public internet security

Paul S paulatgm at
Sat May 5 22:38:32 UTC 2007

calvin martin said the following on 05/05/2007 06:25 PM:
> hi,
> 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?

I don't have a broadband router, just a broadband cable modem.  The 
wireless is only involved when I connect at a public wifi, which has no 

> On 5/5/07, *Paul S* <paulatgm at <mailto: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?
>     TIA
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