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OpenVPN & VPNBook
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Dec 2014, 11:04    Post subject:  OpenVPN & VPNBook
Subject description: a means to circomvent censorship and privacy invasion all for free


There is an easy way, for those who have privacy concerns, or to thwart criminal activities on wifi hotspots, to make a connection to the Web through a VPN : it is OpenVPN combined with VPNBook.

Once OpenVPN is installed on your desktop, you open a terminal window in the folder containing the certificate bundle from VPNBook, and you enter the command line : openvpn --config vpnbook-euro1-tcp443.ovpn.
That's all you need to have a free VPN, and be reassured that all your data are well-protected, even if you use a wifi hotspot, such as in an hotel, airport, public library, etc.
If you use another certificate bundle, you have to enter the right one, instead of euro1. The command line is just an example of what to do.

For P2P downloading, you should use a euro bundle. US bundles are not suited for P2P downloading or uploading, for legal reason.

The terminal shows you the process until the sequence is all done. VPNBook is providing the username and password, which is changed from time to time.

I hope that OpenVPN combined with VPNBook will get you on a new level of privacy and security. A paid service is based on OpenVPN as well, but with a nice graphical interface.

For those who surf the Web with Firefox, there is an addon from ZenMate which gives you a secure connection to the web, as well.

After you have changed your IP thanks to OpenVPN and VPNBook, or thanks to ZenMate, you can check your new IP address with http://whatismyipaddress.com/

Some operating systems offer VPN, such as Robolinux or Kodachi in their live version. They are not Puppy OS, but it is good to know.

Finally, i think OpenVPN combined with VPNBook is the best alternative for Linux users. You can use a VPN connection on a variety of devices, all you need is a terminal window, a certificate bundle from VPNBook and a command line.

All paid services are based on Windows, with a limited offer to Linux users. TorGuard provides a deb. I tried it with Puppy Precise. It works.

A final word : VPNBook suggests a one-time donation of 5$.
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