PPTP is a VPN protocol for getting a manually configured access to the CyberGhost network. With Linux Chakra you can use your CyberGhost subscription with PPTP, if the following preconditions are met:
Important note: Please make sure that you run an IPv4 Internet connection. Some Internet Service Providers already connect with the IPv6 protocol, which is not supported by CyberGhost. While the CyberGhost client takes care of deactivating IPv6 under Windows, users of native protocols have to do this manually (here an instruction on how to deactivate IPv6 under Linux). If IPv6 is not deactivated, data might leak outside the IPv4 VPN tunnel!
Visit your CyberGhost VPN online account.
Click on the menu entry 'My Devices' and then on button 'Add Device'.
In the list of Operating Systems you can CyberGhost use with, please click on 'Other' to be able to setup all necessary options for the PPTP protocol. When done the screen extends and gives way to 'Create new credentials'. Do it by clicking on the respective button.
Scroll up the page. As you see, the placeholder for a new device is now replaced by 'Linux, Router, etc.'. Click on that button:
Type a name for your new device and activate the wanted extra features, provided with each Premium subscription. These features can be (de)activated later on as well.
Scroll down and generate the login and configuration data for the PPTP protocol. FYI: The Point To Point Tunneling Protocol is widely available and uses PAP/CHAP for authentication, but because of possible implementation deficits in key management it can't be considered completely safe anymore and should only be used, if none of the alternatives OpenVPN or L2TP is available.
- Protocol: Choose the PPTP protocol.
- Country: Since native protocol connections may only be used with exactly one server you now have to choose the country you want to surf from; the server to be used in this country will be chosen by CyberGhost automatically.
- Server group: Depending on the chosen country as well as the availability of different server types as an attribute of your current plan you can also define a server group to use:
- Standard Server: This is the group of all paid service servers (Special Edition, Premium, Premium Plus)
- Premium Server: This is the smaller group of all exclusive servers for Premium subscribers (Premium, Premium Plus)
- NoSpy Server: This is the group of all exclusive NoSpy servers for Premium subscribers with special extensions.
After setting up your connection wishes please note down the following data sets. You will need them to configure your device:
- Server: This is the server address of the country you want to surf from, e.g. '1-ro.cg-dialup.net'. The address includes encrypted information about your plan, the server group chosen and the domain name; the protocol to be used will be detected automatically when connecting to CyberGhost. If you want to connect to different locations, you need to adjust the target destination according to a different country and note down that 2nd, 3rd, 4th ... address as well.
- User name: A solely for protocol usage generated user name. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account user name.
- Password: A solely for protocol usage generated password. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account password.
Now start your protocol configuration on Linux Chakra. The way to get to the right settings will most certainly vary between different distributions, but the main steps should be more or less identical.
First open your general settings via 'Start menu > System Settings'. Here you will find a section called 'Network Settings' or 'Network Connections' or similar. Open it.
Now add a network connection. For that activate the tab 'VPN', click on 'Add' and choose the type of protocol you want to add, in that case it's 'PPTP'.
Now click on 'Activate connection with Desktop' and 'Next'.
Choose a descriptive name for your new connection, which reflects the country of the server you want to surf from and maybe even the server group in use (e.g. ‘CyberGhost US Default’).
The other settings:
- As the 'Gateway' fill in one of the addresses you noted before, e.g. '4-us.cg-dialup.net'*.
- For 'Login' please use the user name created in step 1. DO NOT use your regular CyberGhost user name.
- Now type in the password that also has been generated for you in your online account. DO NOT use your regular CyberGhost account password.
Click on ‘OK’, when you’re done.
Now your new connection should be part of your list of network connections which should also be accessible via the 'System Settings' of your distribution. Often these settings can also be accessed through the task bar.
If you want multiple VPN connections to different locations, CyberGhost operates server in, please repeat all steps for each of the other addresses you note down, when choosing the country in step 1.