If you see a "VPN Using PPTP May Not Be Secure" alert

Learn why you see this alert when you try to create a PPTP VPN connection in iOS 9 or OS X 10.11.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.

When you try to create a PPTP VPN connection on your iOS device or Mac, you might see this alert:

This happens because the PPTP protocol doesn't provide strong protection for your data. 

Even though PPTP protocol is still available on iOS 9 and earlier or OS X v10.11 and earlier, it isn't available for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Try one of these other VPN protocols for user-based authentication that are more secure:

  • L2TP/IPSec
  • IKEv2/IPSec
  • Cisco IPSec
  • SSL VPN clients on the App Store such as those from AirWatch, Aruba, Check Point, Cisco, F5 Networks, MobileIron, NetMotion, Open VPN, Palo Alto Networks, Pulse Secure, and SonicWall
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