A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables a computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network. This is done by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, encryption, or a combination of the two.
VPNs allow employees to securely access their company’s intranet while traveling outside the office. Similarly, VPNs securely and cost-effectively connect geographically disparate offices of an organization, creating one cohesive virtual network. VPN technology is also used by ordinary Internet users to connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting one’s identity.”
Now that you know what a vpn is, would you like to increase your online security? You can also use a vpn service to surf the internet anonymously, bypass censorship or encrypt your connection. Many of you are familiar with vpn services and maybe HMA Pro VPN service, so this article intention is to teach beginner linux users how to use the HMA vpn in their linux machines after they have subscribed to the service.
HMA vpn is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, and smartphones. To use vpn services you need a vpn software. Once you are logged in your control panel home you can view your current subscription status and download the specific client for your machine.
Download Linux-1.3 client and extract in your favorite directory. But, in order to use the client you need to install openvpn. You can install openvpn by typing “sudo apt-get install curl openvpn” in your terminal like shown in Figure 2.
As you see from Figure 3 i have already installed openvpn.
Once you have installed openvpn, open a new terminal and cd to the directory where you extracted the linux pack from Hidemyass site. The zip archive has a shell script which is shown in Figure 4.
Run the script like shown in Figure 5.
After the script is executed it shows you the usage instructions and gives some examples. Now, it is time to connect to a server. I like to connect to UK, so i type “./hma-vpn.sh UK”. So easy, isn’t it?
Now, type your username and password and everything will go ok.