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Tips for VPN Service Providers

SOME FEATURES DESCRIBED ON THIS PAGE ARE AVAILABLE ONLY IN TUNNELBLICK 3.8.2beta03 AND HIGHER

Tunnelblick has several features that VPN service providers should be aware of:

  • Automatic updating of Tunnelblick
  • Automatic updating of VPN configurations
  • Non-administrator installations and updates of configurations

Automatic Updating of Tunnelblick

Tunnelblick includes a built-in updater, which checks for updates to the program and offers to update it when an update is available.

For security reasons, Tunnelblick must always be installed and updated by a computer administrator.

Automatic Updating of VPN Configurations

Tunnelblick has two separate methods for updating configurations:

  • The "old" method, which is powerful and can update multiple configurations at one time but is complex to set up and administer; and

  • The "new" method, which can only update a single configuration at a time but is simple to set up and administer.

Non-administrator Installations and Updates of VPN Configurations

By default, Tunnelblick requires a computer administrator's authorization to install or update VPN configurations, for security reasons.

However, configurations or changes which are not security sensitive may be installed by a standard user (without authorization by a computer administrator) if a computer administrator has previously un-checked the "Require computer administrator authorization to install all configurations" checkbox on the "Preferences" panel of Tunnelblick's "VPN Details" window.

For more details, see Standard Users Installing or Replacing Configurations.

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