Mac Tip: When VPN Breaks Internet

I have yet to come across VPN software I didn't hate but it's difficult to avoid using them. If you use Mac's Internet Connect to create a VPN connection and you can't seem to access Internet while VPN connection is open, it's because:

  • Mac's built-in VPN client defaults to routing all network traffic through VPN.
  • VPN network you connected to blocks outgoing traffic to Internet.

The fix:

  1. Run Application > Internet
  2. Select Connect > Options… menu command
  3. Uncheck "Send all traffic over VPN connection."