Building a secure, simple VPN connection

Keep it Simple

Article from Issue 232/2020

With a single command, Dead Simple VPN builds a secure VPN connection.

If you are on a business trip and need to transfer data over an open hotel WLAN or use an unencrypted WiFi connection at a conference, you need to establish a secure tunnel to the Internet or a secure connection to your home network to protect your data.

The classic approach for this protection is a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN drills a virtual tunnel from the network you are currently using on your computer through the Internet to a trusted server on a trusted network, keeping third parties from accessing the transferred data.

OpenVPN and the more modern WireGuard [1] are classic tools for setting up a VPN. In practice, however, these tools are not exactly easy to use. Dead Simple VPN (DSVPN) [2] offers a simple solution: After installation, a single command is all it takes to establish the VPN connection.


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