A PPP-SSH VPN
is a very simple Virtual Private Network that you can use to create an encrypted
tunnel from one computer
to another. Everyone can benefit from a little encryption in times like these
, and this is just the thing for those up-to-date, fashion-conscious geeks who know that encrypting everything is all the rage
The concept of the PPP-SSH VPN is easy to understand. PPP
are two common utilities that should be familiar to most anyone who uses *nix. You can use PPP to establish a point-to-point
connection between two computers, while using SSH to encrypt the traffic
. Finally, you should use a firewall (ipchains
, for instance), to deny all traffic other than SSH. This is really handy if you find yourself
regularly connecting to a server over an insecure
network (the Internet).
Uses for a PPP-SSH VPN include:
- Daily automated transfer of files between computers.
- Forwarding your X11 traffic from your workstation to your laptop.
- Looking leet to all your luser friends. (That's what I use it for... ^_^)
- The possibilities are endless!
Why using PPP-SSH VPN might be the right thing for you
- It's easy to install and setup.
- You don't need a static IP address.
- You crave that encrypted goodness.
If this sounds like something you want or need
, you should check out what we "insiders
" like to call a HOWTO
. See the VPN PPP-SSH Mini-HOWTO over at the Linux Documentation Project
for a more detailed explination
of everything you've read here, including a very handy
setup script to initiate your connection. They'll walk you through setting up your first PPP-SSH VPN, and you'll be using that biznitch
in no time.