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I am traveling out of town and am wanting to take my Ipad and a laptop with me! I want to be able to surf the net and so forth on the road( for example, logging into overclock.net) but really weary about public wifi and motel wifi. I have MideMyA$$ VPN service here at home that i use occasionally. Can I use that so that I can surf safely ? i won't be doing any online banking or anything like that but things like checking my email or logging into some websites and such? Just a little info on the matter plz!
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If you are just surfing the net and hitting things like overclock and such why bother...your not doing anything that would require a secure connection. Most sites also will allow for 443 aka https connections now. That should be sufficient if what you stated you will be doing is all you will be doing. If you were going to be doing anything that required a secure connection do yourself a favor and go to ebay pick up a used Cisco ASA 5505 and set up SSL VPN on it...make sure split tunnel is turned off. Then download AnyConnect and establish your VPN. AnyConnect is also available from the app store.
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If you are just surfing the net and hitting things like overclock and such why bother...your not doing anything that would require a secure connection. Most sites also will allow for 443 aka https connections now. That should be sufficient if what you stated you will be doing is all you will be doing. If you were going to be doing anything that required a secure connection do yourself a favor and go to ebay pick up a used Cisco ASA 5505 and set up SSL VPN on it...make sure split tunnel is turned off. Then download AnyConnect and establish your VPN. AnyConnect is also available from the app store.

Buying an ASA for home use is a waste of money. OpenVPN is a Open Source implementation of SSL VPN, and uses their own client. Buy a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite for $100, configure OpenVPN VPN on the device, then install the client on your laptop. This way, when you are out and about you can VPN to your home connection. OpenVPN also has Android and iOS apps, that do the same thing.

Or, just use your existing HideMyAss subscription on your laptop and be safe. I'm not sure if that will work with your iPad though; not sure what kind of VPN they use.
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Buying an ASA for home use is a waste of money. OpenVPN is a Open Source implementation of SSL VPN, and uses their own client. Buy a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite for $100, configure OpenVPN VPN on the device, then install the client on your laptop. This way, when you are out and about you can VPN to your home connection. OpenVPN also has Android and iOS apps, that do the same thing.

Or, just use your existing HideMyAss subscription on your laptop and be safe. I'm not sure if that will work with your iPad though; not sure what kind of VPN they use.

Or, if you don't want to spend money, check if your current router supports DD-WRT.

Most builds of DD-WRT include an OpenVPN server.

EDIT: Buying an ASA is indeed a waste of money, especially if you've got no Cisco experience.
    
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I've been using Hotspot Shield for all my VPN needs on the go. Does what I need for free. A in home method is nice but you need a good upload speed.)
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