Reader’s Question: Are Free VPNs Safe for Macs?

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Expert Q&A, Rethink Remote Access
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This week, we will answer a reader’s question. If you would like to ask us a network security-related  question, drop us a line at

Dear VPN  Haus,

I recently bought my first Mac and I’m hearing about lots of free VPN options for Macs for connecting to my company’s network. I know Mac has a built-in VPN, but should I use this?  I’m loving the new computer, but feeling overwhelmed.

Dear Overwhelmed,

Free VPNs for Macs are a dime-a-dozen. But here’s something to think about.  If you’ll be transmitting to or from government entities with your VPN, we highly recommend investing in an external, paid VPN.

Why? So many free options aren’t compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS).  All data that is used by non-military government agencies and contractors are required to comply with FIPS. You can get more information on it here.

In the meantime, Mac’s two-finger scroll will probably change your life.  Enjoy.

– The VPN Haus Editors

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