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. 

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

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!

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The ProtonVPN Team

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