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Good app but lacking features
I like this app and the service it provides. But it feels very basic right now. At the very least it needs to allow for filtering by type on the Alerts view, not just a huge scrolling chronological list. If I have 200 data trackers in the list, and one page hijacker, I have to manually scroll through the list and try to spot the different colored icon to find the one page hijacker. Why don’t the totals at the top of the list act as filters for the list? Tapping them seems to do nothing right now which is a missed opportunity. Alerts should list the app that initiated the blocked request. Maybe that’s difficult (or impossible) given iOS sandboxing but it’s expected functionality for an app like this. A firewall needs to expose the services triggering it, not just basically say “I blocked a bunch of stuff for you but where it came from is a mystery.”
Free tier almost useless, paid tier very expensive
For blocking trackers and invasive network requests, consider the Lockdown app (I have no affiliation with that app except as a user) — it’s free, open source and all processing happens on the device, unlike this Guardian Firewall app where all your requests are sent to a server for processing (claimed here to be better for battery life). The free tier on this app only detects what can be blocked but doesn’t actually block it. It also seems to slow down the network access speed. The VPN service in the free tier is also vague by using terms like “short periods of time” (the FAQ and description don’t explain in simple terms what the free tier provides and what it doesn’t). The paid tier is extremely expensive. Even with family sharing, whenever that arrives, this would be expensive if the price remains the same. What I would like to see is a significantly cheaper blocking app that does on-device processing without a VPN server/service bundled together, but that may not be possible with this app since it depends on their VPN servers even for the blocking lists.
Worth every penny but slow to reconnect to vpn
When I open an iOS device, either my iPhone or iPad it doesn’t auto connect to the vpn and there’s no way to force it to but usually opening the iOS mail app and waiting 10 to 15 seconds forces the vpn to reconnect. In the meantime I just don’t have a connection. I read on Twitter someone lauded the faster reconnect time to the vpn but I continue to experience slow reconnects. If there was a way to pull down on the app to force reconnect that would be great. Otherwise, probably the most interesting app in the iOS store and definitely worth the cost.
Easy to use and great concept it but caused problems
I installed this on my wife’s and my phone. I had preordered it a while back. It was easy and worked great for a day or two. It provided awesome info and a list of blocked location and blocked data. There were hundreds of items that were blocked in a couple of says. Then, suddenly, neither of us could use our phones for most common uses...my weather app wouldn’t update, we could text but not receive text photos, Snapchat would show notifications but not download the actual message, Facebook and Instagram would not update. I disabled the app and both phones worked fine. I’ve tried it several times in the past couple of days...same result every time, everything works for a while then it blocks everything and I have to disable it again. I’m using it on my iPad and it seems to be fine for now. There aren’t any settings to be tinkered with so I don’t think it’s anything I’m doing wrong.
The concept of having a VPN bundled with a firewall to block ads makes a lot of sense. If this was marketed that way, I'd be more prone to recommending this service. As things stand though, on the one hand, I don't believe that a server-side firewall can effectively be invasive enough to preserve privacy against the worst actors -- Google, Facebook, et. al., where the first party (or necessary third party) is also the enemy. On the other hand, I've had endless problems getting the VPN to stay connected. I come home and my phone doesn't work. That's the experience that's most common. It's probably some combination of my router's support for doing IPSEC through a NAT (I did toggle that feature on, and it's an Asus RT-AC66U, if that helps), and maybe spotty wifi. Either way, with Guardian turned off, my phone is "fine", and with it on, my phone frequently can't connect to anything.
Killer App– Easy to Use!
This app is unreal! In a world where data is being collected and tracked off your personal devices, this app is designed to put your mind at ease. I’ve been using the beta and it’s been amazing! In a short amount of time, it has BLOCKED literally 1000s of trackers. That includes data trackers known to collect analytics and device info., trackers used for receipt email messages, GPS location info trackers, trackers that collect personal data for ads, page hijackers, and more!! The great thing about this app is that it’s super easy to use, and will benefit everybody, whether you’re a security aficionado or just a regular and light iPhone/mobile user. It’s scary to think about all the apps and websites that use trackers to pull information from your device. This app makes it really easy to see all that is being blocked in the form of a “bank statement.” Extra perk that it also has a VPN built into it :) 10/10 would recommend to everyone!!!
Connection issues persist
I like and trust this developer and think that what they are offering is important and technically challenging. However, I simply have too many periods where my phone connection refuses to function until I disable Guardian, when the connection immediately begins working. My house unfortunately has several zones with different WiFi network names and sometimes switches to 4g when out of range. So, not ideal. Nevertheless, when I realise my phone is no longer communicating, and I turn off Guardian, it immediately begins working. I don’t mind paying this much for a hassle free service but in my situation at least, there are still some hassles.
Give me EXACTLY what I want: a simple-to-use VPN that keeps Apps from tracking/selling my activity. My only concern is the slower speed as a result of tunneling from place to place. This is easily managed and preferred over not using Guardian... without it there are literally hundreds of data points being skimmed off my data!
Im currently subscribed to guardian monthly subscription firewall and i had recently tested the firewall it seems its not functioning correctly or the update has caused an error because during my test my firewall failed to protect me i hope that you keep developing the firewall to be stronger during future updates id also like to mention that if possible could you add server that reside outside the us but please prioritize the firewall it is essential for me thanks i have had no issues with the app it worked great until this point
The answer I didn’t know I was looking for
Guardian Firewall has consistently kept me protected in the most vulnerable public WiFi’s as well as blocked so many trackers. It’s kind of unreal the number! My favorite is know that my location is blocked from companies that I didn’t approve and also the page hi-jacker. Those used to get me all the time and it drove me crazy. Now I never get them and also see that they were blocked. I look forward to the next set of features. This app only gets better and better. Really great!
Love it. Wish it named the app
I pre ordered this after reading a story about all the trackers and decided to give this a try. I thought I had my phone locked down with only a few apps having access to my location - looking at you waze. To my horror in just half a day I’ve had 12 locations trackers blocked and 234 data trackers blocked - holy cow. My only wish and flaw, is that I came find how to tell what app is firing off the trackers. I’d delete those in a heartbeat. Please add that feature - I have a right to know on my phone.
Keep turning off
I am testing the free version before deciding to go with the paid version. I am frustrated that the protection keeps turning off if I moved to different WiFi location in my building . It’s still the same WiFi login but different location. If my phone change from WiFi to data it’s also turn off. Why? Will the paid version has an always-on setting so that it’s always connected automatically wherever I goes whether WiFi or data without having to check and turn on manually so often. I wish the app to give protection always and I don’t want to think about it.
I have been trying this for a couple of days and the performance is really impressive, even when compared with the most hyped (and expensive) VPN services. I would like to see more granular controls on the level of aggressiveness, with the option of whitelisting services. Also, I’d like to be able to choose the location of the server manually when I need to. Last point, more information on what has been blocked would be very interesting.
Developers you can trust
I’ve been following the development of this app and I can assure that people’s privacy is their priority. With all of the scandals that have emerged lately about apps and services not only creeping on your information but also selling it, this app is a must. They have a simple business model and that is to give people back their privacy. I had the opportunity to try the beta and it blocked more than 1300 trackers in less than a week. Do your self a favor and download this app!
Want to like, but too many connection issues
I have been a happy disconnect user for some time now, but after reading about Guardian I was eager to try. When it appeared on my phone I immediately removed all other vpns and set up Guardian - super easy to do as there are really no options in the app. It appeared to work fine for a few days, and was logging blocked attempts ( though it’s really not obvious what is being prevented). Now I’m experiencing lots of apps and web sites hanging and lots of total connectivity outages. I will monitor progress of this app, but for now, for me, it’s back to disconnect.
Yes. Guardian Firewall + VPN is quiet safe to use but use with caution. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 90 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 4.3/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for Guardian Firewall + VPN Is 28.2/100.
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