If you live in a country with less-than-ideal privacy laws, then you probably want to protect your online history from your ISP. You may also want to use a personal VPN to provide anonymity or to circumvent governmental filters.
Before proceeding, please make sure that VPN usage is legal where you live. In general, operating your own personal-use VPN server is not a problem as long as you use it yourself and avoid illegal behavior on it.
Acquiring an adequate VPS:
For this quick tutorial, we will be using a cost-effective VPS solution offered by AlphaVPS. For 10Euros a year, the 1GB OVZ plan offered
Select Ubuntu 16.04 as the Operating System, and preferably choose between London or Germany for the location – this will give you the best speed in Doha, Qatar. If you live elsewhere, adjust the location.
Once your server is purchased, you will receive an email with the server IP and password. Use an SSH client like Putty in order to connect to your server. You will be asked for a username and password. The username is root and the password is the same password provided in the email your received.
Installing and configuring OpenVPN:
The best (and quickest) way to install OpenVPN in this setup is to use a pre-made script provided by Nyr on GitHub. This comes preconfigured with robust encryption settings with a good cipher pre-selected.
To download this on your server, input the following in the SSH window:
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