Recently, I was made a gift of a Raspberry Pi project computer, and I’ve been going nuts ever since doing numerous projects with it.None of them are particularly unique, because this is basically a Linux computer, so I could do any of these projects on a regular computer.We’ll be using “Open VPN” to establish our secure Internet connection, and “transmission-daemon” as our torrent client.

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As I mentioned previously, I’ll be using a commercial VPN service provider.

What I’ve not mentioned previously is that I am by no means an expert on VPNs.

We need to change that for easier access within our home network.

First, you will need to shutdown your transmission-daemon process (it was started automatically by the install).

In addition, your board should have some kind of access to your local network, which itself has access to the Internet.

This can either be wired (preferred if you intend to use some kind of shared network storage), or wireless via a dongle.This was added because it a suggested additional package for the “openvpn” install.Once you’ve installed these additional packages, a reboot will start up these new tools.In my case, I will be relying on a commercial organization to provide me with that security (i.e., a Virtual Private Network) and I will be configuring my Pi to use that VPN.There are other methods of securing your Internet presence, but I will not be covering them here. (Well, Google used to be your friend before the NSA.) It’s also possible to use an established VPN as your primary interface to the Internet, and cover your presence for more than just file sharing (for example, for your Web browsing activities as well).However, the default install will leave you vulnerable. First, though, let’s get the Open VPN configured and tested.