In the past years, VPN services have sprouted up like mushrooms. From free to expensive, from fancy to basic, from Japan to Turkey, you can get anything. And that’s a problem, actually. Because with most packages, you never know what you’ll get. In fact, a lot of services have shady ties to certain governments (e.g. the PRC) or other potentially malicious actors. After all, a person’s traffic has become a valuable commodity for advertising services and intelligence agencies alike.
How do we solve this problem? Ideally, you would have your own VPN hardware sitting in some data center, in a locked cage to which only you have access. A better trade-off is renting a server and running your own. However, most people don’t have the skills to set up such a server, or the money to pay someone else to do it. Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be a considerable improvement to everyone’s privacy if they could get their own VPN server with just a click or two, and at a price that can compete with a lot of less secure VPN services?
This is what I’m trying to do with VPNBox, a project in its early stages. The deployment infrastructure is largely complete, and I am in the process of creating a web site for Beta testers.