In this day we bring you what you should do if you want to be completely anonymous on the network. That is, what you have to do if you want to protect your personal data and browsing habits. As well as you can open certain content that is blocked in your region. For this we explain how to find your perfect VPN.
To clarify doubts before starting, possibly, you who are reading this, you are wondering what a VPN is. A VPN means a virtual private network . Now that you know what it is, we start with the interesting part of the post.
Steps to follow to install a VPN on our Mac
First, we must choose a VPN. One of the best choices is NordVPN. But others, like ExpressVPN, GooseVPN or PureVPN are also very good choices. And also if we investigate we can find many more options.
First let’s show you how to configure a VPN application like NordVPN. And then we’ll show you how to set up a VPN that requires you to enter your Mac’s network configuration, such as Hidden24.
STEP 1. Choose a plan
Once we have chosen one, we will navigate to your website and choose the price plan that suits us best.
With NordVPN, which is the example we will use in this case, a plan of one month, one year, two years or three years is available. For more information we will have to visit the NordVPN website and register. Then we will create an account and use our preferred payment method to activate the subscription. We must make sure to keep the password and username safe.
STEP 2. Download a VPN application
Having the details of our account at hand, we will download the application of our chosen VPN. If we have gone to NordVPN, the corresponding application to this, and so with anyone.
Most users can download the common application, which is faster and more stable. But there is an option for OpenVPN. That is more suited to users in restricted countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
STEP 3. Log in to the VPN application
Once these steps are completed, we will be directed to the Mac App Store , where we will be asked to log in with our Apple ID and then we will have to click on ‘Install application’. Once installed, we will have to go to the applications folder , that is, to the startup platform to open the application. There, we must log in using the VPN login data that we put when we created our account previously.
STEP 4. Allow the VPN to add configurations
Once we have logged in, we will see a pop-up window that will request authorization to allow VPN configurations to be added to our Mac. We will have to press allowand we may be asked to enter the password we use to log into our computer.
Later in this article we will explain how to configure a VPN that requires entering the configuration of the Mac, but with a VPN application like this, we can rest assured, because in this case the program does it for us when we click on allow.
Whenever we have downloaded a trusted one, we will press allow, since with that it should be absolutely safe.
STEP 5. Access to keychain
To start using our VPN, we will be asked to choose a server . This depends on the country where we are.
However, if we try to access Netflix from the United States from Spain or BBC iPlayer from outside the United Kingdom, we must choose the location of the corresponding server, and not from where we are, otherwise it will not work.
When we try to connect to a new server for the first time, we may see a window like this, which says “Neagent wants to use your confidential information stored in NordVPN on your keychain”.
This is an additional security feature needed to create a secure connection to the IKEv2 protocol used by NordVPN.
We can type our Mac administrator password and click on Always allow , which means that NordVPN will remember the login password inside our keychain for future uses, and will not ask for it again unless we change the password, for course
If this window tells us that you want to use confidential information stored anywhere, as long as it is not within NordVPN (or the VPN that we have chosen), it is important that we press to deny .
STEP 6. Learn how to move around the VPN application
Now we have configured everything. We can search for new servers using the search button in the upper right corner, we can also access the configuration from the upper left corner, including the switch and we will also have the ability to have our VPN connected to a server of choice from the moment we we start the application.
We can also access the VPN configuration and server lists at any time by starting the application or using the icon in the navigation bar at the top of our Mac where you usually find the date and time.
How to configure a VPN that does not have an application
If we have chosen a VPN that has little or no application interface, we may need to access the Mac configuration menus. It may sound a bit daunting, but it is simple once we know how to do it. Ours in particular should be able to offer us help to install and configure, but if not, this example that we showed, using Hidden24 will give us an idea of how to do it.
First we must register in the VPN and create an account. Once we have a username, email and password associated with your account, we can begin the configuration process.
First we must go to System Preferences on the Mac and choose Network. We will press the small symbol + in the lower left corner to open a drop-down menu. From the interface, we will choose VPN. Then, we will choose the type of VPN and the name of the service specified by our provider. In this case that we show, it is L2TP over IPSec and the name of the service is Hidden24.
Complete the VPN details
Now, in the address field of the server, we will enter the server specified by our provider. Here is connect.hidden24. co.uk. The name of the account is the username that was assigned to us when we registered, so it will be unique for everyone.
Now we will have to choose the option, Show VPN status in the menu bar before clicking on ‘Authentication settings’. We will be asked to enter our password, as well as a shared secret code that our provider should have given us, if all goes well. Next, we will have to click on OK .
In the advanced button, we can choose the option to send all traffic through a VPN connection to ensure that none of our data can be compromised and that it is 100% secure.
Then we will click on OK and Apply . Ready. We will see then that a new icon appears in the menu bar, which represents our VPN. And this would be everything. Now we know how to configure a VPN application or one that requires entering the configuration of our Mac.