App Review: Cloak

Image of phrase "App Review: Cloak"We continue the latest series here on the blog— reviews of organizing, time management and productivity apps! I’ll be reviewing a new app every couple of weeks, so be sure to stop by the blog often! *Full disclosure: I am not being compensated, financially or otherwise in any shape, form, type, or sort for using, reviewing or mentioning these apps.

Do you use public wi-fi connections?

Did you know you could be compromising your online safety and privacy when you log on to these types of networks?

Today I’ll be reviewing Cloak, a VPN or virtual private network specifically for Apple devices. Even if you don’t own any Apple devices, I hope this post will be a helpful and informative read.

In today’s day and age you can never be too sure about your privacy and safety online. Public wi-fi connections aren’t always secure and anyone who knows anything about hacking can see what you’re doing on your computer. Pretty scary stuff. Thankfully, this is where Cloak comes in!

Developed by three former Microsoft employees, Cloak is a VPN or virtual private network service that, well, cloaks your online activity in public wi-fi connections. Anytime you are out and about using a public wi-fi connection, be it at the library, a co-working space, a coffee shop or an airport terminal, you can simply turn on Cloak and be protected or shielded from prying eyes.

In a way, a VPN could be seen as a protective productivity measure. When it comes to work, the last thing you want is your computer to be hacked and have to put things on hold to deal with such a security breach.

Cloak is made for Apple products and can be used with iPhone, iPad and Mac desktops and laptops. Setting up a Cloak account is easy enough; simply enter your name, email address and a credit card and you’re set. You’ll install the Cloak app on your computer and a little icon will appear at the top of your menu bar. Launching Cloak is easy to do, you just click on the menu bar icon, select “Connect” and wait for Cloak to be enabled. Honestly, it really is as easy at that.

I’ve been using Cloak for several months now and am satisfied with the service. I no longer have to worry about my safety or privacy online and can join public wi-fi connections with confidence.

Are you interested in trying out Cloak? You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of the app on Cloak’s website. If you’re convinced the product is for you, choose from three different coverage plans.

Now to you…have you heard of VPNs before? If you are a Mac user, will you look into Cloak? If you’re on a PC, will you now research other VPN options? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

Full disclosure: I did and do not receive any compensation, financial or otherwise, in any shape, form, type, or sort for using, reviewing or mentioning Cloak.

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2 Responses

  1. Simone

    Hi Rashelle,
    thank you for the wonderful review of the cloak app and I actually did not know that you can use that particular app also on an iPhone. Wondering if you can use one account for your laptop and your iPhone at the same time. Do you have any knowledge about that by any chance?