Witopia: Great VPN Service for Mac

Since I got my new nifty Macbook Pro I have decided to visit Panera bread more often to work on some of my web sites and also get some blogging done. Working remotely offers a refreshing change from my home office.

Since I will be working off public wifi in these situations, I needed to have a VPN solution to protect myself from possible traffic sniffers and other nasty things that can happen on open wifi.

After a decent amount of research, I found Witopia and their PersonalVPN service. PersonalVPN uses SSL-VPN (via OpenVPN) which is more secure than other methods such as PPTP.

When using the VPN service, I haven’t noticed any network speed difference. I have had one issue though pertaining to the tunnelblick vpn software client they use. If the client is left running when shutting down, my macbook takes about a minute and a half or so to shut down. Not a big deal, but it was a little frustrating not knowing why it took so shutdown OS X.

If you are working remotely and rely of free wifi access, you need to protect yourself and your data. I highly recommend Witopia. Witopia is for BOTH Mac and Windows, but I can only comment on their Mac service.

For a Witopia discount code use shxpt to save 10%, bringing the cost down to only $36 for the year!

Update: Wiptopia’s PersonalVPN cost has been raised to $59.99 a year. Still, it’s a great bargain if you plan on using it a lot. The discount code above still works, saving you $6 off the registration cost, bringing it to $53.99

5 thoughts on “Witopia: Great VPN Service for Mac”

  1. If your still using Tunnelblick, and especially if you continue to have issues with it, then perhaps try Viscosity as an alternative.
    Its written natively for the Mac, very easy to setup, and clean to use. Will grab your settings from Tunnelblick on installation.
    Check them out here:

    http://www.viscosityvpn.com

    Cheers

  2. Hi Tyler, I found your comments about using Tunnelblick on a Mac Book Pro. I am still using Tiger OS X 10.4.11 on my three year old laptop and don’t really want to load up Snow Leopard because the machine is so old. Witopia Tunnelblick doesn’t seem to want to connect with the list of provided servers around here. I now live in China where even basic websites like Facebook and Youtube are blocked. If you have any suggestions about the internet settings in the system preferences menu then I would be very grateful.

  3. I use HideMyAss VPN. They have lots of servers in nearly every country and their VPN works with Mac’s built-in VPN support (no need for any special software). It is also IPSec, which is more secure than PPTP.

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