How to set up a VPN on Windows 10 and macOS

When you want to set up a virtual private network (VPN) for personal security or just to stream the far superior films of American Netflix, it can often be hard to find a trustworthy provider or work out how to get your Windows 10 or Mac device to recognise the network. Thankfully, we’re here to help.

Before you to set up a VPN, you’ll want to find a safe VPN. We’ve got a list of the best VPNs out there right now – some of which are free, although others will charge you a little fee. Free VPNs can be great but there’s often a reason they’re cheap, be it inundating you with pesky ads to installing malware onto your computer. Basically, don’t install anything that might be unsafe.

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Many VPN providers also have a client that’ll connect your computer to the VPN automatically, so you can skip these steps. If not, read on to find out how to set up your Windows 10 or macOS computer to connect to a VPN.

How to set up a VPN on Windows 10

  1. Find the correct menu by choosing Settings | Network & Internet | VPN

  2. Choose the first option “Add a VPN Connection”

  3. Name the connection anything you like — this is just for your reference

  4. Fill in connection details with information provided by your VPN provider and select “Save”

  5. The VPN connection will appear in your WiFi menu, and you can toggle it on and off there

How to set up a VPN on MacOS

  1. Find the correct menu by selecting Apple menu | System Preferences | Network

  2. In the bottom left of the list of connections is a small + sign. Select it

  3. In the pop-up that appears, select the blue arrow on the ‘Interface’ bar to open a drop-down menu. Select “VPN”

  4. In the bar below, called “VPN Type”, select the blue arrow and choose the correct type of VPN specified by your provider

  5. Choose a name for your VPN, which is just for your reference, then click “Create”

  6. Fill in the Server Address and Account Name bars depending on information from your provider

  7. Click on ‘Authentication Method’ and choose the option your provider recommends. Select “OK”

  8. Click on ‘Advanced’ and check the box next to ‘Send all traffic over VPN connection. Select “OK”

  9. Tick the box next to “Show VPN status in menu bar” then select “Apply” in the bottom right

  10. Along the menu bar in the top right will be a new icon — this is the VPN icon. Select it and click “Connect” to connect yourself to the VPN

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