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Right now, when I want to use an unsecured wireless connection with my (Linux) laptop, I secure my connection by tunneling my traffic through a trusted computer using a variation of the method provided here.

However, to the best of my knowledge, the (non-jailbroken) iPad does not allow applications to tunnel traffic through local ports. However, it does seem to allow certain VPN traffic.

I have never set up, or even used, a VPN before. I'm looking for confirmation that I'm not barking up the wrong tree before I invest significant effort into setting up my own VPN server.

If I want to secure my wireless iPad traffic over an unsecure wireless connection, would I be on the right track by looking at a VPN?

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What kind of traffic you would like to protect from your iPad. http only? – Serge Oct 3 '12 at 3:38
Short answer: yes. – Ryan Oct 3 '12 at 3:38
@Serge - http primarily, ideally everything. – Steve V. Oct 3 '12 at 3:40
Then VPN is the only thing that will fulfill your needs – Serge Oct 3 '12 at 3:40
Any VPN with encryption enabled should suffice your needs. – AlanTuring Oct 3 '12 at 4:13

Yes. I recommend using L2TP as it's a newer technology (than PPTP) and is less vulnerable. OpenVPN (the newest of all of the VPN's) isn't yet available on the iPad (as far as I know). Setting up a VPN is pretty painless. There are routers that do it, you can use a mac mini running Server, or a Linux box.

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