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Setting up TigerVPN with Ubuntu

While TigerVPN is a fast and useful service to keep unencrypted traffic from getting man-in-the-middle‘d, they didn’t provide easy instructions for setup in Ubuntu. Here are a few easy steps to set up your service on Ubuntu (tested on 14.04):

  1. Install the network-manager-openvpn-gnome program. On Ubuntu/Debian this is: “sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome” – enter that in your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), and enter your password (you will not see your password on the screen as you type it.)
  2. Go to your tigerVPN dashboard and download the zip with the ca.cert and the .ovpn files.
  3. Under the network applet in the top right, go to VPN -> connections and add the OpenVPN connections you want to connect to as described in attached screenshot. Be sure you set the ca.cert to where you are keeping the ca.cert file, and enter your username and password correctly:

    (You can get this information for these forms from the dashboard under “geeks” info, and looking through the downloaded .ovpn files with a text editor.)
  4. Now, when you’re out at a cafe or hotel that might possibly have loggers/malware in their router, you can securely connect to the vpn from the same menu you choose the wireless connection. You’ll see a lock on the network-applet’s icon when connected.

Side-note: I recently saw that the edit wireless connections dialog gives you “automatically connect to vpn” option when editing the wireless connection, in the “general” tab. Handy!


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