How to Setup VPN on Mac OS and OS X – Protecting the Apple!
Mac users have been fascinated by the state of the art design and the wonderful special features that Apple has instilled in this marvelous operation system. However, threats are always there and you ought to be prepared. This justifies perfectly the desire of many Mac users to increase their overall online protection through the use of VPN. Since such an installation can be tricky and confuse a lot of people, we are here to guide you through the process. With simple and yet thorough guidelines, we hope to make things easy for you and help you to successfully setup VPN on Mac OS and OS X. Let’s see how it turns out, shall we?
Setup Process for Mac Users
First of all, as you can imagine, it is essential that you subscribe to a VPN provider. Now, the truth is that many VPN providers include apps for you to download and automatically setup built in VPN. This can save you from a lot of trouble, effort and time apparently. If we were to recommend one such provider that has iOS and other apps, it could be a UK based VPN company named as HideMyAss. Still, in the case when you need or you choose to go for the manual configuration, the guidelines are the following:
- When you go to the Apple menu, there is the System Preferences option that you click on.
- Then, you see Network and this is what you choose.
- Now, you will be displayed all the networks that have been installed so far on your Mac device. Under those networks, you will notice the + sign. This is where you click.
- This click will allow you to select your interface and this is where you choose VPN.
- Now it is the time to fill in the respective information that your VPN provider has handed out to you via email after your subscription. After you are done with the security protocol type and name of the VPN, you click on Create.
- In the new page that emerges, click on Default and Add Configuration. You will have to pick a name for the configuration and then Create again.
- In this step, you will be asked to place the server address of the VPN provider and the username, as provided by your subscribed VPN. If you click on the Authentication Settings, you will be displayed a new box. There, you place your password and you click on Shared Secret. This will allow LAN. Finally, click OK.
- Now you are back on the Configuration page, where you click on the Advanced button down on the page. You check on all the options that appear and most importantly on the option stating that all traffic should be sent over VPN connection. OK once more.
- Last but not least, you should click on Apply and activate your VPN connection.
That concludes our guidelines for setting up VPN on Mac OS. Of course, you can change your settings or add another VPN connection, according to your needs and desire. Enjoy your thoroughly safe and protected internet privacy to the fullest!