If you use public Wi-Fi frequently, you know how annoying it can be to log on to a website and have all of a sudden the traffic appears to be coming from another country?
You may be prompted to change your location by the website you visit, which makes it easier for them to provide you with content that’s relevant to your location. If you live in a country where your privacy is valued, you may want to consider getting a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your Mac (and Linux) to ensure that your personal information stays private.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss how you can get a VPN on your Mac (or Linux) so that you can begin to enjoy the benefits that come with enhanced privacy and security.
Step 1: Install the OpenVPN software on your Mac.
Installing OpenVPN is a simple process that takes only a few minutes. First, you’ll need to download the latest version of OpenVPN from their website. OpenVPN is available for both macOS and Linux platforms, so it should already be installed and ready to use on your computer. If it’s not, then follow the simple instructions provided by the software’s authors to install and configure it. Before you start, make sure that you back up your important data as the process of installing OpenVPN will delete all of your previous network settings. Once you’ve installed it, you can test to see if it worked correctly by connecting to a website that provides VPN services (like Private Internet Access, which we’ll discuss in more detail below). If it worked correctly, then great! You can now close the software and move on to the next step.
Step 2: Set up OpenVPN to automatically connect to your favorite VPN provider.
With OpenVPN installed and tested, it’s time to configure it to automatically connect to your favorite VPN provider whenever you connect to a public Wi-Fi network. To do this, you’ll need to edit two configuration files:
Each file contains a list of information on your favorite VPN provider. You can add your VPN provider’s information (in this example, we’ll use Private Internet Access), along with the CACERT certificate that the VPN provider uploaded to verify their identity. After you’ve added this information, simply save the configuration files and then restart OpenVPN. Your VPN connection should now be active and ready to use whenever you want to connect to a public Wi-Fi network.
Step 3: Use your VPN to browse the web anonymously.
With your VPN configured and connected, it’s time to use it to browse the web anonymously. To do this, you’ll need to create a brand new profile in your web browser (like Chrome or Safari). Once you’ve created this profile, it’s time for you to start using your VPN to browse the web. Whenever you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, your web browser should automatically connect to your VPN and begin to establish a secure connection. As soon as this happens, you’ll see a blue bar at the top of your browser window indicating that you’re connected to the VPN. From this point on, all of your web browsing history, activity, and passwords will remain private because all of your online requests will be coming from another location.
As you can see above, whenever you connect to a VPN, a new profile is automatically created in your web browser. This profile is named after the VPN server you connected to (in this case, privatanordev.com), so you can simply select this option whenever you login to a website you’re not confident enough to log on to anonymously. Even if the website knows your real IP address, they won’t be able to see who you are or what you’re doing because all of your web requests will be coming from another location.
Step 4: Use your VPN to access private networks.
Now that you’ve successfully used your VPN to browse the web anonymously, it’s time to try out a few other handy features. First, you can use your VPN to access private networks like Wi-Fi hotspots and VPNs that your company provides for its employees. To do this, you’ll need to create a new OpenVPN connection in your web browser (again, like Safari or Chrome). Once you’ve established this connection, it’s simply a matter of entering your company’s VPN address (like 10.0.0.1) and clicking on the “Connect” button. Your VPN connection should now be accessible from within your web browser. From here, you can use the VPN to access any private network that it supports.
Step 5: Use your VPN to protect your personal data when traveling.
If you frequently travel for business, you may want to consider using your VPN when you’re abroad. When you’re abroad, all of your personal data (like credit card numbers, email addresses, and phone numbers) may be at risk of being captured by cyber criminals. To protect yourself against these threats, you may want to consider getting a VPN that supports geo-jurisdiction hiding, which allows you to establish a secure connection even when you’re outside of your home country. By establishing a secure connection with a VPN when you’re outside of your home country, all of your personal data remains private and remains hidden from any hackers who might want to steal it. If you’re traveling for business, you should definitely consider getting a VPN that supports geo-jurisdiction hiding.
In this last step, we discussed how to use a VPN to protect your personal data when you’re traveling. Sometimes it’s not convenient to have a VPN client running all of the time, especially if you’re asleep or at work. To overcome this, you may want to consider using a VPN’s mobile app to establish a secure connection whenever you want to access a private network or web resource. With the VPN app, you can easily connect to a server and begin using the service wherever you go. Setting up the VPN app to automatically connect to your favorite VPN server whenever you open it is also very easy to do. In fact, if you’ve been paying attention, you may have set one up already without even knowing it! The VPN app is available for both iOS and Android devices, so you can easily connect to a server whenever you want and use the service on the go.
As you can see above, in addition to establishing a secure connection with a VPN server whenever you open the app, the VPN app lets you connect to your favorite VPN server whenever you connect to a public Wi-Fi network. This is handy if you want to ensure that your personal data remains private even when you’re connected to a public network.
With a VPN, you can easily avoid any connectivity issues that come with frequent changing between Wi-Fi networks. Once you’ve established a VPN connection, your web browser will always connect you securely whenever you connect to a public network.
Choosing a VPN that suits your needs is very easy to do. Once you’ve read this blog post, you’ll know exactly what type of VPNs are available for your Mac (and Linux) and which ones suit your needs best. As you browse their website or look at their reviews, you’ll easily find the VPN that suits you best without having to read through pages of mediocre text.