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Add password protection to app

I really like NextDNS! I use it for the whole family and on the router at home. But when the children leave the house the parental protection stops. (Or they could just disable wifi to bypass NextDNS)

I want to have the app installed on the children's phones and computers, but they could easily just turn it off. 

Can you please add the option to password protect the NextDNS apps, it's easy to do. It would make it great for family protection without using an additional app. 

Older children could of course learn how to uninstall the app, but it would still make the app much safer for younger children. 

I work with IT at a school. If you add the ability to use a password for the apps on Android, iOS and Windows I could easily recommend NextDNS to all our parents.

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    • 7 days ago
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    That's a good idea tbh, but instead of just a password they would have to make it an Admin / Authorized app for at least Android like how most Anti-Malware apps are. The only thing I see that could be an issue is, can they even protect the VPN function through that. It would be the make or brake point if Making it an admin blocks the user from forgetting the VPN this would be pretty good for parental controls. All up to how Android / IOS handles. I would like to see what NextDNS have to say about it a good concept. 

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  • Of course that would be good. But I would settle for a simple password function in the app to start with. They could do that very easily and make a bigger upgrade in the future, but then perhaps the whole design of the app would have to be changed. For example, does the app really have to work as a VPN? I am thinking perhaps it could be solved in a different way. But as I said, just put a simple password function in the app to start with, perhaps with a disclaimer saying that the app can still be uninstalled but the password prevents settings from being changed. 

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    • 5 days ago
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    Its up to them to implement so I can't comment on that but purely password protection wouldn't do much. The user could simply uninstall the app if they don't care about the parents seeing otherwise going into the VPN options and turning it off there would make a stealthier way of bypassing it. The best bet without Admin Privileges added would be to use the device specific Private DNS and IOS Configuration if the said users aren't that much into tech they probably won't know about it.  For why its a VPN that's being used, pretty sure its to have DNS Over HTTPS on Android and to support older android versions below 9 that don't have built in options or the built in TLS is blocked. I don't know how it works in IOS, I don't use it so I can't comment on it. 

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      • Rob
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      • Rob
      • 5 days ago
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      Hey On iOS there’s native DOH/DOT support in version 14, but a “VPN” is required on older versions.

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      • Hey
      • 5 days ago
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      Rob Thanks for the heads up, didn't know about that on IOS usually not a big fan of it but having DNS Over HTTPs inside the OS must be dope. Also thanks to you now his question should be completely answered. 

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