SECTION 9 - Install VPN Software on OSX

VPN Software Options on OSX

VPN Software Options on OSX

Two options for a VPN application on the Mac. Donald recommended Viscosity from http://www.sparklabs.com/viscosity/download/ which is $9 per Mac.  

After the show Dr. Matt suggested the free TunnelBlick from http://code.google.com/p/tunnelblick. I installed both and they both work well.  This tutorial will be for Viscosity, but if you try Tunnelblick you have to do one thing to make it work.  In the Settings, Configuration tab, select Advanced and then uncheck the box to use TunnelBlick's tun/tap drivers.  Some people do have trouble with this software so if it doesn't work for you then jump over to Viscosity.

Let's keep going with Viscosity as our example.

Install Viscosity

Install Viscosity

Click on the icon for Viscosity in the menubar and choose Preferences.

In the Connection Tab Click on the Plus Button at the Bottom

In the Connection Tab Click on the Plus Button at the Bottom

Select Import Connection From File...

Select Import Connection From File...

Navigate to the File You Created for This Device

Navigate to the File You Created for This Device

In my case I called it alsmac so I could tell which one to open

Connection Imported

Connection Imported

Connect Using Menu Bar App

Connect Using Menu Bar App

Enter the Password You Created

Enter the Password You Created

No clue which one of the 198 I entered, luckily I typed the same one over and over again.

Fleeting Notification of Connection

Fleeting Notification of Connection

To test mine at home I used a Mifi so I was on a different network.

Use the Menubar Icon to Disconnect When You're Through

Use the Menubar Icon to Disconnect When You're Through

If you want to prove to yourself that you're on VPN - go to http://ipchicken.com before and after you VPN and you'll find that your IP changes to your home IP.  Congratulations!

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