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Facepalm: Many users rely on VPNs to keep their connections secure and private, and a significant chunk of those connections likely come from iPhones and iPads. It should be of significant concern then if no VPNs work as advertised on Apple’s operating system.

This week, a security researcher and blogger reiterated his claims that all VPNs on iOS are broken. According to researcher Michael Horowitz and ProtonVPN, every VPN on iOS has been leaking data for at least the past two years.

The core of the problem is that when a user activates a VPN on an iPhone or iPad, the device won’t first terminate all internet connections before restarting them within the VPN tunnel. Because of this behavior, while the VPN may route some connections through its servers to hide a user’s real IP address, connections outside the tunnel could leak a device’s IP address or other data.

ProtonVPN publicized the issue and reported it to Apple in 2020, but Horowitz’s recent tests show that it remains unresolved in the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS (15.6). Horowitz found that the problem affects ProtonVPN, WireGuard, Windscribe, and others, showing that the vulnerability lies with iOS itself. Apple and Proton have suggested a few workarounds, but Horowitz’s tests show that likely none are foolproof.

One solution is to use Apple’s Always-on VPN feature, which ensures the VPN tunnel is always active before outside connections can start. However, this requires deploying device management – a complex process that isn’t accessible to most users.

In late 2020, Apple added the ability for iOS VPNs to incorporate a kill switch to stop all connections when a VPN fails. However, Horowitz’s tests still showed non-VPN connections getting through after enabling the feature.

Proton suggested turning on airplane mode after activating a VPN to shut off all of a device’s connections, then switching off airplane mode with the VPN still engaged which should restart connections inside the tunnel. Airplane mode, however, might not stop all prior connections, as users can control Wi-Fi settings independent of it, possibly confusing the process.

Ultimately, Horowitz advises against trusting any VPN on Apple iOS devices. Instead, users may want to operate a VPN from the router to protect the entire network if individual devices leak data. A secondary router dedicated to VPN connections is ideal.

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You can now access the content packed into Paramount Plus and Showtime from a single app. First bundled as a subscription last September, Paramount and Showtime’s catalogs have been separated between two apps for viewers in the US, but viewers can now access the full roster of TV shows and films from the Paramount Plus app.

For new subscribers, the Paramount Plus and Showtime bundle is available at a discounted rate until October 2nd, at $7.99 per month for the Essential plan (which includes ad breaks) with Showtime and $12.99 per month for the Premium plan with Showtime that adds more sports, live broadcasts of your local CBS station, and downloads for offline viewing on mobile, and mostly removes ads, except on live TV and certain shows. After October 2nd, the regular pricing resumes with the combined Essential tier at $11.99 per month and the Premium plan for $14.99 monthly.

Paramount Plus as a standalone service will continue to be available on two subscription tiers without Showtime: the ad-supported Essential plan ($4.99 per month) and the ad-free Premium tier ($9.99 per month).

“This singular user experience streamlines sign-up and enhances discovery, and this lower price will allow more households to enjoy with exceptional entertainment offering,” Paramount Global Streaming president Tom Ryan said in a press release announcing the new service.

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In case you haven’t been streaming Star Trek and Halo TV shows for the past few years, here’s the rundown on what these apps are. Paramount Plus is the rebranded version of CBS All Access. Its parent company, ViacomCBS, rebranded to Paramount earlier this year to further focus its attention on streaming. In May, Paramount Plus reported that its subscriber count grew to almost 40 million during its first quarter, and in June, Paramount Plus said it planned “to commission” 150 international original series, adding more to its current roster.

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In mid-August, the streaming service partnered with Walmart to bundle its service with Walmart Plus, and it has been included in other packages like this one with T-Mobile’s wireless service. These bundles don’t cost quite as much as cable once did, but pulling the offerings closer together is similar to Disney’s approach with the combination of Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, while HBO Max will be absorbed into a new combo app with Discovery Plus in 2023. Netflix, meanwhile, is going it alone but has plans to roll out an ad-supported streaming package, and has started to offer games as an added feature for your subscription fee.

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