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Security and VPN's

Discussion in 'Linux Security' started by Dalton McCorkle, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Dalton McCorkle

    Dalton McCorkle New Member

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    I'm a new convert to Linux and very much like the usability. My main concern when switching over was security as I handle some sensitive information on my computer, and maybe have an all to healthy sense of paranoia. This is partly my reason for switching over. I have an account with CactusVPN and got that set up as PPTP. As I've done some reading however I found this to not be the most secure. However after trying to get OpenVPN up and ruunning as per CactusVPN's suggestion, and following many tutorial sources, that failed miserably for me. I also could not get the wireguard VPN to work and in fact could not even get past the first few commands in the installation process before being halted by not being able to find many needed files. I'd really appreciate some advice as far as choice of VPN and setup help.
    Also any suggestions on furthering the security (e.g. firewalls) would be much appreciated. Thank you.


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  2. Dalton McCorkle

    Dalton McCorkle New Member

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    I should have specified I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 on a Lenovo Ideapad 320-15abr
     
  3. Condobloke

    Condobloke Well-Known Member

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    G'day Dalton, and Welcome to Linux.org

    My apologies, we appear to have overlooked your post. That is NOT out usual approach !!



    Have you enabled the firewall on Linux Mint 18.3 ?

    if not....

    Open Terminal (ctrl alt T) will open it......the copy and paste what i have typed in below in red.......

    sudo ufw enable


    ....then hit enter.
    you will be prompted for your password....type it in (you will not see ANY response when you type......just put the password in, this is normal)....and hit enter again

    That's it. Nothing else is necessary.
    The firewall will now be turned ON each and every time you startup or reboot

    If you feel the need to check if it is on.....
    sudo ufw status will let you know that it is active. (in terminal)

    Linux is inherently secure. provided you dont do weird and wonderful stuff like visiting crack sites, porn sites etc etc....and also SECURE YOUR BROWSER....then you should have no problems at all.

    The main insecurity is sitting in the chair in front of the PC

    If you are using Firefox browser, I would recommend installing these extensions ::

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    Whether you install and use LastPass is entirely your choice. I have found it be quite secure, and it will use some very secure passwords and remember them for you. It does not forget.
     
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