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Set up OpenVPN on Ubuntu 16.04?—?For Safety’s Sake!

Want to know a really scary IT statistic? Xirrus, a leading Wi-Fi company, recently polled more than 2,000 executives and IT professionals. They found that while 91 percent of respondents know public Wi-Fi is insecure… 89 percent go ahead and use it anyway.

Whoops!

One thing you can do to help clean up this security mess is to provide a virtual private network (VPN) so that your users’ traffic gets protected before hackers can get their digital mitts on it. There are many VPN servers, but OpenVPN is my VPN server of choice because it’s very popular, easy to use, and widely supported. When integrated with OpenSSL, OpenVPN can encrypt all VPN traffic to provide a secure connection between machines.

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