We’re thrilled to releasing major new updates to our IVPN client for Windows and OSX. We’ve listened carefully to customers and this release addresses almost every feature request we’ve had in the past year. We’ve put extra effort onto the OSX client as it has previously not received as much attention as the windows client. That’s also changing as both clients are built from a common code base. All future releases of the IVPN client software will be for both OSX and Windows at the same time. To facilitate this we have aligned the OSX client version with that of the windows version, 2.4
Full mesh Multi-hop network support
For both clients, we have introduced the capability to multi-hop on our new full mesh network. When you connect to an entry server using multi-hop, your traffic will be routed securely and directly to the exit server for maximum performance (no intermediate servers). Both IVPN clients have updated versions of OpenVPN and the obfsproxy transport (useful if you’re in China etc.) and a significant number of bugs have been squashed making this by far the most stable release we have published.
IVPN Firewall - Robust leak protection for OSX
The OSX client has the same robust IVPN Firewall that we introduced for the Windows client earlier this year. The IVPN Firewall ensures full protection against data leaks by implementing low level firewall rules using OSX’s native PF firewall. It doesn’t matter if your connection drops or your network configuration changes, the only exit for packets is through the VPN tunnel until it is explicitly disabled, providing a significant increase in your privacy and security.
The firewall is independent of the IVPN client so even if a component of the IVPN Client crashes filtering will continue uninterrupted. The IVPN Firewall can be configured to switch on automatically during VPN connection or you can enable it manually when you need it. You can even configure the ‘always-on’ IVPN Firewall so it starts before any other processes, ensuring that no traffic will bypass the VPN tunnel even during the boot up phase.
In addition, the IVPN Firewall protects against data leaks as a result of network configuration and routing table changes, IPv6 leaks and software crashes. For more information about how these types of leaks occur see our previous post on the IVPN Firewall for Windows.
New UI for OSX
Are there any plans to publish the source code for these clients under a Free Software license so that we can build it ourselves and don’t need to rely on pre-built binaries?
The firewall feature is excellent. Thank you! I now have version 2.6 on OSX, and I have 2 feature suggestions:
If there were some way to see what the current upload / download speed is. Perhaps this could be done via mousing-over the iVPN icon (just as with the Tunnelblick icon).
If it were possible to have a sound play upon connection and a (different) sound play up on disconnection. I liked this about Tunnelblick.
Great work IVPN - very happy to see this!
Are there plans to release an iOS app? At this stage the OpenVPN works but it’s not reliable.
Suggest an edit on GitHub.