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Personal VPN for iDevices?

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Friends,

I have Apple mobile devices I'd like to secure my connections to while I'm out and about via a VPN.  I hope to create my own personal VPN on my Windows 7 machine.  I've looked up tutorials and they aren't helpful.

Can someone help me create a L2TP VPN on my Windows 7 machine and help me configure my iDevices to connect.

Current setup:
Windows 7 machine connected via ethernet
Home ISP
Home Wi-Fi Router w/ Firewall
Various iDevices
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You could use PPTP on Windows 7; instructions here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/135996/how-to-create-a-vpn-server-on-your-windows-computer-without-installing-any-software/

L2TP on Windows 7 requires third party software.

Are you sure you're router doesn't have a VPN server built in?  That would be MUCH easier (and would work even when your computer is turned off).
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by:neowillendit
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I have a LinkSys router that has the DMZ feature and VPN PPTP, SSTP, and L2TP protcol pass-through, but no not a VPN server within unfortunately.

I've looked into DD-WRT, Tomato, etc and none support this router.

Any other ideas?
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by:akahan
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In order to offer other ideas, it would be helpful to understand what you don't like about the current idea, using PPTP, which is on iDevices and also built into Windows 7.
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PPTP is very weak because it uses MS-CHAP for authentication.  Microsoft (who created this protocol) said a few years ago NOT to use this protocol due to the numerous vulnerabilities.  Apparently, even novice unskilled hackers can break into any PPTP sessions to eavesdrop.
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by:akahan
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As mentioned, there's no L2TP capability bult into Windows 7.   Your best (and by far most secure) bet if you want to use your Windows 7 machine as a VPN server is to use OpenVPN.  Instrucitons are here:

https://community.openvpn.net/openvpn/wiki/Easy_Windows_Guide

There is an OpenVPN client available for iDevices.
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by:neowillendit
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OK, great news!!

How do I create a certificate profile using my iDevices?  I've just spent an hour scanning through the forums and Tutorial section at www.openvpn.net and can't find instructions...
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You create the certificate files on the server, and copy them to the iDevice using iTunes.  (On the Apps page, you'd copy it into the openvpn app on the idevice)
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I'd have valued a link to the website "www.privatetunnel.com" and short 3-4 step list of how to set up my VPN via OpenVPN.  However, figuring this out was easy enough.

Otherwise, knowledge demonstrated is good, and very timely.  I am satisfied overall.
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