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How To Setup PPTP VPN On Mac OS X

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is one of the oldest and most versatile VPN protocols available today. The protocol protects your online security and privacy by securing your wired and wireless internet connections. A PPTP VPN can also be used as an anonymizing service since it allows you to bypass all kinds of censorship and access location restricted services that are blocked within your country. In this article you will learn how to setup a PPTP VPN on your Mac OS X computer. As you will see in the steps below, installing a VPN is extremely simple and anyone with bare minimum knowledge of Mac OS can set it up within minutes.

How To Configure PPTP VPN On A Mac OS X Computer

Before you configure the VPN, it is advisable to check whether your operating system is up-to-date with latest updates from Apple. To update your copy of Mac OS X, simply click on the Apple menu and then on “Software Update” option. After the updates have been installed, follow the steps given below to configure a VPN connection on your system:

Step 1:  Click on the Apple menu and then on the System Preferences option. Next, click on the Network icon located within “Internet & Network” section. (Refer to Image 1a and Image 1b)

Step 2: If you see a locked padlock icon at the bottom left corner of the screen then click on it, enter your password in the dialog box and then click on the “+” icon located just above the padlock icon to create a new connection. If you don’t see a locked padlock icon then simply click on the “+” icon and follow the steps given below. (Refer to Image 2a and Image 2a)

Step 3:  Next, you need to select the network interface that you wish to create. Click on the VPN option to create a new virtual private network connection. (Refer to Image 3)

Step 4:  In the VPN interface dialog box, select PPTP for “Type of VPN”. You would also need to provide a connection name for the new VPN connection in the “Service Name” input box. Choose the connection name carefully as it will help you to identify and connect to the correct service in case you have lots of network connections. Most service providers recommend that you use your VPN Company name along with the country or city of the VPN server as the VPN connection name. Click on the Create button and the new VPN connection should be visible in the Network preference screen. (Refer to images imageshack.us/a/img593/3330/hr0q.jpg)

Step 5:  Next, we need to configure the settings for the newly created VPN connection. Click on the VPN Connection name in the Network preference screen and enter the connection details as provided by your VPN provider. Type the IP address or URL of the VPN server in the “Server Address” input box, your VPN account username in the “Account Name” input box, set the encryption level as specified by your VPN provider and click on the checkbox next to “Show VPN status in menu bar”. Then click on “Authentication Settings” button, enter your VPN account password and then click on the OK button.

Next, click on Advanced button and make sure that “Send all traffic over VPN connection” option is checked in the Options tab. Click on OK button to finalize the advanced settings and then click on Apply button to save the VPN configuration details. (Refer to Image 5a, Image 5b, Image 5c, Image 5d and Image 5e)

Step 6:  To test the connection, click on the new connection icon that appears at the top right and select Connect option from the drop down menu. Once the connection is established, you will see a timer next to the connection icon that shows how long you have been connected to the service. To stop using the VPN service, click on the connection icon again and choose the Disconnect option. (Refer to Image 10a  and Image 10b)


July 16, 2013
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