Shimo VPN Client review

Version 4.0.6Developer Feingeist, Germany
Website https://www.feingeist.io/shimo/

 

 

VPN CLIENT FOR MAC

If you are one of those people opting for a VPN ( Virtual Private Network ) connection,  you have a few options finding the VPN client that helps you connect to the desired VPN server.
It’s not all rocketscience, but choosing between the options can proof difficult as they differ a lot.

The options are:

  • Tunnelblick ( Free )
  • SHIMO
  • Viscosity
  • Cisco
  • OSX VPN ( Free )

All mentioned clients are VPN Clients of which Tunnelblick and your own OSX system are Free while SHIMO and Cisco and Viscosity are paid clients.
So which should you opt for ? I think it all comes down to your need of security and options.

Tunnelblick ( Free ) and Viscosity and OSX, are really easy to setup and work well, but with a lower level of security.

 

SHIMO FEATURES

  • Highest Security Standards
  • Optimized User Experience
  • Multitude of VPN Protocols
  • Concurrent Connections
  • Automated Connections
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Statistics and Accounting
  • Export and Deployment
  • OSX El Capitan ready

 

Cisco VPN (which are now supported without the need to install Cisco’s client), but for other VPNs, as well:

  • SSH support
  • standard PPTP
  • L2TP
  • Racoon/IPSec
  • OpenVPN
  • AnyConnect
  • Sync between Macs
  • VPN switching
  • Reconnect dropped connections
  • Customizeble connect actions ( launch app…)

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IMPORT OPENVPN

SHIMO will automaticly detect and install an earlier install of accounts . To set the needed password / name select the account and click edit in the right bottom corner.
Make SHIMO client connect automaticly :

  • add your account to the ‘Trigger’ page and all is done. ( picture above )

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MENUBAR APP

SHIMO has its own menubar app which informs about the active connection , graph , log and IP addresss.
Furthermore it provides all other VPN server access and preferences.

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IMPACT ON CONNECTION SPEED

SHIMO NOT CONNECTED

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SHIMO CONNECTED

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Conclusion: NO IMPACT ON NETWORK SPEED

 

WHY IT IS THE BEST

One of the main features of SHIMO is its extreme level of security / encryption. For every business or experienced user this is a real plus. The options in SHIMO are more then most users will need, but that said it shows the developers approach to make this product the best on the market. So is it for everyone?  If you feel comfortable with just an easy VPN client you may pick Viscosity as its the easiest VPN Client but if you need the extra safety bonus, this package has it all. It just stands out of the rest, a great interface, best security and most options and last but not least IT WORKS !

But all good things in life cost money, so get your wallet out and get that extra safety.

€ 49.00

 


 

Little Snitch Mac review


 

PUT YOUR THINKING CAP ON, GET YOUR SAFETY COVERED

Do you want your Mac to communicate to the outside world uncontrolled, or do you want to have control over all in and outgoing connections !

Your basic OSX firewall is ofcourse enabled in your system options, which provides you basic control over the inbound connections and services most of your software requires to function well.
OSX Firewall however can not be configured for specific IP addresses and domains, port allowance and blocking to the internet.

This is where software like Little Snitch will give you full control over all-in and outgoing connections and services.

 

GETTING STARTED

After the installation of Little Snitch, your system will reboot in order to setup the internal allowance of Little Snitch controlling your network connections.
After initializing Little Snitch will detect every outgoing connection of your software or external requests. When a remote connection request is detected, a popup will ask the user to allow or deny the request.
It will give you control over time and limits of the connection request.
Keep in mind that allowing everything, makes you vulnerable to outside attacks. Initially most software developers use specific IP addresses, domain and port.
Allow only the first initially offered connections parameters to the outside world. Little Snitch will detect any change of IP address, domain or port and a popup will appear to allow or deny.

 

MAIN SCREEN

The main screen provides a complete overview of all connections and services active. Dubble click on a connection and you can change the settings to your desired domain and port. Also the Proces Owner can be changed from this screen.

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For some programs it is suggested to opt for a temporary allow, as you don’t want snooping or sniffing going on in your network after using the software program, keep in mind that not all sniffing is based on honest retrieval of information.

 

NETWORK TRAFFIC

Little Snitch offers a menu bar app which informs about all in and outgoing traffic from your computer / router / network.
The window shows every recently active program, a gauge of recent bandwidth consumption, and all the host/domain combinations to which each program has connected.
Click any app to view a historical bandwidth-usage graph.


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IMPACT ON NETWORK SPEED

I wondered if using Little Snitch had any impact on my network and connections so I ran a little test on Speedtest.net.

Full control with Little Snitch

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Little Snitch unabled

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No impact whatsoever.

 

 

AUTOMATIC PROFILE SWITCHING

The first time you connect to a network, connect to a VPN, Little Snitch presents you an alert which lets you define the profile to be activated automatically the next time you join the same network. Of course, this also activates the profile right when you click the OK button.

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While the alert is shown, no network traffic at all is allowed – not to the Internet, not to the local network – regardless of any rules you have defined. Now you can decide which one of your existing profiles to activate, to simply do nothing – leaving any currently active profile active – or to create a new, empty profile altogether.

It’s good practice to keep an “Untrusted” profile with just a few general “deny” or “ask” rules in it around. If you choose that profile in the Profile Switching Alert every time you’re in a network you don’t trust, Little Snitch helps your Mac keep a low profile on the network.

ENABLE AUTOMATIC PROFILE SWITCHING

Automatic Profile Switching is disabled by default. To enable it, open Little Snitch Configuration’s Preferences, switch to the “APS” tab and check the appropriate box.

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History of connected WiFi, Ethernet or VPN connections

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SAFE OR NOT

Should you buy this software, is Little Snitch really neccesary?
Thats for you to decide. But if you want to stay safe and have control over your internet/network traffic this software package is the best on the market.

 

VERDICT

Most home users are behind NAT routers, which effectively blocks direct connections from the Internet. Companies, are more likely to have Internet-routable addresses, with an the IPv6 network-addressing which makes computers vulnerable to threats. Little Snitch helps in all these scenarios, it identifies and alerts you to new connections—or lets those connections pass if they meet existing rules.

Little Snitch security software is recommended to all users, from beginner to super advanced.

 

€ 29.95