You just got a brand new Mac computer, and you want to keep it as safe as possible. Maybe you have heard the term VPN and want to see if a VPN on Mac OS X is compatible. Well, I have some good news for you. You have come to the right place! In this article, we will cover the simple steps that you can take in order to effectively setup VPN on Mac OS X 10.9 and OS. We promise to make it as painless as humanly possible.
Wait, what’s a VPN?
First things first – what in the world is a VPN? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a way you can safely connect to a private network. Your computer is already connected to a network, and it is possible to change it. Here is where a VPN comes handy. Think of it as a secure and private network that you can take anywhere, and still be protected. Another good reason to have a VPN is for safety reasons. If you use public networks a lot, like in a coffee shop or your school, chances are the network is not very safe. With a VPN, you can use the free WiFi offered, while being connected to another server. This way, any hackers or snoopers will find it a lot harder to access your info. If you are interested in how to stay safe on a public hotspot, refer to our article regarding that.
…and how do I get one?
Before we dive in on how to setup VPN on Mac OS X 10.9 and OS, let’s learn how we can create a VPN that works for your needs. If you’re wondering how to setup a VPN connection, read on. One of the VPN services we recommend is HideMyAss. They are one of the top rated VPN services out there. They are relatively cheap, as low as $8/month (if you get the 12 month deal).
Back to learning how to setup VPN on Mac OS X 10.9 and OS. The good news about how to setup a VPN connection, is that your Mac already has an option to support VPN connections. This will automatically make your job a lot easier, so good job on choosing a Mac. In order to setup VPN on Mac OS and OS X 10.9, make sure you have the following handy:
- The server you want to connect to. This includes the IP address.
- Your username and the password you chose
- Now that you have all the info gathered, you are ready to begin!
- Go to System Preferences. You’ll see Network, select it
- Once you have selected Network, click the little + and find VPN. Feel free to select L2TP or PPTP. Your choice.
- Once you have done this, select Configuration. You will then have the option to get on Add Configuration. You can name it whatever you like, but today, we will name it Server 1 for easy finding.
- Under this same screen, you will capable to input the VPN’s IP address, and your username.
- Once you have done this, get on the Authentication Settings. You’ll be able to type in your password here.
- At the bottom of the window, you will see “Show VPN in Menu Bar”. Click on it, then apply.
That was it! Not too difficult, right? In the menu window, you will see that you have created a new icon. This will let you to link to the VPN. Click on it, and you will see that it works like any other network connection. Now you’re all set to enjoy your Mac like you would any day, only safer. Don’t you feel better already? Have fun!