Build your own OpenVPN home server in 7 easy steps!

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 and feature-rich 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.

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