OpenConnect is an open source solution for virtual public networks (VPNs). We recently reported that TorGuard has implemented OpenConnect on its network for desktop users. Now, we’re pleased to tell you about OpenConnect iOS.

OpenConnect and iOS

TorGuard’s implementation of OpenConnect supports all available TorGuard products. It also supports Mac OSX, Windows, and  Linux. For Apple devices that run iOS, however, there’s a different story.

The TorGuard iOS app does not support  OpenConnect. 

As a matter of fact, the iOS app from TorGuard currently supports IPsec and ikev2. Using those protocols, you can enjoy robust security, privacy, and anonymity. Still, OpenConnect offers some advantages over IPsec and ikev2.

For example, OpenConnect maximizes the amount of usable bandwidth and thereby can increase effective operating speeds for VPN users.

OpenConnect users can also avoid ISP throttling because TorGuard’s implementation uses a second SSH tunnel.

Traffic coming from OpenConnect clients appears as normal SSL data, meaning that ISPs and communist-operated firewalls (such as China’s “Golden Shield”). OpenConnect data is encrypted using AES-256-GCM.

In other words, it’s nice to have OpenConnect available. Here, we’re going to show you the VPN how-to’s behind OpenConnect iOS.

Using OpenConnect with iOS

OpenConnect was created to be an open source replacement for Cisco’s AnyConnect protocol.

So, technically, OpenConnect iOS is not available at all.

Still, you can achieve similar performance and security gains by using TorGuard’s AnyConnect implementation.

Get started

Install the Cisco AnyConnect app from the Apple App Store.

Setup AnyConnect

Open the app.

Tap on the “Connections” line, where the app says “No Connections.”

AnyConnect iOS

Next, tap, “Add VPN Connection.”

AnyConnect iOS

In the “Description” field, type “TorGuard VPN” (or any other identifier).

In the “Server Address” field, enter the TorGuard AnyConnect server that you desire. To find available servers, visit the TorGuard servers list and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Tap “Save.”

AnyConnect iOS

Next, tap the “Advanced” field. Change the “Certificate” field from “Automatic” to “Disabled.”

Tap the “Advanced” link at the top left.

AnyConnect iOS

Next, tap the “Add VPN Connection” link at the top left of your screen.

Tap “Save.”

AnyConnect iOS

On the “AnyConnect Would Like to Add VPN Configurations” popup, tap “Allow.”

AnyConnect iOS

Enter your iPhone passcode to add VPN Configurations.

AnyConnect iOS

Back on the AnyConnect screen, slide the “AnyConnect” VPN slider to “On” (green).

AnyConnect iOS

On the “Untrusted Server” popup, tap “Continue.”

AnyConnect iOS

Enter your TorGuard User Name in the “Username” field and then tap “Done.”

AnyConnect iOS

Enter your TorGuard password in the “Password” field. Tap the “Connect” link at the top right of your screen.

AnyConnect iOS

Congratulations! You have now updated the AnyConnect protocol for iOS using TorGuard.

AnyConnect iOS

OpenConnect iOS

You’re probably wondering, “When will OpenConnect iOS be available?”

Although AnyConnect is the proprietary version of OpenConnect, we understand that you’re going to want to implement OpenConnect iOS. Right now you can’t.

When OpenConnect iOS becomes available, we’ll be sure to update this VPN How To guide so that you get the news right away.

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