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Free VPN to use when on public WIFI?

I will be traveling internationally and want to setup a VPN to use the internet from my house. What open source solution can I use?

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marked as duplicate by random Jul 15 '11 at 2:12

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I use OpenVPN.org -- server has a static IP, and all my laptops have the OpenVPN client which is installed as a virtual ethernet adapter that gets automatically connected every time the internet is active. It's a slick, free, open source product that doesn't have any concurrent user limits, has a very flexible set of useful configuration settings, beats commercial products in many ways, and has support for a wide variety of Operating Systems. A little more information about OpenVPN can also be found here: lumbercartel.ca/resources/security.pl#openvpn –  Randolf Richardson Jul 15 '11 at 2:40
@random: I wonder if it might be valuable to re-open this question because the other similar questions are two or three years old and things have changed quite a bit in recent years in the VPN market (and Operating Systems have been changing a lot too), hence I suspect there may be other ways to do things now. What do you think about this? I won't click "reopen" until I understand your view on this. Thanks. –  Randolf Richardson Jul 15 '11 at 2:46
Questions themselves rarely are the points that go out of date. It's the answers. That's where better information comes into play and allows new information to make a high-read question better. @Randolph - Your OpenVPN comment would work well on the linked question since it doesn't specify a time frame. –  random Jul 15 '11 at 4:02
@random: That seems to be a reasonable explanation (and so I won't be clicking on "reopen"). Thanks for taking the time to respond. [P.S.: OpenVPN is mentioned in one of those other questions already.] –  Randolf Richardson Jul 15 '11 at 4:06
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You should look into something like http://hotspotshield.com/. It looks promising and something like what you're looking to do. However, this won't route your traffic through your home internet. I would think that would just be very slow. You would be limited to your network's upload speed for downloading web content. Most home networks have a very low upload speed.

I cannot vouch for this company but came up during my search.

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The web site claim that "100% Security Through a VPN" is, in my view, a red flag -- anyone who assumes that a computer connected to the internet can be 100% secure doesn't fully understand security, or even the possibility that "a lucky guess [at a password, key, etc.], however unlikely, is not impossible." –  Randolf Richardson Jul 15 '11 at 2:52
I do agree with you. However, like I said, I cannot verify how great the software is. If it's online, it's hackable. Just ask Sony and Microsoft. HAH. –  kobaltz Jul 15 '11 at 2:55
+1, especially for who to "just ask" (although I suspect any such answer may be heavily washed down by a sharp Public Relations department). –  Randolf Richardson Jul 15 '11 at 2:57
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