How to Set Up a VPN on Your Mac [Complete Guide]

If you want to learn how you can set up a VPN on your Mac then you are at the right place.

You don’t need to have some solid reason to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your Mac.

You could use it for safe browsing on a public WiFi network, accessing region unavailable content, keeping your file-sharing activity private and hiding your location.

This is not a hard task, you can easily set up a VPN on your Mac and we are going to provide you with multiple ways, so you don’t need to worry.

You can go with the one that you find the easiest.

Using Networking Tools Of Apple!

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You get integrated support for creating VPN connections with macOS, as a part of the networking tools of Apple.

Follow these steps to access it:

  • Go to System Preferences. 
  • Click on Network.
  • And then select the Plus button.

From here you can choose a VPN connection and select VPN type and provide you VPN connection with a new name.

If you plan on using more than one VPN server, it pays to be explanatory when naming your connection.

Which basically means that you want to access the region’s unavailable content in other countries.     

The macOS provides L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) support over IPSec, IPSec, Cisco, and the newer IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange version 2) protocol while setting up a VPN. L2TP is considered fairly reliable though no security is offered by the protocol itself.

Rather it uses the secure IPSec network protocol, which millions of VPN users still rely on every day.

PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) was supported by Apple’s desktop OS.

This is a much older and more unreliable protocol that was once preferred by corporate networks but has fallen by the wayside since then.

To build a PPTP link, you will need to use third-party software (such as Shimo) for this. But, unless that is necessary, you should avoid this. 

The protocol that you should be using depends on the protocol to which your VPN provider provides access.

Where appropriate, you should always avoid PPTP, with L2TP and IKEv2 offering a passable safety standard. But if you want a VPN link which is even more reliable.

Using Your VPN Provider’s Software

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This step depends upon the service provider how they will allow you to access the software.in order to use the service.

You must keep this thing in mind that your software depends upon the provider so better if you don’t mess with it by any sort of configuration or IP protocols and put yourself in an uncertain situation. 

Most of the VPN providers give access to the software to Mac and Windows users.

As for Linux, they will set their VPN by themselves.

  A provider software is simply a software that gives access to the installation or downloading of a client, logging in with your username and password when connecting to any server which you like. 

Provider software makes it easy to jump from server to server as the software maintains a list of connections available. 

This makes it easy to choose a server to connect to if you are using your VPN to access region-locked content.

Some suppliers have certain BitTorrent-compatible servers. It is easy to ensure that you do not break the rules.

Using Third-Party VPN Software

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) and OpenVPN are the two third party VPN software that is supported by macOS.

SSTP is a patented source that is mostly compatible with Windows since it was developed by Microsoft.

SSTP uses SSL 3.0 encryption from a closed source and for this reason, it is considered highly protected (although the code is not available for inspection). 

As the name suggests, OpenVPN is a fully open-source, OpenSSL-based technology.

That means the code is freely available for inspection by anyone.

Moreover, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is supported by OpenVPN.

This open approach is often praised as a proof-of-concept against external attack for the stress testing technology.

Both of these third party software is secure with macOS than any other supported by macOS.

VPN provider software can be used either, so that you may already be using OpenVPN or SSTP and not even know about it.

But if you want more flexibility over your VPN setup, try one of the mentioned apps.

OpenVPN: Tunnelblick

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Tunnelblick is the perfect device for the job if you want to use OpenVPN on your Mac.

It is free, open-source, and provides a simple-to-manage Interface to connect your Mac over OpenVPN.

Using accessible configuration files, you can add a long list of links, and then pick various servers using the main client or menu bar icon. 

SSTP: SSTP-Client

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Although SSTP is a Windows application, SSTP-client can be used to connect to an SSTP server via macOS or Linux.

The macOS version of this application relies on the Macports project; Mac command line package manager Homebrew is the best way to install it.

So Which VPN Should You Use?

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Your VPN provider would probably suggest using their own client which makes it easy to link and manage your VPN connections.

You will need to make sure that the connection you make is consistent with your chosen VPN protocol if you want to use your own client. 

OpenVPN provides greater security when given the choice than L2TP or IKEv2.

Always try to keep your VPN client up to date, as security issues can and do occur (and often get fixes quickly).

Why You Should Never Use Free VPN Service On Your Mac?

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Every VPN firm needs a method of gaining money, even ‘FREE‘.

So if you can bet that a VPN pitches itself as fast and free, the collection user information which is being tracked and sold to third parties is likely to monetize. 

Many free VPNs can download adware on your Mac even randomly.

This is entirely contrary to what a VPN should do if you think about it, which is to protect your data and your identity. 

If you can’t really afford a paid VPN service, you should read about the terms and conditions of service, so that you know exactly what data you can give up in exchange for free service.

Wrapping It Up!!!

With this article, we aimed to provide you with methods and solutions that can help you set up VPN on your Mac.

We hope that this guide was helpful for you and you get the solution you can here for.

Moreover, in the end, we would like to mention our last suggestion that can help your VPN problem.

You can even install a VPN connection on your router which is a much better and secure option than using free VPN services. 

This allows you to have complete control over your connection and manage your network.

Having said that we come to the end of our guide.

You can contact us if you have still got any problem, we will try our best to reply as soon as possible and provide you with an effective solution. 

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