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The “Copyright Alert System,” aka “six strikes,” is here. There is no changing that fact. The cable companies are watching everything you download and every site you browse. Our privacy on the internet is gone. The internet providers are watching torrent sites and bittorrent swarms. Trying to catch any illegal downloaders of mp3, music, movies or anything else they decide is wrong. They are not just watching peer to peer programs, they are watching everything.
We need a way to protect ourselves on the internet. I have found a great service that takes care of everything. It is called Private Internet Access. This company supplies you with an anonymous VPN tunnel to protect your privacy. Private Internet Access does not keep VPN logs, so even if your internet provider requests customer information there is nothing for them to provide.
- IP CLOAKING
- IDENTITY PROTECTION
- UNCENSORED ACCESS
You get all of this for $39.95 for the Whole Year!
Not only that, but they have servers around the world. So if you need to download anything you can route your connections though countries that have more relaxed copyright laws. You can also watch the BBC, or if your outside the united states, you can watch your favorite team at home. They provide access through:
- US – East
- US – Midwest
- US – West
- US – Texas
- US – Denver
- US – California
- US – Seattle
- US – Florida
- Canada (Toronto)
- UK (London)
- UK (Southampton)
You can set up the VPN access on just about anything and they have great how tos on their site. Supported platforms include:
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP/2k3
- Windows NT/2k
- Mac OS X 10.8
- Mac OS X 10.7
- Mac OS X 10.6
- Mac OS X 10.5
- Mac OS X 10.4
- iPad PPTP
- iPad IPSEC/L2TP
- iPhone/iTouch PPTP
- iPhone/iTouch IPSEC/L2TP
- Android PPTP (2.3.4)
- Android IPSEC/L2TP
- Android OpenVPN (root)
- DD-WRT PPTP
- DD-WRT OpenVPN
- Tomato OpenVPN
- PfSense OpenVPN
This can also protect you when doing your banking or private business while on un-trusted networks. Do not trust your internet providers to protect you, this is something you must do for yourself.
Why would you need a SSH Tunnel? You may want to get around a firewall or just encrypt your communications so prying eyes can not see what you are doing online. On Linux/Unix system you can tunnel all of the traffic from your local box to a remote box that you have a shell account on. You can do the same with Android, and here is how:
First you will need to download some software from the Android Market. The following are FREE apps.
SSH Tunnel This will build the tunnel for your browser to use.
Firefox, a good browser with an easy tunneling add on.
Install all three.
Then you will need a SSH account somewhere. There are a lot of free SSH services out there. Send me an email at email@example.com if you want to hear my favorite, or run a google search and I am sure you will find a couple. Make sure they support SSH Tunneling. Sign up and get a user name and password. You can also use your own SSH server if you have one.
Now open up your SSH Tunnel program on your Android device. and put in your credentials. Hostname, Username, Passowrd, click on the Use SOCKS Proxy click box and make note of the port. It was 1984 for me. Activate the SSH Tunnel by clicking on the Tunnel Switch Check box (tunnel has to be activated every time you use it).
Next open the Firefox browser and go to the Add Ons in options. Open the options for Proxy Mobile. Set Use Proxy, set SOCKS proxy to 127.0.0.1 and SOCKS port to 1984 (or the port you used on SSH Tunnel).
Your Tunnel should now be working! Enjoy and use wisely.
There are a couple of things you need to set up to control your servers with your Android phone. Here are the tools I use. First it helps to have a good broadband connection to you server. I prefer to use SSH to to communicate with my servers.
The fist tool I am going to talk about is Connect Bot. ConnectBot is a powerful open-source Secure Shell (SSH) client. It can manage simultaneous SSH sessions, create secure tunnels, and copy/paste between other applications. This client allows you to connect to Secure Shell servers that typically run on UNIX-based servers.
The next one is the Hackers Keyboard. A full 5-row keyboard including arrow and Esc/Ctrl keys, intended for tablets. Are you missing the key layout you’re used to from your computer? This keyboard has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for the modifier keys. This keyboard is especially useful if you use ConnectBot for SSH access. It provides working Tab/Ctrl/Esc keys, and the arrow keys are essential for devices such as the Xoom tablet or Nexus S that don’t have a trackball or D-Pad.
Last tool is BotSync.
BotSync periodically synchronizes files with a remote SSH SFTP server, over the wifi or cell network. As new files/directories are created, BotSync will recursively download them to the phone, or upload them to the server (like rsync). Use it to transfer new content securely, wirelessly, and automatically. Why pay for Dropbox (although there is a free option) when you can run your own private cloud? BotSync works with opensshd – no inefficient, expensive, or potentially-insecure server SW required. BotSync transfers about 4X faster than AndFTP SFTP.
These are the 3 tools I use the most. You will need to know the IP of your server and have the SSh port 22 forward from your router. You can use the Connect Bot to connect to the server and run your scripts and Control your server. The Hacker’s Keyboard allows you to easier type on your server during your session.
Bot Sync you use to keep all your files up to date and sync via SSH.
I would recommend setting up your servers security to only connect to your cell phone. I will cover SSH security in my next article.