Quick question: what is the one seven letter word that can scare any internet user? The answer, hackers! All of us are terrified that our private data may fall into the wrong hands. Here’s some great news: you can now surf the internet securely using the awesome Raspberry Pi. Now you have your own portable Wi-Fi VPN/TOR router in just seven steps.
The parts required for this DIY include a Raspberry Pi (B or B+), a SD Card( 4GB or higher), two USB Wi-Fi dongles,a card reader, a 5V micro USB power adapter and a Raspberry Pi case. A Raspberry Pi B+ model will require a Micro SD whereas for a Raspberry Pi B model, a regular SD Card will suffice.
Another advantage of this DIY is that it can be implemented with a Wi-Ficonnection or an Ethernet connection. The designer has used Raspbian Linux for developing this project. The link to the ZIP file has been mentioned on the page.
The first step is to plug in your Card reader (along with the SDCard of course!) into your computer. Download the zip file which contains an image file. This disk image file needs to be copied onto the SDCard. Now plug in your Pi along with the SDCard, Wi-Fi adapters and the power adapter. The next step is to boot up your Pi. For this particular project, change your password and expand the disk.
The next step involves connecting to the internet. If you are using Ethernet, simply plug in the cable and you are good to go. But if you are looking for a real challenge, connect via Wi-Fi. If you take up this challenge, you can decide how to connect to a WPA, WEP or an open Wi-Fi. The designer has used hostapd to create an access point and an isc-DHCP-server to allow other devices to connect to the access point.
For the encryption of this DIY, either VPN or TOR can be used. Virtual Private Network creates a single tunnel between the computer and the internet whereas The Onion Router encrypts and routes your internet traffic over several random nodes. TOR is slower than VPN but it gives you access to a hidden layer in the internet. TOR is easy to install whereas VPN is more secure (assuming that your VPN server is trustworthy!)
So here is your chance to anonymously surf theweb! Take it further byadding your own domain- based ad blocking and drive the web advertisers insane!
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