Using Ubuntu Linux VPS as a VPN server

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Hi there, can anyone tell me where can I find a comprehensive guide or step-by-step instructions on how to setup a VPN server on a VPS running ubuntu linux? The goal is to be able to connect my laptop (using Windows VPN client) to my VPS and surf securely. I would appreciate any help. Thanks
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  • TheRealRaven
    How would that let you surf securely? The connection from your Linux server to whatever you're surfing to will essentially be exactly what would result by surfing directly.

    Of course, one difference is that your server would then be connecting and would be subject to more potential probes. If you protect your server, why not apply similar protections for your workstation?

    By including your server in the mix, one consideration is the additional complexity. The more complex any environment becomes, the more potential vulnerabilities arise.

    So, what exactly are you needing to accomplish? Are you looking to be 'secure' from possible malware for your workstation? Do you want to encrypt traffic to/from your workstation and the internet? Or... ?
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  • zariapps
    Hi TheRealRaven, thanx a lot for your very pertinent remarks which are all true. However, all I wanted is to encrypt the connection from wherever I am (hotel, bat, McDonalds) to my VPS and you can guess why of course.  I tried the SSH tunneling but the connection drops rather frequently, which is why I'd like to implement a VPN solution.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Ah, makes much more sense when a 'use case' gives an explanation of what to fix. Does this article seem relevant?

    Internet & LAN Over VPN Using OpenVPN – Linux Server – Windows/Linux Clients
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  • zariapps
    Well TheRealRaven, from a first glance and from the reviews, it seems to be good. I'll give it a try :)  I will post the result upon success.
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