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  • [Review] VPNOnly - Disallow Non-VPN Communications On Wi-Fi


    Internet security is a huge thing Ė especially abroad. We take our iOS devices almost everywhere we go and this is especially so for our iPhones. When we do this, sometimes we use free Wi-Fi hotspots. These free Wi-Fi hotspots are wide open and are usually unencrypted, allowing hackers to easily intercept your information. We can help improve our security using a virtual private network (VPN), which sends our information to a remote server making it harder for our data to be monitored.

    While VPN technology is nothing new to the iOS world, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed VPNOnly by iOS developer Aleksey Ovchinnikov will make it so you can automatically route all Wi-Fi data through a VPN of your choice no matter where you are and what Wi-Fi network you are using. The tweak is toggled with a switch, shown in the above screenshots, and it will require you to have VPN services on your iOS device.

    When enabled, any Internet data you use on Wi-Fi networks will be pushed through your VPN service. As long as the tweak is enabled this will be the case. You also have to have your VPN enabled so the tweak knows which VPN to route the information to. If you enable the tweak, but disable the VPN, you wonít be able to load anything over Wi-Fi because the tweak wonít be able to use a VPN to route your information through. As soon as you disable the tweak, you'll be able to use Internet data over Wi-Fi without a VPN again.

    VPNOnly is intended to make sure none of your information is pushed out to the public in an unencrypted form; it makes your public Internet browsing more secure. It can also be used to bypass firewalls. The tweak does not activate when youíre on 3G, Edge, or other cellular signals as it is a Wi-Fi-only tweak. You'll know when the VPN is turned on as it will show the VPN indicator on the status bar as you are using it:



    Itís important to note that VPNOnly doesnít come with VPN services. Youíll need to either be paying for your own VPN service otherwise you will need to find or create a free alternative to the paid services. VPNOnly will not function unless you have some kind of VPN services configured on your iOS device. A couple of free trial App Store services you can use with VPNOnly include:
    If the only Wi-Fi network you use is your own secured home wireless router, then you may not find this tweak to be necessary. Only the people who are constantly out abroad using free, unsecured networks like those at McDonalds or in coffee shops would be able to make the best out of VPNOnly. I can see this being a very practical tweak and it appears to work very well, unfortunately it comes with quite a hefty price tag.

    Name: VPNOnly
    Price: $3
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iOS 4+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Aleksey Ovchinnikov
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    Sources: Aleksey Ovchinnikov
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] VPNOnly - Disallow Non-VPN Communications On Wi-Fi started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      The price is not high IMO, considering what it does and the amount of time it takes to do an app like this.

      Edit: Im waiting for your rushplayer+ review
    1. islandremix's Avatar
      islandremix -
      I have been using ibvpn.com while in Europe for a while to give me a USA IP address.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Could this theoretically block ATT from knowing that we're tethering?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      Could this theoretically block ATT from knowing that we're tethering?
      Not at all. It's not affiliated with cellular data.
    1. dmcdivitt's Avatar
      dmcdivitt -
      If this worked for 3G and Edge in addition to WiFi, I would get it. When I tether through 3G I use a VPN so the carrier won't know. Unfortunately the VPN sometimes falls off, and when it does the iPhone keeps right on communicating. If this worked for 3G and Edge, it would quit communicating if the VPN fell off.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by dmcdivitt View Post
      If this worked for 3G and Edge in addition to WiFi, I would get it. When I tether through 3G I use a VPN so the carrier won't know. Unfortunately the VPN sometimes falls off, and when it does the iPhone keeps right on communicating. If this worked for 3G and Edge, it would quit communicating if the VPN fell off.
      I really don't buy into a VPN hiding tethering from a carrier.
    1. Rich.'s Avatar
      Rich. -
      Nice name for your wifi network.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Lol^
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Worst Place to put the toggler :-\
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich. View Post
      Nice name for your wifi network.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Not at all. It's not affiliated with cellular data.
      Correct but when tethering from an iphone, data is transmitted from the iphone through wifi to the device, correct?
    1. raptorjr's Avatar
      raptorjr -
      How is this different from enabling VPN yourself on the iDevice?
    1. sknet's Avatar
      sknet -
      does this slow down speed for the internet?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      Correct but when tethering from an iphone, data is transmitted from the iphone through wifi to the device, correct?
      The carrier is monitoring your data usage, not your Wi-Fi usage. You are actively sucking data into your phone when you tether.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by sknet View Post
      does this slow down speed for the internet?
      I was thinking the same thing. It should make it slower if it sends information to a remote server, I may be wrong though
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      $3 is a hefty price tag??
    1. kichi_kichi's Avatar
      kichi_kichi -
      Quote Originally Posted by dmcdivitt View Post
      If this worked for 3G and Edge in addition to WiFi, I would get it. When I tether through 3G I use a VPN so the carrier won't know. Unfortunately the VPN sometimes falls off, and when it does the iPhone keeps right on communicating. If this worked for 3G and Edge, it would quit communicating if the VPN fell off.
      Agree. Would love a tweak that disables cellular data when not on VPN. Are there any alternate apps that can do that?