What good is a VPN? Well, a virtual private network is another good layer of privacy and security for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad because it provides an encrypted, private network connection to the internet.
Through the years I’ve tried my fair share of VPNs but on the Mac I’ve also had a continuity problem. The connection to the VPN service gets dropped. Reconnecting isn’t difficult but it is annoying and it’s a few extra steps to get back to safety. Here’s an app that helps.
Monitor The Monitors
There are various and sundry reasons why a VPN connection might drop but it doesn’t matter. If you’re not paying attention, you might not notice, and macOS doesn’t have an automated or simple way to reconnect.
That’s what VPN Monitor does. Reconnect automatically.
What you get for a few dollars is a simple utility to set up, and one that just does what it does without much additional configuration.
For example, VPN Monitor is, well, basically always on. Tabbed Preferences include Services, Timeout options, Heartbeat, and other Options. For example, Services gives you options for multiple VPN connections. Timeout is the number of seconds to allow before a VPN reconnect.
Heartbeat is different. It actively checks to VPN connection with additional security options.
- No need to enter VPN account information
- Reconnects L2TP & Cisco IPSec
- Reconnects PPTP (macOS 10.11 or earlier)
- Fallback feature for unresponsive VPN servers
- Safe network option (standby on whitelisted networks)
- Temporary disconnect
- Auto connect at App startup
- HUD panel with status information
- Desktop notifications
You won’t have to worry about reconnecting and there is no need to enter any VPN account information because VPN Monitor simply monitors the connection and reconnects to the select VPN service.
VPN Monitor has a built-in safe network option to use a different VPN should the selected service fail completely. That helps to keep downtime to an absolute minimum.
Not many. I would like a more robust notification system– email or text or something very noisy or flashy– but if you’re online and sitting in front of your you’ll notice it right away. Sadly, there is no VPN Monitor for iOS.