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.
  • 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.
  • 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

What The Server : Offer VPN, proxy, SSH tunnel and hosting. Super secure and trustable. Payable via Bitcoin.
Mullvad : Trustable. In foreign country. Payable via Bitcoin.
AnonIne : In foreign country. Payable via Bitcoin.
AirPVN : In foreign country. Payable via Bitcoin.
TOR Browser Bundle : Freaking secure, freaking encrypted, freaking slow.

You can also check out this master VPN review list from torrent freak.

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.