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Tunnelblick and VPNs: Privacy and Security
VPNs and Anonymity — DON'T!
VPNs and Disguised IP Addresses
VPNs and Location Spoofing
VPNs and Eavesdropping and Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
Tunnelblick Privacy
Internet Access During a Check for Updates
Internet Access During a Check for a IP Address Changes Privacy
General Data Protection Regulation Information

If you are using macOS Mojave, be aware of a privacy concern if you download and use any document or program, including Tunnelblick.

Tunnelblick and VPNs: Privacy and Security

Tunnelblick and VPNs are often used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • To protect against eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks when using an untrusted network to access the Internet (for example, from a coffee shop wireless network)
  • To protect against eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks when using the Internet to access a secured network (for example, accessing a corporate network from home)
  • To make websites think your computer is somewhere it isn't (e.g., accessing UK television programs from non-UK locations)
  • To disguise your IP address from websites
  • To provide anonymous Internet access < DO NOT use a VPN for this!

Tunnelblick and VPNs in general are great for the first four purposes, but should not be used to provide anonymous Internet access.

For the rest of this document, when discussion VPNs in general, the term 'VPN' will be used. When speaking of Tunnelblick in particular, 'Tunnelblick' will be used.

VPNs and Anonymity — DON'T!

All a VPN can do to help you surf anonymously on the Internet is make your IP address appear to be something different and mix your traffic in with traffic from other users of the VPN. However, there are many ways other than the IP address that websites can use to track you and/or find out who you are. And if a government can access activity logs your VPN service provider keeps, your anonymity can be compromised that way. And powerful organizations that can 'tap' the traffic to/from both you and the VPN serviced provider could, even without such logs, correlate your traffic to a VPN service provider and their outgoing traffic to the Internet.

So, DON'T USE ANY VPN FOR ANONYMITY. Use Tor or something similar. (And be careful even then: Tor User Identified by FBI.)

VPNs and Disguised IP Addresses

VPNS can disguise your IP address. However, as described above in 'VPNs and Anonymity', that usually isn't very helpful by itself.

VPNs and Location Spoofing

A VPN can often make websites think your computer is located somewhere it isn't, but the IP address is not the only way that websites know where you are.

For example, many UK television programs may be accessed via the Internet only from within the UK. Such television websites often determine whether or not your computer is located in the UK by examining the IP address from which requests are originating. So you can use a UK-based VPN server to 'pretend' to be in the UK. Television websites will see your traffic as originating from the VPN server's UK-based IP address and let you watch 'Larkrise to Candleford' (or whatever).

But it doesn't always work. For example, in early 2016, Netflix announced that it would not let its customers use VPNs or proxies to access content they would not be able to access from their home because of geographic restrictions. Netflix's implementation of this policy is uneven; some VPN providers claim that their customers are not are affected.

VPNs and Eavesdropping and Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

A VPN can help protect your Internet activity from local eavesdroppers and man-in-the-middle attackers. It does this by encrypting all communications that a local attacker might be able to tap. Your outgoing Internet traffic is encrypted in your computer and is sent in encrypted form to your VPN service provider's computers. There it is decrypted and passed on to the Internet without encryption*. Similarly, Internet traffic to your computer arrives at the VPN server without encryption*, is encrypted there, and is sent from the VPN server to you in encrypted form. So nobody at your local coffee shop can tell what websites you are using, or read any of your traffic. And nobody on the Internet can see what you are doing on your corporate network.

Sufficiently powerful organizations could eavesdrop and conduct man-in-the-middle attacks if they have access to the VPN server or the connection between the VPN server and the Internet.

* If you are using https: all traffic between your computer and the destination website is encrypted, too. But that is separate from the encryption used by the VPN. If you are using https: and a VPN, your traffic is first encrypted for the https:, then for the VPN, then sent to the VPN server. The VPN server removes the VPN encryption, leaving the https: encryption, and then sends the traffic out to the Internet, still encrypted with the https: encryption.

Note: Sufficiently powerful organizations could circumvent your https: encryption by spoofing security certificates.

Tunnelblick Privacy

Note: If you are alarmed by warnings when uninstalling Tunnelblick on macOS Mojave, please see
Uninstalling on macOS Mojave.

In addition to using OpenVPN to access the Internet to set up, maintain, and tear down a VPN connection, Tunnelblick may access the Internet for two other purposes:

  • During normal operation, to check for updates; and
  • During normal operation, to check for a secure connection and help diagnose problems.

Tunnelblick performs these activities by accessing, and the web server keeps logs (as do most web servers) as described in Privacy. However, no personally identifiable information other than the IP address is kept.

Tunnelblick asks for permission for these activities when first launched. The permissions may be modified any other time by changing the appropriate individual Tunnelblick setting. You may inhibit both activities at once (regardless of the individual setting) by putting a check in the 'Inhibit automatic update checking and IP Address checking' checkbox on the 'Preferences' panel of Tunnelblick's 'VPN Details' window.

Internet Access During a Check for Updates

When checking for updates, Tunnelblick contacts the web server. Tunnelblick uses encrypted https: connections to provide security and privacy, but the fact that was accessed is available to any eavesdropper. That may be avoided by only doing checks for updates manually when connected to a properly configured VPN (which, as described above, should hide from local eavesdroppers the fact that was accessed).

The setting that controls whether Tunnelblick checks for updates automatically (when launched and every 24 hours thereafter while Tunnelblick is running, even if no VPN is connected) is the 'Check for updates automatically' checkbox on Tunnelblick's 'Preferences' panel.

Internet Access During a Check for a IP Address Changes

Each Tunnelblick configuration has a setting to 'Check if the apparent public IP address changed after connecting'. If checked, Tunnelblick will send a request to the web server before the configuration is connected and will send another request after it is connected. These requests are done via https:, however, the fact that was accessed is available to any eavesdropper because the first request is made before a VPN connection has been established. Privacy is used for three purposes: as a website, to service update requests from the Tunnelblick application, and to service IP address check requests from the Tunnelblick application.

General Data Protection Regulation Information

See General Data Protection Regulation Information.


All accesses to are logged, as is common for websites. The logs are kept by the company that provides hosting services to That company does not provide a way to disable logging or delete logs, and it keeps the logs for several years. The logs are also saved and analyzed by Tunnelblick developers to obtain information about what webpages are popular, which versions of Tunnelblick are being used, etc. Log entries for each access to consist of:

  • Date and time of the request
  • Public IP address to which the response is to be directed [1]
  • Request type (e.g. 'GET' or 'POST')
  • Resource requested (e.g., '/downloads.html HTTP/1.1' or '/appcast-b.rss HTTP/1.1'
  • Result code (e.g., '200' — OK or '404' — not found)
  • Number of bytes sent in response to the request
  • 'Referer' (sic) supplied by the browser, the URL of the page that requested the resource
  • 'User agent' supplied by the browser (e.g. 'Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS 10_10_4) AppleWebKit/600.7.12 (KHTML, like Gecko)' or 'Tunnelblick/3.5.3 (build 4270.4371) Sparkle/4270.4371').

[1] Public IP addresses may be considered 'Personal Information' with respect to the Eurpean General Data Protection Regulation Information. See General Data Protection Regulation Information for details.

Tunnelblick's downloads are hosted by GitHub and/or SourceForge, both of which may also log information. See the GitHub Privacy Statement and the SourceForge Media Privacy Policy for details.

Tunnelblick's non-English language pages are served by Google Translate, which also logs common information. See the Google Privacy Policy for details.

At times the Tunnelblick website is protected from attack by Cloudflare. This protection may be turned on or off without notice. Cloudflare does its own logging of DNS requests and requests to the Tunnelblick website, in addition to any logging done by Tunnelblick's host provider. See What Cloudflare Logs for details.

Logging of website access: does not use Javascript, other client-side scripting, plugins, trackers, beacons, or web bugs, does not collect information (other than the log information described above), does not carry advertising, and does not store cookies or any other data on your computer (except as noted in Cookies, below). You may be able to use your browser's 'private' or 'incognito' mode to keep it from caching site content or browser history.

Logging of Update check requests send the following information to via https:

  • The apparent public IP address and port of the computer (or the router the computer uses to connect to the Internet)
  • The version of Tunnelblick and the version of Sparkle (the update-checking portion of the program)
  • If the user has agreed, some versions of Tunnelblick may also sometimes send the version of macOS that is being used, as described above

Logging of Update information requests: if an update is available, Tunnelblick will send a request to the website via https: for information about the update that is to be displayed to the user.

Logging of Update download requests: If an update is available and the user agrees, Tunnelblick will download the update via https: from GitHub. GitHub commonly redirects downloads to

Logging of IP address check requests send the following information to the website via https:

  • The apparent public IP address and port of the computer (or the router the computer uses to connect to the Internet)
  • The version of Tunnelblick


When the Tunnelblick website is protected by Cloudflare, Cloudflare may store cookies for on your computer These cookies are not used by the Tunnelblick website and you may delete or block them at any time. See Cloudflare's Cookie Policy for details.

VPN software lets you join private networks as though you're sitting at a local computer on that network, giving you access to shared folders and tons more handy stuff. Here's a look at five of the most popular VPN tools.

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VPN software brings the security of a private network to an insecure network, and allows you to access private local networks from anywhere. As we've explained in the past, you can do things between computers on your local network you can't from out on the internet: like listen to a shared iTunes library or access files in shared folders. Virtual private network applications give you access to your computer from anywhere on the internet as if you were home on your local network. Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite software for establishing and maintaining virtual private networks. We rounded up the votes, and now we're back with the five most popular VPN applications.


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If you're new to the idea of virtual private networks, you can read up on the technical nitty-gritty at the Wikipedia entry for VPNs. Note: This Hive Five contains both VPN server applications (the apps that create virtual private networks on your local network so it's accessible from the outside world) and VPN client applications (the apps that connect to virtual private networks from the outside world). In many instances companies produce VPN servers, VPN clients, VPN servers with accompanying clients, or VPN clients that are designed to work with a variety of servers.


OpenVPN (Windows/Mac/Linux, Free)


OpenVPN is an open source VPN server that's easy to set up for use with open source VPN clients. You can easily export configuration files from OpenVPN to import into a variety of open source and commercial clients. OpenVPN is also integrated into several router firmware packages including popular DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and Tomato. The OpenVPN system isn't compatible with popular commercial VPN providers, but it provides an open source and free alternative for setting up VPNs to expensive and closed commercial models.

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Cisco VPN (Windows/Mac/Linux, Variable Cost)


Cisco has a high market saturation in corporate and educational environments, and for many of you, any experience you've had with virtual private networks is through such exposure. The price to run a Cisco VPN is highly variable—and you can't even get a concrete number without a quote from the company—but you can, as an end user, download the free Cisco VPN client for Windows and Mac—though many readers complained about the lack of 64-bit support in the free Cisco client.

LogMeIn Hamachi (Windows/Mac/Linux, Free)

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Hamachi's strongest attribute is its ease of use. If you've read some of the other entries in the Hive Five and realized that you don't want a contract for a corporate VPN or the hassle of configuring a bunch of routers with open-source firmware packages, and you just want to set up a simple virtual network between you and your friend, your phone, or your office, Hamachi offers nearly instant deployment. Install the Hamachi client on all the machines and devices you want to connect into your network and add them to your Hamachi VPN and you're done. It's dead simple. The downside, if you're concerned about it, is that your VPN isn't locally managed—it's centrally managed by Hamachi through their servers.

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Shrew Soft (Windows/Linux, Free)


Shrew Soft offers a VPN that, while popular in its own right, received quite a boost when people started adopting Windows 7 64-bit in droves and found that Cisco wasn't in any hurry to release a 64-bit client to accommodate them. Shrew Soft works with a variety of VPN server protocols including IPsec, OpenSWAN, freeSWAN, and strongSWAN.

Windows Built-In VPN (Windows, Free)


Windows has a built-in VPN client. Surprised? Many people are. It's not a heavily advertised feature, but it covers many people's needs. Before exploring other client solutions, it's worth pulling up the quick launch box in the Windows start menu and typing 'VPN' to start the configuration process. In Windows versions prior to Windows Vista, the built-in VPN client received a fair amount of criticism for lacking features and supported protocols. Since Vista and especially in the Windows 7 implementation, it's grown significantly and unless you need a feature or standard that isn't implemented you may not need to install anything at all.

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Now that you've had a chance to look at the five most popular VPN solutions, it's time to cast your vote in the poll below:

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An honorable mention goes out to the Mac OS X built-in VPN client. Have a VPN tip, trick, or application to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.

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