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Why does iOS say my VPN might be filtering my traffic?

Jun 18, 2019 · 2 min read

Why does iOS say my VPN might be filtering my traffic?

iPhone users may be getting a scary warning from their phones claiming that their VPN could be filtering or monitoring their traffic. We’ll explain why iOS sends you this notification and why it doesn’t actually mean your traffic is being filtered.

“All network activity on this iPhone may be filtered or monitored when using VPN.”

This notification is a default iPhone message that apps – including ours – can’t modify. It explains how VPN connections can be abused and notifies users when an app is trying to form a VPN connection, so it’s a welcome security feature.

The wording of the notification, however, seems to suggest that this might be the case for your NordVPN connection as well. However, we will never filter or censor your connection, and here’s why:

  • We follow a strict no-logs policy. We only gather the bare minimum amount of data required to provide a stable and secure service. Renowned auditing house Price Waterhouse-Cooper has even audited our servers to check our claim.
  • We have always opposed internet censorship, and one of our product’s primary functions is to provide online freedom. When Roskomnadzor – the Russian government’s communication regulator – demanded we implement censorship systems, we immediately removed our servers from the country. Filtering user traffic would be against everything we stand for.

The only exception would be our Cybersec feature, which filters out malicious websites and warns users before they enter them. However, users are fully in control of this feature and can turn it on and off at will.

So when you see this default iPhone notification, don’t worry – it just means that your iPhone is looking out for you. Your connection with NordVPN will still be totally private and under your control.

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Daniel Markuson
Daniel Markuson successVerified author

Daniel is a digital privacy enthusiast and an internet security expert. As the blog editor at NordVPN, Daniel is generous with spreading news, stories, and tips through the power of a well-written word.


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