VPN service providers such as ProXPN offer a service in which you pay a monthly subscription, allowing you to download an app for Windows or Macs so that your traffic goes to the internet via this protected tunnel.
The problem with this is that I don’t want to have to install the app on every box at home. I have an old laptop which I rarely use. So I thought of:
- Installing a Windows 7
- Installing the ProXPN app on it; and
- make this Windows laptop a proxy.
The architecture would simply be:
End Nodes -> Win7 Proxy NIC1 (192.168.1.xxx) to NIC 2 (<VPN_IP>) -> home router -> internet
I was wondering if anyone would be able to provide a pointer to some documentation on best practices for a secure implementation of this scenario. For example, would bridging the NICs within the default Win7 network adapters’ functionality impose a security threat? Should I go for an open source proxy?