PureVPN – Complete Online Privacy & Protection 5.5.2 (iOS / App Store)

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This application is available for iOS. This app is designed to deliver security, anonymity and encryption in every network by providing VPN service from PureVPN services. The latest build was released on Feb 16, 2016. Our latest check was performed on Apr 5th, 2017.

Findings Summary

Our examination revealed total 32 items, where were 13 DAR items and 19 DIT items found. Among DAR items were found 0 worst items, 6 bad items, 7 good items, and 0 best items. Among DIT items were found 0 worst items, 1 bad item, 18 good items, and 0 best items.

Below you find 2 infographics summarizing what we described above. Each image provides information about both DAR and DIT items.

 

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Everything presented below is related to well-known CWEs, such as Sensitive data leakage [CWE-200], Unsafe sensitive data storage [CWE-312], Unsafe sensitive data transmission [CWE-319]. You can read more about it here.

Now let’s go deeper and examine each data item’s protection level.

 

Application Description

Let’s cite the description of this application below:

*** PureVPN has undergone a revolutionary transformation. Besides getting 2GB of free data for complete security, impenetrable anonymity, and online privacy, Now PureVPN users enjoy more user-friendly UI and an innovative Purpose & City Selection features ***
*** True Internet Freedom is just a tap away with PureVPN’s Free iOS VPN App! ***
PureVPN’s iOS app is easy-to-use, and comes preloaded with some of the hottest features:

  • Signup and get your free 2GB of bandwidth!
  • Automatic connection with IKEv2 protocol (iOS 8 & above) for speedy browsing and streaming
  • A revolutionary User Interface that makes using PureVPN a breeze!
  • Purpose Selection Tool to connect with internet instantly and securely!
  • Speed throttling and anonymous access
  • Enjoy VOIP calling and video chatting
  • Support for PPTP and L2TP protocols
  • Freedom to switch servers as many times as you like
  • Stable connectivity on iOS 9 and iOS 9.1
  • 24/7/365 LIVE customer support

For even better experience, you can upgrade to PureVPN Premium at anytime using in-app purchase feature within the free app.
Premium feature allows you to:

  • Hide your real identity behind 80,000+ IP addresses from 500+ servers in 120+ countries
  • Stream and download as much as you want with unlimited bandwidth
    PureVPN offers its iOS users the following payment plans:
  • $4.99 monthly (1 month)
  • $39.99 annually (12 months)

Got feedback & suggestions? Simply email us at: enquiry@purevpn.com
Privacy Policy: http://www.purevpn.com/privacy-policy.php
Terms of Usage: http://www.purevpn.com/term.php

 

Protection levels.

Locally stored data (Data-at-Rest, DAR).

Locally stored data groups include Media Information, Device Information, Application Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, VPN Information, Credentials Information, Log Information.
The average DAR value is 5.12 points (7.00 points of system protection and 3.23 points of own protection). It is higher than a typical value (3.5 points, where’s 7 points of system protection and 0 points of own protection).

Items’ GROUP #1 with average value 6.50 points (7 points of system protection, 6 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, protection and privacy issues are still possible but might involve interaction with an app code where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – data is not available in backups.

– Screen Snapshots (‘Media Information’ Group) – Screenshots of your device screen running certain apps; common as an iOS app multitasking feature (app swipes) or browser tab swipes. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any data like photo, image, video, audio,

– Environment (‘Device Information’ Group) – Different info about the environment of the device including apps lists, device info, OS name and versions, updates, a list of users, network details, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device,

– Application Events (‘Application Information’ Group) – App events referred to user actions ‘n’ activities were done. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers,

– Device Data (‘Device Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device,

– Device Data (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Address Data (‘Log Information’ Group) – Home, work or another type of owner address stored by apps. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information stored in local or network logs,

– Network Data (‘Log Information’ Group) – Basic info about network used to make a connection, such as a device like IP, connection type. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information stored in local or network logs

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 3.50 points (7 points of system protection, 0 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, extra data found that shouldn’t be accessed where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – stored as is.

– Application Configs (‘Application Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers,

– Application Configs (‘VPN Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information referred to vpn like data stream, config, server, etc.,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Tokens) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Different tokens used to get access to your account, except for passwords but including app or 3rd party tokens, secret keys, etc. (usually give full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Network Data (‘Device Information’ Group) – Basic info about network used to make a connection, such as a device like IP, connection type. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device

Also, keep in mind, using jailbroken device means the system protection level is 0 points and you’re using out-of-date iOS < 8.3 the system protection level is 2 points. If some data marked as shareable via iTunes, then the system protection level is 4 points.

Transferred data (Data-in-Transit, DIT).

Transferred data groups include Location ‘n’ Maps Information, Application Information, Credentials Information, Account Information, VPN Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, Device Information.
The average DIT value is 5.50 points (5.00 points of system protection and 6.00 points of own protection). It is higher than a typical value (4 points, where’s 4 points of system protection and 4 points of own protection).

Items’ GROUP #1 with average value 5.50 points (5 points of system protection, 6 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, data is not available all the time or partially accessed where system protection level means – some techniques are available to developers to keep connection bypassing system settings, like proxy settings, etc., and own protection level means – SSL pinning (can be patched).

– GEO Data (‘Location ‘n’ Maps Information’ Group) – Any GEO info stored as plain text referred to the places or tracked activity. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any geodata from trackers, social networks, GPS, etc.,

– Address Data (‘Location ‘n’ Maps Information’ Group) – Home, work or another type of owner address stored by apps. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any geodata from trackers, social networks, GPS, etc.,

– Application Certificates ‘n’ Profile (‘Application Information’ Group) – Configuration files are known as certificates and profile for devices and apps including VPNs. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Tokens) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Different tokens used to get access to your account, except for passwords but including app or 3rd party tokens, secret keys, etc. (usually give full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Account Details (‘Account Information’ Group) – Full info about your account including account membership, expiration, profile, linked data and account, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to profiles, basic credential IDs like email or username or phone number plus some more info depends on applications,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Account Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to profiles, basic credential IDs like email or username or phone number plus some more info depends on applications,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Account Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to profiles, basic credential IDs like email or username or phone number plus some more info depends on applications,

– Account Settings ‘n’ Configs (‘Account Information’ Group) – Information about your account settings and configurations. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to profiles, basic credential IDs like email or username or phone number plus some more info depends on applications,

– Application Configs (‘Application Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Account Information’ Group) – Any favorites data or tracked data marked as desirable by users and for users (Means, user is on FB messenger, Viber, bank client or favourite hotel, room type, flight route, airline). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to profiles, basic credential IDs like email or username or phone number plus some more info depends on applications,

– Analytics Configs (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions referred to analytics group data. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Environment (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Different info about the environment of the device including apps lists, device info, OS name and versions, updates, a list of users, network details, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Device Data (‘Device Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device,

– Device Data (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Application Configs (‘VPN Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information referred to vpn like data stream, config, server, etc.

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 6.50 points (5 points of system protection, 8 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, protection and privacy issues are still possible but might involve interaction with an app code where system protection level means – some techniques are available to developers to keep connection bypassing system settings, like proxy settings, etc., and own protection level means – own vpn or own crypto but compliance.

– VPN Stream (‘VPN Information’ Group) – Customer data transferring under VPN protection (Note, there are non-encrypted VPN tunnels too). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information referred to vpn like data stream, config, server, etc.

Items’ GROUP #3 with average value 4.50 points (5 points of system protection, 4 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, data available if it’s allowed only and may require user action where system protection level means – some techniques are available to developers to keep connection bypassing system settings, like proxy settings, etc., and own protection level means – bypassed by fake/stolen root certificates.

– Network Data (‘Device Information’ Group) – Basic info about network used to make a connection, such as a device like IP, connection type. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device

Keep in mind if you’re using out-of-date iOS < 9.0, the system level equals 2 points instead of 4. It means your data can be stolen without involving your actions.

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