Alphabet’s Outline lets you host your own VPN server for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge. As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists securely connect to their newsdesks, sources, media outlets, and the rest of the open internet from anywhere – even from within the borders of countries that censor some sites and block traffic. While you can use other paid services, the benefit of opting for Outline is that you don’t have to worry about a third party spying on your data as you work online.It’s currently available for Android, Windows and Chrome v64 and up; Mac and IOS versions are in the works. The company says it can be easily set up in just a few minutes, installs security updates automatically, and grants you control over who else can access your VPN. You can either host Outline on your own server or set it up to work with a cloud-based solution from the likes of Digital Ocean, Rackspace, Google Cloud Engine, or Amazon EC2; Digital Ocean will charge you $5 a month for 500GB of traffic for $5 a month, and offers a wide range of server locations across the globe.

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