VPN in Linux? Why not!
I have been using various Linux distributions over the years: openSUSE, Mandriva, Ubuntu… you name it. Being a security conscious kind of guy, I have always wanted to find a perfect VPN solution for my Linux machine.
I was eager to try HideMyAss’ Linux client. These guys are amazing!
They have a native Linux client, unlike other VPN service providers. It’s easy to set, and you are ready in just a few minutes. Awesome!
Linux VPN clients
Basically, you have two choices. You can use HideMyAss Linux client, or you can use third party client called gopenVPN. If you’re familiar with the command line, choose HMA’s client. It’s highly optimized, and it has some HMA-specific features. E.g, it will allow you to connect to some random server, thus get random IP address.
A short video demonstration of HideMyAss Linux client:
But, if you prefer Graphical User Interface (GUI), you can use any third party client along with .ovpn files provided by HideMyAss. My favorite is gopenvpn. Gopenvpn is a simple graphical front-end for OpenVPN, the open source VPN solution. Go grab it, install and you’re ready to roll.
Of course, first you will need to copy configuration files to /etc/openvpn/ folder, using your favourite file manager (Nautilus). Afterwards, start gopenvpn, find the red icon in the status panel, right click, choose some VPN server, click and yo’ll be connected in no time. It’s that easy.
VPN is running, now what?
You can do whatever you like. I use my Linux VPN tunnel mostly for entertaining purposes. I’m streaming videos from Hulu Plus, ABC, BBC, MTV, HBO Go… Unfortunately, Netflix is not supported under Linux. And of course, I’m listening to Pandora radio while outside the US. Everything works like a charm. And it’s fast too 🙂 Should I need to mention that through the VPN all your traffic which goes in and out is encrypted, which is especially important due to latest Ubuntu incident with Amazon ads.
If you have any question about the Linux VPN client, feel free to ask in the comments bellow.
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