Ipredator is a service for safe and anonymous access to the Internet. Ipredator creates an encrypted tunnel and changes your public IP number to an anonymous (Swedish) one. This allows you to use the net safely, without having to worry about who may be tracing your IP number.
Ipredator was launched by The Pirate Bay during 2009, in response to privacy infringing laws like Ipred and the data retention directive. The service is designed to be able to handle all kinds of net traffic, including peer-to-peer file sharing.
I just signed up, and have installed Ipredator on a machine running Ubuntu Linux 9.10. How to install it under Linux is mentioned briefly in the Ipredator FAQ, but there is no step by step installation instruction.
Since I did not find any up to date and complete installation description for Ubuntu 9.10 on the net either, I have written down how I did. I am by no means any Linux expert, but I hope the description what I did to get it working might be helpful anyway.
To get an account you go to Ipredator.se and pay the subscription fee. Right now (March 2010) the price is 15 euro for 3 months. You can pay by credit card.
When you register the account, you will be asked to supply a username, a password and an email address. The username and the password are used when you configure the VPN connection (see below).
The programs necessary to run VPN tunnels are not installed in Ubuntu 9.10 by default, but they are easy to install.
- Click on ”Applications” -> ”Ubuntu Software Center”
- Click ”Internet”
- Type ”vpn” in the search box
- Install the following three applications one by one:
- PPTP VPN Connection Manager
- VPN Connection Manager (vpnc)
- VPN Connection manager (OpenVPN)
The icons for the three applications will get little green symbols on them when you have installed them:
Configuring a VPN connection for Ipredator is the next step. Click on the network icon
in the upper right corner of the screen, and choose ”VPN Connections” -> ”Configure VPN…”. Choose the ”VPN” tab.
This brings up the following window:
Click ”Add”, choose ”Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)” as the VPN connection type in the box that appears, and click ”Create”.
You then get:
Enter the follwing information:
- Connection name: Ipredator
- Gateway: vpn.ipredator.se
- User name: the username for the Ipredator account
- Password: the password for the Ipredator account
Check the ”Connct automatically” box if you want your computer to try to connect automatically to Ipredator every time you start it; leave it unchecked otherwise.
Then click ”Advanced”.
Check ”Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE)” and set the Security to ”128-bit (most secure)”. Click ”Ok” and ”Apply” and ”Close”.
The Ipredator VPN connection has now been created.
(Thank you Jonk for the information on how to configure the connection!)
To start using the Ipredator connection you click on the network button
and choose ”VPN Connections” -> ”Ipredator”. This starts the connection.
If it works properly, the network icon will get a little lock on it, to signal that Ipredator is activated:
If it looks like this, you are all set to go out on the net with your new anonymous Swedish IP number. Just use your browser, peer-to-peer software, or whatever else in the normal fashion, and the network traffic will go through Ipredator.
You may get a problem sending mail if your SMTP server does not accept your new IP number from Ipredator. In that case, you will have to switch off Ipredator to send email, if you cannot change the SMTP server. Otherwise everything should be just as usual.
A disclaimer: I am not a Linux expert by any means, so this is just a description of what worked for me. Please feel free to comment. If you have any questions I probably don’t know the answer to them, but do post them in the comments anyway, as somebody else might know.
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