In general, Macs are pretty secure and reliable, but did you know that you can make browsing on the Internet even more secure? Yes, we call it a VPN, or virtual private network. You’ve probably heard about it before, but do you know what is it exactly and how do you use it on your Mac?
What is a VPN and Why Should You Use It on Your Mac
Using a VPN is probably one of the best options you have right now especially when you deal with individual and company data every day. Virtual Private Networks allow you to efficiently and securely access private networks and share data through any public networks without worry of getting any sensitive information stolen. VPNs work by accessing a server managed by a provider through an encrypted connection. The benefits of using a VPN include the following:
- Privacy – As the connection between your Mac unit and the VPN server is encrypted, no one else will have access to any data passed along the network. Even though the VPN provider may have access, since they are essentially part of the network, they are unlikely to intentionally watch your online activities. VPN providers usually keep little to absolutely no logs and use shared IPs to prevent identification of individual users.
- Confidentiality – When using VPN, your internet traffic will be traced back to the VPN server’s IP, not your own.
- Location disguise – VPN providers usually offer servers in different countries, so it’s easy to connect anywhere in the globe. And since your IP address will be masked by that of the VPN’s, your actual location will not be identified.
- Safe public Wi-Fi access – All data passed along the VPN network are safely and securely encrypted, so even if you connect to a public network, you won’t have to worry about security and privacy breach.
How to Get Started on Using VPN on Your Mac
Now that you have a better understanding of what a VPN is, you might be itching to finally try one. Well then, let’s get started! All you need to do is make sure that you:
- Choose a reputable VPN provider – Check out online reviews and read about the providers’ profiles and background.
- Select a VPN plan that suits your needs – Do you need access to a server on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis? How much are you willing to spend on a secure VPN service?
How to Use VPN on Your Mac
After you have chosen a VPN provider and the best plan for your needs, it’s time to connect to the Internet through it. Here are the easy steps:
- Activate your subscription – Upon choosing your selected plan, you will be asked by the provider to create your account and settle payment to activate your subscription. Make it a point to create a secure password, and keep it, as well as your username, confidential.
- Download the provider’s app – To make it easier than ever for users, most providers have a downloadable app in the App Store. The app will serve as the VPN account manager.
- Sign in to the VPN app using your user account details – Once the app finishes downloading, sign in using your subscription login details.
- Allow the app to add configurations – A popup will appear, asking for permission to allow the VPN to add its settings to your Mac. Click on Allow.
- Choose your preferred server – If you are just looking to protect your privacy, you can simply choose a server located in your country. But, if you want to access data from another location, say, you’re on vacation in Australia and needs access to US Netflix, choose a more relevant server location.
Then you are all set! Simply familiarize yourself with the VPN program and settings, so you can make the most of your subscription.
Using a VPN is indeed a good way to ensure that your privacy is the top priority while using your Mac. Working as an additional level of protection, it will do wonders for you and the organization you work for. As an added level of protection, you can also add or use a 3rd party cleaning tool in your arsenal to detect any malicious file or malware.