OpenVPN is one of the most popular and widely used VPN software solutions. Its popularity is due to its strong features, ease of use and extensive support. OpenVPN is Open Source software which means that everyone can freely use it and modify it as needed. OpenVPN can be used for various connectivity needs but its especially popular for anonymous and private access to Internet.
OpenVPN works in client – server mode. This means that there is an OpenVPN server which is connected to the Internet. OpenVPN clients connect to the server and from there they have full access to Internet. Once connected to the server, the client uses the server to terminate all of its Internet traffic. This means that the client is seen as the server, i.e. the client assumes the physical location and administrative contacts of the server. Thus all the privacy of the OpenVPN client is protected.
How OpenVPN works
In order to start using OpenVPN you need first an OpenVPN server to which to connect to. You could install an OpenVPN server by yourself but this requires some technical knowledge and it lacks many of the privacy features provided by leading VPN service providers. That’s why it’s recommended to use a proven service provider such as VPNTunnel.com.
While there are many service providers, the benefits of using VPNTunnel.com are:
The above key benefits of VPNTunnel.com make it the best choice for OpenVPN service provider at an affordable price with flexible billing cycles.
Once you have subscribed to an OpenVPN provider you can proceed with the client setup. With VPNTunnel.com the client setup is very easy and straightforward. Here is how to use it in different platforms:
For Windows download the client from the official OpenVPN download page. Make sure to choose the correct version corresponding to your Windows(XP, Vista, 7 or later) and its architecture (32bit or 64bit).
Once you download the software install it like any other software. It’s safe to leave all options to their default values during the installation. After that obtain the OpenVPN config file. For each location you should be able to download a different file with the .ovpn extension. This is a regular text file which you can open with any text editor such as Notepad and observe the following important parameters:
Once you have the needed .ovpn configuration file the easiest way to connect to the remote server is by clicking the right mouse button on the file and choosing “Start OpenVPN on this config file” option. Then a new prompt window will appear and you will be asked for your username and password. If your logins are correct you will be connected to the OpenVPN server and you can start browsing anonymously and safely.
This is how easy it is to establish an OpenVPN connection in Windows. In Linux and Mac the process is similar. You need again the OpenVPN client installed. For Linux the client can be found in most popular distribution repositories so the installation can be done with the native installer. For example, in Debian / Ubuntu you can install it with the command
apt-get install openvpn. In Mac you need a third party software such as Tunnelblick.
After the installation you should be able to connect from a Shell terminal and using the OpenVPN binary in combination with the config file without any arguments. For example:
/usr/sbin/openvpn VPNTunnel.ovpn. You will be asked for the user / password to complete the process of connecting to the remote OpenVPN server.
This is how simple and straight forward it is to use OpenVPN and protect your identity and privacy. Just don’t forget the importance of choosing a trusted OpenVPN provider, such as VPNTunnel.com, because the technology itself is not enough to protect you without the proper settings.