of others’ misfortune.
By running their own proxy server, especially one that promises free usage, they can garner a huge number of signups from unsuspecting users who are far too eager to hand over their personal information.

What they do with that personal information can vary. Some may sell on basic details to advertisers which is bad enough but the far greater risk is that they logged everything the user did via the proxy server, including bank login details, credit card information and all manner of account access and password details. It goes without saying that such information has value in the hands of the wrong sort of people.

How to spot a VPN in use?

1. An App icon will be located on the home screen. (Dash VPN, VPN App etc.)

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To find specific apps on the device you need to perform a Spotlight search. From any Home screen page of your iPad or iPhone, touch your finger to the screen and drag down to reveal the Spotlight search field. Type what you’re looking (e.g. VPN for and hit Search.) All results will be shown, although search results can be changed in Settings.

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2. When the VPN is active, the VPN logo will appear on the device.

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3. Websites that originally would be in a location specific language e.g Google, will appear in the language of the VPNs Host country. This wont always be in a foreign language as the VPNs host country could be the USA.

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4. VPN apps will install a VPN configuration on the device that can be seen in the settings. The VPN ‘switch’ will also be an option within Settings.

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What can you do?
Delete the App – If your child has downloaded and used a VPN app, the app must be deleted from the child’s device.

Set up Restrictions – You can set restrictions for some apps, and for purchased content. For example, parents can restrict explicit music from appearing in playlists, or disallow changes to certain settings. Use restrictions to prevent the use of certain apps, the installation of new apps, or changes to accounts or the volume limit.

Turn on restrictions. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions, then tap Enable Restrictions. You’ll be asked to define a restrictions passcode that’s necessary to change the settings you make. This can be different from the passcode for unlocking iPad.

Important: If you forget your restrictions passcode, you must restore the iPad software.

Full details on setting up Restrictions can be viewed at the link below.