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30 January 2021

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sieler
sieler
Mar 10 2020
4.1.5.1
4.0
Mar 10 2020
4.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
They're slow to answer support email, but the VPN has become quite reliable for me (since an update about 2 years ago)
Pirx
Pirx
Jan 20 2020
4.1.5.1
3.0
Jan 20 2020
3.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
I got Shimo a long time ago, but somehow it kept losing out to Viscosity on my Mac. Still, I am licensed incl. Shimo 4. Viscosity does not have the many useful features of Shimo, but as a previous Shimo user no being entitled to upgrade pricing, I can barely contain myself to move to Shimo 5 at EUR 49.
Pirx
Pirx
Dec 13 2019
4.1.5.1
3.0
Dec 13 2019
3.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
MacUpdate, take note: Shimo 5.01 is out. I have been a buyer of Shimo since version 2, but actually I hardly ever used it, because proprietary VPN clients often come bundled with VPN service subscriptions. There is no changelog on Shimo's website, no idea what the difference between versions 4.1.5.1 and 5.01 should be, if any.... (probably they'll say the difference would be Mac OS X Catalina compatibility. I am writing this through a rock-solid, stable Shimo 4.1.5.1 VPN connection on Mac OS X Catalina, Shimo 4.1.5.1, with absolutely zero compatibility issues). Also, except for Shimo's mysterious, undefined "security features" I have not been able to find out, what the difference between Viscosity and Shimo should be, other than Shimo's galactic price (for which existing users get no upgrade discount, just the old, boring 25 or 33% off campaigns ahead of holidays)
Atalantia
Atalantia
Mar 24 2019
4.1.5.1
2.0
Mar 24 2019
2.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
Its not really good and not really bad. It works with some bugs. But for what it is, it is way to expensive.
dr-s-1
dr-s-1
Jun 10 2018
4.1.5.1
5.0
Jun 10 2018
5.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
After some innitial tun/tap problems which were sorted out by Shimo support the app is working flawlessly.

P.S . - MacUpdate plese dissable the CoinHive running in the background of your web!!!
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Zguy001
Zguy001
Mar 2 2018
4.1.5.1
0.5
Mar 2 2018
0.5
Version: 4.1.5.1
This app is the worst! It is so buggy and they never update it! Just see what happens if you make a mistake with the VPN password. You will get endless error dialogs and will not e able to try again with a new password for several minutes.. It is basic things like this which they never fix!
theo-langstrumpf
theo-langstrumpf
Feb 14 2018
4.1.5.1
5.0
Feb 14 2018
5.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
Cool app!
Mindplay
Mindplay
Jan 9 2018
4.1.5.1
0.5
Jan 9 2018
0.5
Version: 4.1.5.1
Tested extensively and really wanted to like it but the problem is that it's so unreliable... Connections suddenly break... app trying reconnecting forever (of course it never succeeds). It works fine the first times but from day two onwards it's just a bag of issues. Contacted support which is aware of the problems and does indeed respond promptly to support requests, but I'm holding this damn license since years only to keep using open sourced apps Pritunl or Tunnelblick. Disappointing.
Avalon IT
Avalon IT
Apr 3 2017
4.1.5.1
1.0
Apr 3 2017
1.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
It does not have security, many times it disconnects silently, here is the technical support answer (now I'm using windscribe client):

How to shuts down every internet activity as soon as the user’s VPN connection is dropped?

Shimo Support <support@shimovpn.com>
I guess the reason with Shimo is that the target is more on the business market where users need to connect to their work vpn to do remote work or access remote files. In that case it's not that critical if your vpn connection drops, you just won't be able to access the files anymore.

A killswitch is a good feature when you need all your traffic to go through the vpn server and are reliant on that, which is the case when you would use a VPN provider, but they mostly offer their own clients with this feature.
john-53
john-53
Feb 20 2017
4.1.5.1
1.0
Feb 20 2017
1.0
Version: 4.1.5.1
Trial expired instantly after installing. I can't evaluate this software at all. Additionally, it's deathly slow to start.
lewthaddeus
lewthaddeus
Nov 16 2016
4.1.4.2
5.0
Nov 16 2016
5.0
Version: 4.1.4.2
The creator is very understanding to my deaf needs that requires notetaking for my school and he helped me a lot. and shimo4 is highly recommended. try it and you will not regret! thanks for help tobias!
jjulius50
jjulius50
Nov 11 2016
4.1.4.2
5.0
Nov 11 2016
5.0
Version: 4.1.4.2
I just started using Shimo and it is great. I am using it to establish a PPTP connection(which OSX 10.12 does not support) as well as to establish OpenVPN connections. It was easy to set up and works flawlessly. Additionally, I was quite pleased with the customer support I received. Shortly after purchasing a license, I saw the license for a lower cost and wrote to Feingeist. With in a very short time, Feingeist took steps to refund the difference in the price I paid and the sale price. Thus, I would recommend this product.
Atalantia
Atalantia
Nov 6 2016
4.1.4.2
2.0
Nov 6 2016
2.0
Version: 4.1.4.2
Full of bugs! Although the implemented openvpn shell is not directly connected to the software. So once the openvpn connection is established it has nothing to do with Shimo.app anymore. Shimo doesn't respond of unexpected disconnection, so the triggers are just fancy frills. Shimo does not disconnect openvpn after quitting. And Shimo does not recognize an already established openvpn connection after start. Weak performance for an app that costs 52$.
Alicekollan
Alicekollan
Oct 27 2016
4.1.4.2
5.0
Oct 27 2016
5.0
Version: 4.1.4.2
It is useful but it is too expensive!
li12
li12
Oct 25 2016
4.1.3
1.0
Oct 25 2016
1.0
Version: 4.1.3
Earlier today I upgraded from OS X 10.11 to macOS 10.12 and realized that it no longer supports PPTP, so I downloaded Shimo to try it. Immediately upon starting it, there were 4-5 connections to various domains caught by Little Snitch. IMHO security-related software should not open unexpected outgoing connections. Because of that I uninstalled Shimo. Later today I decided to give it another try, but now it is telling me that there are 0 days in the trial period. Perhaps it is great software, but opening unexpected connections is not good, and punishing users for uninstalling it is not good either (I understand that it is probably done to avoid resetting the trial period, but c'mon... if it leaves some indication that it was ever installed, it could also leave indication WHEN it was installed, so upon reinstall one could continue the trial period).
Bernhard-Steindl
Bernhard-Steindl
Oct 16 2016
4.1.3
5.0
Oct 16 2016
5.0
Version: 4.1.3
I love using this vpn application! Shimo supports a wide variety of vpn protocols and is very easy to use. After the initial configuration I just have to start the app, click on the app icon in the menu bar and select the vpn server or account to connect. The app works very well on my mac and has a great user interface design. The developers of Shimo also offer a student program. I definitely recommend Shimo to every mac user. I found no better alternative vpn application for macOS.
shaunhalldesign
shaunhalldesign
Oct 3 2016
4.1.2
5.0
Oct 3 2016
5.0
Version: 4.1.2
Shimo is perfect for me and if you have the need for several VPN configurations at once then look no further. Works smoothly, the interface is useful and great to use. Now that VPN has changed for OSX, Shimo is your perfect solution.
p-10
p-10
Sep 29 2016
4.1.2
5.0
Sep 29 2016
5.0
Version: 4.1.2
Absolutely the best VPN App on the market. Company support works superb!. Highly recommend to everyone who would want to have all VPN connections organized. A little bit pricey but worth every penny. A++++++++++++
MacBookProUser
MacBookProUser
Sep 27 2016
4.1.2
4.0
Sep 27 2016
4.0
Version: 4.1.2
My favourite VPN manager on the Mac. What I like most is the ability do define triggers that can automatically connect to my VPN when I am using a hotspot on the road. Configuration was easy, and it can manage multiple VPN connection that can be startet with just a few clicks.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Sep 1 2016
4.1.2
2.0
Sep 1 2016
2.0
Version: 4.1.2
HOLY FREAKIN' CRAP!

I haven't checked this page in a while and I'm shocked to see a price of $55 (and 20¢) for this app! Even if it worked excellent I wouldn't spend that much for it.

Viscosity is only 9 bucks and it works MUCH better than Shimo ever did for me. And Tunnelblick is FREE!


MGi
MGi
Jun 26 2016
4.1
3.5
Jun 26 2016
3.5
Version: 4.1
The Shimo.app support/developer started to be very interested in my issue after my first review. I'm able to connect to my OpenVPN server now, but I had to do few changes in configuration that was exported from the Viscosity.app. There are some minor issues, for example I'm not able to connect using .p12 container and there is no trigger for "IF ip_address IS/IS NOT xxx THEN connect/disconnect" or something similar to that for DNS server. But this is something I can live with and hope will be solved in one of future releases.
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
Jun 20 2016
4.1
0.0
Jun 20 2016
0.0
Version: 4.1
The current version is 4.1.2
Aaronk
Aaronk
Mar 30 2016
4.0.5
4.0
Mar 30 2016
4.0
Version: 4.0.5
I've asked for help on a DNS issue using Cisco AnyConnect protocol for over a month now on 2 different tickets. No reply in the past month. I tried emailing the developer directly also. No reply. I bought the app about 2 months ago and it's never worked! I even provided possible solutions in my ticket but still no reply. At this point, I guess I flushed my money down the toilet.

Note, I'm using 4.0.6 (hotfix)
MGi
MGi
Feb 12 2016
4.0.5
3.5
Feb 12 2016
3.5
Version: 4.0.5
Unfortunately Shimo is not working with my OpenVPN setup as expected. Ok, bugs happen all the time and can be fixed, but the support ... The support totally sux. I registered on the support portal, opened ticket where I uploaded logs from Shimo and my Mac and even posted my OpenVPN server configuration to replicate the issue easily. This all happened 4 days ago and they are not able to send at least some notice that they will try to replicate and fix the issue. I'm not awaiting immediate fix, just a bit of interest about the customer. Btw, this is not first time I have such experience w/ Feingeist. I'm giving a half ★ rating because it is the lowest I can give.
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
Feb 4 2016
4.0.5
2.0
Feb 4 2016
2.0
Version: 4.0.5
Shimo support SUCKS!
And the app wasn't any better.

I sent an email to info@feingeist.io on Jan. 31st and received no reply.
Last night I sent another and received a reply with a link to follow.
In order to get help I'm supposed to either create an account or login using my Gmail account.

When you choose the Gmail option, you get a page (https://goo.gl/Vmfr0z) that says:

"Freshdesk would like to:
View your email address
View your basic profile info
Manage your calendars"

And there's a Deny and Allow button.

First of all, If I'd wanted to give them my Gmail address I would have used my Gmail account when I contacted them. I used my Yahoo address because that's the one I use for software issues.

Second, I'm not about to grant access to my "basic profile info" and calendars to someone I don't know, and I don't know anyone in Berlin, Germany.


Recently I installed Shimo to try it out. After using it for just an hour or so I ran into sites that couldn't be accessed because they thought I was in another country. Craigslist blocks most foreign IP addresses so I couldn’t access my account.

I quit Shimo but my IP address was still linked to another country.
I flushed the DNS cache and restarted Safari but it didn't help.
Only after rebooting was my original IP address restored so I could access my accounts.

This is unacceptable! When I disconnect from a VPN my IP address should be quickly restored, there's no way I'm going to reboot every time I'm finished using one.

That's why I contacted the developer, and they think they should be allowed to view my profile and calendars in order to provide support for their software which they're hoping I'll buy?
NO F"N WAY!

Do I get to view their calendars before purchasing? Probably not.

I'd love to know how they're able to provide better support by knowing when my next doctor appointment is, or when my family's birthdays are.


Guess I'll try Tunnelblick next.
Highpass
Highpass
Jan 7 2016
4.0.3
3.0
Jan 7 2016
3.0
Version: 4.0.3
Unfortunately I cannot leave a review of how well this application works because the support I need to get it running is nonexistent. I had used a VPN providers standalone application to connect to their VPN, and wanted to try using Shimo instead. The application opens fine, installs the helper application fine, but will not connect to the VPN, saying it cannot load the kexts because similar applications might have similar kexts loaded. Which they don't. I removed all traces of tun/tap and still Shimo wouldn't connect. I installed Tunnelblick and three clicks later am up and running without issue. Please implement a better support system.
amrahmed-cs
amrahmed-cs
Nov 3 2015
4.0.3
5.0
Nov 3 2015
5.0
Version: 4.0.3
I used Shimo 4 for almost 2 months and it's pretty cool. I think the best thing about it it's easy to use; it's not like the other VPNs with too much unneeded options that distracts users
amrahmed-cs
amrahmed-cs
Nov 3 2015
4.0.3
5.0
Nov 3 2015
5.0
Version: 4.0.3
I used Shimo 4 for almost 2 months and it's pretty cool. I think the best thing about it it's easy to use; it's not like the other VPNs with too much unneeded options that distracts users
Marcus-0f8ce3e5
Marcus-0f8ce3e5
Aug 26 2015
4.0.1
5.0
Aug 26 2015
5.0
Version: 4.0.1
I've been using Shimo since v2 and I love it. The latest upgrade on v4 is super slick and even more stable. Great job Feingeist! :-)
pietz
pietz
Aug 6 2015
4.0
0.0
Aug 6 2015
0.0
Version: 4.0
v4 looks extremely good, but i just bought Viscosity a couple of weeks ago. What does Shimo bring to the table that Viscosity doesn't? thanks
Singularity1927
Singularity1927
Aug 6 2015
4.0
4.0
Aug 6 2015
4.0
Version: 4.0
Since beta is apparently over, how much will the upgrade license from v3 be ?
JacekB4699
JacekB4699
Jun 18 2015
3.4
1.0
Jun 18 2015
1.0
Version: 3.4
PPTP/L2TP does not work. Support did not respond to e-mails. Money thrown into the mud, do not recommend. No refund application possibilities :(
Scottjl
Scottjl
Jun 14 2015
3.4
3.0
Jun 14 2015
3.0
Version: 3.4
Prettier than Tunnelblick, and I like the trigger feature. But I can't get it to work with PPTP or L2TP connections at all. Community forums on their site seem to be gone. Is this software still supported?
dsheeks
dsheeks
Jun 5 2015
3.4
4.0
Jun 5 2015
4.0
Version: 3.4
Not a review, just a question. Does this software work with the Fortinet IPSec / SSL VPN? I'm using the horrible FortiClient currently which is unstable on OS X.
dbmsserver
dbmsserver
Jan 28 2015
3.4
5.0
Jan 28 2015
5.0
Version: 3.4
Our company went to AnyConnect from IPsec and I didn't want any ratty Cisco client on my laptop. Shimo "just works" without fuss or complaint and I've never had a problem with it. Highly recommended.
hummelmose
hummelmose
Oct 27 2014
3.4
5.0
Oct 27 2014
5.0
Version: 3.4
Perfect VPN Client. I use AnyConnect, PPTP and it all works perfectly. And Yes it does support "Send all traffic over VPN", and also a nice feature to flush DNS on connection. It's the best 20 USD I've spent in a long time. Gooooodbye Cisco Anyconnect bloat client.
aguk
aguk
Oct 25 2014
3.4
4.5
Oct 25 2014
4.5
Version: 3.4
Not sure why all the whining ... I set up my connection settings to my VPN provider is 2 minutes Cisco IPSec connects no problem ... what support do you guys need if you know what your settings are for your VPN who needs documentation. Works really well .. I for one am happy with Shimo
iBelieve
iBelieve
Sep 30 2014
3.4
0.0
Sep 30 2014
0.0
Version: 3.4
Doesn't it support send all traffic over VPN? Seems kinda crippling for a 40$ app.
bobwen
bobwen
Feb 11 2014
3.2.3
4.0
Feb 11 2014
4.0
Version: 3.2.3
The Product Documents are very poor! the only way to get support is go to product forum.
PeterB6993
PeterB6993
Jan 10 2014
3.2.3
5.0
Jan 10 2014
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
Pretty Nice. I was able to in 5 minutes, pull in my cisco file and connect on the vpn. Wasn't completely obvious to me how to mac a connection at first, so it would be nice if you would just add a connect/disconnect button to the list of VPNs. Also the import doesn't work when demo version, but you can actually just doubleclick on your VPN config file and it auto-imports into Shimo, but fails to bring in the group password (which is often hidden intentionally by the IT guys, but just open your cisco profile in text edit and copy & paste it in. The fact that I could do that tells me the importer should be made smarter to auto-import. Overall for complicated stuff like this, far better than most... I'll be sending you my registration $$.
Alessandro82
Alessandro82
Oct 16 2012
3.2.2
0.5
Oct 16 2012
0.5
Version: 3.2.2
does not reset connection on closing very disappointing for a 30 bucks software stay away!
Ooshnoo
Ooshnoo
Jul 5 2012
3.0.10
3.0
Jul 5 2012
3.0
Version: 3.0.10
Honestly... get it right the first or second time. This is now the 10th update since v3.0 came out not too long ago. it's quite the pain in the butt to have to keep installing an update.
Tomasz-Marcin-Orzechowski
Tomasz-Marcin-Orzechowski
May 11 2012
3.0.3
1.0
May 11 2012
1.0
Version: 3.0.3
Does not work properly... It seems not to be compatible with Lion... It hangs when the App Store is working... :(
Tgromak
Tgromak
Feb 17 2012
2.3.3
1.0
Feb 17 2012
1.0
Version: 2.3.3
I've used Shimo under Snow Leopard and loved it. Since Lion, it's been unusable for me. I bought the deal today to add it to another Mac, hoping the problems had been resolved. But nope. Shimo fires up, says its connected to my office's Cisco VPN system, and even gets me an IP address that I know to be in the range of the system at the office. But nothing works. Web browsing -- whether intranet sites for which I need the vpn, or external sites on the greater internet -- never open. It's almost like it has no idea where to look for the DNS information. A waste of $12.99 that I pretty much only spent because of Shimo's integration with Keychain (OS X Lion's built-in VPN client works flawlessly with the work system, but requires my password every time. I bought Shimo primarily so I wouldn't have to enter it). Oh, well.
Neil-M
Neil-M
Jan 10 2011
2.3
2.5
Jan 10 2011
2.5
Version: 2.3
It seems good. I tried to quickly to see how the Racoon/IPSec performed on a Netgear FVS 338 in comparison to IPSecuritas (free). It performed equally as well. I have to say the support is very slow. I realise it is only Fabian on his own - but it took 4 days for him to acknowledge my question on the form regarding Forcing all VPN traffic over the VPN
Andik2000
Andik2000
Sep 24 2010
2.2.3.1
0.0
Sep 24 2010
0.0
Version: 2.2.3.1
I have problems using the CiscoVPN with Snow-Leo in my office network. Connections to the local file server will crash or be slow while being connected to an external server via VPN (using UDP which is not supported by MacOSX). Now i hoped Shimo will solve this problem - but after a test there are still network problems. Filetransfer to a local file server (WIN 2003 Server) is very slow. Saving files from Photoshop to the fileserver is also slow and sometimes the files are destroyed. If i cancel the connection, all works fine. Also OSX 10.5. runs without problems. If i understand right, Shimo is just a GUI that uses the Cisco-Engine. Is there any chance that Shimo will become a standalone VPN client with its own engine?
Irieblues
Irieblues
Feb 3 2010
2.2.2
0.0
Feb 3 2010
0.0
Version: 2.2.2
Hello all, I'm new to this arena (MAC) that is... and I was using Hamachi with PC's now we have MAC's and a so called workstation that we use as a server.... Now, with Shimo, is it possible to use it with Hamachi? On the short end... what is the best way to VPN to my "server" when I'm not in the office? Thanks all in advanced!!!
Mikaelf
Mikaelf
Sep 2 2009
2.2.1
0.0
Sep 2 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
No I don't. The non existing doc doesn't mention it and my interpretation of a supported protocol is that the product has this feature. Not that I need to install the original product so that it can support itself. Sigh....
Mikaelf
Mikaelf
Sep 1 2009
2.2.1
0.0
Sep 1 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
Can someone tell me how to use this with Hamachi? All the profiles except Cisco are greyed out. I have the latest version and I paid the license fee. Documentation is non existing... /Mikael
Ozean
Ozean
Sep 1 2009
2.2.1
0.0
Sep 1 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
Just as a FYI: the venerable 1.0.7 version of Shimo (the last freeware version) continues to work under Snow Leopard. Yay!