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Build an OpenVPN home server

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I don't know about you but I can hardly resist an open WiFi hotspot. Sure I have a data plan for my smartphone and I can even use it as a wireless router for my laptop, but WiFi is way faster than 3G and there are usually no bandwidth caps or extra costs associated with it. On the other hand, a WiFi hotspot is inherently insecure. That's why I use to leave my iMac running when I'm out and about, so I will be able to surf the web through an encrypted tunnel to the SSH server at home. That technique works quite well and is pretty secure. Heck, it even helped me stay away from the Wall of Sheep during DEF CON 17!

A more robust solution than SSH tunneling is to make your laptop a member of a Virtual Private Network or VPN. Traditionally, a VPN is what a company would implement in order to provide its workers full yet secure access to the corporate network when they're away from the office – or even at a remote branch of the same company.

But you don't have to be a big boy to reap the benefits of VPN technology. Thanks to the free and Open Source OpenVPN you can actually setup your very own VPN server at home and then be able to securely access resources inside your home LAN from wherever you happen to be, no matter how you got online. Plus, with a few minor tweaks in your OpenVPN configuration you can also use the server for secure surfing, meaning you can re-route all network traffic through an encrypted channel from your laptop to the remote OpenVPN server.
 read more | mail this link | score:8088 | -subZraw, July 11, 2011
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