Norton 360 VPN isn't a VPN (at least for iPhone

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What's a VPN for?: Why, to hide your device's location and UID!

What can't the "new" version of Norton 360 Deluxe do? See above!

For reasons I, for one, will never understand, NU's newest version of its alleged iPhone, at least protection, possibly all NU 360 products with vpn

are "On host VPNs that do not hide your location, or, I suppose, your Unique Internet identifier, the code like 150.234.64 that targets YOU, yes, YOU.

This allows NU to reduce the number of facilities/IT "on ramps" and "off ramps" a traditional VPN encrypts whatever you do on the Internet/WWW - send to the central point, where it's decrypted, given a new UID and sent on/received/encrypted/sent to your device.

This is particularly important to cellphone users who don't want, just out of a desire for some limited privacy, to have their location immediately available to assorted scoundrels. Those using the Internet for criminal purposes, those with health emergencies, calling 911, etc., can be pinpointed, emergencies by e-911 service override, suspects by the issuance of a search warrant by a judge - similar to a wiretap*.

So, for a real VPN, offering ANY protection at all, you need Norton Secure VPN, at an additional, I believe $70 a year.

This is what's called, in classic 1960s-70s language a "rip-off". From a company known for years as being the BEST in utilities, back in DOS days, and protection.

SHAME ON YOU Norton, for doing this with notification that looks like an improvement!

And users of the smaller Norton Secure VPN will notice it takes LONGER to get anything! Because even in the MIDDLE of a communication, NS VPN shut down on me. early this morning, from 1 am to 5 am in my time zone, I did what the L1 tech told me to do - he (in this case) REFUSED to escalate the call to Level 2 - someone who knows what they're talking about.

I'm still in recovery mode.

I'm not allowed to suggest you too complain to Norton-Lifelock(TM) about this on the forum, and most other VPNs, available, except those good coders can roll themselves out of Github or other reliable shareware.


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Re: Norton 360 VPN isn't a VPN (at least for iPhone

Norton 360 for mobile devices does have the full VPN features that is offered by the standalone Norton Secure VPN. For your iOS device you will find it in the Privacy section of the main interface. Turn the VPN feature on from there and you get the full protection you are looking for in your post. No need to install the standalone app. 

What might be confusing users is that the VPN icon shown in the iOS notification area at the top of the screen can be for the actual VPN feature, but it is also displayed when you have the Safe Web feature active. That is just a consequence of how tight Apple controls their OS. Norton has to use some of Apple's VPN programming API's to provide the Safe web feature. Safe Web is found in Security > Internet Security > Safe Web.


Re: Norton 360 VPN isn't a VPN (at least for iPhone

Quite simply, not true: The Norton 360(tm) explanation states it will not hide your device's location or UID. Safe Web(TM) is activated only when the system detects what it considers an unreliable web site (list not included).

As I said, my main reason for using a VPN is, quite simply, to conceal both of these, all the time.

When I purchased Norton(tm) protection/VPN it was not "Norton 360"(tm). It was THE Most Reliable commercial VPN for iPhones. Now, though the company has changed hands half-a-dozen or so times between the Days of DOS and today's "Turn your $5,000 supercomputer or $1,400 cell phone into a terminal on a timesharing system, er, black storm-cloud privacy theft" system, good VPNs, like the Secure VPN(tm) are necessities - along with never using a cell phone to plot your highway route (use the cheapest, least-featured, oldest Garmin(tm) or similar device you can find - one that relies on incoming GPS without reporting back - ONLY), and keep your phone off-line as much as possible, despite the effort by Verizon(tm) and, I presume, other carriers, and Alphabet/Google(tm) to track your whereabouts.

Google, for instance, reportedly pings your phone (land and cell) every day (check with a cheap wireless home phone, like "Advanced American Telephones" sold in the US under the ATT(tm) name and and "deathstar" logo on Verizon(tm) service - you will find, though your phone never rings, half a dozen "missed calls" daily.

This is sickening for those who like a bit of privacy - and makes me want to form a group of cross-country "burner" phone owners, who use the burner for all outgoing calls and twice a week, pack up and mail their phones to another member, receiving a replacement in the 2nd day mail - very expensive, beyond my cell budget, but ...

Suggestions: ALWAYS use a local 2-router system, as described by Steve Gibson, security expert, on his web site.

Or find someone who can modify your phone ala William Gibson (no relation) who in Pattern Recognition, has a US fed tell a character "Your GPS information is very interesting, unless you've taken up random teleportation".

I've never committed a crime, and would never recommend carrying a cell phone while doing so - which recent trials have shown a damned fool thing to do if you want to get away with something, say murder.

It's time to impose laws baring the gathering, sale/trade, "mashing" of data lists except those based exclusively on public information, and insure public (government) information is routinely updated for quality and accuracy, beyond necessary actions like billing and delivery, two things which should be separate and taken off-line immediately after a transaction is completed. Stored, but on a backup medium, disconnected from the Internet.

I know - I was 4th-in-line SYSOP on a DEC(tm) PDP-10(tm) timesharing system with 72 Teletype(tm) ASR-33's(tm) scattered through a region's high schools. You want to see creative system cracking? Go back to the days when computers had front panels, and "we programmed with 1s and with 0s, and some times we ran out of 1s". Want to learn to be a "computer scientist"? Try hand-compiling diagnostics on 12-, (easy); 18- or 36-bit machines, then toggling in the resulting program with a bank of binary switches.

Please don't tell stories to someone who was programming well before your nativity - and please don't "explain" to the world, or claim "master" status. I'm trying to stay as polite as possible, but it's difficult when, as Sam L. Clemens put it "when taffy is being distributed".


Re: Norton 360 VPN isn't a VPN (at least for iPhone

Quite simply, not true: The Norton 360(tm) explanation states it will not hide your device's location or UID.

Do you have a link to this information?  The VPN  feature in Norton 360 does hide your  IP address location by displaying the VPN server's address is what would be detected by anyone  checking. You can see this by checking your IP address at a site such as https://whatismyipaddress.com/  

Safe Web(TM) is activated only when the system detects what it considers an unreliable web site (list not included).

The Safe Web feature is separate from the VPN feature and does not have an auto on/off feature. You turn it on manually and it stays on to detect questionable web sites. If the feature is turned off, there will be no notification of these 'unreliable' web sites.

As I said, my main reason for using a VPN is, quite simply, to conceal both of these, all the time.

As long as you have manually turned on the VPN feature and turned off the  Auto Connect settings, you will be protected all the time.

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