VPNs, or virtual private networks, are the software ideal for browsing the Internet completely anonymously. These programs will help you protect not only your personal data but also your browsing history. In addition, they are ideal for consulting restricted content in your country.
In this article we will explain the whole process to be able to install a VPN on your Mac or MacBook, as well as to be able to use it without having to download it. In this case we have chosen the service that NordVPN offers, but you should do the same for any other.
How to use VPN connection on Mac with app
Step 1. Choose a VPN plan
When you have already decided on one or the other VPN (in this case, NordVPN), what you should do is go to their website and choose the plan that best suits you. In most cases, you can choose a monthly or annual subscription.
Next, you will be able to create your personal account associated with said subscription and use a payment method to activate the plan. Once you accept the company’s conditions, the corresponding payment will be automatically deducted periodically.
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Step 2. Download the VPN on your Mac
It is now time to download the VPN program of your choice on your Mac or MacBook. You can do it from the company’s website, although in some cases you will be redirected to the Mac App Store, where you can install the service.
Step 3. Login to the VPN app
Have the username and password that you used in the first step to create your account handy because you will need them to log in once you have installed the program on your Mac.
Step 4. Accept the changes to your settings
Once you have logged in, a floating window will appear that will allow you permission to change the configuration of your Mac. Accept to do so. It may also ask you for the password you use to log into your computer.
Step 5. Allow access to your keychain
To start using the VPN network, you will need to choose a server. This will vary according to what you need at all times. Choose a server located in your country to protect your privacy. If you want to access the exclusive content of a country, choose this location.
On the other hand, when you try to connect to a new server for the first time, you may see a floating window like the one above. If you are asked to access the information stored in your VPN, you must click OK.
On the other hand, if what you are asked to have access to information outside of your VPN, you must deny access. This is important to take into account to ensure that the data stored on your computer is safe.
Step 6. Take advantage of the possibilities of your VPN
Everything is ready! It’s time to take advantage of your new VPN. Use the search engine to locate new servers or access them from the world map where it should not be difficult for you to recognize the countries that have a server.
From the application, you can also access other features of the private network, either the Kill Switch to protect your privacy even when the Internet is not working or preset a server to which the VPN connects just when you open it.
How to use a VPN connection on Mac without an app
If the VPN you have chosen does not have an application -or a very simple interface-, it will be necessary to manually change the configuration of your Mac. The steps to follow may vary, but here we explain how to do it following the case of Hidden24.
Step 1. Create your account and log in
As explained in the previous example, the first thing you should do is choose a subscription, as well as create your personal account and associate it with a bank account if it is a paid VPN.
Step 2. Add a new connection in the settings
Now, go to the menu ‘System preferences‘from your Mac and choose the option’Net‘. There, click on the ‘+’ icon on the left, choose ‘VPN‘and’ IPSec ‘in the drop-down menus of the new window and title the new connection whatever you want in the box’Service name‘.
Step 3. Fill in the information for the new connection
You can now fill in the information regarding the new service. In this sense, you must enter the address of your provider and the user associated with your account. Select the box ‘Show VPN status in menu bar‘.
Then you can click on ‘Authentication settings‘. It will be time to enter your password and some other information that your provider will have offered you. To save the changes, hit ‘To accept‘.
Then go to the section ‘Advanced…‘and choose the option for all traffic to be filtered through the VPN connection to ensure that your data is not compromised. Finally, you can hit ‘To accept‘ already ‘Apply‘ to end.