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This guide is meant for beginners, who have never created a VPS before

 

Creating a VPS is really straightforward. I have chosen Vultr* as my VPS provider, because they offer great performancebacked by benchmarks and have great support. There are also other VPS providers out there likeDigitalOcean or Linode, but this article focuses just on Vultr. Just to name a few of them.

Create your account

First of all you need to create an account on Vultr.

 

 

 

Create your VPS

After you are logged in, you will see the following Dashboard. Press on the blue plus button to create a new server.

Select your server type

Next you need to select your server type from the 4 existing ones.

Cloud Compute

The most common VPS type.

Our high performance compute instances are perfect for your web application or development environment.

High Frequency

If you need even better performance.

Instances are powered by high clock speed CPU's and NVMe local storage to power your most demanding applications.

Bare Metal

Sometimes also called Root servers. It's like if you would own a physical server, but located somewhere else.

Stay in full control of your environment with high performance single-tenant dedicated servers.

Dedicated Cloud

Kind of like Bare Metal, but not with dedicated hardware just for you, but with dedicated resources.

Say goodbye, noisy neighbors! Deploy cloud instances with dedicated CPU, SSD drives, and RAM just for you.

Select a server location

Depending where you live, you can select a region where your server should be located.

Select a operating system

In this step you can select your operating system (OS) for the server. I am most familiar with debian based OS like Debian or Ubuntu.Make sure to select a Long-term support (LTS) version of Ubuntu, to get security updates for 5 years after the initial release.

Vultr also has images with preinstalled application that could be used. If you don't find your OS on Vultr, they also support to uploadyour own ISO file.

 

 

Select the specs of your server

Now comes the most important part. In this step you have to decide how much resources do you need.

For small websites or web apps the 5$ instance should be enough to get started.The 10$ instance is probably a good choice if you alsoneed to host a database with PostgreSQL or MySQL.

If you ever think you current instance is sweating and can't handle the load anymore, Vultr allows to upgrade your serverto better plan with just 1 click!

 

 

Deploy your server

Last but not least you can give your server a hostname. After that you get a summery and you can press "Deploy Now" to create your server.

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Server overview

After some time your new server should be visible in the dashboard.

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Vultr will send you an Email with the IP of the server and how you can connect to it.

Connecting to the server

When you click on the server in the dashboard you will find an overview and more settings to interact with it.

You can copy the password for the root user using the copy symbol.

 

 

If you are using Windows you need to enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) ordownload Putty in order to connect to the server.

On a Linux or macOS (or Windows 10 with WSL) system you can just open the Terminal application and connect via SSH.

ssh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The authenticity of host '136.244.81.25 (136.244.81.25)' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:E4VbM7b7i2jZO8aBgKSL1jfh6Td9Gv7TTswsSmGHc70.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '136.244.81.25' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'s password:
Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.15.0-74-generic x86_64)

 * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com
 * Management: https://landscape.canonical.com
 * Support: https://ubuntu.com/advantage

  System information as of Wed Feb 12 13:01:10 UTC 2020

  System load: 0.0 Processes: 83
  Usage of /: 9.4% of 24.55GB Users logged in: 0
  Memory usage: 12% IP address for ens3: 136.244.81.25
  Swap usage: 0%

0 packages can be updated.
0 updates are security updates.

root@thanos:~#

 

 

 

Congratulations you now have successfully created a server on Vultr and connected to it!

CaveToKingdom is a one of a kind 3D mass-online strategy game, available in a client version. Just one click away, you have the possibility of building, element by element, your own Kingdom. The future of your Kingdom and the future of your citizens rely on you. In CaveToKingdom, the citizens have an active social life. They have complex psychological profiles, so each has individual character traits. Furthermore, the citizens can have their own babies, and as babies grow into adults, they become a part of the social, economical and military life of your Kingdom.

 

When performing security research or connecting over untrusted networks, it’s often useful to tunnel connections through a VPN in a public cloud. This approach helps conceal your origin and safeguard your traffic, contributing to OPSEC when interacting with malicious infrastructure or traversing hostile environments.

One way to accomplish this is to set up your own VPN server, as an alternative to relying on a commercial VPN service. The following tutorial explains how to deploy the Algo VPN software bundle on DigitalOcean (the link includes my referral code). I like using DigitalOcean for this purpose because it offers virtual machines (VMs) for as little as $5 per month; also, I find it easier to use than other cloud services.

 

Algo VPN Overview

Algo VPN is an open-source software bundle designed for self-hosted VPN services. It was designed by the folks at Trail of Bits to be easy to deploy, rely only on modern protocols and ciphers, and provide reasonable security defaults. Also, it doesn’t require dedicated VPN client software for connecting from most systems and devices, because of native IPSec support. It also supports WireGuard.

To understand why its creators believe Algo VPN is a better alternative to commercial VPNs, the Streisand VPN bundle and OpenVPN, read the blog post that announced Algo’s initial release.  As outlined in the post, Algo VPN is meant “to be easy to set up. That way, you start it when you need it, and tear it down before anyone can figure out the service you’re routing your traffic through.”

 

Creating a DigitalOcean VM

To obtain an Internet-accessible system where you’ll install Algo VPN server software, you can create a “droplet” on DigitalOcean running Ubuntu with a few clicks. Do do that, click the dropdown button below the Ubuntu icon on the DigitalOcean “Create Droplets” page, then select an 18.04 x64 option, as shown below.

Accepting default options for the droplet should be OK in most cases. If you’re not planning to tunnel a lot of traffic through the system, selecting the least expensive size will probably suffice. Select the geographic region where the VM will run based on your requirements. Assign a hostname that appeals to you.

Once the new host is active, make a note of the public IP address that DigitalOcean assigns to it and log into it using SSH. Then run the following commands inside your VM to update its OS and install Algo VPN core prerequisites:

 

apt-get -y update
apt-get -y upgrade
apt install -y python3-virtualenv

 

Reboot the VM. At this point, you could harden the configuration of your VM, but these steps are outside the scope of this guide.

 

 

Installing Algo VPN Server Software

Next, obtain the latest Algo VPN server software on the newly-setup droplet and prepare for the installation by executing the following commands:

 

git clone https://github.com/trailofbits/algo
cd algo
python3 -m virtualenv --python=/usr/bin/python3 .env
source .env/bin/activate
python3 -m pip install -U pip virtualenv
python3 -m pip install -r requirements.txt

 

 Set up the username for the people who will be using the VPN. To accomplish this, use your favorite text editor, such as Nano or Vim, to edit the config.cfg file in the ~/algo directory:

 

vim config.cfg

 

If you wish, remove the lines that represent the default users phone, laptop, and desktop add your own (e.g., john) so that the corresponding section of the file looks like this:

 

users:
 - john

 

To improve your server’s security posture, consider setting enabling the unattended_reboot option so it looks like this:

 

unattended_reboot:
  enabled: true
  time: 06:00

 

Set the reboot time so it’s least likely to inconvenience you or otherwise interfere with the server’s operation.

Set the reboot time so it’s least likely to inconvenience you or otherwise interfere with the server’s operation.

 

./algo

 

When prompted by the installer, select the option to install “to existing Ubuntu 18.04 or 20.04 server.”

When proceeding with the installer, you should be OK  in most cases by accepting default answers. For example, when asked to enter “the IP address of your server,” press Enter to accept the default “localhost” value.

When asked about the public IP address of the server, enter the IP address assigned to your VM by DigitalOcean when you created the droplet.

After providing the answers, give the installer a few minutes to complete its tasks. Be patient. Once it finishes, you’ll see the “Congratulations!” message, stating that your Algo VPN server is running.

Be sure to capture the “p12 and SSH keys password for new users” that the installer will display at the end as part of the congratulatory message because you will need to use it later. Store it in a safe place, such as your password vault.

 

Configuring VPN Clients

Once you’ve set up the Algo VPN service, configure your VPN client. The Algo setup process generates VPN client configuration files that allow you to easily complete the setup. It stores the files in under ~/algo/configs in a subdirectory whose name matches your server’s IP address.

In most cases, start by installing the WireGuard VPN client for your OS (get the app for macOS, iOSAndroid, or Windows). Next:

  • For iOS and Android, use the WireGuard app to scan the QR code PNG image that Algo generated and placed in the wireguard subdirectory on your server.
  • For Windows and macOS (Mojave or later), use the WireGuard app to “Import tunnel(s) from file…” and point it to the .conf file that Algo generated and placed in the wireguard subdirectory on your server.

If you don’t want to install WireGuard on your iOS device, you can follow Algo’s instructions to configure the built-in IPSec VPN client for Apple devices.

If using the WireGuard VPN client, use it to activate your VPN tunnel.

 

Additional Considerations for Algo VPN

Before relying on VPN to safeguard your interactions with malicious infrastructure, be sure to confirm that it’s concealing the necessary aspects of your origin. If it’s working properly, the remote host should see the IP address of your VPN servers, instead of the IP address of your VPN client. Similarly, your DNS traffic should be getting directed through the VPN tunnel, concealing your client’s locally-configured DNS server. One way to validate this is to use whoer.net, comparing what information the site reveals before and after you activate your VPN connection. Also, confirm that you’re not leaking your origin over IPv6; one way to do that is by connecting to ipv6leak.com.

You can turn off your VM when you don’t need it. When you boot it up again, Algo VPN software will automatically launch in the background. If running the server for longer periods, you should implement security measures necessary appropriate for Internet-connected infrastructure.

As you use your Algo VPN, adversaries might begin tracking the server’s IP address and eventually blacklist it. Therefore, it’s a good idea to periodically destroy this DigitalOcean droplet and create a new one from scratch. This will not only change the server’s IP address but also ensure that you’re running the latest version of VPN software and its dependencies. Unfortunately, after you do this, you’ll need to re-import VPN configuration details to match the new server’s IP address and certificate.

There is much more to Swagbucks than many people realise! Knowing where to spend time is key. Our review of Swagbucks reveals the best ways to earn.

 

Swagbucks is pretty much the definition of 'easy money'. Whilst it doesn't promise to bring in the big money, it's easy to earn points on anything from watching videos to completing short surveys. All from your sofa. 

Once you've created your free account you can start earning points immediately, which can be exchanged for cash or rewards.

Use the button below to get a special signup bonus!

SignUp & Earn Now 

 

What is Swagbucks and how does it work?

 

Essentially, Swagbucks is a portal that offers users reward points for doing simple tasks online like searching the web, watching videos and completing surveys.

You’ll be 'paid' in Swagbucks points (shortened to 'SBs') which can then be redeemed for gift cards or cash. The gift cards they offer come from over 1,500 retailers, including Amazon, iTunes, Currys PC World and Tesco.

But if you’d rather make money from Swagbucks, there’s an option to convert points straight into your PayPal account as cash. Or you can donate to charity if you're feeling generous.

How much can you earn?

To give you an idea of what SB points are worth, a £5 Amazon gift card will cost you 849 SB and you’ll need to cough up 17,999 SB for £100 cash (via PayPal).

But they accumulate quicker than you might think, simply because there are so many tasks and activities looped into Swagbucks – many of which you probably do already!

What's more, Swagbucks often run sales on their rewards, meaning fewer SBs are needed to redeem the vouchers. For example, at the time of writing, £100 of PayPal credit was on offer for 20% off the usual price, at just 14,500 SB.

 

11 ways to earn Swagbucks

Here are some of the main ways to start accumulating your Swagbucks on the daily:

 

  1. Make Swagbucks your default search engine

    The easiest way to start earning is to switch your default search engine to Swagbucks (rather than Google or Bing).

    You’ll automatically start racking up points just for surfing the web like you normally do, but using their browser instead (in case you're worried about efficiency, it's run by Yahoo so don't sweat!).

    You can expect to tot up around 10–20 SB points for every 10 to 20 searches, but the final total will depend on the search queries. After six months of everyday searching, this can equate to around £300.

     

  2. Complete surveys and polls

    Time-rich but cash-poor? Filling out a few short surveys each day through Swagbucks can be a really nice little earner.

    They usually take between three and 20 minutes to complete and you’ll earn around 40–100 SB depending on the survey. There’s also a daily poll to complete which literally takes two seconds and will earn you an extra SB.

     

  3. Download apps and games to your phone

    You can earn a really broad variety of points for downloading, installing and opening certain apps on your phone, tablet or computer.

    Although you'll occasionally get rewarded for simply installing the app, you'll usually have to complete some kind of action – be it reaching a certain stage in a game or depositing cash.

    Sometimes these opportunities will be available via one of Swagbucks' partners (Revu or Fyber), but you'll still be paid in Swagbucks – usually several hundred SBs, if not more, depending on the offer.

    But as ever, we'd recommend sticking to the free apps at first. There's no point in paying to download or use an app just to earn Swagbucks, as you're likely to earn far less than you spend!

    If you're particularly keen on the survey route as a way to make cash, we've got a whole guide to the best paid survey sites.
     

    SignUp & Earn Now 

     

  4. Shop online and earn cashback

    Now, obviously we wouldn't advise shopping online purely for the sake of getting more points (again, that just wouldn't make sense really, would it?). But if you're planning to buy something online, go via the Swagbucks website and earn some points (similar to mainstream cashback sites).

    Receive easy SBs from online stores like Argos, ASOS, Currys PC World, eBay, Just Eat and Wilko. So, before you part with your cash, do a quick search to find out if they're a participating Swagbuck earner.

    For example, if you're planning a holiday through Secret Escapes, access the site via Swagbucks rather than going directly and you’ll earn 5 SB per £1 spent. As holidays tend to cost a fair whack, you could end up earning hundreds of points that you can turn into rewards or cash later.

     

  5. Tell your friends

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    Get SB points stacking up while you sleep by getting your friends to sign up to Swagbucks with your referral code.

    Not only will you and your friend get 300 SB when they sign up (you'll get yours as long as they earn at least an extra 300 SB within their first 30 days), but you’ll earn 10% of your friends’ SB earnings for as long as they’re a member, too!

    This is a great way to earn points passively – and your friends will obviously benefit too. Plus, you'll get another 100 SB if the person you refer adds the SwagButton to their laptop or desktop (using the special link available on your invite page).

     

  6. Watch out for Swag Codes

    Download the SwagButton browser extension to receive notifications about 'Swag Codes' as soon as they become available (and get 50SB just for installing the extension!).

    Swag Codes are simply codewords or phrases that the company releases to create a bit of buzz around the site and get members back onto the homepage.

    The notifications you get from the browser extension will tell you where to go to find the code – on the Swagbucks blog, Twitter or Facebook page – which you’ll then input into the 'Swag Code' box in the sidebar on the left side of the page. Super easy instant SB points!

     

  7. Complete daily goals


     

    On the left-hand side of the screen, you'll see a 'to do list' with eight different daily tasks that the site recommends you complete.

    Not only will you accumulate points for each task you complete, but you'll also get bonus points for crossing off everything on your list in a day (or a smaller bonus for completing at least six of the eight tasks).

    Similarly, if you activate the Swagbucks 'daily goal' option (you'll see the button in the header), the site will set you a target amount of SBs to aim for that day. If you manage to reach your goal, they'll stick some extra bonus points on top for you!

    Again, though, don't spend actual money on the 'Deal of the Day' unless it's something you're genuinely interested in. The SBs you'll get in return are worth a lot less than the cash you'll part with!

    SignUp & Earn Now 

     

     

     

  8. Enter competitions

    If you fancy yourself lucky when it comes to entering competitions, you can enter yourself into Swagbucks' regular limited-time giveaways (or 'Swagstakes').

    Prizes can be anything from tech gadgets, like Apple products, to a bigger bundle of SBs – but note that this is a bit of a gamble, as you need to actually spend SBs to enter into each competition.

    So, for example, you can enter a competition to win 50 SB, but it might cost you 2 SB to take part.

     

  9. Play games online and on mobile


     

    Your addiction to playing games on your phone is finally about to pay off!

    Aside from paying you to download and play games, Swagbucks also host a few games of their own (you'll know which ones they are as they all contain the word 'Swag'...).

    You can earn up to 10 SB per game just for giving it a whirl. But as some games rely on you getting to a certain level before you can earn any SBs, it (literally!) pays to be good at these things.

    If general knowledge is more your thing, why not try Swagbucks Live – one of the few remaining live quiz apps that were once the next big thing (HQ Trivia, anyone?).

    It's free to take part in the game and all you have to do is download the app. As with most live quiz apps, your goal is to correctly answer a handful of multiple-choice questions. Make it to the end and you'll win a share of the total prize fund (as much as $1,000 paid out in Swagbucks), but as soon as you get an answer wrong, you're eliminated.

    From experience, some of the questions can be obscenely difficult, so we'd recommend you refer your friends to the app. Each time you get someone to sign up, you'll get a free 'rejoin' which will throw you back into the game if you're knocked out.

     

  10. Sign up to services

    Signing up to free trials and subscribing to services like TV and online gaming can come with quite a substantial reward.

    However, as with cashback opportunities, you should only use this option if you're planning on using the service anyway. This is because some of them require you to shell out some cash of your own to sign up.

    But if they're free (like a credit report or a trial of a streaming service), it could be worth your time since they tend to pay out a pretty decent number of points!

    SignUp & Earn Now 

     

  11. Watch videos


     

    Yes, you really can earn Swagbucks points just by watching a few videos.

    Now, it's important to note here that Swagbucks Watch isn't as widely available as it once was. Most days it won't be available to most users, but as it's still an option, we figured it's still worth mentioning.

    And, granted, the payouts here aren’t that high – but you're getting paid to be entertained! The type of content you're sent to view varies massively, including everything from adverts to news content and viral clips.

    If you're really unenthused by the content you've been sent, you can also do a sneaky and just have videos running in the background as you get on with other stuff and not actually watch it (it's not like you'll be tested on it!).

    Expect to earn 2 or 3 SB per playlist (each of which typically lasts 15–30 minutes), and there's a limit of 150 SB per day up for grabs for this particular task.

 

So now's your chance to go forth and get signed up to Swagbucks so you can start earning SBs straight away. It’s free to join, so you’ve got nothing to lose and there are tons of rewards waiting to be snapped up.

SignUp & Earn Now 

LifePoints is an online survey site and community of like-minded people who want to share their views and opinions to earn rewards and influence future decisions made by the big brands we know and see every day.

It’s also the place to go for those who want to collect rewards for living their lives. Every time you go shopping, to the movies, or simply enjoy a new local service, you can collect LifePoints by sharing your views and opinions about these products, services and experiences.

 

PAYMENT AND REWARDS

Join to Get Free Points

New members of LifePoints Panel will enjoy 10 free points automatically credited to their accounts.

 

Great Rewards Options

In order to request a reward, you must have a minimum of 550 LifePoints ($5) in your account. Once you've reached this balance, you can spend your LifePoints on two main reward options: gift cards and PayPal payments (note that rewards may vary across countries).

The gift e-cards offered are available to major retailers such as eBay, Amazon, Starbucks, and more. Feeling generous? No problem. You may also donate your LifePoints to charities such as Unicef.

 

Visit LifePoints' website

 

SURVEY TAKING EXPERIENCE

As a LifePoints member, you can contribute your views and opinions by completing online surveys covering various aspects of your daily life. Other activities such as mini-polls, product testing and other types of data collection are also opportunities to collect LifePoints and spend them on exceptional rewards.

Survey invitations are sent out by email and can be taken any time during the survey period. Members don’t need any special skills to complete the activities within LifePoints. If you can contribute your thoughts and fill out the online survey, then you’re ready to go!

Survey Lengths and Point Amounts

Survey lengths vary, however most surveys will take between 10-15 minutes to complete. Compensation awarded for surveys varies, and depends upon the length of the survey, as well as the client's urgency for survey takers to complete it. The more urgent the assignment, the better rewards it will offer.

Points for Disqualifications

If you start a survey but don’t get to finish it, LifePoints rewards you with a small number of points as recognition for your efforts. Points amounts may be 2 or 3 points at a time, but does help reach cashout levels sooner. You may earn up to 10 extra LifePoints a day this way, which means you get to spend your LifePoints sooner!

 

 Visit LifePoints' website

 

COMMUNITY FEATURES

Backed By a Reliable Research Company

LifePoints is run by Lightspeed, ranked as the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis, operating across 70 countries. The company conducted its very first research study in…1946! So, it’s safe to say that LifePoints is a strong brand backed by a well-established and reliable research company.

Pluses

In January 2019, Lightspeed merged their flagship panels - MySurvey and GlobalTestMarket into LifePoints to provide a better global user experience. Today, LifePoints is a community of over 5,000,000 members from all over the world, with over 1.5 million Facebook fans.

LifePoints social media community enjoys the possibility of participating in competitions, special prizes, and giveaways on top of their survey-related activities. Every month, LifePoints rewards its members on social media with prizes such as PlayStation 4, Apple Watch, Xbox, Amazon voucher, Amazon Echo & Alexa devices, Smart TVs, and more.

Global Eligibility

LifePoints is open to those 14 years of age and older who are from one of dozens of countries worldwide. LifePoints is available in at least 26 languages.

Is LifePoints Panel Legit?

Although LifePoints itself is a relatively new survey program, it was formed by merging the MySurvey and GlobalTestMarket survey panels which were operational for over a decade. LifePoints currently has over 5 million members worldwide and is a legitimate survey site. LifePoints is not a scam, although as with any online survey site, your experience and success may vary, LifePoints is legit.

Visit LifePoints' website

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 You can also train your players, trade seniors, compete in Continental and National Cups and the National Championship. All you need is a browser and internet connection.