macOS Sierra & iOS 10 Removes PPTP Support: Why This Is A Good Thing

If you have a VPN in your company, you should know that iOS 10 which hit the street earlier this week and macOS Sierra which will be on the streets next week have removed PPTP support. PPTP stands for Point to Point Tunneling Protocol and it was once a very common way to implement a virtual private network or VPN. But this protocol leaves a lot to be desired from a security standpoint. Thus organizations that still use VPNs should have been moving to more secure methods of encrypting VPN traffic. However, some haven’t and that’s why this move by Apple is a big deal. Users of Macs and iDevices that have PPTP VPNs configured will suddenly find that once they upgrade to the latest version of macOS or iOS, their VPN will stop working.

Now to be fair, Apple did warn people of this some time ago. But I think it’s safe to say that not everyone got the message as I suspect that help desks in organizations are being flooded with calls from iDevice and Mac users. But take it from me, the removal of PPTP support is a good thing. In my mind, there’s no reason why a vendor should support a technology or a standard that makes people insecure. In this day and age of everyone and their dog getting pwned by hackers, that not cool. Thus it may be necessary for the Apple’s of the world to force the issue by dropping standards that we know are bad. Thus, if you’re an organization who has a VPN set up with PPTP, you now have a massive incentive to quickly transition to something more secure as soon as possible. In the long term, you’ll be better off for doing so.

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