PPTP on Linux (Network Manager)

Steps to connect via PPTP VPN on Linux using Network Manager GUI (Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Debian and similar distributions)

Warning: Please be aware that PPTP has been considered insecure for a few years already and we don't recommend to use it for anything sensitive. It is a good choice for geo-unblocking, but nothing else if privacy and security are top priorities for you. 
 
1. Click on the Network Manager icon, go to VPN Connections > Configure VPN...
2. In the Network Manager window (VPN tab), click + Add
3. Leave Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) selected or select it if there are more VPN protocols in the list then click Create...
4. In the connection editor window, enter the following: 
Connection name: a unique name such as vpn.ac pptp
Gateway: hostname or IP address of the VPN node you want to connect to, such as uk1.vpn.ac (FULL LIST)
Username and Password: your VPN username (usually your email address) and your VPN password
Depending on your preferences, you may want to check or uncheck the Available to all users button
After you enter the details above, click on Advanced...
5. In the PPTP Advanced Options window: 
- leave only MSCHAPv2 checked (uncheck the others)
- check Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE) and select the highest Security level: 128-bit (most secure)
- uncheck other options such as data compression and check Send PPP echo packets
6. Click OK to return to the previous window, then click Save...
Now you should find the new VPN connection when you access the Network Manager icon
7. Click on the VPN connection name to connect. A notification message will appear in the upper-right corner in a few seconds
 
Video Tutorial: PPTP on Linux (Network Manager)
 
TUTORIAL WITH SCREENSHOTS
 
1. Click on the Network Manager icon, go to VPN Connections > Configure VPN...
 
 
2. In the Network Manager window (VPN tab), click + Add
 
 
3. Leave Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) selected or select it if there are more VPN protocols in the list then click Create...

 
4. In the connection editor window, enter the following: 
Connection name: a unique name such as vpn.ac pptp
Gateway: hostname or IP address of the VPN node you want to connect to, such as uk1.vpn.ac (up-to-date list)
Username and Password: your VPN username (usually your email address) and your VPN password
Depending on your preferences, you may want to check or uncheck the Available to all users button
 
 
After you enter the details above, click on Advanced...
 
5. In the PPTP Advanced Options window: 
leave only MSCHAPv2 checked (uncheck the others)
check Use Point-to-Point encryption (MPPE) and select the highest Security level: 128-bit (most secure)
uncheck other options such as data compression and check Send PPP echo packets
 
 
6. Click OK to return to the previous window, then click Save...
Now you should find the new VPN connection when you access the Network Manager icon
 
 
7. Click on the VPN connection name to connect. A notification message will appear in the upper-right corner in a few seconds
 
 
 

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