How to Install VPN on MacBook

A VPN creates a secure internet connection between your computer and another network. Mac users could have a variety of reasons to install the VPN. These include shielding activity on public Wi-Fi networks, accessing region-specific content or connecting to a corporate network at home while working. Installing VPN on MacBook is not much difficulty, no matter your level of technical expertise. This article will walk you through how to manually configure your Mac to connect with the network VPN with either an online or free service.

There are some key differences between the two options and we’ll cover both of them here. Free services typically offer limited server locations or slow speeds. On the other side, paid services generally provide a larger selection of servers. If the location or speed of a server doesn’t match your needs you can always alter it once you’re connected.

When you connect to VPN your data will be encrypted. This means that your data will be encapsulated in code, which only your VPN can decipher. This protects your data from cybercriminals, ISPs, governments, advertisers and other third party. This makes it difficult for third parties to track your browsing history, even in unsecure networks, such as public Wi-Fi.

Depending on the VPN service, you’ll need to enter your server’s address and account name (also called 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 choose your VPN and then enter these settings within their own app.

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