Brad Smith

Brad likes to review different VPN software. In this guide, he explains how you need choose your Mac VPN and what are the 5 best options for it.

5 best vpns for macNeed a VPN for your Mac? We’ve done the comparison.

In this review of finding best VPN for Mac, we compared the following:

  • Upload & download speed
  • Cost
  • Usability
  • Support quality
  • Compatibility with Mac

While vastly superior to Windows, the Apple-made Mac OS X is often in the news due to a large amount of vulnerabilities and remote exploit issues. Apple is often too slow to respond to the fast-paced environment of hacker networks which adds to the problem.

Today, I will guide you along, as we decipher the intricacies of Mac OS X specific VPNs and which service is best suited to protect our sensitive data.

Quick “jump” links to Top 5 VPNs for Mac:

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. IPVanish
  3. Private Internet Access
  4. VyprVPN
  5. Buffered

 

Important VPN Factors for Mac

Best VPNs for MacHere at TheBestVPN.com we always have several VPN studies running at the same time. We test VPNS hundreds of times each and every month. Seeing as how each study is testing a different specific VPN use, we come up with different ranking algorithms and allocate different weights to each testing criteria.

These are the global testing factors:

  • Safety (logging and non-existing encryption is a no go)
  • Connection Speed (slow download speed is a no go)
  • Compatibility (VPN needs to work 100% on Mac, right?)
  • Usability

These four pillars remain largely unchanged and can quickly and adequately help us form an educated opinion on any VPN service.

Once those four criteria are taking care of, we delve in deeper and invest our time in testing the details. Those small things that make or break a service. Here is where we let ourselves lose and dig deep into the nuances of a VPN provider and figure out just how useful they are for different purposes.

 

5 Best VPNs for your Mac

Below, you’ll find 5 best vpns for mac computers as well as their compatibility. 

1. ExpressVPN: Best VPN for Mac, $8.32/mo, works on ALL Mac devices

ExpressVPN works on Windows 10

According to our research, ExpressVPN is probably your best pick.

They are the only top VPN, along with IPVanish, to have gone through the trouble of developing clients for versions of Mac OS as old as Lion. Full compatibility – this is something that many of the competitive VPN providers are not doing.

ExpressVPN has a “zero-logging” policy, which means your traffic through their network is 100% secured, even from them. They don’t log anything you do on their servers. You can read it on their TOS yourself.

ExpressVPN also tends to have better connection speeds that other VPN providers. With download readings of 83 Mbps and 60 Mbps (on a 100 Mbps connection) for EU & US servers respectively, ExpressVPN is by far one of the most efficient and fast VPN providers in the market today.

They offer over 145 server locations in 94 countries around the world. With unlimited speeds and server switches, you can choose to connect from anywhere in the world.

When it comes to support, you can rely on ExpressVPN all day and night. No, literally. They are there for your 24/7/365 via live chat support. No need for lengthy waits and cumbersome email responses.

If that wasn’t enough, ExpressVPN is the most simple and user-friendly software which works well for beginners.

ExpressVPN is hands down the best VPN for your Mac. Great speeds, huge choice of servers, great support and simple connection experience. What more could we possibly ask for?

Below you can find more accurate details of ExpressVPN: 

DL SPEED (EU) UL SPEED (EU) DL SPEED (US) UL SPEED (US) COST SUPPORT DEVICES USABILITY & RATING
83.15 mbps 35.18 mbps 60.04 mbps 30.41 mbps $8.32 /mo Live Chat 24/7 Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra ★★★★★

best overall

www.ExpressVPN.com

Read our ExpressVPN Review

 

2. IPVanish: Good usability on Mac, $6.49/mo, works on all Macs

IPVanish ReviewIPVanish is often touted as one of the best VPN providers in the world. We agree.

IPVanish joins ExpressVPN as the only two VPN providers who offer Mac OS apps for all versions of the Macbook operating system. From Lion to Sierra.

IPVanish, similar to ExpressVPN, have an iron-clad No Logging Policy, which protects your data from everybody in the world, as they will never log what you’re up to.

Best way to protect your data? By not keeping records.

Additionally, IPVanish have posted some of the single best connection speeds in the EU – 83 Mbps (according to our test). They have had recent difficulties of their US servers matching those, though.

Speaking of servers, IPVanish  has 750+ VPN servers in 60+ countries. With unlimited switches, you can truly take advantage of their immense inventory and browse the web/torrent from everywhere in the world (you still need an Internet connection, though).

What about cons?

There are one minor quirk, you’ll have to deal with when using IPVanish.

Firstly, you’ll have to restart your system after the initial setup, which is always annoying. Second, there are actually too many features their connection client comes with. This clutters the whole system and makes simple connection cumbersome.

Then again, their 22% savings over ExpressVPN may well be worth it, especially for a service so renowned as IPVanish.

DL SPEED (EU) UL SPEED (EU) DL SPEED (US) UL SPEED (US) COST SUPPORT DEVICES USABILITY & RATING
82.67 mbps 43.19 mbps 34.71 mbps 24.72 mbps $6.49 /mo Live Chat 24/7 Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra ★★★★

www.IPVanish.com

Read our IPVanish Review

 

3. Private Internet Access: Cheapest VPN for Mac, $3.33/mo

PIA works on Windows 10Private Internet Access is the most popular VPN provider in the world. Used by professionals and newcomers alike, PIA has many things going for them.

They didn’t do too bad with Macbook compatibility either – everything Mountain Lion and afterwards is fully supported.

Let’s get it straight, there are two things that make PIA so incredible.

Rock bottom prices and connection speeds.

At only $3.33/month with their biggest package, there is no denying that PIA kicks everybody’s but when it comes to price competitiveness. You simply won’t find anybody cheaper, offering you…

Amazing connection speeds = 84 Mbps (EU) and 78 Mbps (USA) download speeds, are not just good, but they’re really hard to beat.

What more? PIA (obviously) do not keep any logs on their server (read their TOS here).

But what are PIA’s cons?

PIA isn’t exactly what you would call user friendly. They do not offer any live chat support at all, opting for a ticket system. While this may be more than enough for networking PHD’s who will never have any questions, it’s not exactly optimal for your beginner.

Also, don’t expect any beginner friendly features from PIA.

Lastly, due to their pricing, PIA has long been plagued by, at time, severe stability issues. In our tests, our connection would drop every few hours for a minute or two. Definitely not something we like to see or recommend.

DL SPEED (EU) UL SPEED (EU) DL SPEED (US) UL SPEED (US) COST SUPPORT DEVICES USABILITY & RATING
84.46 mbps 40.30 mbps 77.56 mbps 36.75 mbps $3.33 /mo Tickets Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra ★★★★★

www.PrivateInternetAccess.com

Read our PIA Review

 

4. VyprVPN: Not working on Mountain Lion, $5.00/mo

VyprVPN works on Windows 10VyprVPN claims themselves as “The World’s Most Powerful VPN”.

They also offer a 3 day Free trial for you to test out their services – with no risk at all. Great perk for someone who isn’t too sure about signing up with a VPN service.

Again, like many others, VyprVPN assures that no one will ever know what you’re up to with their 0 logging policy.

VyprVPN are one of the very few services that claim to host their own servers and DNS. This apparently enables them to offer you exceptional service for cheaper than usual.

VyprVPN offers you over 700 servers in 70 locations around the world! That’s pretty incredible and one of the biggest range of servers offered by a VPN provider.

When it comes to their support, they are there to save the day 24/7 via their live chat. Expected, but always appreciated!

What are the drawbacks of VyprVPN?

Efen so, we can’t put VyprVPN on a podium, simlpy because their Mac compatibility is somewhat lackluster and covers only the main Mac OS Versions – Mavericks and later.

If you’re still on any Lion version, VyprVPN doesn’t have an app for you and you’ll have to opt for a manual connection instead.

The initial setup may take a while and isn’t as straightforward as we would like it to be. No biggie, we can understand that.

However, don’t ever try to torrent via VyprVPN!

VyprVPN is super strict and prohibits any and all kind of torrenting via their network. This is due to the fact that they mainly market B2B (Business To Business) and have an obligation to be more strict when it comes to IP.

Unfortunately, as awesome as their service is, this can often be a dealbeaker for many VPN users.

DL SPEED (EU) UL SPEED (EU) DL SPEED (US) UL SPEED (US) COST SUPPORT DEVICES USABILITY & RATING
74.48 mbps 35.88 mbps 51.09 mbps 3.17 mbps $5.00 /mo Live Chat 24/7 Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra ★★★

www.VyprVPN.com

Read our VyprVPN Review

 

5. Buffered: Doesn’t work on Mac Lion, $8.25/mo

Buffered works on Windows 10Buffered is a VPN company started by 3 Hungarian tech-magicians, who were unhappy with the competition.

The service similar to VyprVPN, offers their Mac OS VPN app for versions Mavericks and higher. If you’re using Lion or Mountain Lion, Buffered is not for you.

Buffered have many things going for them. Similar to any top VPN provider, the first and foremost assurance is done via a no-logging policy. Your data is kept encrypted at all times and is not tracked by Buffered whatsoever.

Buffered has a super helpful support team, which is available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any question you may have for them, they can answer. Their live chat is there for you, whenever you need them!

Their server availability is unfortunately not as bombastic as many other competitors. As of now, Buffered offers server locations in 37 countries. This number is ever-growing, however, and Buffered is expanding rapidly!

Buffered VPN drawbacks

Connection speeds are, admittedly, not as amazing as the top contenders. Buffered comes in at an average DL speed of around 50Mbps. Ahead of the competition, but not that much.

Buffered was incredibly impressive with their connection stability. While our connection dropped often with other tested VPNs (PIA, looking at you), we never experienced a connection drop with Buffered. Not even once..

Their app isn’t as straightforward as we’d like it to be, but it’s not rocket science either. You’ll get the hang of it soon enough!

DL SPEED (EU) UL SPEED (EU) DL SPEED (US) UL SPEED (US) COST SUPPORT DEVICES USABILITY & RATING
46.78 mbps 46.65 mbps 51.49 mbps 35.38 mbps $8.25 /mo Live Chat 24/7 Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra ★★★★

www.Buffered.com

Read our Buffered VPN Review

 

Overall VPN Compatibility with Mac Versions

As operating systems are updated, they are changed to the core. These fundamental alterations very often lead to obsolete apps, developed for the previous versions. Yes, this means that developers have to re-program their apps to function with each and every newly released iteration of an operating system.

Operating System Market Share
10.12 Sierra 52%
10.11 El Capitan 24%
10.10 Yosemite 16%
10.9 Mavericks 4%
10.8 Mountain Lion 1%
10.7 Lion 2%
Older <1%

In simpler terms, apps programmed for Yosemite, may not work on Sierra.

In a perfect world, every VPN provider would have different apps for each and every Macbook operating system. Unfortunately, reality looks different.

This is exactly what we looked for.

During the research phase of this study, we were surprised to find just how few versions our favorite VPN providers support.

Check out the Market share breakdown on the right, showing you the distribution as of June 1st 2017. We were mainly looking for VPN services supporting Mavericks and older, as those are often unsupported.

P.S. What VPN Software have you used for your Mac? Leave a comment below.

  • +

0 comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*