public internet security

calvin martin cmartin690615 at
Sat May 5 22:25:28 UTC 2007

Does your broadband router have a built in vpn? such as the linksys, dlink
or smc barricade router, if so then just set it up that way.
It is probably the best way?

On 5/5/07, Paul S <paulatgm at> wrote:
> I'm an experienced linux user but new to broadband and wireless.
> Recently I bought a wireless laptop that I can connect to public wifi
> networks.  I read somewhere that public wifi are insecure and should not
> be used for anything that transmits a password (even "https" websites).
>   I also read that the only way to have security at a public wifi is by
> using a virtual private network (vpn).
> I am also new to a home broadband connection.  I recently got a wired
> broadband cable network connection (6 mbps).  I do not have a fixed ip
> address, but it only changes when the power goes off or some other
> disconnect occurs.  So, most of the time, it will not change.
> I also have a second (older slower) pc that I can connect to this
> broadband connection at home and leave on line.
> Is it possible for me to create a vpn on my home broadband pc that I can
> connect to from my laptop whenever I'm in a public wifi?
> Would I be able to browse the web over that connection?
> Is it a secure?
> If you are doing this on (k)ubuntu, could you point me to a howto?
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