Apple Inc. became the first ever company to be valued over $1 trillion on the stock market when its shares reached a record high earlier this year. The tech giant became even more valuable after a successful debut on the New York Stock Exchange. But, what is Apple’s most valuable asset? It’s not their latest iPhones or their booming iTunes store. Instead, it’s their tight grip on the telecommunications market. As long-time fans of Apple may remember, the company started as a computer manufacturer, not a phone company. And, although they have branched out into many other industries like aerospace and health care, Apple always keeps close tabs on its core business. It also happens to be one of the few companies in the world that do a good job of hiding their secrets from the public. This is probably because whenever you get a new phone from Apple you’ll always end up with a case of data loss due to a faulty battery or a sticky touch screen. This is one area where you don’t want to take any risks. In this article, we’ll teach you how to add VPN to your iPhone so that you can securely access all the content you desire while abroad.
What is VPN?
If you’re reading this, I assume you have an interest in adding VPN to your iPhone. If not, why not? Since 2019 is already upon us, it’s about time you started considering the options available to you. With more people than ever before leaving the relative safety of their homes in search of education and work, it’s imperative that you protect yourself online. The best way to do this is via a VPN. Although the need for a VPN has never been greater, the number of people willing to pay for such a service has never been lower. The global market is valued at around $21.9 billion and is expected to hit $26.3 billion by next year. If you’re looking to cut corners and manage your personal finances smarter, you might want to consider investing in a VPN.
Why Should You Add VPN To Your Phone?
Since its inception, Apple has always been about giving consumers what they want. And, although the company has shifted to focus more on providing products for enterprise customers, they still put a lot of weight on creating devices that customers will want to own. One of the ways they do this is by integrating useful services like VPNs into their products. Let’s take a look at the benefits of using a VPN for your iPhone.
If you’re a regular user of mainstream social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, you’ll know that these companies aren’t exactly known for their security. They’re in the business of collecting as much personal data as possible so that they can target the right ads at you. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for social media platforms to keep all your personal data for up to three years and even then, many people believe that it’s not completely guaranteed that their data will stay private.
This is where VPNs come in. When you connect to a VPN, their servers will act as a gateway between you and the rest of the web. This way, all the traffic you send and receive will be completely secure. The worst that can happen is that your ISP or a hacker breaks into the communication between you and the VPN server. As a result, they’ll see everything you’re doing but since they can’t access the VPN server, they won’t have the encryption keys to read your data.
Avoiding Location-Specific Blocks
If you live in an area where internet access is restricted, you’ll know that certain websites and services can be more beneficial than others. For example, YouTube is widely available everywhere, but some ISPs in China block certain websites and services unless you pay extra. In some cases, you may even need to connect to a VPN to access certain news websites or social media platforms in China.
As a result of this blocked content, you may experience location-specific issues like connection timeouts, errors, or just plain poor performance. By connecting to a VPN before you visit such websites and services, you’ll ensure that you have no such issues and can enjoy the best experience possible.
Easier International Travel
With Covid restrictions becoming a thing of the past and the world returning to some semblance of normality, people are gaining a newfound interest in traveling. This is reflected in the number of vacations that were cancelled or postponed worldwide in the aftermath of the pandemic. According to the research firm, Ovum, vacation travel will boom in 2021 with 77% of leisure travelers planning on taking a trip abroad.
This increase in interest will prove great for travel-related businesses like airlines and cruise lines as well as destinations like Canada and some parts of Europe that saw booming tourism due to the pandemic. Crucially, however, it won’t be beneficial for those who want to stay home as much as possible. Staying home isn’t bad, but it can also be lonely especially after spending so long in lockdown. So, if you’re going on a vacation or want to spend more time with your family, connecting to a VPN before you go online is a great way to ensure your personal data and digital purchases are protected abroad.
How to Add VPN to Your iPhone
Nowadays, it isn’t just about having a VPN, it’s about using one that is reliable and offers great value for money. Since it’s always better to be safe than sorry, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of picking a trustworthy VPN provider. After all, you’ll be relying on them to keep your data secure while you’re away. So, let’s look at how to add a VPN to your iPhone so that you can take advantage of all its benefits.
Step One: Identify The Best Provider
Unless you’re going on a vacation to a country where VPNs are already legal, like Singapore or the U.S., you’ll need to look for a provider that is still legal in the country or region that you’re traveling to. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing legal trouble or an outright ban when you return home. Thankfully, Singaporean laws regarding VPNs are quite liberal and it is quite easy to find a provider there that is trustworthy.
Step Two: Set Up A VPN Account
Once you’ve found a provider that you’re comfortable with, it’s time to set up a VPN account. Remember, you’ll be using this account to connect to a VPN, so make sure you choose a password that is strong enough. Also, ensure that the email you use for the account is different from your regular email. This will help you avoid any confusion or miscommunication in the case that your email is hacked. Finally, you’ll need to decide whether you want to download the VPN app to your iPhone or iPad. If you choose the former, you can install it on your mobile device via Wi-Fi connections or directly on your desktop using an Ethernet cable. If you decide to go the app route, you can download the VPN app from the App Store and set it up in just a few minutes.
Step Three: Download And Install The Apps
Once you’ve set up a VPN account on your iPhone, you’ll need to download and install the apps you need to make full use of it. If you’ve chosen the app route, you can get started by downloading and installing the OpenVPN app from the App Store. Alternatively, you can use the Google Play Store to download and install the apps you need. When you get the notification that a new app is available for download, tap on it to take you to the App Store. Keep in mind that you’ll need to have the latest version of iOS or Android to take advantage of all the apps. Fortunately, this is quite simple to do. If you’re on the latest version of iOS, you’ll automatically be prompted to install the VPN app when you connect to the internet for the first time.
Step Four: Connect To The VPN
Once the VPN app is installed on your iPhone, it’s time to connect to a VPN. As mentioned earlier, if you’ve chosen the app route, you can do this in just a few minutes by opening the app and entering your credentials. Alternatively, you can find a secure Wi-Fi connection at a cafe, hotel or airport and connect to it using the network name and password provided by your VPN provider. Some VPNs can even be configured to automatically connect to a network when you launch the app. This can be quite handy if you’re using public Wi-Fi at an airport or café while you’re traveling.