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So, I frequently encounter free wifi location while I'm on the road and I'm concerned about data security. From what I've read, it's possible to tunnel all of your internet traffic securely via your VPN at home, but I'm having trouble getting everything going, because I'm missing essential information.

So far, I've got a DynDNS account and I have it set up in the router. I don't yet have any ports forwarded, because I don't know which are necessary. At this point, I'm at a bit of a loss. I'd like to make sure all my internet traffic is encrypted until it passes through my router so nothing gets sniffed along the way.

What's the next step?
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Well you'll need some VPN type software.

http://openvpn.net/

OpenVPN is SSL and TLS.

You could just use SSH for VPN too, that's what I use.
    
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So, I'm VERY new to all this. Do I need to install openVPN on just the laptop, or will have have to install it on my home computer and have it running all the time as well?
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You could just use SSH for VPN too, that's what I use.

I do the same. Is nice for doing things like Xforwarding over SSH from your server.
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So, I'm VERY new to all this. Do I need to install openVPN on just the laptop, or will have have to install it on my home computer and have it running all the time as well?

You would need the openVPN client on each PC. You would launch it and connect to an openVPN server you have access to, and then it should pipe your traffic over SSL.
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I've used Hotspot shield for myself. Easy to use and especially for Canadians allows us to watch Hulu tongue.gif.
Free VPN and just works.
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