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Everything You Need to Know About the Kill Switch Feature of KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

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VPN technology has many implications. Some people utilize it casually, to occasionally get access to a blocked website or service. However, for certain users VPNs are of much greater importance. For journalists and political activists living in autocratic states, it is their only defense against governmental surveillance and censorship. For business owners, VPN services grant security of their commercial secrets from hackers and competitors. Even for simple netizens, a proper VPN often means the difference between access to their favorite service and a ban.

You know what’s common about all those people? Even the slightest disruption in VPN connection will cause their complete deanonymization. This happens because their real IP and other information become visible via normal, ISP-provided connection.

Even such a reliable and stable service as VPN Unlimited is not immune from a sporadic disconnect. Well, we’re not going to risk our users’ safety and confidentiality. That’s why we’re proud to announce the launch of a long-awaited Kill Switch feature for our VPN service!

What is Kill Switch

Kill Switch is a technology that monitors the state of your VPN connection. As soon as it detects any disruptions (whatever the cause), it automatically disables your device’s internet connection until the VPN’s work is restored. This means that not a single bit of traffic will be transferred unencrypted, effectively protecting your IP from from revelation and ascertaining your online anonymity.

Picture with the word Reliable symbolizing reliability of VPN with Kill Switch

Who needs VPN with Kill Switch 

For some VPN users, occasionally sending unencrypted data over home network is not a big deal. However, in many cases sending even a small amount of unencrypted data can cause problems. Kill Switch is definitely a must-have feature of your VPN service in following cases:

  • If you download torrents, connection disruptions may reveal this activity to your ISP and result in copyright infringement notices or fines. 
  • If you’re trying to avoid strict government surveillance and VPN goes down, your online activities may be traced.
  • In case you’re a journalist and use VPN to protect your identity. 
  • If you connect to unsecured public WiFi hotspots, your sensitive data like login, banking details can be stolen by hackers.  

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – VPN that offers Kill Switch

The Kill Switch feature is implemented in the Android 8 (or higher), Windows, macOS,  and iOS versions of VPN Unlimited. A system-based Kill Switch, like the one on Android, has a number of benefits. The biggest one is the feature functioning independently from our app. So even if your device’s system disables VPN Unlimited for some reasons, like in a low memory situation, the Kill Switch feature will stay on.

To enable the new feature on an Android device, go to VPN Unlimited settings and choose the Always-on VPN and Block connections without VPN options. On macOS, Windows, and iOS, go to settings and turn on the Kill Switch option. Now your privacy is secured from any sudden connection breaks.

Bottom line on the Kill Switch feature of VPN Unlimited

We hope that you will enjoy the extra security added with the Kill Switch feature! It greatly complements the privacy protection that VPN Unlimited provides and will be of great use for anyone concerned about their confidentiality online. If you have any questions about this feature, or our services as a whole, check our Kill Switch page or feel free to contact us at [email protected]. And if for some reason you still haven’t made use of the VPN Unlimited benefits, you can download it now and get a 7-day free trial.


Comments

  1. Awesome post.

  2. Hi guys,

    On my MacBook and iPhone the kill switch function is not showing. Therefore i can’t turn it on. Is this a function limited to certain subscriptions?

    • Hey Rob,

      The Kill Switch feature is not limited to any subscription 🤗
      To turn on the Kill Switch on MacBook and iPhone, you should follow our quick instruction:

        1. Run KeepSolid VPN Unlimited.
        2. Log in with your KeepSolid ID if you still don’t.
        3. Click on the Menu button in the upper-left corner of the Main screen.
        4. Go to Settings.
        5. Turn on the Kill Switch.

      Turn on the Kill Switch feature on MacBook
      *Ensure you are using the latest version of our app

      In case you still can’t find it, please contact our customer support from the app or via [email protected]. We’ll explore ways to provide you assistance 😉

  3. Latisha Laguerre
    November 21, 2019 - 5:47 am

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  5. How can I turn off the Kill Switch of my Mac?

    • Hi Bob,

      Thanks for reaching out! We don’t recommend to disable Kill Switch as in case of a sudden connection drop, your Personal IP and private data may become vulnerable. Find more info on our Kill Switch page.

      If you still want to disable it, this can be done in Network Settings of your Mac. Please drop an email to our customer support team via [email protected] for detailed instructions.

  6. Do you have plans to add the Kill switch to the Linux version?

    Also, I want to mention that your Linux app works better on my Ubuntu than on my Windows 10.

    • Hi Isma,
      We do have Kill Switch on our wish list, but can provide no ETA of the implementation yet. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay tuned on all the latest news and updates!
      As per Windows 10, let’s figure that out together. Please reach out our customer support at [email protected], we’ll gladly assist!

  7. Any news when the kill switch feature will be available for Windows? What’s taking so long?

    • Hi Michael,
      It’s still on our wish list, but we can provide no ETA yet. As soon as the feature is released, we’ll notify about it on our blog & in socials. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay tuned!

  8. I had the same issue as Valentine. What i found to work on MacOS, is to go into network settings and remove the connection that you were connected too (In my case it was ethernet) and re add the connection.

    • Hi Adam,
      That is not a usual behavior. If you face the issue again, please contact our customer support team at [email protected]. They’ll investigate the case and gladly assist in finding a solution.

  9. Once I’ve enabled killswitch, reboot & logged out by chance, I have no Internet connection at all, cannot login with keepsolid account, cannot do anything. It’s really bad I have no option to disable it on system level (or I can see no instructions) by entering sudo password.

  10. Any idea when the Kill Switch function will be active on the Windows version? That is a really important feature for a VPN and every VPN should have one. That should come built in already and set to be active by default in my opinion.

    Big fan of VPN Unlimited, stable/easy to use/etc., but the Kill Switch feature not in the current Windows version is disappointing.

    • Hi Lee,
      Thank you for being with us!
      Kill Switch for Windows is one of our top priorities for the near future, however at the moment we cannot provide you with the exact date of its implementation. Follow us in social networks (for instance, Facebook and Twitter) and/or subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned with the updates.

  11. Mistake/misspelling or another reason to skip iOS in list of supported platforms?

    • Dear Mike,
      The Kill Switch feature is incompatible with iOS devices, however there is still the Connect on Demand option. Please, see this article for the details.

  12. Is this available on iPhone app? I don’t see the option there.

    • Hello Isaiah,
      Kill Switch is currently available on Android and macOS only. iOS devices have the On Demand feature that acts similarly to Kill Switch. Check our article for more details.

  13. Thank you, interesting feature. In which version will this be available? I’ve updated my versions on the different equipment, but it doesn’t appear in the menu…..

    • Dear Henk,
      The Kill Switch option is currently available on Android 8.0+ and macOS standalone version only. Please, be sure to update the OS, in the case of Android, or download the standalone version of the VPN Unlimited app, in the case of macOS.

  14. I’m still waiting on my reply for your offer of 5 additional devices for my subscription of VPN unlimited for the price of $24.99. I never got the invoice sent to me to close the deal.

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