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The best VPNs for Mac users looking for privacy

The best VPNs for Mac users looking for privacy
From Mashable - February 18, 2018

There are a number of reasons why you might want to start using a virtual private network or VPN. VPNs offer many benefits, like getting around geographic restrictions for streaming content.

They can also help protect your privacy and make browsing more secure (though it's always a good idea to vet your VPN provider's claims carefullysome do a better a job than others).

But choosing the right VPN for you can be a daunting task. With so many options, you will want to think carefully about which features are most important to you and how much you are willing to pay.

Nord VPN

Nord VPN offers a good balance between features and ease of use. Setup is relatively easy and Nord's interface is much more intuitive than some VPNs. The service has more than 3,000 servers in 60 countries, so you can find coverage just about anywhere. Switching between countries is as easy choosing from a dropdown menu in your Mac's menu bar.

The privacy-conscious will appreciate Nord's built in "kill switch," which lets you automatically stop specified applications should your connection drop. The Mac app was also recently updated to ensure that your VPN connection wo not be interrupted when your computer goes to sleep.

If speed is one of your main concerns, Nord offers an at-a-glance look the current load for each of its servers so you can optimize your connection even further.

Price: $11.95/month, $69/year, or $79 for two years

Opera

Opera's browser-based VPN service is one of the easiest VPNs to use. Since the VPN is built directly into Opera's browser, it requires almost no setupall you have to do is enable it from the "privacy and security" menu in settings. Once enabled, you can toggle it on or off right from the URL bar. Better still, it's completely free with no caps on data.

It does have limitations, though. Because it's built into the browser it can only protect web traffic routed through the browser, so it wo not do anything for any other application you use. It also lacks a kill switch and only provides a couple of options for switching up your location.

But it's difficult to argue with free. If you are looking for a basic VPN for web-browsing, Opera will more than do the trick.

Price: Free

PIA

PIA, which stands for Private Internet Access, is one of the simplest VPN services you can use. Once you have installed PIA, you control everything from a dropdown menu in the Mac menu bar.

With more than 3,000 servers in 28 countries, PIA offers a sizable number of countries and regions to set as your location of choice, making it ideal for streamers trying to get around geographic restrictions. It's also one of the easiest VPNs to use: once you have connected to the VPN, there are no other settings or menus to muck around with unless you feel like diving into the service's advanced security features.

If you do, you will find controls that will help you lock down PIA's already good security settings even further.

Price: $6.95/month, $39.95/year, or $69.95 for two years

Pure VPN

Pure VPN is unique in comparison to other services, in that it optimizes your connection based on what "mode" you want to use. It offers modes for streaming, "internet freedom," privacy, file-sharing, and dedicated IP.

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