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Setting up VPN on Linux

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Security
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on Firewall
 

PPTP

The easiest way — if you want to provide only the change of location when data protection is not important.

+ Easy to set up, supported by all devices and OS
The lowest level of protection
OS support all operating systems
Port 1723 TCP
Device support all devices
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

L2TP

When you need to change the location and protect of the transferred data, and the data transfer speed is not important.

+ Easy to set up, more secure than PPTP
Not always passes through the Firewall
OS support all operating systems (on Linux required to install additional packages)
Port 500 UDP
Device support supported by most devices (routers require additional configuration)
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

OpenVPN

The best choice — allows to ensure high security, speed and reliability.

+ Most secure
Requires to install additional software
OS support all operating systems, requires to install additional software
Port any TCP/UDP port
Device support all devices
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

More and more users striving for anonymous and secure work in the Internet prefer UNIX-based operating systems instead of Windows. Correct VPN setup on Linux, including popular Ubuntu distribution kit, helps to achieve decent protection from hacker attacks, data tracking and interception.

Currently Linux family unites tens of operating systems that are used in many different devices besides personal computers: from routers and program-controlled TV sets to exotic devices like “smart” washing machines and remote-piloted vehicles. Such diversity of use is explained by its open freeware distribution and the core flexibility: it can be adapted for any needs. Besides, Linux in conjunction with additional protection means like VPN guarantees high security level.

It is rather easy to setup VPN on Linux, whereas there are certain peculiarities in each distribution kit. As the most of operating systems from this family has very limited use due to specialization or complexity, it makes sense to consider only the most popular and user-friendly versions. Such versions include Ubuntu. Setting up VPN on this OS requires only a few mouse-clicks.

You will be able to setup VPN-connection on Ubuntu by following our instructions.

VPN setup for other Linux distribution kit is practically the same, except shells oriented at professionals. In this case VPN setup on Linux is performed by using special packages that can be downloaded from specialized repositories. It will not cause any problem for those who run such operating systems.

It is worth mentioning that together with VPN Linux guarantees nearly the highest level of information security among the existing operating systems. That is why it is highly popular not only among private users, but also in different organizations. While using an open source OS and specialized software doesn’t guarantee the total data protection, it can significantly increase the security level and prevent numerous troubles.

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