Apple should offer a VPN service, or something

Michael Grothaus for FastCompany:

The complexity of choosing a VPN and difficulty of setting up a service on all your devices leaves the gate wide open for some trusted company to swoop in and offer a VPN service that “just works” with close to zero setup…

…That company should be Apple…

…At one point, [Internet services] were needlessly complex, until Apple came in and made them so approachable that even newbies could take advantage of them in seconds. This is what Apple needs to do for the VPN, so its mainstream customers can keep more of their online privacy in their own hands.

A case in point:

Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a ‘Facebook Research’ VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August…


A trove of internal correspondence, published online Wednesday by U.K. lawmakers, provides a look into the ways Facebook executives, including Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, treated information posted by users like a commodity that could be harnessed in service of business goals…

MacDailyNews Take: The call for Apple to launch a VPN service isn’t new, but it is possible Apple fears it would be able to gather too much user data if it introduced its own service, flying against its privacy promise.

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  1. The whole point of VPN’s is to secure your data from anyone and zero logging is essential. I don’t know if I would trust any tech device or search company to have the discipline not to log and not keep track of a user’s online imprint.

  2. Apple Server provided VPN services until the latest version. They dropped support due to the myriad of alternative open source options. Would be weird for them to reverse course and offer this on the desktop but not server?

  3. I think they missed an opportunity with network equipment. Adding a VPN service to an Apple Airport and even producing an Apple modem should have been in the mix. They should also have made an Apple based home cloud that would do everything iCloud does, but store all data on your own home NAS. These products would have increased the Apple stickiness factor considerably especially if they truly were secure and just worked. Clearly, decisions are being made based on short term profits more than what users desire. The user experience begins with the network and it is still miserable; worse after they discontinued Apple Airports.

    1. Agree, TS. Airports were great routers, I bought the very first one and loved it. Still use Airport Express and Extreme. Just hard to stop using them they work so well and never give any problems. Even they are old, like me.

  4. I totally agree with peterblood71. If you want to stay anonymous and be 100% sure, that none of your logs and data are kept, using a testen and proven provider like ExpressVPN or NordVPN. They are independent, and Nord, for example are based in Panama, which means : no need to keep those logs and no one can make start doing that, as there are no such laws in Panama.

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