Simple VPN guide for beginners

This document is part of our Guides for the Anonymous collective. Be sure to check it out.

This guide is dedicated to all new online activists who need guidance with VPNs (virtual private networks). We’re going to help you with your first setup choice.

If you only want to know what VPN/Proxy we recommend skip to the list.

Never use the any suggested setup for anything related to your personal life. No personal facebook, twitter, banking, MSN, hotmail, gmail, etc.

Before we start

You need to understand the following topic so read each page carefully : VPN, Proxy, VM, Bitcoin.
Never use free services. There’s always hidden unwanted side backs that will put you at risk.
Use bitcoin to buy your service if possible. It’s an anonymous online payment system.

Choose your setup

Dedicated Device + VPN

This is the most effective, easy and secure setup.

  • Install a new OS (operating system) on your machine. We recommend Ubuntu (beginners) or Debian.
  • Configure your VPN. Choose one from this list.

This can work with iPods, iPads, computer and any device that supports VPNs.

Dedicated VM + VPN

Bit more technical but very effective. You need a powerful PC.

  • Install your virtual machine software. We recommend Virtual Box.
  • Install your OS. We recommend Ubuntu (beginners) or Debian.
  • Configure your VPN. Choose a VPN from this list.

Using TOR Browser bundle with a paid proxy

Simple, secure and effective. You can’t do anything outside a browser.

  • Install TOR Browser bundle.
  • Choose a proxy. We recommend contacting WhatTheServer and ask them to set you up with a SSH Tunel.
  • Setup your proxy as explained.
  • Start the TOR Browser bundle.
  • Click on the onion icon on the left side of the address bar.
  • Setup your proxy instead of TOR proxy.
  • Never do anything outside of your browser.

Don’t download files, don’t upload files. Use KeePass on Windows or KeePassX on Linux to save your passwords.

Using TOR Browser bundle on your normal PC

Simple, very secure but very very slow.

Don’t download files, don’t upload files. Use KeePass on Windows or KeePassX on Linux to save your passwords.

VPN/Proxy list

Read Suggested VPNs for anonymous surfing

About Bitcoin

Here’s a few link to help you out with bitcoins.

BlockChain Wallet : Manage your wallets & send/receive money.
Local Bitcoins : Buy bitcoins locally directly from people.
MTGox : Buy bitcoin via bank account in USA.
CA Virtex : Buy bitcoins via bank account in Canada.
Bitcoin Trade : What can you buy with bitcoins?
Bitcoin Wiki : The biggest wiki about bitcoins.

Our comment system is broken. If you can help please contact us.

27 Comments

  1. @RayR3play

    January 6, 2013

    @rayr3play i truely got mad respect for your cause and beliefs .,. Let me know if i can assist yall in anyway .,., n please continue sharing knowledge n insight on corruption of the system . “Aint nothing but the truth so help us God”

  2. Anonymous

    January 6, 2013

    No iPredator?

  3. Anonymous

    January 6, 2013

    Thanks for all you do.

  4. Anonymous

    January 6, 2013

    Thanks for posting this. Great simple guide for beginners.

  5. Anonymous

    January 6, 2013

    Why?

  6. Anonymous

    January 7, 2013

    Surprise u mention windows the most ‘stateop hacked’ of OS. No1 shd bé using this…

    • Sage

      January 7, 2013

      All software have pros and con. It’s your choice to make uses of the pros and cons of any tools.

  7. Anonymous

    January 7, 2013

    Another hypothetical query if u shd not download anything on ur virgin computer how do u get all suggested files onto it in first place? The level of sec needed is intense.
    Also you dont mention to MOVE ur computer around REGULARLY.

    In post former ceo of hushmail stated stateops go into private homes and install cctv very often in ceiling above computer to get access to crypto passwords.

    Fun isnt it?

  8. Anonymous

    January 7, 2013

    Expert told me increasing nos of Stateops using Tor. In terms of catching PAEDOS this is good but for those merely keen on privacy or whitehat ops bad.
    Recs tor professional only and even then with huge resources available to state ur anon status may bé tracked bk.
    Sure #Hammond was pretty careful!

  9. Wendy

    January 7, 2013

    I just want to say I’m newbie to blogs and really savored this blog site. Probably I’m going to bookmark your website . You certainly come with fabulous article content. With thanks for revealing your blog.
    [url=http://www.frexist.com/forum/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=613308]Wendy[/url]
    Wendy

  10. Anonymous

    January 8, 2013

    You know, you folks are screwed in the heads… You keep on talking about paedo’s as if they are the cause of the destruction of planet earth. Grow the f%#$ up, get a grip, and target the things and people that are really destroying human kind. Paedo’s are awful, there’s no doubt about it, but they are not the worst of mankind’s trouble makers, such as government oriented tyranny, government repression through unconstitutional lawmaking, and/or government sanctioned executions. When you people talk about paedo’s as though they are mankind’s number one enemy, and constantly referred to by you, you sound as though you’re quite mentally disturbed, or mentally ill.

  11. Anonymous

    January 9, 2013

    When using a VPN with Tor in TAILS, is it best to use the Tor preferences to configure the VPN or go to the default wifi tab and configure it there?

    • Anonymous

      January 14, 2013

      Xnxx

  12. Anonymous

    January 10, 2013

    Like poster above I’d like to know why iPredator isn’t mentioned. That’s the VPN service I use at the moment and if What The Server is better I would obviously want to switch.

  13. Anonymous

    January 10, 2013

    I feel dumb for asking this because I should know. If you have a VPN server on a virtual machine port forwarded on your router, and you connect to it while on the same LAN from another machine, is your traffic encrypted from your ISP or not?

  14. Anonymous

    January 11, 2013

    TorGuard is fantastic with no logging of any kind and its an offshore provider

  15. viva169

    January 11, 2013

    bonjour, si j’installe virtuel box et backtrack suis je assez sécuritaire ou il me manque un programme merci

    • Sage

      January 12, 2013

      Ç’est assez bien.
      Tu dois aussi avoir un VPN sécurisé.
      Inscrit toi sur http://www.whattheserver.me et effectu le paiement avec des Bitcoins.

    • Anonymous

      January 18, 2013

      il te manque qq chose que perssone pourra te donner is s’apelle le cerveau mec

  16. Anonymous

    January 11, 2013

    Vale Anonymous!! An army of Davids against the global Goliaths. May you forever prevail.

  17. Anonymous

    January 13, 2013

    I really think this is great . I’m following ur steps u guys rock

  18. Anonymous

    January 14, 2013

    If i have an offshore vpn, then open TOR…no cutting and pasting from tw or sites? Sorry to b dense. Have tried to figure this out with eff info too. Thanks for clarifying the ? v v much. Signed, it shouldn’t have to be so hard to communicate f–ing globalist fascist suck.

  19. Anonymous

    January 14, 2013

    i forgot the s in fascists. thanks to all anons and resistors who favor life and truth over …being a cockroach.

  20. Anonymous

    January 18, 2013

    u idiots why u pay for something that dont protect you ?every VPN provider will give out your infos if authorities ask them to do
    if u really want to pay for something go and donate to i2p project wich is a real anonymous protocol and can protect your daily porn activity

  21. mesothelioma treatment

    January 20, 2013

    “Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that << perfect balance » between usability and appearance. I must say you have done a great job with this. Also, the blog loads super quick for me on Safari. Excellent Blog!"

  22. Orion

    January 25, 2013

    in a world where anyone can be disappeared for simply speaking out against the establishment where the alphabet soup guys have infinitely greater access to all our information than a few purchased programs could possibly prevent if no overt crimes are being committed why even hide
    why wear a mask at all in the light is no shadow at all so i say i respect and admire the efforts all of you are making but i stand tall resolute in my own parallel efforts without a mask to protect me and yes it has at times cost me dearly but i will keep fighting all the same and though our methods may differ i applaud every effort to bring truth to light and end oppression in all its forms both foreign and domestic
    be well
    be safe
    fight the good fight

  23. Colin Habel

    January 25, 2013

    I just want to mention I’m beginner to weblog and seriously enjoyed you’re web blog. Almost certainly I’m likely to bookmark your website . You certainly have remarkable well written articles. Appreciate it for sharing your web page.