One of the things that was on my whiteboard for some time was to set up a VPN for home use. Sure, I can do some remote SSH port forwarding, use ssh as a proxy or perhaps even use some Linux Tunneling Techniques but they’re not quite the same as a full blown VPN. You can use the VPN for access to remote services, to secure communications on untrusted networks or use it for mobile devices. Whatever your use its easy to set a VPN up with pptpd that can be used with your mobile and remote devices.
One of the easiest tutorials I’ve came across is this one from en.dogeno.us while it is written for Ubuntu the principles remain the same for other distributions, just substitute the package manager and if configurations files can’t be found use the linux find command to locate them.
In a future article I’ll demonstrate how to connect to the VPN with NetworkManager.