If you’re on OS X 10.11 El Capitan and you don’t need Proxy services, you should probably download NetShade AS from the App Store.
If you’re on an older OS X and/or you need Proxy services in addition to VPN, you’ll need the standard version of NetShade.
|Minimum OS version||MacOS X 10.10 Yosemite (NetShade 7.x)
MacOS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard (NetShade 6.x)
|MacOS X 10.11.1 El Capitan|
|Automatic Updates||Yes (self-updating)||Yes (via App Store)|
|IPv6 Leakage||Not susceptible||Not susceptible|
Yes, as long as your account has VPN access. Registration codes are interchangeable between NetShade and NetShade AS.
App Store applications have access to a limited set of features. To make proxy and VPN connections, NetShade has traditionally needed to obtain administrator privileges on your computer. App Store applications are not allowed to escalate their privileges, so up until now it has not been possible to bring NetShade to the Mac App Store.
In OS X El Capitan, Apple introduced a new App Store-approved way of initiating VPN connections. There is still no way to make a proxy connection work in the App Store. This is why the App Store version of NetShade is VPN only, and requires OS X 10.11.
Probably not. VPN does everything that proxy does, but adds encryption and improved connection robustness. Proxy-only subscriptions are available at a lower cost than Proxy+VPN subscriptions, but can only be used in the standard version of NetShade.
NetShade AS uses an IKEv2 VPN infrastructure, built with Apple’s new NetworkExtension framework. This replaces the OpenVPN backend in the standard version of NetShade. With this approach, NetShade no longer needs to install custom software in order to make VPN connections. Instead, it uses the software that’s now built into OS X. This makes for a cleaner app with no external dependencies.
Yes, you can have both applications installed. Running both apps at the same time is not advised, but they can be used interchangeably.
Yes, we plan on maintaining both versions of NetShade concurrently.