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Should You Make Your Own VPN?

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Linus explores the world of creating your own VPN, with the help of an open source project called Pritunl.



Rent a VPS for this project from Vultr (affiliate link): https://lmg.gg/cO2Wd


Forum Tutorial:  https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1140511-diy-vpn-pritunl-setup-tutorial/



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Ummm....I created a VPN on my home server so I can dial into it from work and visit this website undetected...seriously I set it up for giggles.  It's free to do if you use OpenVPN.

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TL;DR, if your reasoning constantly shouts "ARRRRR MATEY", no. 

Any other reason, go for it! :D 

I joke I joke. 

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I think the first use case should also come with an asterisk: If you enter your credit card information on a website that doesn't use HTTPS (with a valid certificate! Unlike the VPS that is set up in the video) on an unsecured Wi-Fi, think long and hard: Should you trust a website that doesn't use HTTPS with your private data?


If the website does use HTTPS (as it should), neither your ISP, nor the hacker can read your credit card information. The connection is already encrypted (between you and the website in question, i.e. end-to-end). A VPN offers virtually zero additional protection.


If the website does not use HTTPS it is very likely your personal information stored on that servers isn't encrypted either (can you say data breach?). And while the connection between you and the VPN server is encrypted, the connection between the VPN server and the website is not. So you've simply replaced your potentially snooping ISP with a potentially snooping VPN provider.


As far as I'm concerned, you should use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for the one use case they were invented for: To securely connect to a remote network as if the computer was part of that network (i.e. your home or company network). Agreed, circumventing region locks is a welcome side effect (provided VPNs aren't blocked).

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