A VPN provides a secure connection between your computer and another network over the internet. Mac users can use a VPN for a variety of reasons. It can be used to protect your activities on public Wi-Fi, gaining access to region-specific content or connecting to a corporate network while working from home. Fortunately, installing VPN on MacBook is a breeze regardless of your level of technical knowledge. This article will walk you through the steps needed to manually configure your Mac to connect to the network VPN using commercial or free services.
There are a few key differences between the two options, and we’ll discuss them both here. Free services typically provide limited server locations and/or slow speeds. On the other on the other hand, paid service usually offer more servers. You can always select an alternative server once you’re connected when the speed or location doesn’t meet your needs.
When you connect to a VPN your data will be secured. This means that it will be encrypted in code that only your VPN can decipher. This shields you from cybercriminals, as well as ISPs as well as advertisers, governments and other third-parties. This makes it difficult for third parties to monitor your browsing history, even on unsecure networks like public Wi-Fi.
Depending on your VPN service, you’ll need to enter your server’s address and account name (also referred to as the « local ID » or « remote ID »), and then click Create. Some services will display these information in the System Preferences window, while others will prompt you to select your VPN and then enter these settings in their own app.