Always on VPN

Setup an always on VPN in Ubuntu

Always on VPN Overview

This is a guide on how to set up an always on VPN in Ubuntu, and basic troubleshooting of VPNs in ubuntu server. I used Private Internet Access as an example VPN connection.
Use my affiliate link to get a Private Internet Access VPN: This is a must-have for a dedicated Linux box specifically for privacy concerns.

Setup VPN in Ubuntu – No Commentary

Setup VPN in Ubuntu – With Commentary

VPN setup commands:

sudo su
apt-get install openvpn -y
cd /etc/openvpn
nano .secrets
###PASTE YOUR INFO### p1234567
chmod 600 .secrets
mv 'US Texas.ovpn' texas.conf
nano texas.conf
###CHANGE THIS LINE### auth-user-pass .secrets
systemctl start [email protected]
systemctl status [email protected]
nano /etc/default/openvpn ###UNCOMMENT AUTOSTART

Diagnostic Commands

Use the following commands for diagnostics of VPNs and testing them, most notably is finding the external IP as that is needed to make sure it is working. If your VPN is failing to connect I recommend using tail on the syslog so consequently, you can find any issues that are stopping the connection.

###Extra Tools###
Find External IP: dig TXT +short | awk -F'"' '{ print $2}'
Debug as necessary: tail -f /var/log/syslog|grep ovpn

In closing, make sure you always use a VPN when you are concerned about your privacy. I’ve also set these up on Linux boxes between offices and it makes for a great inexpensive site-to-site VPN. Therefore, you don’t have to spend tons of money on proprietary gateways that go out of date in a couple years.

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