I have a question about VPN Access on my iPad. After every time I lock it for more than 15 minutes, when I return to using my iPad, it reconnects to WiFi but doesn't re-establish the VPN connection automatically - I have to do it manually. This means my iPad is connected to insecure WiFi, so it's possible that some application can send secure data in background over the insecure connection.

How can I avoid my data being sent over an insecure connection?

  • What is your question?
    – Gerry
    Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 7:59
  • How secure data? VPN doesnt prevent sniffing data. Until I doesn't turn on VPN manualy after unlock device, some data transferring in backgrounbd throw unsecured connection. May be question - how prevent transfer data when VPN turned off? Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 8:31
  • Is your question how secure VPN is (while connected), or how to ensure VPN is always connected? It's still not clear what you are asking?
    – Gerry
    Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 9:29
  • I want to sure, that my data never be sniffed throw public wi-fi. Any way to solve this problem be answer. Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 9:44

1 Answer 1


I'm not aware of a jailbreak that forces only a VPN and the core OS has no provision to only route traffic through a VPN.

The OS needs to contact an insecure network and send traffic in order to establish a VPN connection. For the time the device is connected to the network and not having built a secure tunnel - you are vulnerable to network sniffing. Even once you have a VPN - the traffic can still be sniffed and recorded for later analysis, but the encryption/obfuscation makes it harder to tell what data is being transmitted and to what servers you are communicating since all traffic goes to the VPN server.

In short, you need to be vigilant to ensure the VPN reconnects. If you make sure that your iOS device does not auto-join these untrusted WiFi hotspots, you will have to manually re-join if it drops so that you can manually fire up the VPN again and the device will not inadvertently re-join and put your traffic and data at risk.

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