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* Download the openvpn application from openvpn.net
 
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* Decrypt the configuration file and unpack the tarball.
* Open the configuration folder.  Rename the aktivix-vpn.conf file aktivix-vpn.ovpn and double click it.  This will start the openvpn process.
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* Open the configuration folder.  Right click on the file aktivix-vpn.ovpn and select "Start OpenVPN with this".  This will start the openvpn process.
  
 
=== DNS ===
 
=== DNS ===

Revision as of 10:31, 23 December 2010

The Aktivix VPN

The Aktivix VPN is a "virtual private network" for Aktivix users and friends. The VPN works to protect you from any snooping that may be occurring (and IS occurring!) on your internet traffic - whether that be email, browsing, instant chat or some other form of virtual communication.

If you have an @aktivix.org email account, you will have had this message and attachments sent directly to your mailbox. However, if you do not have an @aktivix.org address, then you have received a GPG encrypted attachment containing the same documents as you would have otherwise. The reason for this difference is that we believe that all connections to Aktivix servers are performed in as secure a fashion as possible, but we cannot say the same about equipment that is not under our control.

For all our users, to make use of the VPN properly, you'll need to install openvpn and, on Linux, the resolvconf packages. Instructions are provided below.

Getting it to work

Linux

$ sudo aptitude install openvpn resolvconf

Decrypt the file and unpack the tarball

$ gpg --decrypt your.config.dir.tgz.gpg | gunzip | tar xv
$ cd your.config.dir
$ sudo openvpn aktivix-vpn.conf

This will start the openvpn process.

To stop it, you need to do:

$ sudo killall openvpn

(and you might need to edit '/etc/resolv.conf' as root, too)

DNS

On Linux you will need to install the 'resolvconf' package. For example, on Debian or Ubuntu, you can do the following in a terminal:

$ sudo aptitude install resolvconf

Your DNS server settings in /etc/resolv.conf will be set to 10.151.82.1 automatically when the VPN is started and DNS requests should then be sent across the VPN.


Mac OSX

Use Tunnelblick.

You can download it and find instructions at:


Windows

  • Download the openvpn application from openvpn.net
  • Decrypt the configuration file and unpack the tarball.
  • Open the configuration folder. Right click on the file aktivix-vpn.ovpn and select "Start OpenVPN with this". This will start the openvpn process.

DNS

If you are running Windows then your DNS server should be automatically set to 10.151.82.1 and DNS requests tunnelled through the VPN.

F.A.Q.

What is a VPN?