Want to make it tougher for anyone to track your internet activity? You could pay for a VPN service… or you could build your own.
If you have a bit of patience and a Rasberry Pi, the BBC has published a guide for creating your own, personal virtual private network (VPN) to browse the Web from a mobile device without being “followed” by anyone looking to sell your data.
The BBC guide offers detailed, step-by-step instruction guide for setting up a DIY VPN server with Rasberry Pi.
For the project, you will need a Raspberry Pi or Pi 2, an 8GB MicroSD card, an SD card reader, a 5v mini USB power supply (such as a smartphone charger), an HDMI monitor, a USB keyboard, an Ethernet cable, and a lot of free time.
The rest of the instructions involve different software to download and install, steps for setting up security passwords and generating keys, configuring networks and keys, and more coding-related steps.
Toward the end of the project, you’ll download OpenVPN Connect for iOS or Android on your smartphone or tablet. This allows you to input your new privacy configurations into your mobile device.
The hardest part will be setting aside the time needed to get through all of the installation and security setup — the process could be pretty lengthy. But, for some, a little more privacy on the Internet is worth the extra effort.