Here is how to set up a VPN (OpenVPN) on your Linux.
Before we start an active ZoogVPN subscription is required and your device must be connected to the Internet.
You need full administrative privileges on your computer.
Step 1 – Open Terminal
Step 2 – Install network-manager-openvpn
In your terminal type:
‘sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn’
Then press ‘Enter’.
Step 3 – Confirm that you Want to Continue
You will be prompted: “Do you want to continue? Y/N” Type ‘Y’ and hit ‘Enter’.
Step 4 – Restart Network Manager
Once installation is complete, type the following to restart Network Manager:
‘sudo service network-manager restart’
Then press ‘Enter’.
Step 5 – Click ‘Configure VPN’
Outside the terminal click on the ‘Network Manager’ icon, expand VPN Connections, and choose ‘Configure VPN’.
Step 6 – Click ‘Add’ to add VPN Connection
A ‘Network Connections window will appear with the ‘VPN’ tab open. Click Add.
Step 7 – Choose ‘Import a saved OpenVPN configuration’
New windows called ‘Choose a VPN Connection Type’ will open. Select ‘Import a saved OpenVPN configuration’ in the drop-down menu and click ‘Create’.
Step 8 – Download ZoogVPN Certificate Authority and Configuration Files
Download ca.crt and OpenVPN Configuration Files. Unzip the archive file and save the folder on your device for later use.
Import the ‘.ovpn’ file for the desired VPN server from the list.
You can find the list of available servers here.
Step 9 – Save VPN Connection
Enter your ZoogVPN account credentials. Your username is basically the email address of your ZoogVPN account. Your password is the password you used when creating your ZoogVPN account.
For CA Certificate browse and select the downloaded CA Certificate (‘/etc/openvpn/ca.zoogvpn.com.crt’).
Click on ‘Save…’. Skip to step 12 and connect to VPN, otherwise try steps 10 and 11.
Step 10 – Edit VPN Connection (optional)
In the ‘Editing VPN Connection’ window check that these settings correspond to the following information and make changes where necessary:
Connection name: ZoogVPN
Gateway: Enter a ‘Server Address’ from above.
1. – Type: choose ‘Password’
2. – User name: your ZoogVPN email address
3. – Password: your ZoogVPN password
4. – CA Certificate: browse and select the downloaded CA Certificate (‘/etc/openvpn/ca.zoogvpn.com.crt’).
Step 11 – Click ‘Advanced’ at the bottom of the window (Optional)
To use a UDP connection, open the VPN configuration file that you downloaded in Step 8 or download it once again here. Open it with any program that can read files and check which port is specified inside this configuration:
Enter the value from desired OpenVPN configuration for the ‘Use custom gateway port’ field.
To use a TCP connection, open the respective OpenVPN configuration for TCP and enter the value of the TCP port from the OpenVPN configuration to the ‘Use custom gateway port’ field.
For Cipher enter AES-256-CBC.
For Authentication enter SHA256.
Keep LZO Compression OFF.
Step 12 – Connect to ZoogVPN
Click on ‘Network Manager’ –> ‘VPN Connections’ –> ‘ZoogVPN’ connection
– The ‘Network Manager’ icon will begin spinning. You may be prompted to enter a password. If so, this is your system account keychain password, not your Zoog VPN password.
– Once connected, the ‘Network Manager’ icon will have a lock next to it indicating you are connected successfully with Zoog VPN.
Check that the flag has now turned to the desired country flag when logged in to your account.
To disconnect simply:
Click on the ‘Network Manager’ icon in the panel bar –> ‘VPN Connections’ –> select ‘Disconnect VPN’. The lock should no longer appear next to the ‘Network Manager’ icon.
Enjoy! You have now taken control of your Internet freedom, privacy, and security.
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