Please make sure the following requirements are met:
- Mac OS
- A CyberGhost account
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- A Premium or Premium Plus subscription
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When using a native VPN protocol please make sure that your VPN protocol software supports the Internet protocol IPv6 along with IPv4 or run an IPv4 Internet connection only. Many Internet Service Providers connect with the IPv6 protocol or offer both protocols, IPv4 and IPv6, at the same time and as long as a native VPN protocol doesn't support IPv6 you risk data leaks, since an IPv6 connection can bypass the tunneled IPv4 connection. Users of native VPN protocols need to deactivate the IPv6 Internet protocol manually. This can be done either directly in your DSL router or in the Mac OS network settings.
Visit your CyberGhost VPN online account.
Click on the menu entry 'My Devices' and then on button 'Add Device'.
In the list of Operating Systems you can CyberGhost use with, please click on 'Other' to be able to setup all necessary options for the PPTP protocol. When done the screen extends and gives way to 'Create new credentials'. Do it by clicking on the respective button.
Scroll up the page. As you see, the placeholder for a new device is now replaced by 'Linux, Router, etc.'. Click on that button:
Type a name for your new device and activate the wanted extra features, provided with each Premium subscription. These features can be (de)activated later on as well.
Scroll down and generate the login and configuration data for the PPTP protocol. FYI: The Point To Point Tunneling Protocol is widely available and uses PAP/CHAP for authentication, but because of possible implementation deficits in key management it can't be considered completely safe anymore and should only be used, if none of the alternatives OpenVPN or L2TP is available.
- Protocol: Choose the PPTP protocol.
- Country: Since native protocol connections may only be used with exactly one server you now have to choose the country you want to surf from; the server to be used in this country will be chosen by CyberGhost automatically.
- Server group: Depending on the chosen country as well as the availability of different server types as an attribute of your current plan you can also define a server group to use:
Standard Server: This is the group of all paid service servers (Special Edition, Premium, Premium Plus).
Premium Server: This is the smaller group of all exclusive servers for Premium subscribers (Premium, Premium Plus).
NoSpy Server: This is the group of all exclusive NoSpy servers for Premium subscribers with special extensions.
After setting up your connection wishes please note down the following data sets. You will need them to configure your device:
- Server: This is the server address of the country you want to surf from, e.g. '1-ro.cg-dialup.net'. The address includes encrypted information about your plan, the server group chosen and the domain name; the protocol to be used will be detected automatically when connecting to CyberGhost. If you want to connect to different locations, you need to adjust the target destination according to a different country and note down that 2nd, 3rd, 4th ... address as well.
- User name: A solely for protocol usage generated user name. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account user name.
- Password: A solely for protocol usage generated password. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account password.
You start your Mac OS X L2TP/IPSec configuration by first moving to 'System Preferences' and then 'Network'.
In the next window click on the '+' sign in the lower left corner.
Now, select 'VPN'.
In the list of 'Interfaces', choose the wanted VPN protocol (PPTP) as the 'VPN Type' and type in a name for your connection in the 'Service Name' field, e.g. 'VPN (PPTP)'. You might also want to choose a description, which reflects the country of the server you want to surf from and maybe even the server group in use (e.g. ‘CyberGhost PPTP RO Standard’).
Lastly, click on 'Create'.
Now mark the new entry in your list of networks on the left side and add the following details:
- Configuration: Default
- Server address: The address you noted in step 1, e. g. '1-ro.cg-dialup.net'
- User name: The user name created in step 1
- Encryption: Auto
- Identification Settings: The password you noted in step 1 (NOT your usual CyberGhost password)
Check the 'Show VPN status in the menu bar' and click on 'Apply'.
When done you now should see your new VPN connection in the menu bar of your MAC. To connect to CyberGhost either click on 'Connect' in the 'Network' window or use the respective entry in the menu bar:
Certain routers need you to activate the L2TP/IPSec protocol. How you can accomplish that task should be documented in your router's manual.