If you have ever downloaded and installed a VPN app, then you know they always seem to have a problem with annoying pop-ups. Most apps, including the most popular ones, have issues where every time you load the app or try to visit a certain website, you get a popup asking you to upgrade to premium or free versions of the app or stay connected to the website.
The solution is simple. You just have to learn how to use the VPN app or connect to the website manually without the pop-up appearing. Believe it or not, most of the apps’ issues can be traced back to one thing: the use of third-party trackers or cookies. These are small files that are stored on your device when you visit a website. They allow the site owner to monitor your activity on the site and target advertising towards you. Third-party trackers and cookies are required for most major social media platforms and websites to function. While not entirely clear why they are required, it’s probably because they help improve page performance and allow for targeted advertising. It’s also possible that they are used for anti-spam measures.
Delete The App Cache
When you first download and install a VPN app on your phone, it creates a cache of app files in the form of a backup. These files, which can be found at /Applications/Cache/, contain the information the app needs to run. One of the main things you need to do to prevent pop-ups is to delete this cache. You can use any text editor on your computer to open the Cache folder and delete the files in it. Remember: this folder only contains temporary files so you don’t need to worry about deleting critical system files.
Once you have deleted the Cache folder, reboot your phone and try loading the app again. Chances are, the popup problem will be solved. However, if it doesn’t work, then you can try creating a new user account or resetting your phone’s password. If these methods don’t work, then it’s probably time to uninstall the app entirely and look for a new one. Luckily, there are plenty of good VPN apps out there so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that doesn’t annoy you with pop-ups.
Use A VPN App From A Trusted Source
Many times, the apps with the most positive reviews are not the ones that work the best. This is because a lot of scammers and fraudulent apps out there try to gain popularity by inflating their reviews. Fortunately, you can easily tell who is telling the truth and who is trying to trick you by looking at the app’s reviews. You should also try to avoid apps with a lot of ratings because, again, these are usually created by scammers. Instead, look for apps with a low rate of negative reviews and check out their features and reviews carefully before downloading them.
If you want to keep your personal data secure while using a VPN app, then you should look for VPN apps created by reputable companies. These companies must adhere to secure server practices and keep your data private. You can read more about how VPNs work in general and how secure they are here:
What Is A VPN And Why Should You Use One?
Varying from a simple tunneling protocol to a more complex one, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides you with a secure connection to a remote server. Essentially, a VPN allows you to connect to a server that is somewhere else, usually located in the United States. This US-based server then connects to the website or app that you are trying to access, ensuring that your traffic is encrypted and protected even when being transmitted over public networks, such as the Internet or a Wi-Fi network.
There are numerous benefits to using a VPN. First of all, the ones that we have discussed so far are:
- secure connection to a remote server
- location independence
- improves connection performance
- reduced firewall restrictions
- better download speeds
- ability to access websites that are restricted to certain locations
Another important thing to note about VPNs is that they can be configured to work with all your devices simultaneously. This is especially convenient if you use multiple computers or mobile phones. When you connect a VPN app to one of these devices, all of them gain access to a secure, encrypted connection to the Internet through the server.
VPNs can also be used to create a secure, private chat session with another person. This is particularly handy if you are chatting with someone over the Internet but do not want your communications to be intercepted by third parties like advertisers or government agencies. With a VPN, all of your chats are encrypted and end-to-end-encrypted, ensuring that no one, not even the companies you are chatting with, can read your communications.
Install The App Locally
If you are looking for a simple solution and you have a brand new phone or tablet, then you could try installing the app locally. This way, you won’t have to bother with the backup files or worry about losing your data when the app crashes or becomes infected by a virus. In order to do this, you will first need to download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store directly into your phone or tablet. You can then launch the app and use it as you normally would. Remember: you are installing the app locally so you are responsible for keeping it up to date and secure.
Use A VPN While You Are On A Reliable, Stable Connection
When you download a VPN app to your phone, there is a setting where you can choose the connection method you prefer to use to connect to the server. You can choose between Auto, which attempts to connect to the server using the fastest available connection method; or Wi-Fi, which connects you through an ad-hoc network; or Bluetooth, which connects you through a Bluetooth-enabled device; or NFC, which connects you through a near-field communication-enabled device (such as a mobile phone); or DNS Proxy, which attempts to route all your DNS queries through a trusted, public DNS server (such as Google’s 18.104.22.168 or OpenDNS’s 22.214.171.124).
If you are on a reliable, stable connection, then you should always choose Auto. This is because, for the most part, VPNs are not designed to work with unreliable or unstable connections, such as mobile data or a wifi that is always changing its network, or a wifi that is only accessible in certain places.
However, if you regularly experience issues with your mobile data connection or wifi, then you could consider choosing one of the manual connection methods or, if possible, a wired connection through a cable.
Protect Your Privacy
VPNs should be used in combination with other privacy-related tools, such as a Tor Browser, to provide complete anonymity online. Therefore, it is important to remember that when you use a VPN, you are not only securing your data but you are also protecting your anonymity.
Use A VPN To Browse The Web Anonymously
If you have ever tried using popular, free Wi-Fi at a restaurant or café, then you know how frustrating it can be when these hotspots are blocked by a firewall. This is because many Wi-Fi-based services and apps, such as Facebook, require you to be connected to the Internet through a proxy server to access their content. A VPN allows you to gain access to these services and apps, ensuring that no one, not even the service providers or the company that owns the content, can read your data. Most VPNs maintain a No Logs policy, so you can be sure that no information about your activity will be recorded anywhere.