VPN for iPads on iOS 7 and Earlier

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Using a VPN on iPads is slightly different for iOS 7 devices than it is on earlier models. The supported VPN protocols haven’t changed. But OpenVPN is becoming more available as a custom VPN for iPads.

Using a VPN for iPads on iOS 7

VPN for iPadsThe features on iOS 7 are indeed impressive, but not much in the core has really changed. One feature of note on iOS 7, however, is the per app VPN. iOS 7 allows users to configure their apps to run through their VPN for iPads and even iPhones. This means that certain apps will automatically connect to the VPN. This is especially useful for people on BYOD. They can use their iPads for work without threatening the security of their office networks. And they can use a different personal VPN for their other apps. So their personal data and browsing is always kept secure and separate from work traffic. This protects the iPad user and the company equally well. iOS 7 still natively supports the PPTP or L2TP/IPSec protocols. But OpenVPN is a newer and far more secure option that iOS 7 users can enjoy. OpenVPN is not that hard to set up manually. Alternatively, users can install a custom VPN app from a VPN company.

Using a VPN for iPads not Upgraded to iOS 7

VPN for iPads on earlier versions of iOS will not get to enjoy per app connectivity. But the VPN security protocols have not changed. Most VPN services still provide PPTP or L2TP/IPSec apps. These are natively supported by iOS and therefore fully compatible with older iOS versions. Many VPN companies are working on OpenVPN apps for iOS, but these may not work properly on an iPad or iPhone that has not been upgraded. The problem is finding a VPN service that you can trust and that will still offer PPTP or L2TP/IPSec apps.

ExpressVPN VPN for iPadsOne reliable provider we know that continually provides excellent support for both older and newer operating systems is ExpressVPN. Pre-configured iOS apps are available for easy setup on any iOS version. And once installed, VPN protocol options can be easily set and reset from the interface. The ExpressVPN OpenVPN app for iOS is also coming out soon, so you can try that one as well. Other providers already have their OpenVPN apps, but we would recommend waiting for the ExpressVPN one. ExpressVPN simply has a better track record for user privacy and connection reliability. This is also taking into account all the features, server and protocol availability that they offer at a reasonable price.