Christian Engström, Pirat

7 mars 2010

Installing Ipredator under Ubuntu Linux 9.10

Filed under: övrigt,English — Christian Engström @ 16:30

Ipredator - safe surfing

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.

  1. Click on ”Applications” -> ”Ubuntu Software Center”
  2. Click ”Internet”
  3. Type ”vpn” in the search box
  4. Install the following three applications one by one:
    • PPTP VPN Connection Manager
    • VPN Connection Manager (vpnc)
    • VPN Connection manager (OpenVPN)
  5. Done.

The icons for the three applications will get little green symbols on them when you have installed them:

The VPN programs installed in Ubuntu Software Center

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.

Surf safely! Sharing is caring!

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20 kommentarer

  1. I did the same last week, and I can strongly recomend Ipredator.
    It works flawlessly on my machine. (win7)

    I have a 30/30 line, and it does cut my speed in half, but 15 megabit
    is quite sufficient to do what you need to have done on the web.

    I have also tested on an online game, and it works without a problem.

    Webbmail in your browser works perfectly, but as Christian says, if you
    use another app for your mails, it might cause you some issues.

    Kommentar av Isaksson — 7 mars 2010 @ 17:38

  2. My network icon is different because I use a cable. (BBB 100/10) It have a… cable and a place to plug it in. The network icon is on upper right near the clock.

    Kommentar av HR — 7 mars 2010 @ 17:40

  3. Great guide, thanks a lot for sharing!
    What would be even greater, though, is a guide demonstrating how to set up your ENTIRE home network to be tunneled through the Ipredator. Most homes (at least here in the wealthy parts of the planet) nowadays have more than one computer connected to the Internet via a so called ”broadband router”. However, there are no (to the best of my knowledge) commercial services available that offers this service of site-to-site VPN-tunneling for home users.
    One computer always equals one VPN/Ipredator account and thus one monthly fee per computer. Surely, there must be a work-around to this in the Open Source-community?

    Instead of having a proprietary code-based (D-Link/Netgear/Cisco) router route the traffic directly to my ISP, I was thinking of building myself a Ubuntu Linux-based router that connects my home’s computers not only to my ISP, but also seamlessly to Ipredator. What I need is a solution to the problem of getting my Linux-router to connect to the Ipredator just as any computer would, but then allow the rest of my PC’s to connect to Ipredator through it.

    This would solve two practical problems:

    1. There would be no need to manually connect every PC as soon as you wanted to be anonymous on the Internet, since my new Linux router would be connected to Ipredator 24/7 and do it automatically for all my PC’s at home. This is important since the concept of Internet security and anonymity must be simple and take little or no time from the users if it is to be applied.

    2. Instead of having to manage one Ipredator-account per computer, one account for the router would be enough and I would only be charged once per month.

    Of course number two is the reason for most companies not offering this service. This is true since they could argue that it will eat into their profits. But since Ipredator (as far as I know) do not limit the amount of data from each subscriber, it shouldn’t really matter to them. What difference would it make to them if I had two computers connected via one account? One computer used extensively for file sharing could easily consume more bandwidth as two or even ten computers used for web browsing.

    Can anyone out there with knowledge of Linux please help me with solve this issue?🙂

    Kommentar av Gustav Wetter — 7 mars 2010 @ 17:45

  4. Hello ! I digged this very good article.

    http://digg.com/linux_unix/Installing_Ipredator_under_Ubuntu_Linux_9_10

    My Digg history: http://digg.com/users/sunurb01/history

    Urban

    Kommentar av Urban Sundström — 7 mars 2010 @ 19:42

  5. One problem with vpn connections is that if they get broken they dont automatically reconnect.
    After some searching i found this guide to help you install a script that takes care of that
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1316314

    Kommentar av Milliways — 7 mars 2010 @ 19:45

  6. ”I was thinking of building myself a Ubuntu Linux-based router that connects my home’s computers”

    You should investigate SmoothWall (http://www.smoothwall.org/about/screenshots/)
    Then check if Zerina (http://community.smoothwall.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=55) does what you want.

    I haven’t used Zerina myself, but have been running SW for many years.

    /jens

    Kommentar av Jens Riboe — 7 mars 2010 @ 22:00

  7. Nice tutorial

    Kommentar av Slasher — 7 mars 2010 @ 22:27

  8. @Gustav Wetter (#3):
    I think any high-end DSL router already has VPN support and even the cheap ones are slowly getting it because they’re mostly built using Linux. My 4-port DSL router which cost about 30€ back in 2006 should have VPN support both ways in connection options. I can’t say for sure though because I won’t get home until next weekend and remote management is disabled for security reasons.

    Kommentar av next_ghost — 8 mars 2010 @ 0:38

  9. Hi!
    Most buisness oriented routers have vpn functions. Some consumer routers have it to.
    Much better than having a computer do this task. A computer can do so much more than shuffling packets around.
    Besides a computer draws much more electricity than an dedicated appliance as a router.
    Cheers

    Kommentar av Peter — 8 mars 2010 @ 1:37

  10. Telecomix Crypto Munitions Bureau/Cryptoanarchy.org have released a more technical manual, using the terminal. (the https connection asks you to accept a certificate) https://cryptoanarchy.org/wiki/PPTP#Using_IPREDATOR_with_linux

    Kommentar av Christopher Kullenberg — 8 mars 2010 @ 1:54

  11. It should be added that the Cryptoanarchy.org website tutorial also has information on how to share the IPREDATOR connection with just about anyone. If one person has an account, anyone can have an account. Sharing is caring😀

    And its _really_ easy😀

    Kommentar av Kalle Vedin — 8 mars 2010 @ 5:08

  12. Personally I prefer Anonine since it doesn’t limit my 100/10 connection and also it has a nice pricetag.

    Kommentar av Daniel Flöijer — 8 mars 2010 @ 8:04

  13. @Daniel
    How safe is Anonine?
    Some ISP/VPN service providers wouldnt fringe on giving away info to the commercial companies or governments. I somehow believe Ipredator wouldnt do it.

    Kommentar av Rakio — 8 mars 2010 @ 19:21

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  15. 128 bitars kryptering, det var inte speciellt ”bra”
    Ipredator får vänta.

    Kommentar av ingvar — 9 mars 2010 @ 3:36

  16. Tack Christian! /Ptr

    Kommentar av Ptr — 14 mars 2010 @ 21:22

  17. This article is one of the most obvious reasons why any of the other parties don’t have the same credability when it comes to Internet/privacy-issues as PP. Can you imagine the broiler-politicians from the other parties doing anything more than repeating ”Spotify/Voddler”? The’re not even lamers…

    While I may not find PP to always be spot on they are the only people who understand the revolution that is my field on the same level as I. I can’t even recall having seen other politicians sharing hands-on knowledge on their own political areas of expertise.

    Kommentar av Ann O'Nighmoss — 17 mars 2010 @ 22:23

  18. thank you, save me some money, don’t have to buy Cisco firewall.

    Kommentar av lisa le — 3 maj 2010 @ 21:32

  19. How can i find this from my Windows 7?
    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)

    Kommentar av Katie Tam — 4 maj 2010 @ 20:57

  20. Thanks for ur Information🙂

    Kommentar av heru — 4 juni 2010 @ 18:03


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