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This is one of the best uses of the Raspberry Pi: Creating a way to browse the web securely, no matter where you are.
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...we are already setting up a VPN box using your guide! ;)
 
thanks for this nice guide. made me finally buy the Pi
 
you can use teamviewer (or similar) to remotely enable the VPN end point if you so desire
 
Seems like a fun project I suppose. The parts list looks like it could get in the $100+ range and can be pulled off on existing hardware, but that's not what I'm posting about. I consider one of the main reasons for using a VPN to be the privacy, encryption, and anonymity. Because this connection leads back to your home. I would consider it less than acceptable, perhaps even more revealing. You're sitting in a coffee shop thinking you're thwarting the hacker two tables over, making a direct (though encrypted) connection to your home IP, which can be geo-located relatively accurately. Enough so to match vehicles from the coffee shop parking lot to what's in front of residences. No he couldn't see your data (but notice the http"s" in the address bar at the top of this window? He couldn't have seen it even without the VPN..) but he now knows your name, address, and various other information you and other agencies have made publicly available.
Chapter 2...
The title mentioning "Secure Browsing" implicates that this encrypts the entire conversation between you and whatever endpoint machine you connect to, through the VPN. That is not the case. Once the traffic leaves the pi at your home, and continues out to the internet it is no longer encrypted, unless the data was encrypted before ever entering the VPN. With many ISP's (AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon) implementing graduated punishment policies due to pressure from anti-piracy organizations your data is now more susceptible to scrutiny and filtering than ever, by the company selling the service to you, as soon as it leaves your home.
 
Sshd and dydns do a similar job for me with less hassle to set up
 
I see you've referenced one of my articles. Thanks, +Lifehacker ! I just got back into the States, and using my RPi as a USA-based VPN proved incredibly valuable during my trip.
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