Hello. I would like to purchase a VPN for my new Mac. Have no idea which one I should choose. I have viewed too many VPNs and got confused. Can you give me some suggestions? What should I know about VPNs for Mac? Thanks.
VPN means virtual private network. It creates a secure, encrypted connection over the Internet. People outside that connection will not know its content and speed. On one hand, government, business companies, schools and even banks use VPN service to protect their private network system. On the other hand, people who would like to visit the website as anonymity use VPN service which provides them different IPs. When they visit some websites, their real IP and identify will not be revealed. No one can track your online activities.
Does Mac user need a VPN? You may think that you don’t need a VPN to protect it because you own a stable operating system. This opinion is not completely right. You still need a VPN for Mac. Though it is once considered as the safest operating system, few security vulnerabilities of Mac have been found in recent years. Ransomware, Trojan, Worm, rogue software and other threat have been rampant and aggressive, attacking both Windows and Mac users. Some viruses only target on Mac and steal information. If you always share important information with your business partner via the Internet, a VPN for your Mac is very necessary. It will prevent cyber criminals from hijacking your communication. Besides, users in China and other regions where many websites have been blocked due to national security reasons need VPNs for Mac to view websites that they look forward to. For example, it can help you bypass the Great Firewall of China. It unblocks geographically restricted content on Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, HBO, Pandora, Amazon Video, CBS, HBO, ABC, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many more other services. You can enjoy the fast and secure network connection from any corner of the world.
How to choose a proper VPN service for Mac? A large number of VPN services have been developed to meet people’s needs in those years. Various VPNs appear in the market. You may be confused, wondering which one you should pick up. There are too many choice for Mac users. It is very important for you choose a right VPN service. Though some of VPNs are very powerful and expensive, they may not work for your device or meet your needs. For example, you are looking for a VPN to help you access Facebook in China, you choose an expensive one with high reputation. However, its significant function is data encryption. Also, it is not good at overcoming the Great Firewall. In this case, it is not worth it. Besides, it will cause fatal error and problem if the VPN is incompatible with your Mac. You will have Blue Screen of Death or system crash when using the wrong or unstable VPN service.Hence, you should put all things into consideration before you choose a VPN service for your Mac.
Important things you need to keep in mind when selecting a VPN service
Tips for VPN users in China
1. Select the dedicated and optimized one for China.
2. Stealth Servers near China like in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan etc. should be your first choice. It will bring you less latency and better connection performance.
3. It must be a reliable VPN, because fighting GFW is not easy and many VPN services give up. Do not purchase one just because it is cheap. Otherwise, you will lose more. Besides, no free VPN service or other free tools are stable. Too many limits will help you a lot. One day they might work and the other day you don’t get the access because they get blocked by GFW.
4. Pre-buying research is very necessary. If you bought one in a rush, you would meet many problems and find that it is not what you want.
5. Connection will not always be stable and fast in China due to strict filtering y GFW
How VPN works while you are trying to access a website?
In order to let you know the functions of VPN, let’s talk about how it works in detail. You run VPN and click on link you want to visit. The browser sends encrypted your account & password and request to your VPN service first. Then, VPN service decrypts the communication and sends it to the targeted website. After the website receives data, it generates session cookie and send it to your VPN service. VPN encrypts the session data it received and then sends it back to your device. In this way, you can view the website you like after your browser received the session cookie. You may think that the process is too complicated and it will take a long time before you can access the targeted website. In fact, everything we mentioned above happens at an amazing and unbelievable speed. In the blink of an eye your request will be sent and everything will respond. Your Internet connection is secure, encrypted and extremely fast with VPN service.
Problems that you may meet while using VPN service
Problem 1: I can connection VPN service via 4G mobile data on my phone, but I can’t connect it via WiFi hotspot? I saw WIFi signal bar there while it still used my mobile data.
The problem may be that WiFi hotspot sets limits on VPN connection. NAT of VPN, namely PPTP/L2TP has been limited. WiFi hotspot refuses to transfer your data to the VPN service.
Problem 2: I failed to visit some regular websites after I turned off VPN. I could access those websites before I first used VPN. I am a Chinese user and I use VPN service to access Facebook, Twitter and watch Youtube. Now, I can’t visit my favorite Chinese websites in a normal way. I have to run VPN so that I can access them.
Firstly, there may be something wrong with your routing tables. Check your default route and VPN gateway.
Secondly, your DNS may have been hijacked. Check your DNS and scan your computer for malicious programs
Thirdly, it may be the mechanism network problem or Internet proxy. Check your Internet settings.
Fourthly, it may be caused by non-normal exit. Next time, remember quit it in a normal way.
Problem 3: I can’t access local area network after I connect to VPN.
It may be caused by IP address conflict. Check your network line and correct the settings. Find your original gateway address via command.
Problems 4: Why I have blue screen after I run VPN?
Probably, your drive is not compatible with the VPN service you use. Besides, some anti-virus programs, game protection drive and bank security controls will bring blue screen when you use VPN.
In a word, a VPN is necessary for Mac and it also is important to select the right one. VPN services protect your from password sniffing, session hijack, ISP espionage, Network hotspot virus infection. You can have a remote meetings with your stuff, upload or download resource anytime when you are on a trip.You can check your email and bank balance when connecting your Mac to the public WiFi. There is no need to worry about interception or hack at all. Do you want a stable and amazing browsing experience on every website without restrictions? Pick a VPN for your Mac. The IP that VPN services offer will allow you to visit websites freely and safely. Your identify will be protected well. Don’t hesitate. Get a VPN for your Mac now. In order to avoid losing money for useless VPN, keep in mind what you need and what is suitable for your Mac when you select one. If you are not sure about it, contact a computer expert for help.
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to Set up VPN on your device, please live chat with YooCare online expert for help.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan & last updated on January 12, 2017 8:20 am