I have a wireless-capable laptop that I use when traveling. For security reasons, I would like all communications from the laptop to tunnel through a VPN (or something like one) to the Internet connection at my house. In other words, I’m trying to make it so that there will be no unecrypted data going over the wireless connection – everything that gets sent or received is encrypted and routed through my home network.
Is this possible? What would be the easiest way to set it up? I guess what I’m looking for could be described as a “secure proxy”? Not sure if that’s the proper term.
[li]Both machines have Windows XP Pro.[/li][li]Dynamic IPs/DNS isn’t a worry.[/li][li]I looked at Windows XP’s built-in VPN implementation, but that didn’t seem to make sense to me. If the only security mechanism is a username/password pair, how does the client verify the server’s authenticity?[/li][li]I tried OpenVPN w/ GUI, but I couldn’t understand the configuration. The docs were over my head.[/li][li]I would be willing to pay if the product is secure and easy to use, but of course I’d prefer a free solution :)[/li][/ul]
Hope somebody can help… I’ve been looking for something like this for a while, but my networking knowledge is very limited and I’m having trouble finding a good solution on my own. Thanks in advance!