You wake up one morning and find your iPhone stuck on a strange network. After a bit of Googling, you discover the VPN (Virtual Private Network) app on your phone had changed its configuration without your knowledge. Confused and frustrated, you try to change VPN location several times but eventually give up. You contact the support team of the app, who kindly walk you through the process of changing VPN settings and, as a result, restoring your trust in the product. This article is going to walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to change VPN location on an iPhone to get back to where you started, using the app known as XFINITY iOS (previously known as Shields ).
Get To Know Your Current Location
The first step to changing your VPN location is to check the app’s settings to make sure you’re actually connected to the server you think that you’re connecting to. The best place to start is the app’s Settings page. On the main screen, tap on the “iPads & iPhones” tab, then on the “XFinity iOS” sub-tab. From here, you’ll see several options under the “General” tab, like “Country.” Select “United States” and you’ll be taken to a screen that lists all the available VPN servers in the country. If you’re connected to a different country, your available servers will change and you’ll have to select a new country to connect to.
You can also choose to log “VPN Logs” from here. This is a helpful option if you’re worried about any kind of surveillance. When turned on, VPN logs will keep a detailed record of all of your activity while connected to a VPN server. While this information might be helpful in some situations, you can also choose to keep your activity private if you so desire. Finally, you can toggle the “Display Country Icon” to turn on/off the small flag icons next to the “Connected” and “Available” labels on the VPN servers. This is helpful if you live somewhere where the weather is pretty predictable and you often see the same few flags when choosing a VPN server.
Choose A Server That Suits You
Change The VPN App’s Setting
Once you have a VPN server picked out, it’s time to change the VPN app’s settings. Navigate to the Settings page of the app and tap on “VPN” to bring up the sub-menu. From here, you’ll see all of the VPN servers you connected to earlier. To change the server you’re connected to, simply select it and tap on “Change.” A “Connected” label will then appear next to the server name. Once you’re connected to the new VPN server, it will automatically reconnect you to the app’s services. When reconnecting, make sure that you don’t open any new apps while connected. This could confuse the issue and cause you to lose all of your data if app conflicts arise. Once you’re back up and running with the new VPN server, go into the app’s Settings page and toggle “Display Country Icons” to the on position to show the flag icons once more.
Check The Apps You Use
Many VPNs are pretty secure and, as a result, don’t keep log files or other types of user information. If you connect to one of these VPNs and don’t use any other apps on your phone that are also connected to the internet, there’s no real reason to worry about your personal data. However, as we mentioned earlier, we’ll be focusing on the US for the purpose of this tutorial. If you use any apps that are not from the Google Play Store on your phone, you could be exposing yourself to different types of surveillance. If you use public Wi-Fi a lot and don’t want to advertise your activities, it might be a good idea to avoid using apps that are not from the Play Store.
Avoid Public Wi-Fi
If you frequently connect to public Wi-Fi, it’s important to remember that a lot of these networks are not secure. They are easy to hack into and, as a result, your personal data could be at risk. If you use public Wi-Fi a lot and don’t want to advertise your activities, it might be a good idea to avoid using apps that are not from the Play Store.
Change Your iPhone’s Setting To Avoid Overuse
Another thing that could risk your privacy while on the go is your iPhone’s setting. If you keep your phone on “Airplane Mode” all the time, your personal data could be at risk. This is because the device will be looking for a “network” whenever it’s turned on, which could compromise your security if there’s no VPN server nearby. To prevent this, turn off “Airplane Mode” when you know you’re going to be in an area where you can connect to a VPN. When using a public Wi-Fi network, it’s also advisable to use a VPN app instead of the native iOS one.
If you frequently connect to online banks and other types of financial institutions, you could be at risk of phishing attacks. This is because scammers often use these types of sites to trick you into providing personal information like usernames and passwords. To avoid this, make sure you’re always looking out for suspicious emails or websites and that you log out of all accounts when you leave the house.
Use A Secure Browser
If you use the internet for important tasks like job hunting, attending social events, or banking, it’s essential that your browser is safe. This means using a VPN when you browse the web and installing a free anti-virus scanner app on your phone. You should also ensure that your social media accounts are secure by either using a VPN to log in to your accounts or changing your passwords periodically.
Make Sure Your Phone Is Secured
Finally, we are always tempted to use the internet on the go, particularly when traveling. While it is amazing how much you can do on the go with a connection, it’s still not advised to do so if your device is not secure. If you’re going to be using public Wi-Fi, it’s always better to have a secure connection as the security of your device could be at risk if a hacker is able to gain access to it. For this reason, we always recommend using a VPN when accessing the internet on the go.
If you want to keep your personal data and use the internet on the go, it’s important to remember that there are risks associated with this. To prevent these risks, make sure you’re always using a VPN and that your device is always kept in a safe location. These steps will help ensure that your personal data is always kept private while traveling abroad.