Apr. 16th, 2017

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It turns out the ASUS router I bought yesterday has the ability to allow connected devices to use a virtual private network (VPN) via OpenVPN.

There are a couple of advantages to using a VPN. One is that it becomes decidedly difficult for anyone (ISP's in particular) to "eavesdrop" on Internet activity between your computer and the machine at the other end of the VPN. A second advantage is that you can configure just where in the world your computer appears to be (from time to time, one encounters Web sites that serve different content depending on your location—and sometimes no content at all if you do not appear to be located within a certain geographical region).

Among the disadvantages of using a VPN are first, you almost certainly have to subscribe to a VPN service (although you could roll your own, but as I have miles to go before I sleep, spending time on compiling and configuring code is out of the question), and second, since your devices are communicating with the world via an encrypted connection, your interaction with the world is a bit slower.

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to set up a VPN on the new router, let me tell you!

Happy Easter to all!

He is risen!

Христос воскресе!

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