We know TuVPN well and have done since 2010. They have changed their mother company, their administrative headquarters, their commercial strategy and their packages but they still have two important positive points: the dedicated IPs and the SSH2 protocol that we explained.
An SSH2 protocol that is a bit different from the others: PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN. TuVPN offers its users the possibility to connect through an SSH2 tunnel.
A quick explanation: when you connect to a VPN normally your whole network is secured by the protocol. When I connect with OpenVPN all my programmes are secure and my IP will be from the server to which I connect. SSH2 has the special characteristic of being able to secure only the applications you choose. So I can browse on Firefox secured by VPN while keeping my usual ISP IP for Internet Explorer.
This has four advantages :
Flexibility – I choose the programmes that use VPN
No loss of speed for the other applications
Very high encryption level with AES 256-bit
In case of VPN disconnection, the tunnel will cut off the internet access for that programme. So your ISP IP is also protected and your data secure.
With Windows : First you need to install the programme MyENTunnel that lets you create a secure tunnel between your machine and the server to which you connect.
Installing it is easy: just extract and accept installation.
The configuration is simple as well:
- Server: Enter the server address eg. losangeles.tuvpn.com. The complete list of servers is here : http://www.tuvpn.com/en/faqs/tuvpn-list-of-vpn-servers . N.B. Only shared IPs work with an SSH2 tunnel.
- Port: 61
- Username: TuVPN VPN username
- Passphrase: TuVPN VPN password
- Check Enable Compression
- Don’t forget to activate Enable Dynamics SOCKS , with port 7070.
Once the connection has been established
All you have to do is configure the applications that use the SSH2 tunnel by using MyENTunnel
All programmes that support the network protocol SOCKS5 can be configured. Skype, Firefox, IE, Chrome, Filezilla, µTorrent, …. are all accepted. SSH2 provides you with a lot of flexibility and having a choice is useful. Firefox works well with SSH2 while Chrome does not.
The principle is always the same and is not difficult at all (as longs as SOCKS5 is accepted)
This popular browser does of couse support SOCKS5. This example is more detailed than others.
Tools => Options => Network => Settings => Manually configure proxy
SOCKS host: 127.0.0.1
Windows popular browser !
The best FTP opensource client, free and secure
Even Skype is accepted
µTorrent: a (very) tiny BitTorrent client