Possible Conflict Between Web Protection In BD Mobile Security For iOS And BD VPN For iOS. Any Help?

edited March 2023 in Mobile Security

There's an issue that's a bit confusing. With both Total Security and VPN installed, and running the VPN, when you try to run a Bitdefender Scan, it comes back stating that Browsing Protection is not installed. What's up with that? You cannot have both browsing protection and VPN running at the same time? If so, why?

Best Answer

  • Gjoksi
    Answer ✓


    The Web Protection & VPN features from Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS cannot be used at the same time, but alternatively. This means that turning on Web Protection in the app will disconnect the VPN and vice versa. Once a VPN session is ended, you can turn on Web Protection.

    Web Protection automatically blocks malicious websites. When a URL points to a known phishing or fraudulent website, or to malicious content such as spyware or viruses, the webpage is blocked, and an alert is shown. The same thing happens when installed apps try to access malicious domains. With Web Protection, you are protected from accessing dangerous, phishing, and fraudulent pages.

    On the other hand, VPN encrypts the data that leaves your iOS device, giving you the benefit of a private network even while you’re on a public Wi-Fi from the airport, mall, café, or hotel. When connected to VPN, you can access websites that are restricted to certain countries and you hide your own IP address, offering your online search more anonymity. VPN only does so much to anonymize your online activities. It won’t protect you online.

    Therefore, this behavior is not a dysfunction. Web Protection and VPN are two features designed for separate purposes: the first keeps you safe while browsing while the latter aims to provide internet anonymity.

    If you wish to browse anonymously or encrypt your data, VPN is recommended. If you are browsing websites and you have doubts about their security, Web protection should be enabled. VPN is strongly recommended if you are connecting to public networks, such as the ones in coffee shops.