Threat Manager: Block app trackers in a tap
Threat Manager: Block app trackers in one tap
Take back some control over what companies know about you and what you do online through apps and websites. Introducing Threat Manager—included in your ExpressVPN subscription.
What is Threat Manager?
Ever notice that you start seeing lots of related ads after using an app or a website? That’s because various online services—especially apps—record and then share your activity with third-party companies. This collected information is then used to serve you more targeted ads and content, and this entire process usually happens without your knowledge or consent.
Many popular web browsers now include features that limit the third-party companies that websites can communicate with, reducing the amount of unauthorized sharing. However, this doesn’t cover all browsers and often doesn’t apply to apps—which is where Threat Manager comes in.
Built to complement your VPN experience, Threat Manager prevents all apps and websites on your device from communicating with a set of third parties known to track activity or engage in malicious behavior. This gives you more control over your online privacy and how your data is being used.
How does Threat Manager work?
Threat Manager prevents any part of your device from communicating with servers that are listed on our “blocklist” of trackers and malicious sites. We update this blocklist regularly with each new app version.
Threat Manager is currently available within the ExpressVPN app for iOS, Mac, and Linux.
Enhance your VPN experience with Threat Manager
A VPN makes sure that operators of the pipes of the internet, such as your internet service provider (ISP) and its subcontractors, cannot see what you do online. But even so, any app or website that you use might record your activities and share that data with third parties.
For example, a news app or website might record which articles you’ve read and share that data with another company, which uses this information to build a digital profile on you. Your digital profile may then be used to help other companies decide which ads and articles to show you. Threat Manager helps to limit some of this sharing.
Is Threat Manager similar to a DNS blocker?
Yes, Threat Manager is a DNS-based traffic blocker. It works in much the same way as other DNS filtering solutions—by blocking access to certain servers that are known to contain trackers or malicious entities.
Is Threat Manager safe?
Yes! Threat Manager has been carefully engineered to safeguard your device and minimize as much risk as possible. Here’s how we ensure our apps are free of malware.
Is Threat Manager free to use?
Threat Manager is a free additional feature on the ExpressVPN app. You can use Threat Manager immediately on your iOS, Mac, and Linux devices as long as you have an active ExpressVPN subscription.
How do I use Threat Manager with ExpressVPN?
You can easily set up Threat Manager on your ExpressVPN iOS, Mac, or Linux app in just a few seconds. You’ll first need to ensure you are using Lightway as your protocol or the “Automatic” protocol setting on your app.
On iOS, tap on Options > Settings > toggle on the Threat Manager feature.
On Mac, click on Settings > Preferences > Threat Manager > click on the box to toggle on Threat Manager.
On Linux, you can toggle on Threat Manager within the Terminal by running the following command:
expressvpn preferences set block_trackers true
What devices can I use Threat Manager on?
Threat Manager is available on the ExpressVPN app for iOS, Mac, and Linux, and is set to roll out to our apps for Windows and Android soon.