On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 7:15 AM, Patrick O'Callaghan
On Wed, 2017-11-01 at 12:59 -0400, Alex wrote:
> Hi, I have a fedora26 desktop and would like to use a VPN to browse
> the Internet. What are my options? Do I need to connect to a VPN
> server service which then proxies my request to the remote site?
> Are any of the "free" VPN services legit, or do they all do it in
> exchange for something like either privacy or some browser plugin
> that's required?
It depends on what you want to do. A VPN merely connects two endpoints
over a secure channel, but the endpoints can be:
* Your box
* Your local network (VPN to the router)
* A subset of processes within your box, using network namespaces
* Your own private server in a different location, or hosted in a
* A free or commercial VPN service provider
I believe the endpoint in this case would a VPN service provider.
And which one you choose depends on your requirements, e.g.
* Disguise your location to circumvent geoblocking (in which case a
proxy may be enough)
* Protect your browsing history from your ISP or local admin policy
* Protect your communications from casual spying
* Protect your personal security from national governments
Personal security, but also torrenting.
For general browsing, your simplest option is to use a VPN provider,
but which one depends on other factors including speed and cost. In
general, the free ones are not fast and the fast ones are not free.
Which are reliable in the sense of not logging your traffic or personal
data is a matter or trust and reputation.
There is also the question of technical competence, e.g. a while back there
was a scare about DNS hijacking via IPv6 on the part of IPv4 providers
There are several comparison sites you can consult, e.g.
Thanks. It's been hard to find a trustworthy review site.
> The client VPN documentation available with the fedora25 docs is
> Where is this "Super key"?
> I know how to use Settings->Network to "Add a VPN" but I don't have
No idea. UI indications in the Fedora docs are written for Gnome users
and I use KDE. However in my own case I just use a Shell script
downloaded from my VPN provider, which hooks into OpenVPN.
That explains it. I've implemented openvpn in a subnet-to-subnet
config before from the command-line. Much of this is research for my
father-in-law and his fedora box.
Is the shell script publically available? I'd be very interested in
seeing how they're doing it.
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