VPNKS v1.4

Safeguarding your privacy against unexpected VPN connection dropouts.


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VPNKS ReadMe

Requirements
  • VPN connection with TAP-drivers. Most VPN-providers include TAP-drivers in their installers. If TAP-drivers are missing, VPNKS will notify you.
  • .NET 4.7.1. VPNKS will notify you and help you download it if it's missing.
  • Windows Firewall enabled
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VPNKS Installation

Note: In order to be able to install and use VPNKS, you need admin privileges.

  1. Download VPNKS here
  2. Start VPNKS Installer.exe
  3. If it's the first time you install VPNKS and you get promped by the Windows Protection prompt, just click on "More info" and "Run anyway" to continue the installation."

  4. Click "Yes" on the UAC popup page:

  5. Read the terms and conditions and accept them by checking the "I Accept..." checkbox and click "Install" to start the installation:

  6. Finally select if you want to start VPNKS after finishing the installation and click "Finish":

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Get Started

In order to unlock all options, you need to add atleast 1 program to the list in VPNKS:

  1. Start VPNKS and click "Config"
  2. Click on to add any program and to remove program. You can add as many programs to VPNKS as you want, there's no limit.
  3. Select Kill Switch method
  4. Close "Config"
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Kill Switch Methods

VPNKS have 3 automatic Kill Switches and 1 manual (Panic):

  1. Program Termination: (automatic)

    All listed programs will be terminated in case your VPN connection drops. Check the "Restart Programs" option if you want your listed programs to restart once your VPN is back up again.

  2. Connection Block: (automatic)

    All connections and traffic, to and from your listed programs, will be blocked until your VPN re-establish its connection again.

  3. OverKill Switch: (automatic)

    This swith will activate both switches above when your VPN drops. Check the "Restart Programs" option if you want your listed programs to restart once your VPN is back up again.

  4. Panic Switch: (manual)

    Will override the 3 auto-switches. When activated, it will terminate all running programs you have listed in VPNKS. The switch can be activated by either clicking on the "Panic" button or by pressing the CTRL + DEL ("control" and "delete" buttons) on your keyboard at any time. Once pressed, you have an instant kill ;)

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Web Browser Control

VPNKS Browser Control

Note:

In order for this feature to work, VPNKS v1.3 or higher is required and the new VPNKS Browser Control extension for your web browser.

This feature controls your web browser and blocks/unblocks selected webpages when your VPN drops/reconnects to protect your online privacy and internet security.

VPNKS does not only blocks sites BEFORE any data is being sent if your VPN is down, VPNKS is FULLY AUTOMATIC. If it detects a webpage you currently have opened, it will be blocked on the fly. This means that sites that keep transferring data (like ads, logging, tracking, statistics etc) in the background, will be blocked in real-time when your VPN drops. VPNKS will also unblock and refresh all blocked webpages you currently have open when your VPN connection is back up.

Setup

  1. Click on "config" in VPNKS and activate the "Web Browser Control":

  2. Install the VPNKS Browser Control extension for your browser:

  3. Click on the VPNKS shield in your browser:

  4. Enter any website into the textfield. Click "Add" to add more websites if needed.
  5. Click "Save" and restart your browser for the changes to take effect.

Setup done!

Temporary Unblock

If VPNKS blocks a site in your setup when your VPN is down, you can still access the webpage by overriding VPNKS and temporary unblocking it. Simply click on the "Unblock" button. This will unblock the webpage for that browser session until you restart your browser again.

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Misc Options

Sound Notifications

A sound notification will be played when your VPN connection change status.

Start With Windows

VPNKS will start with Windows, minimized in systray, no splash-screen nor sound.

Automatic Updates

VPNKS will check for new versions at startup and notify you if an update is available.

Note: Update your firewall to allow VPNKS to check for updates.

Restart Programs

Make VPNKS start all your listed programs when your VPN re-establish its connection.

Note: This option is only selectable with the "Program Termination" and "OverKill" switches!

Process Protection

With Process Protection enabled, all attempts to run a protected program while your VPN connection is down, will be denied!

Process Protection prevents accidental program-starts and/or other processes from starting up your protected programs while you're still connected to a unsecure internet connection.

Note: This option is only selectable with the "Program Termination" and "OverKill" switches!

Automatic Computer Shutdown

If you want your computer to shut down in case of your VPN shut down, simply check the "shut down" checkbox in VPNKS's main window. If VPNKS detects a VPN connection failure, VPNKS will first terminate all your running programs to make sure all connections are closed and then shut down the computer, no questions asked!

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