Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to Setup a VPN for Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux operating system and distribution. It has been eleven years since its first release - Ubuntu 4.10 Warty WarthogWith the massive success and the rise in popularity of Ubuntu, more and more people choosing to use Ubuntu. Though Linux systems may be secure than Windows system, it doesn't mean it's safe using Ubuntu do online activities. 


About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is the world's most popular Linux system and distribution. Due to its powerful features, free price, open-source nature and easy to use Ubiquity GUI (Graphical User Interface), Ubuntu system becomes more installed and used by users recent years. 

Online Security for Ubuntu

Your access to the Internet are not so safely and securely especially when connected to an untrusted network such as the WiFi of a hotel or coffee shop. Even though you are using a more secure operating system, all your data can be tracked during they traverse to the public Internet.

How to protect online safe?

Ubuntu's popularity also means that it is well supported by VPN providers, most of whom either only support Linux through Ubuntu, or who have additional guides specifically aimed at Ubuntu users. A VPN boosts security because hackers cannot make sense of your encrypted communications. The traffic emerges from the special tunnel and continues its journey to the destination.

One of the biggest challenges that Ubuntu users face is finding a VPN supports Ubuntu. I would like to recommend FlyVPN, which allows you to secure your wireless logins and transactions. PPTP is not considered secure these days, OpenVPN is complicate to setup and gives slower speed than other protocols, so below I will give a brief guide about set up a L2TP VPN on Ubuntu.

How to setup a VPN in Ubuntu?

  1. Click "System Preferences " - "Network" - "+" icons.
  2. Select "VPN" - "L2TP over IPSec".
  3. Give a name to these settings, then click "Create".
  4. Register an account on FlyVPN homepage.
  5. Get their VPN Server Address.
  6. Enter FlyVPN account from free trial page. If you had their paid account, use your own account, but your account is unavailable before paid. 
  7. Check "Show VPN status in menu bar".
  8. Click "Authentication Settings...".
  9. Enter "vpnserver" letters into Shared Secret .
  10. Click "OK" - "Advanced".
  11. Check "Send all traffic via VPN" box and click "OK".
  12. Click "Apply" and "Connect".
  13. You are now connected.

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