If you want to be the cool kid nowadays, you need VPN access. Don’t know what VPN is? Man, you are so NOT cool. Alright, imagine taking your connection through a tunnel, and you end up with a connection point in another part of the world. And better, all the stuff that goes through is encrypted. Do you eyes shine yet?
The thing is, connecting to a VPN service from the Pandora is super easy. Really. No Sweat. You don’t need a tutorial but I will STILL describe it step by step.
First, you need to get a VPN account with the company of your choice. I don’t have a stock of them, but why not try privateinternetaccess.com for example? (I have no stock with that company not vested interest in it. There are others). It will cost you a few bucks per month, but these days relative anonymity has a price on the Interwebs created by Al Gore (a man with multiple inventions, credited with The Evil Global Warming Caused By Carbon Emissions(C) as well).
Next, once you have your credentials I assume you want to use them. You click on your connection icon on the bottom right in the xfce panel and there you go . “VPN connections”. That is where the magic is about to happen.
You click on “Configure VPN…”
And there you go. You arrive in the VPN tab of the Network Connections Window.
From here you have to create a new VPN connection (Click on Add), and this bring another window to enter your settings… but first you have to choose the VPN connection type, and it’s not really a choice per se, since there’s only OpenVPN installed by default. Make sure your VPN provider supports it!!
For privateinternetaccess.com, you get three things from them:
- A list of gateways that will enable you to tunnel your connection through different countries.
- A User name / password combination
- A CA certificate
To use them, you first need to select the authentification type “Password”, then enter your desired gateway address, your username, password, and then at the bottom you have to attach the key I just mentioned – which you should received in a zip file in the first place.
Once you are done don’t forget to move the windows and click on “Apply”! You are now ready to use your VPN!
To connect to it, you just need to right click on your connection icon, go to “VPN Connections” again, and this time select the connection you created.
If everything works fine, you should soon see a little lock next to your active connection icon. See?
How do you make sure this is REALLY working?
Well… You go to IPchicken, for example, and check whether your IP has changed. Before… see, my IP is in Japan, as expected, and there is no little lock icon on my wifi connection…
…my IP shows that I am now in the US (and see the lock icon showing that I am using the VPN?).
Having a VPN access gives you additional security online since you don’t basically connect to the websites with your actual IP, but with the IP of the gateway you connect to. But don’t think this is bulletproof. There are tons of way to identify you online and your IP is just one of them. If you want to be relatively “safe” from eavesdropping you need a combination of numerous techniques, and even that can’t make you invisible either in the end, especially when you consider the massive governmental spying going on out there.
Anyway, a VPN can be used for MANY things, and in this day and age I think you should have have one. But that’s just me, do what you think is right!