How to Setup a VPN on MacOS 10.13.6

This technical guide will teach you how to set up a VPN on the Mac. You’ll start by setting up the router and the VPN client software on your computer. Next, you’ll connect to the VPN using the Remote management tool from your iPhone or Apple Watch. Then, you’ll set up your Mac to trust the VPN so that all its traffic is routed through the encrypted connection. You’ll learn a few security precautions along the way.


  • You’ll need a Mac. Macs are typically more expensive than PC but provide many advantages when it comes to network security. Your Mac must have a wired ethernet port and be updated to the latest version of macOS.
  • You’ll need a broadband Internet connection. Most users will have a tethered (wired) Internet connection with them all the time, but if you’re traveling or in a situation where you don’t have Internet access, you’ll need a wireless (WiFi) connection. If you have a fast WiFi connection, you may not need to purchase a wired Internet connection.
  • You’ll need the OpenVPN app (free). The OpenVPN app allows you to easily set up and manage VPNs on the go. You can download the app from the App Store.
  • You’ll need a VPN account. You can create a free account with one of the major VPN providers such as NordVPN or PPV.
  • You’ll need to trust your VPN. Your Mac must trust the VPN software that you’re installing. The best way to do this is to install the VPN connection manually after you’ve installed macOS. This ensures that your Mac will always connect to the VPN, even if there’s an update that alters the default settings or software (such as the router’s).
  • You’ll need to update your VPN’s settings. Every VPN has different settings and some users might find it easier to modify these settings manually. For instance, if you have a strong WiFi connection but you want to switch to a wired connection when you’re away from home, you can setup the VPN to automatically reconnect when you switch networks.

Step 1: Set Up Your Router And Computer To Trust The VPN

You’ll need to start by setting up your router and computer to trust the VPN. A router is a device that allows your computer or other Internet-enabled devices to connect to the Internet. Many routers are complex and require technical support from a professional. You’ll only need a simple router that you can set up yourself.

To ensure that your computer and other Internet-enabled devices (iPads, iPhones, etc) trust the VPN, you’ll need to make a couple of adjustments. First, you’ll need to ensure that the VPN is enabled on your router. If you have a spare Ethernet port on your router, you can use that to connect to the Internet via VPN (Virtual Private Network). Second, you’ll need to ensure that your computer and other Internet devices trust the connection. This is done by adding the VPN’s certificate to your system’s trusted publishers list. The best way to do this is to install the VPN software on your computer and then connect to it using the Remote management tool from your iPhone or Apple Watch. If you don’t have a spare Ethernet port on your router, you can use your WiFI connection to connect to the VPN on your smartphone. Your computer will need to be on the same network as your router for this to work (for example, if your router is connected to a WiFi network, your computer must be as well).

If you have a Mac, you can use the built-in VPN client to connect to the VPN. Simply open System Preferences, select Network, and then click on the VPN icon. You’ll be asked to connect to the Internet when you first open up System Preferences. Simply select the Automatically login to VPN server option and then type in your VPN account credentials. You can also download the BetterVPN App for even more options.

Step 2: Install The OpenVPN App On Your Phone

Now that your computer and router are set up to trust the VPN, you can install the OpenVPN app on your phone. The OpenVPN app allows you to connect to a VPN server from across the globe in no time at all. This VPN app is commonly used by whistleblowers, journalists, and activists to ensure that their Internet activity is encrypted and secure. You can download the app from the App Store.

Step 3: Install The OpenVPN Client On Your Mac For Easy Access To VPN Servers

Now that you have the OpenVPN app installed on your phone, you can easily connect to a VPN server on the go. To do this, you can use the following steps:

  • Open the App Store on your Mac and search for OpenVPN. Install the app when it’s found.
  • Next to the OpenVPN app in the App Store, there will be a small x icon. Tap on this icon to bring up the VPN settings.
  • Now that you’re in the VPN settings menu, you can connect to a server near you or across the globe. You can choose a location using the latitude and longitude fields. When you connect to a VPN server, you’ll be presented with a login screen. Use your login credentials to login to the VPN and then you’re good to go.
  • If you have a strong WiFi connection, you can use that to connect to the VPN. Your laptop will only need a strong WiFi connection to access the server. If you have a wired connection as well, you can use that to connect to the Internet and then to the VPN.
  • Once connected, your Mac will be able to access resources that are restricted by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). In other words, the ISP will no longer be able to track your browsing activity or see what websites you visit. Your personal data will be protected.
  • You can also use the VPN to prevent hackers from obtaining your personal information. If you’re worried about this, you may want to consider purchasing a VPN that’s been vetted by Mozilla.
  • Remember, if you’re using public WiFi to connect to the Internet, you’re at risk of having your personal information stolen. Hackers will be able to steal your login credentials if they’re logged on the same network as you. To prevent this, you can use the VPN to connect to the network through an encryption protocol called TLS (Transport Layer Security). When you’re doing business online, the VPN is vitally important to ensure that your customer data is always secure. It’s a best practice to ensure that all the communications between your customer and your company are encrypted. This can help protect you against cyber-criminals, spies, or terrorists who might be monitoring your Internet traffic.

Step 4: Set Up Automatic Relaunch In The Event Of A System Crash

If there’s an update available for your router or VPN client software, you’ll need to closely watch for any signs of errors or system crashes. These can cause significant disruptions to your workflows if you’re not careful. To prevent disruptions, you should take the time to set up automatic relaunch in the event of a system crash.

The best way to do this is to create a short script that will restart your VPN client software in case there’s an error. You can use Apple’s Terminal to easily write scripts for your Mac. When you have the Terminal window open, simply navigate to your VPN folder in the Mac app store and type in the following command:

`sudo nano /usr/local/bin/reboot-vpnclient`

Scroll down to the bottom of the file and enter the following lines:


`sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/reboot-vpnclient`

Now that you have a short script, you can easily set it up to automatically restart your VPN client in case there’s an update or error. Just double-click on the script and when asked if you want to run it, simply click the Run button.

Security Precautions

Even though you’re using a VPN to secure your activity online, there are a few precautions you need to take to stay safe.

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