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What is VPN and How to Use VPN on Your Mac

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In today's world, privacy is a very hard thing to keep – a fact which makes it all the more important to try and do so. By installing a VPN on your Mac, you can rest assured that your anonymous browsing truly is anonymous. 

What is a VPN?

VPN is an acronym that stands for Virtual Private Network. This is a program that provides you with anonymity by encrypting your Internet connection. This way, your safety from hackers, your ISP, and the government is assured.

Why use a VPN?

Aren't Mac's, after all, very good at protecting our online privacy? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Even a browser like Safari has its flaws that can be exploited. Using a VPN on Mac, on the other hand, comes with a lot of benefits.

Protect Your Privacy

Even if you are using a private tab on your browser, your internet service provider can still clearly see what you've been doing. This is because you are still tied to your unique IP address. This information can be used against you in the future by the government.

Strengthen Your Security

Using a VPN on Mac is essential when you are connecting to the public Wi-Fi. These networks are rarely password protected and encrypted, which means it's very easy for somebody to steal your information. It's like leaving your front door unlocked and just hoping that nobody would rob you.

Remember to never log in to a site while on an unsecured public network. Since many of us use the same passwords for multiple sites, the result could be catastrophic.

Bypass Regional Restrictions

Let's say you are on vacation in another country. You suddenly want to visit your favorite site, only to find out that its blocked based on the countries restriction. With VPN, you can easily choose to connect from another country and watch blocked videos.

Country restrictions are frequently used on multiple streaming services, and this is an effective way to bypass them.

How does it work?

VPN works by sending all of your data to one of the companies servers by using an encrypted tunnel. The servers are usually located in another country, which also has its benefits. Basically, this can stop anyone from spying on you.

However, having a VPN doesn't mean you are invincible. You can actually ruin your anonymity by logging in to a website.

How to Use a VPN on Mac

In order to use the VPN on your laptop, you will need to change some Network preferences. You can do this either by importing a file from your network admin or manually. 

Importing Your VPN Settings

Go to System Preferences > Network and click on the gear icon. Select Import Configurations and locate the file you want to import. 

Manually Entering VPN Setting

In this case, you also want to visit System Preferences > Network,  click the add button (+) and select VPN. Here, you'll need to decide which type of VPN connection you want to create. For our purpose, select L2TP

Next, you'll need to write in your account name and the server address. Go to Authentication Settings and enter the additional info you got from your network administrator. If needed go to Advanced settings to enter TCP/IP settings, proxies, DNS servers, etc. Click Apply and OK and you are good to go.

Which VPN Should I Choose?

Before presenting you with the options, it's important to consider how long you want to use a VPN.

If you want one for infrequent use, we'd recommend one of these free VPNs for Mac.

By giving you free 3GB of data per month, Windscribe is among the most generous of services. It will assure you're safe on public Wi-Fi and let you share your files completely safe. Add to this a free built-in firewall, and it ain't no wonder why Windscribe is held in such high regard.

TunnelBear is both, free and subscription-based VPN service that is also completely intuitive. The free option will give you 500 MB per month, which can be used for an emergency. For unlimited service, you will be paying $50 per year.

VPN Unlimited is very generous by giving you the option to connect up to 5 devices on the same account completely free for a week. The program is backed with a professional AES 256-bit encryption that's also used by the military.  

However, if you want to keep your anonymity at all times, these options won't be enough. Instead, we advise you to check out this list of 10 best VPN's for Mac and pick the one that suits you.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, VPNs are essential if you want to keep your online privacy intact. They also open the gate to previously restricted content, and for that, we can only thank that they exist.

Author’s Bio: Connie Benton is a chief content writer, guest contributor and enthusiastic blogger who helps B2B companies reach their audiences more effectively. With an emphasis on organic traffic and conversion, she takes big ideas and turns them into highly practical content that keeps readers hooked. You can reach out at https://muckrack.com/connie-benton

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