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You need a VPN on your iPhone, and here’s why

Mar 30, 2018 · 5 min read

You need a VPN on your iPhone, and here’s why

Many people have come to believe that Apple products are somehow hacker-proof. While this may be true to some extent, vulnerabilities still exist as no device is 100% immune to cyber threats. Therefore, if you care about the security of your private data, getting a reliable VPN for your iPhone is critically important. Here’s why.

Should I run a VPN on my iPhone? Yes, you should.

Over the past few months, I’ve been hearing lots of discussions about VPNs and their benefits for both – individuals and businesses. People are getting more concerned about their privacy and data security, and I’m glad to hear many of my friends already have a VPN app installed on their desktop or Android phones. However, I couldn’t say the same about iPhone users – many of them still have what may be called “the Apple syndrome,” and believe they are safe only because “they use iOS.”

While it’s a logical decision for hackers to target the dominant operating systems, such as Android or Windows, they might as well try their luck on other OS. And they might succeed. In fact, a number of recent vulnerabilities in macOS and iOS have finally busted the myth of the unbreakable Apple safety.

So if you own an iPhone, it’s about time you take some steps to protect your communications as well.

Here’s why you need a VPN

Chances are, you already know what a VPN is, but here’s a short reminder. A VPN connects you to the Internet through an encrypted tunnel and hides your IP address, so no hackers or other third parties can see what you are doing or what data you send through the web. This setup is beneficial for many reasons, but most people need a VPN in these particular situations.

If you use public Wi-Fi

Besides browsing the Internet, what else do you use your iPhone for? While it is still called a phone, do you really use it for making phone calls? And if you do, you probably use Skype or instant messaging apps as most of them are equipped with this feature. The ability to hop on the web anytime you want, no matter where you are, is what makes your phone so precious you take it everywhere without even blinking.

Staying online all the time has never been easier now that you can find a free Wi-Fi hotspot at almost every coffee shop, library, airport, or shopping mall. One click and you are in. Wrong click and you are hacked.

Yes, that’s right. Every time you use public Wi-Fi, you put your sensitive data at risk of being exposed. It’s because these networks are usually poorly secured, or worse – they don’t have any protection at all, making them extremely vulnerable to hacking. To put it simply, if you are not careful enough, your credit card details, passwords, and other private information might end up in the hands of cybercriminals.

Now, what difference does a VPN make? Once you get the NordVPN app for your iPhone, securing your private data doesn’t get easier than this: open the app and connect to any server you want. From the moment you do this, all your Internet traffic will travel through an encrypted tunnel, so no hacker will be able to see what you are up to online. When you browse the Internet using a VPN, your communications are encrypted, allowing you to stay private and safe, even on unsecured Wi-Fi.

If you are going (or living) abroad

What's VPN on an iPhone

When you go abroad for a vacation, studies or work, you still want to be able to get the same websites, services, and social networks as you are used to accessing at home. However, you may have trouble doing that if you are traveling to one of the many countries known for heavy censorship and restrictions.

So if your flight tickets are booked, and the must-see list is completed, don’t pack your things and go just yet. There’s one more thing you should do before leaving – download a VPN app on your iPhone. Believe me, this will save you a headache when in a foreign country.

By connecting to a VPN server, your device will get the IP address of that server, so it will look like you are browsing from a different country than you actually are.

So if you are restricted from using Twitter, simply pick any VPN server, and you are free to log in, as usual. Or choose a server in your home country to access the streaming services you subscribe at home.

If you care about your privacy

I know too many privacy skeptics who claim they aren’t worried that someone might be watching them online because they don’t do anything illegal or embarrassing. Therefore they have nothing to hide.

I then begin to wonder if these people are aware of the fact that their ISP can see what websites they visit, as well as their search entries, clicks, and purchases? Or the fact that all this information can be sold to third parties, or to be more precise, advertisers so that they can target you with ads better?

The right VPN can protect you from ISP tracking your browsing activities. When you connect to a remote VPN server, your data is securely encrypted, and your ISP can no longer see it. The only information visible to them is the IP address of that VPN server – that’s all.

What makes a good VPN for iPhone?

While it’s true that a VPN isn’t a magic privacy bullet, it sure can be a huge help to those who want to stay secure and private on the Internet. But how do you choose a VPN provider when there are so many of them out there? I advise you not to rush things and do a little research.

Here’s what a good VPN should offer:

Lots of servers. Not only does this mean more choices to spoof your location, but also provides better speeds and more stable connection.

No logs policy. Look for a VPN provider you can trust. It should be committed to protecting your privacy and never log your data.

24/7 customer care so that you can get your answers at any time of day.

Strong encryption and security features. Security is what you want from your VPN, isn’t that right? Your VPN app should use reliable security protocols and have additional features to ensure the protection of your data no matter what. “Kill Switch” and “DNS leak protection” are they keywords you should look for.

Easy-to-use software. When you search for a VPN app for your smartphone, you want it to be intuitive and easy to use. The NordVPN app for iOS is nice to look at, but more importantly – it is super easy to use and has all you need to secure your privacy on the go.

What's VPN on an iPhone

What you may like about NordVPN is the fact that you can connect up to 6 devices under one account, including your laptop, tablet, or even another smartphone with a different OS.

You can download the NordVPN app to your iPhone here.

Lewis Lambert Fox
Lewis Lambert Fox successVerified author

Lewis is a content writer at NordVPN and a true explorer when it comes to cybersecurity. He’s always on a mission to examine the tech world through the lens of privacy and share his findings and useful tips with blog readers.

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