I have been looking online and trying to install a VPN or TOR in Ubuntu. I have the packages for this from Synaptic Package Manager. I am trying to follow instructions from the Tor site, and have even done the Google thing.

I just can not make it work. I can make it work in Windows on the same computer using VirtualBox, so my router is not blocking the ports.

  • @user5978 Try to rephrase your question so it can be also useful for others
    – Denja
    Jan 17, 2011 at 17:58
  • What do you recommend @Denja?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jan 17, 2011 at 18:01

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You should reconsider what you are trying to accomplish.

"I'm trying to install VPN or TOR" rings a lot of alarm bells; they are very different things.

TOR provides anonymity providing you do not enter peronsally-identifiable information whilst using it. Be aware that the last node on your connection can read all your traffic data, and that anyone can run such nodes!

Propper SSH VPN tunnesl however provide truely secure connections (cannot be eavesdropped), although they are not anonymous.


  • Ahhh, I get it now. So secure is what you want vs just "not knowing who you are". OK, well I tried itshidden free account but it never stays connected or will hardly ever connect. What is out there for Linux in a VPN? I see there are paid services out there but what about free?
    – user5978
    Aug 29, 2010 at 23:18
  • Ah, it sounds like you are trying to browser the internet via the VPN. I am unaware of any free VPN servers that would provide this. You probably want a free proxy server. A google search for "internet proxy" / "proxy server" should find what you're after.
    – RJFalconer
    Aug 29, 2010 at 23:24
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    OK, maybe i should try and explain what I am trying to do. :) I have legally bought DVD's that I have placed on my PC for watching. I have homework for college on my PC. I go to visit my dad 100 miles away or go on the road with my uncle who is a truck driver and I want to access my computer from anywhere and get to my files, music, and movies. The other part (which is true) is I want a safer way to download a few TV shows that I like to watch such as Top Gear, Mythbusters, etc.
    – user5978
    Aug 29, 2010 at 23:31
  • @user5978 You should edit your question to include this information that describes what you are trying to do.
    – moberley
    Aug 30, 2010 at 0:12
  • Is there anymore help with this out there? :)
    – user5978
    Aug 30, 2010 at 14:26

"I want to access my computer from anywhere and get to my files, music, and movies. "

You will need a fast upload to be able to stream films to yourself.

There are many questions already on remote access;

This question may also help clarify remote access/vpn confusion;

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