Despite the runaway success of Apples Mac computers, especially since the introduction of the first commercial version of OSX (codename Cheetah) back in 2001, there are still more Windows PC’s in the world than Macs, which means there is more developer support for Windows software in most areas of computer commerce.

Unfortunately for Mac owners, this is also true in the VPN industry. While nearly all VPN providers offer setup guides for using OpenVPN with OSX, few provide their own custom VPN clients. The good news is that there is a very good, free and open source VPN client available called Tunnelblick, which can be downloaded from here. There is also a commercial solution available called Viscosity, which is supported by some VPN providers.

Unfortunately, at this time we are using Windows machines and do not have access to a Mac, but watch this space for a how-to guide for installing VPN using Tunnelblick, Tunnelblick vs Windows OpenVPN, and a review of Viscocity. In the meantime there is a video on how to install Tunnelblick on in OSX available here.

We should also note that that we are concentrating on provider’s support for OpenVPN in OSX in this article. OpenVPN is the now the industry standard VPN protocol (see here for a discussion on why this is), and as with just about every other platform and device on the market, OSX has support for PPTP and L2TP/IPsec built-in to the OS.  This means that our comments in our Best 5 VPNs for PPTP and L2TP/IPsec  articles are equally relevant to OSX users , as they are to Windows or other platform users when using these protocols.

Summary

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Rank Company Score Price Link

1

Buffered Logo
Read Review9.9/10
$8.25 / monthVisit Site

2

ExpressVPN Logo
Read Review8.7/10
$8.32 / monthVisit Site

3

TorGuard Logo
Read Review8.2/10
$4.99 / monthVisit Site

4

AirVPN Logo
Read Review7.4/10
$4.82 / monthVisit Site

5

CyberGhost Logo
Read Review6.9/10
$5.83 / monthVisit Site
Winner

Buffered

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • Easy-to-use software
  • Excellent speeds
  • Awesome customer service
  • CONS
  • Bit pricey
  • But worth it for the features

Buffered is a brand new VPN company who have been growing fast. They have servers in 15 different countries, all the major ones where you would want to connect to. We really like the look and feel of the company, they are a true startup with good customer service.

Their instructions for setting up DD-WRT are really clear and it was one of the easiest VPNs to set up on our routers. As many people know this can be really difficult but buffered makes it pretty easy.

Since they are based in Hungary security wise they are independent of big snooping governments like the US and UK, and they have shared IPs, which is really secure. They also allow 3 simultaneous connections so you can watch on plenty of devices.

Their software is really easy to use. While their pricing is a bit higher than normal, it’s worth it for the extra service.

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2nd place

ExpressVPN

4,9/5

ExpressVPN_Logo

  • PROS
  • Easy-to-use software
  • Excellent speeds
  • Good customer service
  • CONS
  • Bit pricey
  • But worth it for the features

With apps across all platforms and speeds that blow the competition away, ExpressVPN secures our vote as the Best VPN for OSX. The download speeds are impressive and the software is straightforward to use. We really love some of the features like automatic protocol selection and server location recommendations.

ExpressVPN boasts round-the-clock customer support and an ultra reliable VPN network spanning 78 countries and hundreds of servers. They are also adding new locations all the time. These guys have done a pretty awesome job in building what we believe to be the best VPN service out there.

The pricing is not the cheapest, but you do get what you pay for. ExpressVPN also offers unlimited bandwidth and supports your mobile device (Android/iOS) for no extra charge.

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3rd place

TorGuard

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • OSX client
  • No logs
  • Fast speeds
  • Accepts bitcoin
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • Some bad reports

We move onto somewhat more uncertain ground with TorGuard. We award it third place here because it offers a blindingly fast (with superb download speeds and the best upload speeds we have seen by far) ‘no logs’ service, and has its own dedicated OSX VPN client with automatic DNS protection. However, during our review period we encountered some very odd errors during connection, and were also annoyed by TorGuards’s nosiness during registration, which was made worse by its ToS saying this personal information may be used for self-marketing purposes. It does not come as a great surprise to us therefore, that some of our readers have reported bad DNS leakage from its servers, and very poor customer service.

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4th place

AirVPN

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • No logs
  • 256-Bit AES encryption
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Transparent service with detailed server and usage statistics
  • Support for Tor over VPN
  • VPN Through SSH and SSL tunnels
  • 3 Day free trial
  • 3 UK servers
  • CONS
  • No OSX clinet and very basic Tunnelblick guide

Although its support for OSX is a little basic, amounting to a very bare-bones set-up guide for using Tunnelblick, AirVPN is still one of our favourite providers, and comes highly recommended. While not fancy, Tunnelblick does the job just fine, and AirVPN impresses on many other fronts. Set up by hactivists and internet privacy activists following a Pirate Party festival in Rome, AirVPN’s dedication to maintaining the privacy of its users is clearly a labor of love. In addition to providing a ‘transparent’ service where users can monitor the network in beautifully presented real-time, AirVPN supports VPN over Tor, and VPN through SSL and SSH tunnels to ensure ridiculous amounts of security for those who need it (or feel they need it).

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5th place

CyberGhost

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • No logs
  • Speedy
  • Great free service (OpenVPN only)
  • Groovy VPN client
  • P2P: yes
  • CONS
  • No OSX client
  • Does not accept Bitcoin

Like AirVPN, CyberGhost’s support for OSX is little more than a basic setup guide for using Tunnelblick with its service. However, as we have pointed out, there is nothing wrong with Tunnelblick, and CyberGhost otherwise provides a good ‘no logs’ VPN service. Of particular note is the free service, which provides more generous bandwidth with much less advertising than promised, and the 30 day free trial of its premium service.

 

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Conclusion

While dedicated VPN support for OSX is a bit patchy, it is fully supported by at least one of the very best VPN providers on the market (Private Internet Access), and through Tunnelblick (and to a lesser extent Viscosity)is supported by pretty near all providers. We believe that choosing a good provider who keeps no logs is much more important than opting for a one that that supports OSX with fancy clients, but has poor regard for maintaining its users’ privacy (e.g. IPVanish).


And here’s the summary once more:

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Rank Company Score Price Link

1

Buffered Logo
Read Review9.9/10
$8.25 / monthVisit Site

2

ExpressVPN Logo
Read Review8.7/10
$8.32 / monthVisit Site

3

TorGuard Logo
Read Review8.2/10
$4.99 / monthVisit Site

4

AirVPN Logo
Read Review7.4/10
$4.82 / monthVisit Site

5

CyberGhost Logo
Read Review6.9/10
$5.83 / monthVisit Site


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3 responses to “5 Best VPNs for OSX

  1. There’s no point in using a VPN that creates logs even if it discards them immediately. Most VPNs fail to disclose their log creation/retention policy up front in sufficient detail. We use Private Internet Access (PIA) primarily for this reason. Plus the fact that at $39.95 a year it’s far cheaper than any of the top five recommended here. And PIA has it own VPN client, and supports Tunnelblick and Vista, as the table above shows. It may not be the fastest but it’s plenty fast enough for us, and has plenty of servers in plenty of countries, including the UK. Runs on a variety of platforms too. I have no connection with PIA other than as a paying customer of three years duration, and receive no commissions or discounts from them, freebies or any other types of consideration.

    1. Hi Mahoney,

      This article is something of an old placeholder, and needs a complete re-write. If you look through the rest of our website you will see that PIA gets a lot of love, although I have reservations about the fact that it is US based. As you say, VPN providers should be more upfront about what logs they make and keep (and this applies to ‘no logs’ providers such as PIA as well, as it is almost certain that some logs are generated for troubleshooting purposes). If logs are ‘immediately’ discarded though, I don’t see the problem (a provider can always be forced by a court order / subpoena to start logging individuals, although the use of shared IPs should make this very difficult).

  2. Thanks, this is a very useful guide for mac users (as myself) to find the best VPN service their is..

    Shared this on my twitter @GoForPrivacy

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