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VPN Unlimited, by Simplex Solutions, is a virtual private network app that has no limits on the bandwidth or connection speed and provides you with a secure connection.
Simplex Soultions has just released version 3.0, which has strengthened encryption methods, added a fully downloadable global server list, included the ability to use VPN on up to 5 devices through one account, and gives hands-on statistics for each device. They have also redesigned the user interface, making it sleeker and easier to use. The app now has new servers in Romania, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ukraine, Japan, Texas, and Florida as well.
You can download VPN Unlimited for free on the App Store. It gives you ten days of free service, after which you can opt in to one of their time-limited subscriptions.
ZenMate Security VPN by ZenGuard has released an updated version optimized for iOS 8. The app protects your privacy by hiding your IP and Securing your device with encryption. The app has been super popular; just 14 months after launch they have broken their 5 million user milestone. ZenMate Security VPN will also now have the Firefox extension, which brings the same level of security to Firefox.
You can download ZenMate Security VPN for free on the App Store now.
Swann, the DIY security company, is releasing SwannOne for iOS. The app connects to a range of kits that provide the user with full control over their security system.
The app will provide video monitoring, sound alerts, notifications of sounds like a baby crying or breaking glass, smoke, and fire and carbon monoxide detection. Users can also lock and unlock doors remotely and monitor alarms, temperature settings, and turn appliances on and off with smart plugs.
“The smart home is an unstoppable trend which we intend to be at the forefront of through continuous research and development. We understand the needs of our customers, and we are going to deliver exactly what they want - a complete and affordable security-centric smart home solution driven from one app,” says Geoff Wanless, CTO of Swann. “Our system uses the latest wireless technology, including Wi-Fi and Zigbee to ensure that it is easy to use and inter-connectable.”
You can check out the SwannOne app when it's released on the App Store soon, and can see a full range of Swann kits on their site.
1Password, by AgileBits, has been updated to take full advantage of iOS 8's new security features and App Extensions. Now, with Touch ID, you can unlock 1Password with just a tap.
You can also link 1Password with all of your other supported apps using the App Extensions and never have to remember a long list of passwords. It even works with Safari now, so as you browse the app can automatically fill out login requests for you without having to open 1Password.
You can check out the new, improved 1Password for free on the App Store.
Level Reacts to iOS Security Vulnerability, Requires Users to Update OS to Continue Using Level Money
Level Money is taking proactive steps to ensure that its users are as secure as possible by requiring that they update to iOS version 7.0.6, which contains Apple's new security patch. According to Level Money's blog it was the responsible thing to do, even though it wasn't responsible for the breach.
"Even though this is not a vulnerably in the Level system, we knew we had to do everything in our power prevent exposure of the sensitive information our members trust us with. Last night, we implemented a requirement that Level members update to iOS version 7.0.6 in order to continue using the app. Version 7.0.5 is inherently insecure, and data on that iOS version cannot be protected. Members that update to the latest version should be able to resume use of Level Money without any further interruption. However, we know we are far from the only app entrusted with sensitive information, which is why we are calling on all other app developers — particularly those handling banking and payment information —to implement similar measures. Apps handling sensitive information have a responsibility to respond quickly to this type of exposure. Users must be required to update their iOS version if we are to uphold our promise to protect the information which we are entrusted with."
Level Money is available for free on the App Store
MyPermissions - Online Privacy Shield is a trust certification program for iOS developers, helping them build a level of trust between companies and its customers. The trust certification programs requires that developers agree to a list of standards to protect the personal information of their users. Those who complete the program are able to display a shield icon on their website, making their followers feel more at ease about giving up their information.
“Consumers are often unaware of the dangers associated with online privacy and are not cautious when sharing personal information,” said Olivier Amar, CEO and co-founder of MyPermissions, in a press release. “With the Trust Certification Program, we give developers the ability to provide a safe online environment for consumers when interacting with apps and websites. Developers who chose to participate in the program display a level of trustworthiness and accountability when it comes to protecting information."
Think about all the important information and communication methods that you have available on your phone. Now think that it's probably all unprotected if someone nabs your phone. Thankfully, it's possible to set a passcode lock in order to help protect your device. Here's how to do it and to keep it from being too much of a hassle to use your phone when you want to!
Go to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock. Tap Turn Passcode On. You will then be presented with a keypad to input a 4-digit passcode. You will be prompted to enter it twice in order to verify that you have it correct.
If you want something a bit more complex, turn off the Simple Passcode option and you will have the ability to input a complex passcode using the iPhone keyboard. Only the default language one will be used, preventing a security hole where you could disable a necessary keyboard to unlock your phone!
There's two advantages to protecting your phone. There's the obvious one of not just allowing anyone access in to your phone if someone grabs hold of it. This also has the advantage of encrypting all the data on your phone, so if some nefarious person gets access to your device, it'll be difficult to extract the data off of it.
You can also enable the Erase Data function, where ten wrong passcode entries will erase your phone. Make sure that you back your phone up regularly! As well, if you have Find My iPhone set up, you can make it so that you can reset your device remotely.
The obvious downside to protecting your phone is of course that it's just a bit more inconvenient to unlock your phone when you pick it up, so it's a tradeoff. But considering the amount of sensitive data that's on your phone, it might just be worth it to do it. However, there are options for combining security and convenience. You can set the passcode lock to only enable after a certain amount of time, so that if you're frequently using your phone, you won't be inconvenienced. As well, you can leave message replying, Passbook tickets appearing on the lockscreen, and Siri access, without requiring the device to be unlocked.
If you decide that you want to not input a password any more, just tap Turn Passcode Off in the Passcode Lock settings. This will not encrypt your data any more, however.
While it can be a slightly-annoying additional hassle, setting a passcodelock is a great option to protect your device. How do you feel about using it? Let us know in the comments!
Apple is introducing a new way to protect the security of your iTunes account. It's called two-step verification, and while it does involve an extra step to log in, it will help make logging in to your Apple ID more secure and make it harder to break into through the use of a trusted device and a secret passkey.
See, security questions are not entirely safe since it's possible for someone who wants illicit access to your account to get things like your mother's maiden name or first job. So instead, this presumes that a more capable form of security for your account is a physical device that you would have to own in order to get access to your account - this can be a trusted iOS device or any SMS-capable phone, though not a Google Voice account, along with a security key or one's password. It's unlikely that someone wanting access to your account from an untrusted source will have two of the three.
Go to Apple's ID page, and log in with the Apple ID you want to set up two-step verification on. Go to the Password and Security section, and if it's available, choose to set it up. You will need to wait 3 days before you can complete the setup of your account. So bookmark this page and come back in 3 days!
Welcome back, unless you stuck around to see what the steps are, then thanks for sticking around!
Now, follow the various dialogs that appear. Apple will warn that once two-step is enabled, it can't be disabled, and that it will require at least two of the three necessary components.
Then, Apple will require you to verify your trusted devices. Every device you choose to verify will have a verification code pushed to it, and you can independently verify your iPhone's phone number in case you change devices or switch to another OS. Not that you'd do such a thing.
Then, Apple will give you your security key. This is one of the other necessary components to get back in to your account. You will need to securely store a copy of this key, by either writing it down, or printing out a copy somewhere. Apple will then make you enter the security key they just gave you.
Apple will then give you one final warning before enabling two-step verification on your account.
Congratulations! You've enabled two-step verification on your account. This will make it harder for unauthorized access into your account. You can disable two-factor from the Apple ID settings if you find it too much of a hassle, however.