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How to Check your PiVPN logs on your Raspberry Pi

If you are running your PiVPN on your Raspberry Pi it is most likely exposed to the internet so that you can use your VPN away from your house. You will definitely want to make sure your Raspberry Pi is up to date with the latest security updates as well as checking your logs periodically to see if anyone has attempted to gain access to your system or worse, to see if anyone has accessed your system.

Objective

To use VNC to access our Raspberry Pi Remotely

Material

You will need the following:

Instructions

I will assume you are running Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi and have already installed PiVPN using the tutorial here. You are most likely running your Raspberry Pi headless if this is your PiVPN server so you will need to SSH into your Raspberry Pi. If you are not running your Raspberry Pi headless you can still run the same commands below in your terminal. Continue Reading

How to turn your Raspberry Pi into a Home VPN Server using PiVPN

With all the news about privacy concerns and security threats on the internet recently more people are starting to use a VPN on their home networks and phones. A VPN or a Virtual Private Network allows you to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their devices were directly connected to the private network. For example if you are connected to the public WiFi network at the mall, everyone can see your data, if you use a VPN all your data is encrypted through a private tunnel and it looks like you are connected directly to your home network. VPN’s are very popular in the business world and most likely you may be using one for work and not even know why. The main reason is security and access of your local files.

You can use your Raspberry Pi as a VPN server for free or you can use a VPN service which will limit the amount of data you can use monthly as well a paying a monthly fee. With your Raspberry Pi VPN server you will be able to connect to public WiFi networks and have all your data encrypted which will prevent you from man-in-the-middle attacks as well as any one else snooping WiFi data on the network. When you are connected to your own VPN server you will be able to access all of your home files. If you have movies or music you will be able to access them with ease.

Objective

To improve our network security by turning our Raspberry Pi into a Home VPN Server using PiVPN

Material

You will need the following:

Instructions

Installation of PiVPN (The software we will be using as our VPN server) is a breeze. You simply have to run just one command to install PiVPN. I will assume you already have the Raspbian OS up and running. You only need the lite version if you will be running headless, that’s how I am installing it since I will have PiVPN running along side PiHole, my network wide ad blocker.

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