How to Use VPN on Mac

How to Use VPN on Mac

Most Mac users have connected to a VPN at least once in their web life. If you are a beginner and don’t know how to use a safe connection via Virtual Private Network, let me explain how to manage this task on Mac.

So, you have decided to use VPN for browsing the Internet and selected the VPN provider that matches your needs. What else? Connect to the VPN. And I will help you to do that correctly.

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How to Connect to VPN?

There are 2 ways of connecting to the service provider:

  1. Using the built-in framework on Mac.
  2. Using the provider’s special app for connecting to the network.

Let’s start with the built-in tools for connecting to the VPN. After that, I will share a great tool that I personally use.


Built-in MacOS VPN tool

  1. Tap on the Apple logo in the top left corner.
  2. Go to ‘System preferences’.
  3. Select ‘Network’.
  4. Click on the button with a + on it.

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  5. Choose the necessary VPN from the list.
  6. Select the type according to your VPN provider. In this example, I use L2TP and IPSec.
  7. Type in the name of your future connection. It should be recognizable.
  8. Click on the ‘Create’ button.

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  9. Enter the server address, it is usually provided by the VPN service. It can be a hostname or an IP address.
  10. Enter your account name given to you by the VPN provider.
  11. Go to ‘Authentication settings’. They also depend on the preferences of your VPN provider, so ask them what to set up here.
  12. Select the authentication method, in my case I use a password.
  13. Choose the ‘Machine authentication’ after getting this kind of information from your VPN provider. Mine is using a shared secret.
  14. Tap on the ‘Ok’ button.

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  15. As an option, you can mark the ‘Show VPN’ line and your VPN will appear in the menu bar so you have a quick access to it. You can turn it on and off from your desktop.
  16. Head to the ‘Advanced’ settings.
  17. Mark the ‘Send all traffic’ line that will mean that everything you do on the Internet will be encrypted by the VPN provider.

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  18. Select ‘Ok’ and then click on ‘Apply’.
  19. Finally, you can ‘Connect’ to your VPN!

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Connecting to VPN via provider’s app

As I promised earlier, I will tell you about which app I use and why. I have chosen Hotspot Shield for MacOS as from my experience, this is the best VPN for fast browsing (without malware!) and it allows to connect to the private network in one click. They say they use military-grade encryption, that is another plus. Moreover, Hotspot Shield offers a 45-day guarantee and sends money back if something goes wrong. However, I have never had any problems with them.

Here is how to install the app and connect to it for the first time:

  1. Go to the App Store and look for ‘Hotspot Shield’.
  2. Find it, click ‘Get’ and then click ‘Install app’.

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After the installation is complete, you will find the app on the Launchpad. Just find the icon of Hotspot Shield: vpn mac image4
You now can use your VPN! Look the detailed manuals on how to sign in and set up the app on the official website. Keep in mind that you are free to choose one from 2500+ servers in 25+ countries. Not bad, ha?

I hope this was helpful and your browsing through the VPN will be as convenient as mine!