The entire Internet opens up to you
The Internet has become almost synonymous with freedom these days. The global network allows you to read any information and enjoy any entertainment content. If you want to maintain your privacy and the right to access any websites, VPN services can help you. There are many of them, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. But we will review OpenVPN — the most popular program in this category. It is multiplatform and has a version for Mac devices.
What is this program?
OpenVPN for Mac is the most common implementation of the VPN technology used to access internal corporate networks. It is more convenient, efficient, reliable, and stable than other protocols. Its open-source code has earned the users' trust. Also, not all protocols support cross-platform, but OpenVPN runs on many platforms, routers, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and even Solaris. Its speed can be lower compared to the newest implementations of VPN using the TCP port. But this problem can be solved quickly because OpenVPN works with a faster UDP connection.
Primary technical characteristics
OpenVPN typically uses 256-bit OpenSSL encryption. But it can use AES, Camellia, 3DES, CAST-128, or Blowfish ciphers for higher connection security;
Although OpenVPN does not support L2TP, IPSec, and PPTP, it uses its protocols based on TLS and SSL;
OpenVPN allows you to improve the authorization and authentication procedure by using third-party plugins and scripts;
Clients can connect to servers outside the OpenVPN server because it supports a private subnet;
OpenVPN uses tls-auth to verify HMAC signatures and protect users from buffer overflows in TLS/SSL implementations, DoS attacks, port scanning, and port flooding.
High level of security
OpenVPN security is ensured by encryption and authentication through the OpenSSL library, 256-bit encryption keys, and high-level ciphers. In 2017, the Private Internet Access VPN provider conducted a security audit of OpenVPN to make the protocol developers fix the bugs and vulnerabilities found. As a result, OpenVPN became even more secure after 2017.
The only drawback
Speed is not a strong point of OpenVPN for Mac, but the speed will be satisfactory if you have fast Internet access. As a rule, the Internet speed drops due to the high encryption level in OpenVPN. Other factors may also have an effect. You can achieve faster speed using OpenVPN via UDP instead of TCP.
Who should install this program?
OpenVPN for Mac has a range of uses. A typical example is using a VPN for corporate work to secure the connection of remote employees or to connect entire buildings and offices geographically dispersed into a single network. VPN also protects an average user using a public Wi-Fi network because such networks are often not secure and risky. Another option is to bypass the blocking of various resources.
- Easy to set up
- Very secure
- Picks up dropped connections automatically
- It does not reconnect quickly enough