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ProtonVPN for iOS v1.1 and macOS v1.4 Release Notes

Posted on January 17th, 2019 by in Service Updates.

ProtonVPN for iOS v1.1 and macOS v1.4 Release Notes

 

Our new iOS and macOS apps now come with Always-on VPN, a feature that protects you from VPN disconnects. 

Update: As of version 1.5.3, the Always-On VPN setting is no longer visible in Settings. The feature is always enabled by default for security and it is not possible to turn off Always-On VPN.

Always-on VPN

Always-on protects your data by swiftly and automatically re-establishing a secure connection to the VPN server if your device gets disconnected. For your protection, Always-on VPN in iOS and macOS is automatically enabled when you connect to a server. Once you disconnect from ProtonVPN, Always-on is also disconnected.

The Always-on feature is replacing the Kill Switch feature starting with iOS v1.1 and macOS v1.4. We are making this change because a Kill Switch in the traditional sense (shutting off the network connection if the VPN connection drops) is not possible on iOS and macOS with the IKEv2 protocol that our apps utilize.

For our more technically-inclined users, a more detailed explanation follows. Apple offers native support for the IKEv2 protocol, which means IKEv2 integrates better with iOS and macOS and provides higher performance than OpenVPN. For this reason, we use the IKEv2 protocol on our iOS and macOS apps. One drawback, though, is that Apple’s VPN framework doesn’t support Kill Switch. For one reason or another, the Apple VPN framework doesn’t come with the ability to shut down the network connectivity on an Apple device, making it impossible to build a true Kill Switch. This is inherent to the Apple platform.

We now use the name “Always-on” as this is a more accurate representation of the feature’s capability.

Again, for your security, Always-on VPN is always present in both iOS and macOS —you don’t need to take any action to enable this protection. Note, Always-on VPN is also available on Android.

Random server selection

You can now create profiles that connect your device to a random ProtonVPN server within a specified country in the ProtonVPN iOS app. While you are creating a new profile, the Random option will appear at the top of the server list after you have chosen your desired country.

We have also added a Random Connection profile to our Recommended section which will randomly connect you to one of our servers anywhere in the world. The Random Connection option will appear on the Profiles screen.

P2P and TOR server labels

These labels will appear on the Countries list.

countries iOS ProtonVPN

Enhanced privacy for crash reporting

The ProtonVPN macOS app sends anonymous crash reports so we can fix bugs that cause crashes, helping us improve the quality of the application. With this update, we will use Sentry, an open-sourced error tracking system, to handle these reports. Sentry sends the error reports directly to ProtonVPN, so no third party ever has access to these anonymous crash reports.

This latest version of ProtonVPN for iOS and macOS is easier to use and even better at protecting your privacy. If you are already using ProtonVPN, your app will either automatically update or prompt you to update. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit and give us your feedback!

Best Regards,
The ProtonVPN Team

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Prior to joining ProtonVPN, Richie spent several years working on tech solutions in the developing world. As a senior editor and writer at Latterly, he covered and commented on international human rights stories. He joined ProtonVPN to advance the rights of online privacy and freedom.

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7 comments

  1. Bleeeeeep

    Hi,
    I’ve been using the macOS app for some time – it’s a great app and service.
    I notice that windows users can get per-app VPN (split tunnel routing); several other VPN providers offer the same.
    It would be great to be able to use Netflix in one window whilst using the VPN in others.
    Can we request this feature for macOS users?

  2. ProtonVPN Admin

    Yes, the Split tunneling feature for macOS is highly requested from our users, so we are definitely considering it for further development.

  3. La-a

    Rrtsrt, that was my exact same question a month later. ProtonTeam, I have LOVED using this service, but an iOS widget would put this over the top for me.

  4. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hello! The iOS widget is coming very soon 🙂 Be sure to follow us on our social media channels to get the latest news.

  5. Rrtsrt

    First, thank you for providing such a wonderful app and service to the global community. I am really finding the iOS app really useful.

    Is there any chance an iOS widget is in the works for quickly connecting/disconnecting?

  6. Erotavlas

    Hi,
    any expected date for GNU/linux application?
    Thank you

  7. ProtonVPN Admin

    Hi! The native client is under development, but we cannot provide any specific date for its release yet. For now, the most optimal way to connect on Linux is via our ProtonVPN Linux tool: https://protonvpn.com/support/linux-vpn-tool/

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