11 Mac VPNs compared · Jan 2017

Many VPNs support Apple Macs running the latest version of OSX. If you're running an older version of OSX check it in the table below. Services are ranked by compatibility with all OSX versions and their value rating.

OSX 10.11 El Capitan owners can usually find compatible VPNs, although Apple made significant changes to the networking stack, so do check before you sign up. OSX 10.10 Yosemite, OSX 10.9 Mavericks, OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion users will have the easiest time finding a VPN. OSX 10.7 Lion and OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard are older and have limited support so check compatibility below.

Apple Macs can be configured manually to use a VPN without the official client but you'll miss out on a lot of convenient features.

#1 ExpressVPN

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

100%
coverage rating

High speed, ultra secure, and easy to use - ExpressVPN describes itself as the fastest VPN on Earth. Watch video from anywhere, unblock websites and regain your online privacy. Setup is easy, whether …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 87 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#2 LiquidVPN

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

This is the Road Warrior plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#3 LiquidVPN

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

This is the Sidekick plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#4 LiquidVPN

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

This is the Ultimate plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#5 StrongVPN

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

86%
coverage rating

StrongVPN, despite the name, is a 'jack of all trades' VPN which promotes security, privacy, speed and ease of use. They have thousands of customer testimonials, even from China, which is promising. …

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#6 NordVPN

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

76%
coverage rating

NordVPN is one of the few 'advanced' VPNs which can back up their claims by using exclusive double data encryption. The DoubleVPN encryption system uses a two-node server link with dual 256-bit AES CB…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 57 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#7 Private Internet Access

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

I first joined PIA back in 2012 and was a long-standing customer for many years. The service is simple, straightforward and reliable. The VPN client has come on great and minor bugs were smoothed out …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#8 VPN.ac

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

65%
coverage rating

VPN.ac focusses on security, speed and reliability developed by a team of security professionals, and skilled support staff with fast replies. Servers are pen-tested and audited for security. Each pla…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#9 IPVanish

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

IPVanish is designed to be 'the world's fastest VPN', as well as circumventing censorship filters (by employers, universities or governments) and boasts an impressive number of servers and shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 60 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#10 Hide My Ass!

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

62%
coverage rating

HMA is one of the most popular VPN brands out there, but I can't see what all the excitement is about. Yes it is easy to use and provides good support for mobile devices, but I wasn't impressed with t…

Things we like...
  • 190 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
Look out for...
  • Operated from UK (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#11 OverPlay

10.6

OSX 10.6

10.7

OSX 10.7

10.8

OSX 10.8

10.9

OSX 10.9

10.10

OSX 10.10

10.11

OSX 10.11

Compatibility

45%
coverage rating

OverPlay started as a SmartDNS provider to unblock geo-restricted websites and video streaming, and now offers SmartDNS+VPN as a premium plan. The VPN seems good enough for basic protection over publi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 48 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • Payments don't auto-renew

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