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When you choose a basic VPN for Macs, you need to look at ease of use, data privacy, encryption and protocols. You should be able to install, upgrade and switch your VPN on and off without any trouble. Your VPN should also ensure data privacy and have strong encryption protocols to protect you. If you engage in a range of online activities, you will also need to be able to switch between different protocols. Depending on what you need the VPN for, you should also consider server availability and tech support. If you need to access content from many different locations, you will need to use many different servers. And to get the best settings for each different activity, you will need a good tech support team to guide you.
The Easy to Use VPN for Macs
Macs can be tricky when it comes to loading apps that are not made by Apple. But there are a few providers that have designed highly compatible VPN apps. You should choose one that installs and runs without a hitch on Macs. There should be no need for additional configuration or troubleshooting.
Data Privacy, Encryption and Protocols
Data privacy is a top consideration when choosing any VPN service. After all, why bother using a VPN if it is not protecting your data? Know that a provider is serious about protecting your data by checking their logging policies. If they keep user data, this is a bad sign. If they keep logs for maintenance and troubleshooting, this is fine. But check that they do not keep this data for more than a few days.
Encryption should be high, 128-bit at least. 160- or 256-bit is more secure, but makes connections slow. And there really is no need for these levels unless you are protecting valuable trade secrets that thieves would invest months and a supercomputer to crack it. Your provider should offer you OpenVPN for all your devices that are compatible with it. If not, L2TP/IPSec should be available. OpenVPN is the safest VPN protocol because it has no known vulnerabilities. It is also open source and so is constantly policed to check for backdoors and other weaknesses.
Your VPN package needs to open to you all the servers that you need. Make a list of what you need the VPN for and what countries you will need to connect to so you can complete them. For instance, if you are banking, you need a local VPN server. If you need to access a video streaming account, you need a fast server in that country. Next, check that you have enough leeway to switch between these servers as you do your thing on the Net. And make sure you have enough data and bandwidth allowance. Many companies limit how many times you can change servers, so be careful. They also put limits on how much data you can download or how much bandwidth you can use.
So what’s the best VPN for Macs?