Do you believe in privacy? I don’t have statistics to back it up, but it’s likely more people who browse the internet believe, 1) you can’t put it on the internet if it isn’t true, 2) aliens from other planets are walking among humankind, 3) the United States is united, than believe privacy should be guarded.
Fortunately, there are enough of us who look at online privacy as something to be cherished and that brings me to an iPhone app that can help to protect you while you’re online.
The app is called Guardian Firewall + VPN and it takes a slightly different view of how a firewall normally works on the Mac. Apple has a built-in software firewall on macOS which is turned off by default. Turning it on makes the Mac even more secure.
No such built-in firewall is available to app developers or users so Guardian Firewall does something different.
Guardian Firewall is sophisticated software with a simple design that prevents digital trackers from secretly collecting your information, shows attempts by data companies to track you, and prevents eavesdropping of your sensitive data such as banking passwords using strong encryption.
In simpler terms, the firewall exists outside the iPhone and uses a VPN, but as a firewall it also protects you with settings and configurations you control, and gives you alerts so you can see what’s going on with your connection.
That is a very clever approach to putting a firewall on an iPhone and it’s likely we’ll see similar arrangements in the future.
This is what you get for free:
- VPN – Encrypt your network data to better protect you, especially while on public networks
- Tracker Alerts – See who is accessing your data without your permission
- In-App feedback and tech support emails to for easier access
- In-App settings and configuration
- Use to sample your traffic (VPN does always not stay on)
The firewall and a faster and always on VPN is available as a subscription app and includes tracker blocking that covers any applications on your iPhone.
I have to admit this is a pretty cool approach– for the privacy minded and the mildly paranoid (if you are deeply paranoid you should be living off the grid anyway). The app is free so you get a decent look at what it does, but the subscription is where the real value is.