A Brief Guide to Setup a VPN on Mac OS X

The following is a detailed guide on how to set up a VPN on Mac OS X. You can use the guide to get a VPN on your Mac and enjoy all the freedom that comes with being anonymous and more secure when surfing the web using a VPN.

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What you need

You need the following information to successfully set up a VPN on your Mac.

  1. The IP address of the server that you want to use. Alternatively, you may have a domain name that is fully qualified. If you have any of these things, you are ready to get to the next steps of setting up the service on your Mac.
  2. You need a password and its related username. These are essential things that you need to keep very well. In particular, you need to remember to develop a very strong password and remember it at all times.
  3. You also need a good type of connection protocol. Currently, there are two common protocols: the PPTP and the L2TP.

The Steps to Setup a VPN on Mac OS X

You can follow the following steps when you want to use your Mac on a VPN.

  1. All the necessary settings are found under the network menu. Therefore, you need to open the ‘system preferences’ icon on your Mac. After opening the system preferences icon, you need to select ‘Networks.’
  2. When you click on ‘network preferences’, a drop-down menu with several options appears. Under the option for the interface, you will have to select either of the two most common protocols; PPTP or L2TP.
  3. You have to select the option for the name of the configuration. Here, you can name the server any name that you want it to have. Alternatively, you can leave this setting at default. Therefore, you are not obliged to name your server.
  4. At this stage, you need to enter the IP address of the VPN that you intend to use on your Mac.
  5. You have to enter the password or ‘shared secret’ at this stage, depending on the protocol that you would have selected in the previous stages. Here, you have to select ‘authentification settings’ and then enter your password or shared secret.
  6. Click ‘apply’ on your menu bar when you are ok. You will see a small VPN icon. When you want to use your Mac on a VPN, simply click on the icon and the Mac will connect immediately.

Important Things to Remember

When you choose to set up a VPN on Mac OS X, you need to remember the following things.

  1. Remember to adjust the settings of your computer so that all your traffic is channel through the VPN. The Mac is set in such a way that it automatically selects some non-essential data and sends it through your VPN while keeping all your other traffic on the ordinary network. This may be problematic to you if you want all your traffic to be channelled via the VPN to remain completely anonymous and secure. For you to make sure that all your traffic is channelled via the VPN, go to ‘advanced settings’ under ‘system preferences’ and select the option that lets you channel all your traffic via the VPN. You may experience slightly reduced speeds but it is better to experience slightly low speeds but remain completely anonymous and secure when using a VPN.
  1. Remember to select a good VPN service provider for you to enjoy the services. A good VPN provider, such as HideMyAss VPN usually has a large number of servers strategically located in different parts of the world. A good service provider also has very good security systems to ensure that your data is completely secure and that records of your internet activity do not exist.
  2. Remember that VPN services are not free of charge. You will have to select a price plan that completely suits you. In general, the average price of any standard VPN service is $5 per month. However, some services charge more than $5 per month. Still, you can select a different plan that you feel is suitable for you.

You can follow these easy steps to set up a VPN on Mac OS X. The steps are straightforward. Besides, many providers of VPN services offer very good customer care services; you can contact them if you get into problems while setting up a VPN service on your Mac.

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