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Feature Request: Apple should roll its own VPN into iOS like Google and aim for better App Store moderation
When Apple released iOS 10 last September, they pushed in a small change when connecting to wireless networks. Tucked away under the Wi-Fi settings, iOS now warns users when connecting to insecure networks that it exposes a user's network traffic. The easy answer to this is to simply not connect to public wireless networks, but that's something that most people will just ignore. If users won't stop connecting to insecure public networks, they could at least start using VPNs and Apple could make it easy to do that.
Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short, isn't a new technology but it has been coming up more and more in security conversations lately. Using a VPN on a public wireless network allows the user to hide their network activity from prying eyes. Regardless if you have something to hide or not, having your banking and social media information open for all to see is just bad security practice. While it's recommended to use one whenever possible, the trouble with VPNs starts almost as soon as one decides to use it. How does one even begin to find a recommended VPN option?
On Android, Google has more or less solved this with the introduction of Wi-Fi Assistant last year. Android users are offered the ability to use Google's free VPN service when connecting to public hotspot networks to help secure their connection. For most, this will be a good enough solution that provides them with that additional bit of security needed. On iOS, users are left to hunt from a list of hundreds of options from the App Store, sift through all the different services' pricing options, and then take their pick. These are key areas that Apple can help customers.