A VPN encrypts your surfing behavior, which can only be decoded with the help of a key. A key is the exact ciphertext for a network segment within a VPN tunnel.
While there are two valid keys to use, I use the Hush VPN key from a different computer. When this key is used, I do not have to authenticate any key traffic in my browser, which allows me to remain anonymous online, and that’s why using services like Fortinet can be really helpful to understand and setup a VPN.
Upon connecting to the Hush VPN network, it automatically sends the first key, I have a single machine which can decrypt both keys. This provides me with an unlinkable and secure connection.
There is one issue with using Hush VPN as a daily VPN to safeguard your privacy it costs US$12.95 a month for a single connection. While some are quite happy with this, I see it as too expensive for most.
What can I do to obtain VPN software for the non-developer audience?
As long as you have an internet connection, you can make use of a VPN for protection. The majority of VPN applications are actually not necessary for this and I’ll provide a brief overview below.
Some of these VPN software packages are currently in beta, so you’ll need to wait a few days before you can use them. If you do not want to wait, you can check out my free VPN guide for beginner to advanced users.
Most of the free VPN software applications are available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The list below is to include the free VPN solutions I have encountered so far. There are many others I haven’t found, so if you know of any, please let me know in the comments.
VPN for macOS: PrivateVPN
PrivateVPN is available for macOS. Although it looks to be rather simple, it actually has a bit more functionality than just protecting yourself online. For example, it can be configured to keep you safe while gaming or while using your favorite torrenting sites.
PrivateVPN may be available as a MacOS app for free, but there is an upgrade option for US$1.49, which provides additional functionality.
VyprVPN is a free Mac VPN application for macOS users that supports OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP, and other protocols for the encryption and authentication.
It is compatible with the latest version of macOS. It is currently in beta, so it may not provide perfect protection, but it will definitely help you to stay anonymous online.
Another Mac VPN application, PrivateVPN is actually based on the Android OpenVPN SDK. This makes it easy to access VPN services and add extra features to your VPN.
VyprVPN supports Windows and Windows Mobile but most features are only available on the latter, so you may have to hunt around for it. VyprVPN is available for $9.95 a month and only accepts credit card payment.
PrivateVPN is also available as a Windows App, but there is no version for Mac OS yet. You can check for it on the App Store.
VyprVPN is not available as a Mac OS App, but is rather a remote desktop solution. The service is available as a premium VPN solution which can be purchased for $12.95 a month.