PPTP VPN on Sierra - any solutions?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by wakinghour, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. wakinghour macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2012
    Ever since Apple dropped PPTP support, I can't connect to my company's VPN servers. A lot of PPTP supported VPN don't work well and are really buggy. For example, Shimo VPN connects but only 20% of things work.

    I thought about buying Parallels 12 and then connecting through PPTP on Windows, but that seems like a hack. Does anyone know if this works or an easier solution?

  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Have you contacted the developer of Shimo? It is a very decent application and probably your best bet.

    You should tell your employers to do something about it. PPTP has been dropped for a reason.
  3. Europa13 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2009
    PIN (Private Internet Access) VPN works well on Sierra.
  4. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    This. You should really inform your employer that they should be moving to a more secure connection. It doesn't solve your immediate problem, but will benefit you long term.

  5. enakeprimen macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Jakarta, INDONESIA
    Move to L2TP VPN. It is more secure than PPTP
  6. wakinghour thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2012
    I reached out to them. Thanks. Not sure there are many options unless the company agrees to switch.
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    A free alternative to the Parallels/Windows method would be VirtualBox/Linux...but the workability of that depends on what you need to be able to do when connected.
  8. Igal_a macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2017

    You check this out too


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  9. Molda macrumors newbie


    Jul 12, 2018
  10. throAU, Jul 12, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018

    throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia

    PPTP is basically as secure as plaintext at this point (well not quite, but its pretty bloody bad. on one hand it requires someone to crack your password, which with PPTP is trivial. the flipside is that its probably the same password you use to access other stuff. so you may actually increase the chances of your password leaking to bad guys via use of PPTP).

    If you're running PPTP you really need to migrate to something else, not just because apple dropped support for it, but because it has been known to be broken and insecure for a decade or more at this point.

    As above L2TP over IPSEC is more secure.

    If your work is running PPTP VPN servers, you may want to point your IT/security guys (if any, otherwise, management) at :




    Pretty sure most implementations are running MSCHAP...

    If they're running a VPN server with PPTP thinking that it provides any sort of security... that's a mistake.

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