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Ask TUAW Video Edition: VPN services

ask tuaw videoIt's the first Tuesday in May, which means it's time for another edition of Ask TUAW, the video version.

Today, Brad writes to us with a security question:

I love using Wi-Fi where available, but I am always leery of doing anything requiring secure access as I don't know who is on the network and what they are up to. I think the best way to protect myself is using a VPN. But what service do you choose? Is there any chance they can see my info and passwords? Any help you can give would be great.

We answer Brad's question in the video below by showing him two companies that offer VPN services, then we tell him how to set up a VPN in OS X.

Companies mentioned in the video:

Other VPN approaches we've covered in the past include Hamachi, HotspotShield, CJB and more.

iOS VPN Directions:

Tap Settings -> General -> Network -> VPN -> Add VPN Configuration.

In this window you will have to select L2TP, PPTP or IPSec (on OS X it says Cisco IPSec).

For both L2TP and PPTP enter in the following information

  • Description - a name for the VPN connection
  • Server - as provided by your VPN service provider
  • Account - as provided by your VPN service provider
  • RSA SecurID - unless your VPN service provider gives you an RSA key fob - turn off.
  • Password - as provided by your VPN service provider
  • Secret (L2TP only) - as provided by your VPN service provider
  • Encryption (PPTP only) - leave it set to Auto
  • Send all traffic - Turn it on - this protects all the data transmitted to and from your iOS device

Video:

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