Hide My Ass create a great app for connecting to VPN. If you find yourself connecting over and over to the same server then you might be better of using the build in VPN client in OS X. In this tutorial I will show you how to setup a connection to one of the US VPN servers from Hide My Ass.
First of all you need to go create an account with Hide My Ass VPN if you don’t already have one. Then come back to the tutorial.
Once you have created your account log into the control panel on the Hide My Ass VPN website. On the left hand side look for PPTP servers. Click on the link and you will be brought to a page with an overview of the servers available. Scroll down the page and take note of your username and password for the PPTP servers (your password for these servers is not the same as for the Hide My Ass VPN account). Also note down the IP address of the server you want to connect to.
Now open system preferences on your Mac and find Network and click on it. From the Network page click the small plus on the bottom of the left hand side – this will add a new connection.
Choose VPN and PPTP from the drop down menus and give the connection a name you can remember. I normally name it HMA and then the city I connect to. Click OK.
On the next screen fill in the IP address of the server and your username. Click on authentication and fill in your password.
Make sure “show VPN status in menu bar” is check and then click advanced and check off “send all traffic over VPN connection”. Click on and then Apply. You are now ready to use your connection.
Look for the VPN icon on the top of your screen in the menu bar and click it. Here is a list of the servers you have added. Select the one you want to connect to and wait for the authentication to go trough – once connected you will see a timer showing your connection time. To disconnect simply return to this menu and select disconnect.
Using the build in VPN client of OS X gives you better speed results than the application from Hide My Ass VPN. On the other hand you have to manually add each server to your network preferences if you decide to use the OS X client.