A VPN creates an encrypted connection between your computer and a network over the internet. Mac users may have many reasons to install an VPN. Some of these include the protection of your data on public WiFI or accessing content that is that is restricted to certain regions or connecting from home to an enterprise network. Installing VPN on MacBook isn’t much difficulty, no matter the level of your technical expertise. This article will guide you through the steps to manually configure your Mac to connect with an internet-based VPN using a commercial or free service.

We’ll look at the main differences between these two options. Free services typically have limited server locations or slow speeds. Paid services offer a wider variety of servers. If the location or speed of a server does not suit your needs you can change it once you are connected.

When you connect to a VPN, your data is encrypted meaning it’s rearranged into code that only your VPN knows how to decipher. This shields your data from cybercriminals, ISPs, governments, advertisers and other third-party companies. This makes it more difficult to track your browsing history, even on unsecure networks like public Wi-Fi.

Depending on the VPN service you use You will need to enter both your server address and your account’s name (also known as “local ID” or “remote ID”) and then click Create. Some services will display these details in the System Preferences window while others will prompt you to choose your VPN and then enter these settings in their own application.