What is split tunneling?
Split tunneling is a VPN feature that allows you to choose which traffic goes through the VPN tunnel and which traffic goes directly to the internet. This can be useful for several reasons, such as improving performance, accessing local resources, and reducing bandwidth usage.
When to use split tunneling
There are a few common scenarios where split tunneling can be useful:
1. To improve performance:When you’re using a VPN, all of your traffic is routed through the VPN server. This can add some latency and reduce performance, especially if the VPN server is far away. Split tunneling can help improve performance by sending traffic that doesn’t need to be encrypted directly to the internet.
2. To bypass geo-restrictions: If you want to access a website or service that is only available in your region, you can use split tunneling to route that traffic directly through your region and not through a VPN server in another region.
3. To reduce bandwidth usage: If you’re on a limited bandwidth connection, split tunneling can help reduce bandwidth usage by sending only the traffic that needs to be encrypted through the VPN tunnel.
How to use NordVPN split tunneling on MacOS
NordVPN is one of the most popular VPN services in the world. NordVPN provides a global network of remote servers, fast VPN connection speed, and many advanced and unique VPN features. NordVPN split tunneling is currently available on its Windows app and Android app. However, for web traffic, we can use NordVPN split tunneling with the Chrome extension. Follow these steps:
1. Open the NordVPN Chrome extension.
2. Click the Settings at the lower right-hand corner, click Split tunneling.
3. Add the websites that we don’t want to route through the VPN.
4. Click “Add website.”