A VPN creates secure connections between your computer and a network through the internet. Mac users may have numerous reasons to set up an VPN. Some of the reasons include safeguarding your activities on public WiFI or accessing content that is that is restricted to specific regions or connecting from home to an enterprise network. Fortunately, installing VPN on a MacBook is a breeze, regardless of your technical experience. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to manually configuring your Mac to connect to the network VPN using either a free or commercial service.
We’ll discuss the key differences between these two choices. Free services typically provide limited server locations and/or slow speeds. Paid services offer a larger choice of servers. You can always pick another server after you’re connected in the event that the speed or location doesn’t suit your needs.
When you connect to the VPN, your data is secured, which means it’s scrambled into code that only your VPN is able to decode. This shields you from cybercriminals, as well as ISPs and advertisers, government agencies as well as other third-party entities. It also makes it much harder to monitor your browsing history, even on unsecure networks such as public Wi-Fi.
Depending on your VPN service, you’ll need to enter your server address and account name (also known as the “local ID” or “remote ID”) and then click Create. Some services display these details in the System Preferences, while other prompt you to choose your VPN and then enter the details in their own app.