Some users have been asking what the Split-Tunnel feature is and why we need it?
VPNs are pretty much part of our daily lives and there is not a day we are on the Internet without using a VPN, especially in Iran.
A VPN protects users’ privacy and identity and allows users to circumvent filtering by: First, changing the user’s IP address and; second, protecting the user’s information by passing all browsing and app data through an encrypted tunnel.
As a user in Iran, you have probably experienced the fact that certain Irank\ian websites and apps, like banking, only work from an Iranian IP address forcing the user to shut off the VPN to access these sites and then starting it back up to browse the world wide web.
A split-tunnel is a convenient feature that allows the user to select which app on the device do not use the VPN tunnel. These apps will retain their original Iranian IP address, their traffic will be unencrypted, but the user will be able to access the Iran-specific websites and apps, while all other functions use the VPN function. Configuring the split-tunnel on the user’s device will allow the user to perform all device activity without having to switch the VPN on and off.
A note on using browser apps for websites that require Iranian IP addresses such as banks: To make sure users can access those websites that require the original IP address as well as search the web with a VPN, two different web browsers apps should be used. For example, a chrome browser app and a firefox browser app. The user can then pick one of the browser apps as the designated app for visiting websites that require the oriniginal IP address and the other browser app for searching with a VPN. When using the split tunnel function, users can pick which browser app will not use the VPN and only use that browser app to visit sites that require the original IP address.