Nowadays free public WiFi networks are available in many areas, for example in airports, restaurants or public transportation. A major disadvantage of a public WiFi network is security. You can’t be sure no one stealing sensitive data by eavesdropping the connections. A solution is to setup a secure/encrypted channel to a Virtual Private Network (VPN). When using a VPN and you connect to for instance your webmail, the data is sent via the VPN. In this post I’ll describe how to set up a PPTP VPN server on Ubuntu. Using PPTP you can not only connect your laptop, but also your Android or iOS (iPhone or iPad) devices.
I recently decided to build my own Ubuntu home server with the following requirements:
A friend of mine recommended the Asus EEE Box. However, this machine was released a year ago and the price didn’t drop much. And besides, Intel recently released the new Atom generation. Therefore I decided to build my own machine with the following components: