Mac systems can be vulnerable to all sorts of cyberattacks. And many of these could be mitigated or prevented by using a VPN. Here are just a few examples.
Race conditions are problems that occur when processing is done on multiple "threads" at once. In order to speed up how fast computers work, engineers discovered that several processes can be done at the same time. But that can result in data issues that make your system more vulnerable.
The Big Sur update to macOS included several race condition issues that could have resulted in hackers gaining access to important system functions. Many have been fixed, but there are likely several that haven't even been found.
If a hacker gets into your Internet connection, they might be able to exploit logic issues in the macOS code to invade your privacy, download malware from their servers to your computer, or even reroute your Internet.
There have been several logic issues in macOS that would have allowed somebody to remotely execute a file on your computer, potentially installing malware or setting up new vulnerabilities that can be used to gain higher access.
State management vulnerabilities are another kind of logic issue where a user can change their permissions or status on your system to give them more power. In the most extreme cases, a person can give themselves root access through a state management vulnerability.
Again, with the release of Big Sur, Apple had to correct several of these, but those may not be the only ones and when a new macOS update drops, there's a chance that even more can be introduced.
Without question, yes, you need a VPN to secure your macOS devices. A VPN is the easiest way to foil many of the most common cyber attacks. It protects your privacy and keeps threat actors from accessing your network.
Beyond even that, your ISP might be recording your every web page visit, download, or streaming entertainment. This is a fairly common and almost flippant violation of your privacy. A VPN can stop this from happening and secure your connection end-to-end.
Speaking of your ISP, you might not realize it, but they could be throttling your speeds based on what kind of data you're transferring. Hiding that data can bypass throttling and give you the fastest possible connection.
A VPN defends your online privacy in two distinct, but complimentary ways.
In general, no, it is not illegal to secure your privacy with a VPN. However, there are some caveats to that.
First of all, illegal activity done through a VPN is still illegal. You can't download copyrighted material, for example, without breaking the law.
Secondly, not every virtual private network is legal in every jurisdiction. Some companies will put limits on what VPNs can operate within their borders or ban them outright.
Nothing here should be construed as legal advice. While most places have no laws in place restricting VPN use, you should consult your local government and a lawyer for the most accurate advice.
We use the best encryption in the world, 256-bit, for our VPN. Mac users can feel safe on our servers because of how strong this protocol is.
The "256" refers to how many numbers are used in the encryption key. In order to break that encryption, it would require a computer to try 2256 potential combinations. The world's fastest computer, which is roughly 1 million times faster than the average high-end macOS system, would still take 27,337,893,038,406,611,194,430,009,974,922,940,323,611,067,429,756,962,487 years to break 256-bit encryption. Put another way: 27,337,893 trillion trillion trillion trillion years.
PrivadoVPN's free account is, by far, the best free VPN you can use for your Mac devices. Here are just a few reasons why PrivadoVPN free for Mac provides better security and more features than other VPNs.
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One of the features that we offer as part of a PrivadoVPN Premium plan is a SOCKS5 proxy. This is a security tool for people who want super fast download speeds on their Mac client without sacrificing the privacy that comes from IP masking.
Unlike a full VPN, a SOCKS5 proxy does not encrypt your data. However, that speeds up your connection by eliminating the time it takes to scramble everything in Mac, then put it back together on the other end.
A SOCKS5 proxy does improve your online security by hiding your IP address. Accessing the SOCKS5 servers will change your online identity so that you appear to be in another geographical region or simply preserve your online anonymity.
Now you can protect up to 10 Internet connected devices with a single PrivadoVPN Premium account. You no longer need to worry about whether to activate your VPN on your Mac laptop or your smartphone, you can protect them both, as well as the phones, tablets, and streaming media devices of the rest of your family.
That means everybody can enjoy the security of a VPN with a hidden IP address and 256-bit encryption wherever they are.
Protect all your desktops and laptops from spying and anonymize your online activity on multiple simultaneous connections at home or out and about with the PrivadoVPN app.
On a phone or a tablet, you can make sure that everything you send and receive on it is encrypted, sent through a secure tunnel, and routed through our extensive network of global servers.
Whether you're watching on an Internet-ready TV or using an add-on device, you can ensure you're getting private Internet access and safe connections with PrivadoVPN.
You don't have to choose what devices to protect while you're at home. Install PrivadoVPN on your router and protect multiple devices connected to your network.